Take a look at some of the key talking points ahead of this week's match against Eastern Conference rival Sporting Kansas City.
Dynamo broadcast Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM at a new time of 6-7 p.m.
Guests for the show include Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, forward Will Bruin and Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo meet for the second time this season when the Eastern Conference foes face off at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening. United are looking to put a halt to a five-game losing streak, returning to action after a 3-0 loss at Columbus two weekends ago. The Dynamo are coming off a famous victory, knocking off the LA Galaxy 1-0 in Carson last weekend in an MLS Cup rematch. The Dynamo defeated United 2-0 when the clubs met in Houston in the opening weekend of the season.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Davis (C), Driver; Bruin, Barnes.
Subs: Marscheider, Brunner, Chabala, Camargo, Dixon, Ching, Johnson.
D.C. United: Hamid; Korb, McDonald, Jakovic, Woolard; Porter, Kitchen, Augusto, Sanchez; De Rosario, Rafael.
Subs: Willis, Riley, Pajoy, Saragosa, White, Townsend, DeLeon.
News broke overnight that Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the most successful managers that world football has seen, has stepped down as manager of Manchester United. So who better to reflect on one of the most successful managers in European football than one of the most successful managers in American soccer? We caught up with Dominic Kinnear to get his thoughts on the career of Sir Alex.
HoustonDynamo.com: What are your thoughts on the career of Sir Alex Ferguson?
Dominic Kinnear: Well he was not only successful at Manchester United, he won the Winner's Cup with Aberdeen in 1983. You could say he is the best manager of modern football. His record speaks for himself, as does the list of players he has coached and the longevity he has had at one club
HD: What about Ferguson's career stands out to you?
DK: Well, I don't think it's easy to coach superstars all the time. When you look at the amount of respect people have for him around world football, when he has those players come in, they automatically play as hard as anybody. Also, Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world and for a guy to withstand the pressure all those years and be successful, year after year, it’s probably the most impressive managerial career you could look at.
HD: Is there one accomplishment in his career that stands out to you?
DK: For me, it's when he managed Aberdeen and they beat Real Madrid in the Winner's Cup. That was impressive because a small club, like Aberdeen, was able to beat Real Madrid over two legs. When you see the great players that have played for him and the way they talk about him, you know he’s done something special.
One of the most talked about plays over the weekend was the decision by referee Allen Chapman to not issue a red card to Tally Hall when he took down Galaxy forward Jose Villareal in the 24th minute of Sunday's 1-0 Dynamo win.
Galaxy players and coaches were not shy about their displeasure. Head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the match: "I think in most cases that is a red card, but to not even give a card...if they give a yellow card you can understand that, maybe, but it is remarkable he didn't give a card on the play."
So why didn't Chapman issue a red card on the play? According to MLSsoccer.com senior editor Simon Borg, Chapman made the correct call because Villarreal's touch around Hall took him away from the goal and not toward it. Borg also pointed out that Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell had recovered and was in position to protect the net had Villarreal gotten around Hall, meaning that the Dynamo goalkeeper was not the last man on the play.
ESPN broadcaster Adrian Healy, who called the play-by-play for Sunday's match agreed with Borg and had this to say on Twitter (FYI DOGSO stands for Denial of a Goal Scoring Opportunity):
— Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey) May 7, 2013
So what do you say Dynamo fans? Do you think the referee made the correct call on Sunday? Would you have given Hall a yellow card? Let us know in the comments section below!
Following his team's 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made an appearance on MLS ExtraTime Radio. Kinnear discussed Sunday's win, the road ahead and the state of MLS officials.
SPOILER ALERT: Kinnear believes the officiating in MLS has gotten better.
Following his performance against the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, Houston Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver has been nominated as one of the Top 3 performers for the week by MLSsoccer.com. The three winners are the players who tally the most votes before Monday at 7 p.m. CT.
Driver scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's 1-0 over the Galaxy, blasting a low, hard shot past Carlo Cudicini in the 56th minute.