You've asked for it and now you've got it. As a part of Friday’s pre-game ceremony, El Capitan will be fired for the first time at BBVA Compass Stadium. El Capitan is a replica Civil War-ear mountain howitzer cannon and is awarded to the winner of the Dynamo vs. FC Dallas season series. The Dynamo retained El Capitan with a 2-1 win over their in-state rivals on June 16.
Be sure to be in your seats by 7 p.m. to not miss the blast!
The Houston Dynamo are hitting their stride and it appears the national media is starting to take note. Following Houston's nine-point week, the Dynamo moved up five spots to No. 4 in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Houston is coming off a week in which it won three games by a 9-1 margin, and received goals from seven different players. MLSsoccer.com had this to say about the Dynamo:
So much for feeling uninspired. The Dynamo just handed in a nine-point week, handling SKC fairly comfortably before getting their pound of flesh (and then some) from outmanned Montreal. The switch to the 4-3-3 has come faster than expected.
Dynamo fans were not happy with the MLS rankings last week. What do you all say this week? Is the No. 4 spot fair this week? Let us know in the comments below!
Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear joined Simon Borg, Nick Firchau and the gang for an interview on MLS ExtraTime Radio on Monday. Kinnear spoke about Sunday's win over D.C. United, the current situation with Geoff Cameron and the influx of Scottish players to MLS.
With a boyish smile, Boniek Garcia took the field this morning for the first time as a member of the Houston Dynamo. Head coach Dominic Kinnear used Boniek in an outside mid position, but said after training that he would not be afraid to move the Dynamo DP elsewhere if the need arose.
MLSsoccer.com's Power 5 series continues this week with five MLS records that are likely to be broken, as well as five that are likely to stand the test of time. Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston came in at No. 4 on the breakable record list with his all-time minutes record. Today, Ralston made another appearance on the list with his all-time assist record. The former New England winger has 135 career assists, 21 more then the No. 2 person on the list (Carlos Valderrama) and 38 more than the active leader (Landon Donovan).
Donovan, however, is not the man that the experts at MLSsoccer.com believe has the tools to break Ralston's record. That honor goes to Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, a man who shares much in common with Ralston. Both men are from the St. Louis area and both have benefited from forwards who know how to put the ball in the back of the net. (i.e. Taylor Twellman and Brian Ching). Although Davis sits 51 assists shy of Ralston's record, the 2011 MLS MVP runner-up is showing no signs of slowing down. He tallied 40 assist from 2009-2011 and has four assists in 2012. Watch below to see why the MLSsoccer.com writers believe Davis is the man to break Ralston's record.
WATCH: Brad Davis notches two assists in Houston's 3-3 draw vs. Toronto
MLSsoccer.com continues its Power 5 series with a look at five records that are considered breakable, as well as five that will not be broken any time soon. No. 4 on the breakable list is career minutes played, a record held by none other than Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston. Ralston is described by his peers as an "Iron Man" and is credited not only for his longevity, but for his ability to maintain a high level throughout his career. Watch the video below to see what else the writers at MLSsoccer.com have to say about the Dynamo Assistant Coach and who they think could break his record.
Dynamo defender Andre Hainault and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson each featured in their respective national team's friendlies this pat weekend. Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron was on the bench for the U.S. against Canada, but was not called upon by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hainault started and played 90 minutes against the United States in the scoreless draw at BMO Field on Sunday. The Dynamo defender anchored a backline that shut down the U.S. attacked and also earned a yellow card for a foul on Jermaine Jones.
WATCH U.S. VS. CANADA HIGHLIGHTS
Je-Vaughn Watson started and played 86 minutes in Jamaica's 2-1 loss to Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez. The Dynamo midfielder picked up a yellow card for a foul in the 68th minute.
WATCH JAMAICA VS. PANAMA HIGHLIGHTS
In the latest episode of Anatomy of a Goal, MLSsoccer.com editor-in-chief Greg Lalas breaks down Luiz Camargo's strike against the New England Revolution. Lalas commends Camargo's willingnes to move without the ball, as well as Ching's intelligence to show for his teammate and draw defenders away from the open space. Watch the video below to see what else Lalas had to say.
MLSsoccer.com's Power 5 series continues this week with a look at the top five center backs in MLS. Coming in at No. 3 is Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron, a player who has only played the center back position for approximately two years yet has already caught the attention of U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. In the video, Cameron is praised for his calmness on the ball, his precision with his passing and his ability to start the attack.