Houston Dynamo midfielder Josue Soto, who recently joined the San Antonio Scorpions on loan, started and played 90 minutes in San Antonio's season-opening game, Saturday night against the Atlanta Silverbacks. The homegrown product will be with the NASL club until May 7, but will join the Dynamo in Frisco today for their reserve league match against the FC Dallas Reserves. Watch below for a 2:30 minute highlight package from the 0-0 draw, Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
It's been almost a month since NBC Sports Network aired their first MLS game and by all accounts the partnership has been a huge success. The broadcast quality has been fantastic and NBC has worked their tails off to make MLS broadcasts as professional as the ones they do for the NFL or NHL. Below is the latest ad that NBC Sports released promoting their MLS partnership. What do you think? Can you name all of the Dynamo players featured in the spot?
Look what we saw going up outside the stadium today? Rumor has it that sign installation will be complete by the weekend. We'll provide you photo updates throughout and video once the final piece is complete. And if you haven't watched it yet, be sure to check out the latest stadium update, courtesy of HoustonDynamo.com's Matt Pedersen.
Bobby Boswell said on a recent radio interview that during these three weeks off, there will be teams that jump the Dynamo in the standings, but Houston players have to remember that they will get those games back down the road. After Houston's first of two consecutive bye weeks, a few Eastern Conference foes stepped their game up and took it to their (seemingly more dominant) Western Conference counterparts.
Although the ranking on MLSsoccer.com/Standings is the one that matters most come season's end, the virtual standings in the weekly power rankings do offer an opportunity for healthy debate. After serving as spectators for last weekend's matches, the Dynamo remained in the 5th spot in MLSsoccer.com's power rankings. San Jose made a sizeable jump after a stunning victory at Seattle and LA dropped below Houston after an even more stunning loss at home to New England. Here is what the writers at MLSsoccer.com had to say about Houston:
The Dynamo are using their break to get Brian Ownby or Alex Dixon ready to go at right midfield, and likely Nathan Sturgis ready to go at defensive midfield. How their depth performs will be a good indication of how close they are to challenging SKC.
Dominic Kinnear is not one to tip his hand, but it's a good bet that some combination of Sturgis/Ownby/Dixon could see playing time when the Dynamo resume action on April 15. With a scrimmage on Thursday against Laredo Heat and a Reserve Game next Tuesday at FC Dallas, players will have ample time to show they belong in the starting lineup against the Chicago Fire.
Elsewhere around the league, SI.com's Avi Creditor believes the Dynamo looked very strong in their off-week and moved them up to No. 4 in his rankings. Brian Straus of The Sporting News was not as impressed and dropped Houston to No. 6 in his rankings, with San Jose and Colorado making the jump ahead of the men in orange.
So what do you think? Is 4-6 still the correct place for Houston at this point in the season? Would you have moved San Jose up as much and/or dropped LA as little?
Let us know what you think!
Although my favorite part of Tuesday mornings is generally the promise of a new episode of New Girl, I am also eager to see the latest version of MLS power rankings. After going on the road for the first two weeks of the year and coming away with consecutive 1-0 victories, most pundits around the league had the Dynamo in the No. 5 spot. In week 3, the Dynamo continued their road trip, this time packing their bags for the Pacific Northwest and the racuous environment of CenturyLink Field. After a hard-fought 90 minutes, which featured a deflected goal and a penalty kick, the Dynamo ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. Let's take a look at how that result impact Houston's place in the weekly rankings.
For starters, the folks at MLSsoccer.com did not seem fazed by Houston's loss and kept the men in orange at No. 5 in their weekly rankings. "In the end, it was silly to expect them to get three straight results on the road," they said. And while a result on the road is difficult anywhere, a result in Seattle might be twice as difficult. SI.com's Avi Creditor is concerned about Houston not scoring from the run of play, but not concerned enough to move the Dynamo from the No. 5 spot in his rankings. Lastly, ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle writes that six points through three road games is a great haul and as a result, the long-time writer keeps Houston fifth on his list.
So what say you Dynamo fans? Is Houston still the fifth best team in the league through three weeks? Leave your comments below!
With the Dynamo traveling to Seattle for a Friday night matchup at CenturyLink Field, fantasy MLS fans have one less day to begin setting their lineup for the week. Have no fear, we, at HoustonDynamo.com are here to offer you a little fantasy advice heading into the third week of the MLS season.
First, we spoke last week about the central midfield position and the status of Luiz Camargo. Shortly after we posted our thoughts, it was announced that Camargo would not travel to California due to the birth of his son. This week, Camargo should be with the squad in Seattle, however, we would not insert him into the lineup so quickly. Yes, Je-Vaughn Watson did play 67 minutes in Wednesday's friendly vs. Costa Rica, but the Jamaican midfielder is incredibly fit and, as we said last week, head coach Dominic Kinnear is not one to change things up when things are going well.
Here are a few quick thoughts about the two teams heading into Friday's matchup:
- Only five Dynamo players have scored a regular season goal against Seattle in the past three years and they are all still on the squad (Cameron, Ching, Davis, Clark and Weaver)
- Geoff Cameron leads all Dynamo players with three goals scored against the Sounders
- Not surprisingly, Brad Davis leads the Dynamo with four assists against Seattle. He also has nine shot attempts so look for him to continue to be dangerous down the left flank.
- Goalkeeper Tally Hall has been one of the best fantasy producers in 2012 and has a decent pedigree against Seattle. The Gig Harbor, Wash., native has a 1-1-1 career record against the Sounders. Hall is 0-1-1 in Seattle and in 2011 posted a six-save, Team of the Week performance against his hometown club.
- For Seattle, Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez lead the way with two goals a piece against the Dynamo.
- Montero also has 14 shot attempts, with eight of those on target, so you can be assured that Seattle players will be working hard to get him the ball Friday night
- Under new Fantasy MLS rules, players get one point for every six clearances, blocks or intercepts. They also get one point for every six recovered balls. Those statistics bode well for midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who many pundits hail as the most underrated player in MLS. With Mauro Rosales out for Friday's matchup, look for Alonso to be on the ball often, both offensively and defensively for Seattle.
A road win is always good for a team's confidence as well as for a team's place in the weekly power rankings. After last weekend's 1-0 win at AT&T Park against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Dynamo moved up one spot to No. 5 in MLSsoccer.com's weekly rankings. Here is what the folks at MLSsoccer.com had to say about Houston:
Many pundits – including several on the Power Rankings Politburo – felt the Dynamo had the league's best defense heading into the season. They haven't disabused us yet, and there's no reason to think they'll do so any time soon. 1-0 on the road wins silverware, by the way.
Elsewhere around the soccerverse, ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle moved Houston up one spot to No. 5. SI.com's Avi Creditor had the Dynamo in the five spot last week and did not make any changes to his top five. In addition, Creditor named Tally Hall to his Team of the Week. Over at Sporting News, Brian Straus moves Houston up two spots in his rankings to No. 5.
So what do you think? Esteemed soccer pundits around the league believe the Dynamo are the fifth best team in MLS. Do you think they should be ranked elsewhere?
I haven't been able to find a box score, but it looks like Kofi Sarkodie did see time in Sunday's scrimmage win over the Atlanta Silverbacks. Following the match, Kofi and Montreal's Zarek Valentin spoke with USSoccer.com's Heather Soltis. The U-23s begin Olympic qualifying on Thursday when they take on Cuba at 8 p.m. CT. The match can be seen on Universal Sports Network and Telemundo.
I'm not sure if anyone has checked out the Opta Chalkboard on MLSsoccer.com, but they are fascinating to read. The folks at MLSsoccer.com have done a great job of bringing fans more in-depth coverage of the league, and the partnership with Opta is a huge step in the right direction. Obviously the win-loss record is what matters in the end, but with the Opta Chalkboard, you can get a better feel or which players are doing things right, and which players might not be doing as well. Here is the link to the Chalkboard for last Saturday's match. What stats stick out to you?