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jonathan kaplan

15 March 10:38 am

If you are anything like myself, then you are definitely enjoying the new Fantasy MLS game. I've decided that I'm going to start offering up some fantasy tips for Dynamo fans out there playing the game.

The first question on everyone's mind this week is whether or not Luiz Camargo will start vs. the San Jose Earthquakes. The short answer to that question is: I don't know. The longer answer is that Dominic Kinnear has a system and as long as his team is winning, he has been known to stick with the same team. After last week's 1-0 win at Chivas USA, it would not surprise me to see the same 11 players start the game. With that said, the Dynamo are a better team with Camargo on the field, so as long as he is 90-minutes fit, Kinnear might give him the nod. My recommendation would be to sit Camargo for another week and see how things play out.

Here are some other key statistics from past matchups between the Dynamo and the Earthquakes:

  • Brad Davis has 3 goals and 4 assists in 9 careers matches vs. San Jose
  • Brian Ching has 3 goals in 5 career matches vs. San Jose
  • The Dynamo have a 65-39 edge over San Jose on corner kicks. Could that be an opportunity for a Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell or Andre Hainault to steal a goal from their defensive position?
  • Earthquakes midfielder Khari Stephenson has 2 goals in 4 matches vs. the Dynamo
  • Believe it or not, forward Chris Wondolowski has played 3 games against his former club, attempted 6 shots but has never scored
  • Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch has played 4 career games vs. the Dynamo. He has a 2-2 record, has allowed four goals for a paltry 1.00 GAA.

I know this isn't a lot, but each week I'll try to give you a brief rundown of how Dynamo players have fared against the upcoming opposition and vice versa.

Hope this helps and good luck this week!

14 March 11:43 am

It's always interesting to see how much weight people put on one game. After the first week of the MLS season, the writers at MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo one spot in their power rankings to No. 6. The writers were concerned about the inability of Dynamo forwards to score, but were impressed with another late goal by Andre Hainault and a beautiful pass by Geoff Cameron. On the flip side, Avi Creditor from SI.com kept the Dynamo at No. 5 in his poll, focusing on the fact that you take three points on the road whenever you can.

So what do you all think? Would you put the Dynamo higher or lower in your power rankings?

08 March 6:27 pm

For the past three months, if you went to BBVACompassStadium.com you would be re-directed to HoustonDynamo.com/Stadium. Well as of today, I am proud to announce that BBVA Compass Stadium has its own website! As you can see, we chose to go with the latest stadium rendering as the centerpiece of our site design. This decision was made to showcase the unique design of BBVA Compass Stadium as well as to showcase the downtown location of the venue.

As you dig around the site you will see that it is not 100% complete. There are still many details about the stadium that we are trying to iron out. As those get finalized, more information about the facility will be added.

Hopefully you all enjoy it and if you have any constructive criticisim, feel free to leave it in the comments below! 

05 March 3:10 pm

I don't know about you all, but I am extremely excited about this year's edition of MLS Live. I have been a regular subscriber to MLB.TV since college and this will be my second year using the service that MLS provides. For only $60, it is a great way to watch your favorite team, plus follow the rest of the teams around the league. It is an absolute must for any MLS fan. To purchase or renew your subscription, visit http://live.mlssoccer.com/mlsmdl/.

05 March 1:45 pm

The folks at MLSsoccer.com have launched a brand-new MLS Fantasy Soccer game to get you psyched for the 2012 season. If anyone has played Fantasy EPL before, the same folks who design their official game have designed the MLS version.

In this year's edition, you will have $100 million to spend on a roster of 15 players. There are great prizes available including a VIP trip to the 2013 All-Star Game and an MLS-themed foosball table.

To register for the league, visit fantasy.mlssoccer.com. And remember, you must have a Facebook account to sign up.

So what do you say Dynamo fans? Have you started putting your team together? Who is in your starting XI? First Kick is on March 10 so don't miss out on this great opportunity!