Go behind the scenes at BBVA Compass Stadium during the Dynamo's match against the Columbus Crew in this week's edition of TunnelVision.
With a tying goal in the second half, Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ownby led the way for the Richmond Kickers 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Blues on Sunday, July 21. The win marked a special occasion for the Kickers, as the team celebrated its 21st anniversary with a 21-game unbeaten streak overall this season.
It was not a promising start for Richmond. They let in a goal early in the 5th minute of action. It wasn't until the 76th minute that the game changed. Ownby began the Kickers' comeback for the Kickers by scoring off of a give and go play, driving the ball into the right corner. (2:30 in the video below). Then, in the 85th minute, David Bulow scored the winning goal off of a penalty kick.
Ownby now has five goals and three assists in 15 appearances for the Kickers, who remain undefeated (11-0-8) and second in USL Pro standings. Richmond's next match is Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. CT at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves.
Ownby ends his loan spell with Richmond on Sept. 14.
On Tuesday's edition of Soccer Matters, Glenn Davis spoke with veteran Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, U.S. women's national team star Abby Wambach and New England Revolution midfielder/defender Chris Tierney. Check out their interviews below.
With the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup only three weeks away, we want to update you on what's happening with the Stoke City squad.
On June 28, Stoke City secured its first major signing of the 2013-14 season by acquiring Dutch international defender Erik Pieters.
Stoke technical director Mark Cartwright said the team got value for their money by signing Pieters to a four-year contract worth 3.1 million euros. "We would have loved to sign an England international, but we couldn't have signed anyone of that ilk for that price," Cartwright said.
Stoke City also announced the signing of Spanish defender Marc Muniesa on July 2. The 21-year-old joins the Potters with a four-year contract after rising through the FC Barcelona system. He becomes the second new signing by new manager Mark Hughes this summer.
Hughes believes the highly-sought after Muniesa will be an excellent addition to the Potters. "I know he’s very highly-regarded in Spain and was attracting interest from clubs in La Liga but he’s an ambitious young man and wants to test himself in English football," said Hughes.
Here is a slideshow of Muniesa's career with FC Barcelona.
Hughes appointed Eddie Niedzwiecki as first-team coach in June and Niedzwiecki looks to please fans by making Britannia Stadium the noisy fortress it has been in the past. He also expects to play in a different style than former manager Tony Pullis. Niedzwiecki will get a look at the players for the first time when they report for training on July 8.
In their pre-season friendly, Stoke City will host Italian club Genoa at Britannia Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 10. Hughes wanted to play at Britannia to get new players comfortable with the stadium before the start of the season.
The expansion of Clayton Wood training ground is close to completion. The Potters put in 6 million euros worth of updates in the facility in order to meet Category One status within the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). Some of the additions include changing rooms, a classroom, a two-lane sprint tack and much more. The updates are expected to be finished before the start of the regular season.
Stoke City travels to Houston to face the Dynamo on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. CT.
Dynamo forward Brian Ownby added another goal to his name in the Richmond Kickers 2-0 victory over Orlando City on Sunday, June 30. With the win, the Kickers remain undefeated in USL Pro this season.
With the Kickers already up 1-0, Ownby solidified the lead after capitalizing on a pass by Juan Arbelaez in the 77th minute. Ownby's first touch popped into the air before he drilled his shot into the back of the net with a nifty scissor kick (3:40 in the video below).
Ownby now has four goals to go alongside five assists on the season.
Richmond's next match is this Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 CT at the Dayton Dutch Lions.
Send Brad Davis to the MLS All-Star game this summer. Davis is already a 5-time MLS All-Star and is the Dynamo career leader in games, starts and assists. This season he has had three goals and three assists. Lets make Davis a six-time MLS All-Star by voting for him in two different ways.
1) Online at MLSSoccer.com
2) Via text message. Text Davis to 22442.
The 2013 MLS All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. CT at Sporting Park in Kansas City on July 31. Fan voting ends at 2 p.m. CT on July 2. Check out Davis's highlights from this season in the video below.
Send Tally Hall to the MLS All-Star game this summer. Hall has had five shutouts already this season. Dynamo fans can help him get to the MLS All-Star game by voting in two different ways.
1) Online at MLSSoccer.com
2) Via text message. Text "Hall" to 22442
The 2013 MLS All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. CT at Sporting Park in Kansas City on July 31. Fan voting ends at 2 p.m. CT on July 2. Check out Hall's highlights from this season below.
Send midfielder Boniek Garcia to the MLS All-Star game! Boniek's contributed two assists so far, and his 22 "chances created" are good for top 10 in MLS. Fans can vote in two different ways.
1) Online at MLSSocer.com
2) Via text message: Text Garcia to 22442
The 2013 All-Star Game is at 8 p.m. CT at Sporting Park in Kansas City on July 31. Fan voting ends 2 p.m. CT on July 2. Check out Boniek's highlights from this season below.
The Dynamo travel to Harrison, NJ to take on Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls this Sunday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Check out the video to see what the team hopes to accomplish this week.
Check out all the action from the Dynamo's match vs. Toronto FC on June 22, including the special tributes to our fallen Houston firefighters.