The Dynamo play their second of three preseason games in the Carolina Challenge Cup tonight at 3 p.m. CT when they face New York City FC (Watch the live stream at www.HoustonDynamo.com/live).
After two days of training in unusually cold Charleston weather, the team is looking to rebound after a 1-0 defeat to the Charleston Battery in Saturday’s opening game. Tonight's game was moved an hour earlier due to a severe weather warning here in Charleston.
“The training was fantastic yesterday,” Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle said. “The intensity, the application, everything we are looking for. We know we have quality in the team and a terrific group of players. Tonight we play a very good side in New York City, a team that has invested heavily financially with some big names as we know. “
The Dynamo are just nine days from the 2015 season opener – March 7 against Columbus Crew SC at BBVA Compass Stadium – and tonight is the club’s penultimate preseason game.
“The important thing for us tonight is our development and getting ready for the start of the season against Columbus Crew, and for our players to go and show their quality and be very respectful of the opposition,” Coyle added. “The important thing tonight is to day by day get stronger, physically stronger, mentally stronger, and get tighter.
The club traveled from Houston to Charleston on Friday and arrived late, with a short turnaround and a 5 p.m. kickoff the next evening in the opening game of a doubleheader. Coyle conceded that the travel and late arrival may have contributed to the performance in the 1-0 setback against the Battery.
“The lads arrived at midnight (on Friday), so I think we need to cut them a bit of slack in that respect. We want to move the ball quicker, because that’s what I think we’re about, and when you do that, it leads to creating goal scoring chances. We had two or three on Saturday night, probably not as many as you’d like in the game.
Tonight the Dynamo will get their first chance against New York City FC, who along with Orlando City SC enter MLS as expansion clubs in 2015. NYCFC drew Orlando, 1-1, on Friday with NYCFC rookie Kyrie Shelton equalizing after Kaka’s opener for the Lions.
“It will be tough tonight with good opposition, and that’s what’s great, if we can move the ball well against the New York City’s and Orlando’s, that will go well moving into the season. “
"It is preseason and we want to win every game, but the important thing is getting a performance that we think is up to the ability we have in the squad.”
Hear from Raul Rodriguez, AJ Cochran, Kofi Sarkodie, Wade Barrett, Owen Coyle, Matt Jordan & Randy Waldrum Wednesday from 7-9 on 1560 AM
Tune into Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM (www.ysr1560.com) from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday for another packed episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College.
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak newly acquired Dynamo defender Raul Rodriguez (in English) as well as defenders Kofi Sarkodie and AJ Cochran. In addition, Glenn will catch up with head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan to get their thoughts on preseason ahead of Wednesday's scrimmage against Austin Aztex at Houston Sports Park.
Finally, Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum joins the show to preview this weekend's Dash tryouts, with players competing for the unique opportunity to make an impact with the Dash in 2015, as the club expects several players to be absent during a portion of the season for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Dash will have a pool of players that have the opportunity to train with the team and play in reserve matches while being available for amateur call-ups to the first team while national team players are away.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
Tune in tonight from 7-9 p.m. for a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM.
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak with several gusts, including: Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark, forward Will Bruin, midfielder/forward Rob Lovejoy and head coach Owen Coyle. Glenn will discuss the club's unbeaten preseason trip to Tucson, including Tuesday's 1-0 win over Vancouver.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
Houston Dynamo forward Erick "Cubo" Torres was introduced to hundreds of Dynamo supporters at an event on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Mexico national team striker joined Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters on Monday to discuss his decision to sign with the Dynamo last December, his current stint with Chivas Guadalajara and his outlook on playing with El Tri at Copa America or the Gold Cup this summer. Catch the full interview below, courtesy of ESPN 97.5 FM.
Erick "Cubo" Torres with Glenn Davis
After 10-year Chicago Fire veteran left back Gonzalo Segares announced his retirement on Friday, Dynamo captain Brad Davis now has the longest-tenure with one club among active MLS players. (Thanks to Kurt Austin with Sporting Kansas City for alerting us to this note.)
Davis, 33, is entering his tenth season with the Dynamo after following the club from San Jose in December 2005. His nine years of service with the Dynamo eclipse teammate Corey Ashe (eight years) and the veteran Real Salt Lake trio of Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales (eight years each).
Davis is entering his 14th season overall in MLS and with 112 assists is tied for fourth on the league’s all-time assist list. Davis is also ninth on the all-time games list, with 338 regular-season appearances, and could climb as high as fifth this season.
Below is the list of active MLS players with the longest tenure with one club.
|PLAYER||CLUB||CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH CLUB (through 2014)||AGE|
|Nick Rimando||Real Salt Lake||8||35|
|Kyle Beckerman||Real Salt Lake||8||32|
|Javier Morales||Real Salt Lake||8||35|
The Dynamo open the 2015 season on Saturday, March 7 versus Columbus Crew SC at BBVA Compass Stadium. Five-game plans start at $99 and are available here, or by calling 713-276-GOAL.
AUDIO: Listen to interviews with David Horst, Owen Coyle, Chris Canetti, Zach Steinberger & Oumar Ballo
Wednesday's episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, featured interviews with several Dynamo personalities. Dynamo broadcaster and host Glenn Davis spoke with head coach Owen Coyle and David Horst live from Tucson and caught up with Dynamo draft picks Zach Steinberger and Oumar Ballo. Davis also spoke to club president Chris Canetti about the state of the club entering the 2105 season. Courtesy of Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs weekly (usually Wednesday or Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. CT.
Zach Steinberger & Oumar Ballo
AUDIO: Listen to interviews with Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley, Kofi Sarkodie, Owen Coyle & Matt Jordan
Thursday's episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, featured interviews with several Dynamo personalities. Host Glenn Davis spoke with Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley and Kofi Sarkodie as well as head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan. Courtesy of Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs weekly (usually Wednesday or Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. CT.
Despite a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids Academy on Saturday, Dynamo Academy U-18 midfielder Christian Lucatero was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy Player of the Week on Monday.
From the U.S. Soccer release:
"Academy Player of the Week: Christian Lucatero of the Houston Dynamo U-18s received high scout ratings for his performance during the team’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Lucatero leads the Frontier Division-leading Dynamo with seven goals in 12 games."
The 2-0 defeat was the first defeat for the U-18s since Nov. 15 and ended a five-game winning streak. The U-18s (10-2-1; 31 points) still lead the Frontier Division of the Central Conference by seven points over Texas Rush. Lucatero scored four goals two weekends ago in a two-game sweep of Sporting Kansas City, including a hat trick after entering the game at halftime.
The Dynamo Academy is back in action at Houston Sports Park on Saturday, Jan. 31 against Dallas-based Solar Chelsea SC. The U-18s kick off at 10 a.m., the U-16s start at 12:30 p.m. and the U-14s cap the day at 3 p.m. The Academy U-15s also play at 10 a.m. against Andromeda at Houston Sports Park.
AUDIO: Listen to interviews with Giles Barnes, Morgan Brian, Zach Steinberger, Owen Coyle and Matt Jordan
Wednesday's episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, featured a host of interviews with Dynamo and Dash personalities. Giles Barnes joined host Glenn Davis in-studio for 30 minutes and the show included interviews with Dash No. 1 pick Morgan Brian, Dynamo first-round selection Zach Steinberger, as well as Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan. Courtesy of Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs on Wednesday's from 7-9 p.m. CT.
Giles Barnes - Part I
Giles Barnes - Part II
Dynamo Academy goalkeeper Johan Welch starts first two games for Trinidad & Tobago at CONCACAF U-20 championships
Houston Dynamo Academy goalkeeper Johan Welch has started the first two games for the Trinidad & Tobago national team at the CONCACAF Under-20 championships in Jamaica. The Soca Warriors opened the group stage with a 2-2 draw with Jamaica on Saturday before rolling to a 5-1 win over Aruba on Sunday. T&T will next face Guatemala on Wednesday before rounding out the group stage against Panama (Sunday) and the United States (Jan. 21).
(SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOTH GAMES BELOW.)
Welch, 18, is member of the Dynamo Academy U-18s, currently 8-1-1 on the season and in first place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's Central Conference Frontier Division. Welch has started four of ten games this season while competing for playing time with goalkeeper Andy Rios.
After the winter break, the Academy U-18s resume USSDA league play on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Sporting Kansas City at Houston Sports Park. Admission is free to the public.