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25 September 11:42 am

The latest power rankings are out and following the Dynamo's 3-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Union, the writers at MLSsoccer.com dropped Houston one spot from No. 7 to No. 8. Here is what they had to say about the current state of the Dynamo: 

Boniek García is more comfortable and dangerous on the wing. The problem is that Houston are more comfortable and dangerous with him in central midfield. Dominic Kinnear needs to go with that option, and just trust in Mac Kandji, Calen Carr and new man Giles Barnes to hold down the flanks.

This weekend, the Dynamo will take on the New England Revolution, who MLSsoccer.com rank at the No. 17 team in the league. Check out what the writers had to say about this weekend's opponent:

In a season of sorrow for the Revs, Lee Nguyen's year-ending surgery is the latest blow. The attacker's been one of the more entertaining players in the league (even if he's prone to over-dribbling), and his presence will be missed as Jay Heaps' men try to put in a respectable end to the campaign.

Elsewhere around the internet, both ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle and SI.com's Avi Creditor have the Dynamo in the No. 9 spot in their rankings.

So let's hear it Dynamo fans. Where do the Dynamo stack up in your rankings? Are they 7, 8, 9 or elsewhere? And what do you think they need to do to get to the top? Leave us your comments below!

 

 

25 September 9:55 am

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13 September 12:55 pm

Dynamo striker Will Bruin has made a huge jump from year one to year two. The Indiana University product scored five goals in his rookie campaign after being thrust into the starting lineup on opening day. Although expectations were high for the sophomore striker heading into 2012, Bruin has managed the expecations well to the tune of 11 goals and three assists in 27 games played.

The national media is starting to take note as well, as Bruin came in at No. 11 on MLSsoccer.com's top 24 players under the age of 24. Last year, Bruin was not included on the list.

"It's awesome," Bruin said when told about his place in the ranking. "It shows that my hard work and motivation has transfered from last year to this year. With that said, I still have a lot to work on to get to where I want to be."

Click here to see what coaches around the league had to say about Will Bruin.

Click here to see the complete MLS 24 Under 24 rankings.

11 September 9:45 am

For the first time in league history, Major League Soccer released the list of the the top-selling adidas player jerseys sold via either MLSGear.com, MLSGearCanada.ca, as well as MLS club websites. Two Houston Dynamo players are in the top 25 with Brian Ching coming in at No. 10 and Brad Davis at No. 18. Check out the full list below

Top selling adidas MLS player jerseys on MLSgear.com / MLSgearCanada.ca / MLS club websites (March 10 – September 10, 2012)
1. David Beckham LA Galaxy
2. Thierry Henry New York Red Bulls
3. Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
4. Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC
5. Dwayne De Rosario D.C. United
6. Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes
7. Tim Cahill New York Red Bulls
8. Robbie Keane LA Galaxy
9. Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC
10. Brian Ching Houston Dynamo
11. Darlington Nagbe Portland Timbers
12. Chris Pontius D.C. United
13. Osvaldo Alonso Seattle Sounders FC
14. Young-Pyo Lee Vancouver Whitecaps FC
15. Kris Boyd Portland Timbers
16. Barry Robson Vancouver Whitecaps FC
17. Eddie Gaven Columbus Crew
18. Brad Davis Houston Dynamo
19. Roger Torres Philadelphia Union
20. Freddy Adu Philadelphia Union
21. Kei Kamara Sporting Kansas City
22. Kyle Beckerman Real Salt Lake
23.  Mike Magee LA Galaxy
24. Saer Sene New England Revolution
25. Arne Friedrich Chicago Fire

 

04 September 2:43 pm

It's been four weeks since the Dynamo jumped up to the No. 2 spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Since then, the club has gone 0-2-2, and although they came home with four points in their first two CONCACAF Champions League road matches, they have been unable to maintain their earlier form in league play. Last week, the Dynamo were placed in the fifth spot in the weekly rankings. This week, following Houston's 3-1 loss at the Chicago Fire, the Dynamo were placed ninth. Here is what the writers at MLSsoccer.com had to say about the Dynamo:

Their nosedive in the Power Rankings (and standings) coincides with Mac Kandji's nosedive in form. To make the 4-3-3 work, you need wingers who can beat their man both with and without the ball, threaten goal themselves and make quick decisions when double-teamed. Kandji's fallen short on those last two fronts over the past month.

A little harsh, but other writers seem to agree with how the league views the Dynamo's slide. Over at SI.com, Avi Creditor puts the Dynamo in the eighth spot of his rankings. ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle is a little more optimistic about the Dynamo, only dropping them two spots to seventh in his ranking. Lastly, Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America has not jumped off the Dynamo bandwagon, moving Houston to No. 5 in his ranking.

So what do you think? Do you agree with Ridge, Jeff, Avi or MLSsoccer? Or do you have the Dynamo elsewhere in you ranking? Let us know!

22 August 9:46 am

In the latest Power 5 series, the folks at MLSsoccer.com look at top five players/decisions/keys to the home stretch of the MLS season. Coming in at No. 3 is Dominic Kinnear's decision to sign Boniek Garcia and move his team to a 4-3-3.

20 August 1:53 pm

Brad Davis' left-footed strike in the 19th minute of Sunday's match has been nominated for the AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 24. The Dynamo midfielder received a square pass from Boniek Garcia, took one touch and fired it into the upper left-hand corner of the net past a diving Andy Gruenebaum. The goal was Davis' sixth of the season, which tied a career high that he set in 2003 as a member of the Dallas Burn.

Click here to vote for Brad!

20 August 9:53 am

This morning, MLSsoccer.com unveiled their annual poll to see who are the top 24 players under the age of 24. In 2010, Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero earned the No. 1 ranking. Last year, FC Dallas and U.S. men's national team midfielder Brek Shea took home the title.

In previous years, the vote was determined by a select group of panelists. This year, fans will have the opportunity to voice their opinions. The fan vote will count for 10 percent of the ballot. The other 90 percent will derive from the votes of a panel of media members and the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff. 

In the first two years of the vote, no Dynamo player saw representation in the top 24. Could this be the first year a Dynamo player breaks through? Eligible Dynamo players include: Will Bruin, Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, Erich Marscheider, Brian Ownby, Colin Rolfe, Kofi Sarkodie and Josue Soto.

Voting is open now and runs until Friday at 4 p.m. CT. Fans can either vote on MLSsoccer.com or on the MLS Facebook page.

If you are talking about the contest on Twitter, be sure to use #24U24.

Come on Dynamo fans, let's take to the polls and have your voice be heard!

15 August 8:57 am

In the latest edition of Between the Lines, MLSsoccer.com's Matt Doyle looks at the Dynamo's 4-3-3 and how the team has adapated since making the switch in formation.