On Saturday, CES Performance Houston, the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine and the Houston Dynamo held a grand opening event for their new sports performance building at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. Fans had the opportunity to take a tour of the new 35,000 square foot facility, which includes a 5,000 square foot pro-style weight room, an 80-yard outdoor turf track and a 10,000 square foot indoor turf field.
Dynamo defender Andre Hainault took time out of his busy schedule with the Canadian national team to talk with the folks at MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio. Hainault talks World Cup qualifiers as well as the Dynamo's quest to win both MLS Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League.
Hainault joins the show around the 27:00 mark.
Dynamo broadcaster, U-16 Academy coach and former MLS all-star Eddie Robinson was selected as an inductee to the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Robinson - along with Curt Johnson and the late Barry Howard - will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner, January 26, 2013 in Greensboro, NC.
Robinson, who grew up in Greensboro and was an all-state player at Page High School, was a four-year letterwinner at UNC Chapel Hill (1996-2000). He was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes as the No. 20 overall pick of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. He played 11 seasons with the same MLS franchise, first with the Earthquakes and then with the Houston Dynamo when the franchise moved to Texas after the 2005 season.
The four-time MLS Cup winner retired following the 2011 season to join the Dynamo front office.
In his weekly Instant Replay video series, Simon Borg takes a closer look at the controversial calls from the past weekend's games. In the video below, he looks at two calls that were made in the final seconds of Saturday's Dynamo-Impact match.
In the final part of a 3-part 'Between the Lines' Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle looks at lateral and vertical build-ups, one resulting in a Brad Davis score, the other in a Freddy Adu goal.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear is always looking for ways to keep things loose. He has organized flag football games, bowling matches and trips to a local go-kart track. On Monday, Kinnear went to his bag of tricks one more time and organized an intra-squad softball game after training.
It looks like Will Bruin was doing his best John Olerud impression by donning Calen Carr's head gear.
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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.
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!