Although no team would turn down the opportunity to play in the MLS Cup Final, the price of success means a shorter window to make adjustments to the squad for the next season. Now that the off-season has begun (and it began with a flurry of moves on the west coast), Dominic Kinnear and his staff must turn their attention to the 2013 Houston Dynamo squad.
The Houston Chronicle's Jesus Ortiz mentioned a few players who could leave the Dynamo via free agency this off-season.
Over the next two weeks, two drafts will take place during which the Dynamo can add players to the squad. On Friday, December 7 MLS will hold Stage 1 of the 2012 Re-Entry Draft. A player is eligible for the Re-Entry Draft under the following circumstances:
- Players who are at least 23 years old, have a minimum of three years of MLS experience, and whose options were not exercised by their clubs (available at option salary for 2013).
- Players who are at least 25 years old, have a minimum of four years of MLS experience, were out of contract, and whose club did not offer them a contract at their previous salary (available at 2012 salary).
- Players who are at least 30 years old, have a minimum of eight years of MLS experience, were out of contract, and whose club did not wish to re-sign them (available for at least 105 percent of their 2012 salary).
For any eligible player that was not selected in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft, they will be available in Stage 2, which will be held Friday, December 14. Any team who drafts a player in Stage 2 must negotiate a new salary with that player.
Teams are not required to select any player in the Re-Entry Draft. Each draft is two rounds. If a team passes on their pick they are done for the remainder of that stage.
Also, a player may opt out of participating in the Re-Entry Draft and have his rights retained by his current club. Last year, Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell opted out of Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft and was re-signed by the Dynamo.
Have an opinion on today's MLS Cup final? Matt Pedersen and Glenn Davis are hosting a call-in show on KPRC 950 until 8 p.m. CT. To voice your opinion on the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy or to talk about last season or the one ahead, call (713) 212-5950.
All stats are courtesy of Opta Sports
First Half Stats
|LA Galaxy||Houston Dynamo|
|4||Attempts on Goal||7|
|0||Shots on Target||3|
|4||Shots off Target||1|
|7||Open Play Crosses||11|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||48%|
|77%||Passing Accuracy %||81%|
With less than an hour before kickoff, lineups have been released for both the Dynamo and the Galaxy. Heading into the match, the only question mark for the Dynamo was the health of forward Calen Carr. Although he was not listed on Friday's injury report, it was not known if he was fit to go a full 90 or if Kinnear would use the energetic Macoumba Kandji to start the match. That question was answered with the release of today's lineup.
GK: Tally Hall
RB: Kofi Sarkodie
CB: Bobby Boswell
CB: Jermaine Taylor
LB: Corey Ashe
RM: Boniek Garcia
CM: Adam Moffat
CM: Ricardo Clark
LM: Brad Davis (C)
FW: Will Bruin
FW: Calen Carr
With Carr back in the lineup, Kinnear has chosen to go back to the 4-4-2 formation that has worked so well for him throughout his coaching career. Here are the Dynamo's available subs:
GK: Tyler Deric
DF: Andre Hainault
MF: Giles Barnes
MF: Luiz Camargo
FW: Mac Kandji
FW: Cam Weaver
FW: Brian Ching
Today's Galaxy starting lineup is:
Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant; Christian Wilhelmsson, David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane.
Their available subs are:
Brian Perk, Marcelo Sarvas, Michael Stephens, AJ DeLaGarza, Edson Buddle, Pat Noonan, Bryan Gaul
Today's match can be seen nationally on ESPN and TeleFutura. It can also be heard locally on KPRC 950 with an extended postgame call-in show to follow.
Be sure to follow @DynamoMatchday for in-game updates as well as @HoustonDynamo for behind-the-scenes content.
A year after finishing as the runner-up for the MLS MVP award, Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis finished fourth in this year's voting. San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski won the league's top honor in a landslide, garnering a combined percentage of 259.07% of the votes. That number is out of 300% when you add the percentage of votes that came from the clubs, players and media. Davis finished behind Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry and Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi.
|PLAYER||% Club Votes||% Media Votes||% Player Votes||WEIGHTED TOTAL|
|1. Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||91.23||96.97||70.83||259.03|
|2. Thierry Henry (NY)||0||3.03||11.46||14.49|
|3. Graham Zusi (SKC)||3.51||0||3.13||6.64|
|4. Brad Davis (HOU)||3.51||0||0||3.51|