After the latest round of games in the Eastern Conference, the leaders are starting to separate from the pack, but the Dynamo remain right in the thick of things on the edge of the playoff hunt.
While currently in a rut following a 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls, the teams around the Dynamo didn’t fare much better as the Dynamo remain in sixth place in the conference. Let’s sift through the results from the weekend and see how they affect the conference race.
Sporting Kansas City 3, Columbus Crew 0
Columbus received a bit of a lifeline after beating the Dynamo in a midweek match, but Sporting Kansas City brought them back down to earth with an authoritative effort.
Kansas City briefly moved into sole possession of first place in the East with the win, but their co-leaders quickly caught up with them as the weekend wore on. As of now they sit in third place with 45 points due to tiebreakers.
Columbus’ situation looks bleaker and bleaker each week, as they’re still five points back of the red line marking who’s in and out of the playoffs. What’s worse for them is that the teams they’re chasing hold at least one game in hand over the Black and Gold. They’re still in this, but only barely.
Seattle Sounders 2, Chicago Fire 1
Chicago looked to be headed for a well-earned road point at CenturyLink Field, but a Zach Scott cross bundled off of Gonzalo Segares for an own goal in the 89th minute to send the Fire home with nothing.
With the loss, Chicago stays two points back of Houston and New England with 35 points, though the Fire hold a game in hand on both clubs. They will make that difference up on Wednesday night against Toronto FC at BMO Field.
Montreal Impact 4, New England Revolution 2
New England went down to 10 men in the 5th minute at home against Montreal, and Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio scored two goals each to push Montreal back to the top of the standings.
The Impact continue to lead the East with 45 points and still carry two games in hand over New York and Kansas City, who are tied with the Canadians on points.
The Revolution stay at 37 points, tied with the Dynamo. New England holds the fifth and final playoff spot, however, due to the goals scored tiebreaker (the first tiebreaker is wins—both teams have a 10-10-7 record).
San Jose Earthquakes 1, Philadelphia Union 0
Philadelphia went down a goal in the 15th minute in San Jose, the Earthquakes went down a man in the 57th minute, but the Union weren’t able to find an equalizer at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Philadelphia holds their place in fourth, but the gap between them and third place has widened to six points. The Dynamo remain only two points behind the Union, meaning they could leapfrog into sole possession of the fourth spot with a win in Philly this Saturday.
While the Dynamo’s own result didn’t go their way on Sunday, the rest of the clubs fighting for the last two playoff spots didn’t do any damage either. Every team in the East retained their spot in the standings, with the top three clubs starting to pull away from the rest.
Keep your eye on the scoreboard for Wednesday night’s Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire match, a Chicago loss or draw will keep them behind the Dynamo going into next weekend.
The Houston Dynamo return home to face a massive match in their bid for a playoff spot as they play host to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo come home off a three-game road swing that ended with a 2-0 midweek loss at Columbus that dropped them out of the top five in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls have moved back into a tie atop the division, following their 2-1 home win against D.C. United last week.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Creavalle, Chabala; Moffat, Lopez, Bruin; Barnes, Weaver, Johnson
Subs: Marscheider, Ching, Ownby, Arena, Clark, Carr, Dixon
New York Red Bulls: Robles; Kimura, Olave, Holgersson, Carney; Sam, Alexander, McCarty, Steele, Wright-Phillips, Henry
Subs: Meara, Miazga, Obekop, Bover, Bustamante, Luyindula, Espindola
Dynamo left back Corey Ashe talks about accomplishing his goals of making the All-Star team and Gold Cup squad as well as what's left for him and the team the rest of the season. Corey is all in. Are you?
The Houston Dynamo Youth Programs have partnered with the Eclipse Soccer Club in Sugar Land to provide the Club with training and coaching support through its Club Support Program for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 soccer seasons. This system offers organization programs that range from training for recreation, competitive and premier players to specialty clinics, team training sessions and coach education programs for volunteer and experienced coaches within the partner organization.
“Eclipse Soccer Club has been delighted with the collaboration with Houston Dynamo in bringing quality trainers to our program and working seamlessly with the Eclipse staff," said Eclipse S.C. Academy Director Eddie Edwards. "Eclipse is dedicated to providing the best possible training environment to our members to ensure that our players receive the very best instruction, and this program certainly meets that expectation.”
Edwards added, “As a club, we feel a responsibility to develop players to reach their highest potential and then encourage those players looking for the ultimate challenge to pursue the Dynamo experience. Eclipse Soccer Club will continue to work tirelessly to do what is best for each individual player and will support and encourage the movement of players towards Houston's professional club.”
Adrian Moses, Houston Dynamo Director of Soccer Programs, noted, “Eclipse is a traditional and historic Club in Houston soccer and it is a pleasure for us and our staff to work with a professional youth soccer organization that is so clearly focused on providing their players, staff and families with quality environments and opportunities. We are very happy with this partnership and are looking forward to a great future with Eclipse.”
The Houston Dynamo Youth Program aims to connect with the Houston soccer community, to offer development opportunities for players and coaches, and to grow the game and the community’s connection to the Dynamo organization. The training program works with clubs to provide professional support to the Club and coaches at all levels. The symbiotic relationship between the organizations not only focuses on player development, but also provides players and coaches various resources and avenues to develop their skills and abilities.
Further details on the training programs and information on how the Houston Dynamo can connect with your community can be found here.