Following the Dynamo's 2-0 win over Sporting KC in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis joined the folks at Major League Soccer for the bi-weekly ExtraTime Radio podcast.
Davis discusses the team's win on Sunday and how they plan to approach Wednesday's second leg.
Join Glenn Davis and guests for a special edition of Dynamo All-Access on Monday from 9-11 p.m., live from Christian's Tailgate in Midtown. The interview lineup is not yet set, but we'll update this as guests get confirmed. The show will be the perfect opportunity to reflect on Sunday's Eastern Conference semifinal first leg, and discuss the second leg in Kansas City, which will take place on Wednesday.
A huge thanks to Christian's Tailgate for hosting what will be a great event!
Although the Dynamo have been on KPRC Local 2 six times in 2012 and a few other games have been on NBC Sports Network, Saturday will be Houston's first foray onto NBC on a national scale. Here is a cool promo that the folks at NBC put together to get you pumped for the playoffs.
Following last night's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round, a few Dynamo players / coaches set some personal milestones.
- Bobby Boswell played in his 185th Dynamo game in all competitions to move him into fourth all-time for the Dynamo.
- Will Bruin started his first playoff match and scored his first playoff goals.
- Bruin now has 14 goals in all competitions, becoming the second Dynamo player to reach that mark in a season (Ching in 06 and 08).
- Ricardo Clark appeared in his 141st Dynamo game in all competitions, passing Wade Barrett for eighth on the all-time list.
- Brad Davis started his 16 career playoff match with the Dynamo. He is now tied with Brian Ching atop the Dynamo's all-time list.
- Boniek Garcia started his first MLS playoff game.
- Kofi Sarkodie made his MLS playoff debut, starting and playing 90 minutes against Chicago.
- Tally Hall's postseason save percentage jumped to 89.7 last night. That is first all-time in MLS.
- Dominic Kinnear won his 11th career playoff match, tying Steve Nicol for fourth on the MLS all-time playoff wins chart.
As the season nears its end, it's time for the annual voting of the MLS Goal and Save of the Year. Goal of the Year voting opened today and the Dynamo are represented in Group 1 with Brad Davis' game-winning strike in the inaugural match at BBVA Compass Stadium. He is joined in the first group by goals from David Beckham, Kris Boyd and Darren Mattocks.
In case you forgot how good Davis' goal was, here it is:
Quite honestly, watching that goal gives me chills and I know it does the same for so many of you. Now let's do all we can to ensure it makes it to the next round of voting!
The most recent power rankings have been released on MLSsoccer.com and with the Dynamo’s loss against Colorado Rapids, Houston remains at No. 9 on the list. Here is what the writers at MLS had to say about the Dynamo’s performance on the field.
Midway through the summer, it looked like the Dynamo were going to end up as one of the league’s top teams, losing just once in 11 games and ripping off a five-game winning streak. Since then, they’re only 3-3-4, have changed formations a couple of times and seen the goals dry up. Terrifyingly, the key may very well be Mac Kandji. When he’s on, the 4-3-3 works. When he’s not, they’re meat.
Tomorrow, the Dynamo will face the Chicago Fire, a team that MLSsoccer.com has dropped from No. 6 in their rankings to No. 8 after the Fire’s 1-1 draw against D.C. United. Below is what the writer’s had to say about the Dynamo’s upcoming opponent:
If the Fire were clinical in front of the net, they’d probably be No. 3 on this list, but the 1-1 draw vs. United highlighted a disturbing trend of wasting chances. It’s seen them post just one win in their last four, and get relegated to the Knockout Round. The good news, though, is that they get to host it, and that they’re finally fully fit.
What do you think? Have the Dynamo lost the drive they had at the beginning of the season or will they accelerate through the playoffs for a shot at the MLS Cup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
MLSsoccer.com polled the ten managers in the playoffs to see if they preferred to play the home leg first or second or if it didn't matter. Of course, this only comes to play if you are fortunate enough to advance to the conference semifinals where it is a two-game aggregate goal series.
Here is what Dominic Kinnear had to say:
Dominic Kinnear (Houston Dynamo): "In my opinion I think it's always better to have the second game at home. I feel more comfortable having the second game at home. I think in both cases you know exactly what you need to do. I think having the fans on your side for the last 90 minutes is a plus."
When the Houston Dynamo take the field on Wednesday in the Knockout Round playoff match, there will be a familiar face in the middle of the pitch. It was announced on Sunday, that Baldomero Toledo will be the center referee for the match against the Chicago Fire. Frank Anderson and Ian Anderson will patrol the sidelines, while Jorge Gonzalez will be the fourth official.
This will be the fifth Dynamo game of 2012 that Toledo has officiated. Houston is 0-1-3 in the previous four matches, including draws against the New England Revolution (5/19), Toronto FC (8/20) and Sporting Kansas City (9/14), and a loss to the Seattle Sounders (3/23).
In his career, Toledo has officiated 146 MLS games. He has averaged 25 fouls called per game and 3.4 yellow cards per game. Toledo has issued 48 red cards in his career and has given 52 penalty kicks.
In his four Dynamo games this season, Toledo has called two penalties against Houston, one in New England and one in Seattle.