The Dynamo play their second of three preseason games in the Carolina Challenge Cup tonight at 3 p.m. CT when they face New York City FC (Watch the live stream at www.HoustonDynamo.com/live).
After two days of training in unusually cold Charleston weather, the team is looking to rebound after a 1-0 defeat to the Charleston Battery in Saturday’s opening game. Tonight's game was moved an hour earlier due to a severe weather warning here in Charleston.
“The training was fantastic yesterday,” Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle said. “The intensity, the application, everything we are looking for. We know we have quality in the team and a terrific group of players. Tonight we play a very good side in New York City, a team that has invested heavily financially with some big names as we know. “
The Dynamo are just nine days from the 2015 season opener – March 7 against Columbus Crew SC at BBVA Compass Stadium – and tonight is the club’s penultimate preseason game.
“The important thing for us tonight is our development and getting ready for the start of the season against Columbus Crew, and for our players to go and show their quality and be very respectful of the opposition,” Coyle added. “The important thing tonight is to day by day get stronger, physically stronger, mentally stronger, and get tighter.
The club traveled from Houston to Charleston on Friday and arrived late, with a short turnaround and a 5 p.m. kickoff the next evening in the opening game of a doubleheader. Coyle conceded that the travel and late arrival may have contributed to the performance in the 1-0 setback against the Battery.
“The lads arrived at midnight (on Friday), so I think we need to cut them a bit of slack in that respect. We want to move the ball quicker, because that’s what I think we’re about, and when you do that, it leads to creating goal scoring chances. We had two or three on Saturday night, probably not as many as you’d like in the game.
Tonight the Dynamo will get their first chance against New York City FC, who along with Orlando City SC enter MLS as expansion clubs in 2015. NYCFC drew Orlando, 1-1, on Friday with NYCFC rookie Kyrie Shelton equalizing after Kaka’s opener for the Lions.
“It will be tough tonight with good opposition, and that’s what’s great, if we can move the ball well against the New York City’s and Orlando’s, that will go well moving into the season. “
"It is preseason and we want to win every game, but the important thing is getting a performance that we think is up to the ability we have in the squad.”
The players have been hitting the field for a little over a month now, and only about two weeks until opening day (TICKETS). We welcome a number of new faces, both on and off the field, and welcome back the players from last year, and those that left for a while but are also back in the fold. We wish all the players that left, as well as Dom, Steve and Tim, the best in their new endeavors (hoping they finish right behind the Dynamo every year).
Just as there are new and familiar faces on the team, there will be both new and familiar Dynamo Charities events and programs in 2015. This year already includes the third edition of the #HouseCHINGBuilt, where Brian and his friends come together to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. A big thank you to Dash players Haley Carter, Tiffany McCarty, Jordan Jackson, Bianca Henninger and Brittany Bock for coming out on Friday and hammering in a few bonus nails on the house. We look forward to having the Houston Dash participate in this project in the upcoming weeks.
We are looking forward to another fantastic BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup and a series of community events leading into the game during Dynamo Charities Week. We want to see you golfing with the teams at the annual Tommy Bahama Island Golf Classic in April. And we will again be including Dash players and Dash events in our programs for 2015.
New events include big plans with Boniek García and other Dynamo and Dash players – stay tuned for details. Maria Duran and her team are working hard behind the scenes to create our best year yet.
Lastly, we at Dynamo Charities have restructured to start the new year as well. A huge thank you to those Board members that have transitioned to the Executive Advisory Council for their past board work and (more importantly) for their commitment to stay connected through the Council. Their dedication and effort are the catalyst for our success.
In addition to the Council, we will again need your help as volunteers and supporters throughout the year to continue to increase and improve our community efforts. It is truly only with your help that we can continue #BuildingaBetterHouston.
Dynamo TV sits down with rookie Zach Steinberger to get an inside look into his family, his experience as a 1st round MLS SuperDraft pick and his first road trip with the Dynamo.
Hear from Raul Rodriguez, AJ Cochran, Kofi Sarkodie, Wade Barrett, Owen Coyle, Matt Jordan & Randy Waldrum Wednesday from 7-9 on 1560 AM
Tune into Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM (www.ysr1560.com) from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday for another packed episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College.
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak newly acquired Dynamo defender Raul Rodriguez (in English) as well as defenders Kofi Sarkodie and AJ Cochran. In addition, Glenn will catch up with head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan to get their thoughts on preseason ahead of Wednesday's scrimmage against Austin Aztex at Houston Sports Park.
Finally, Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum joins the show to preview this weekend's Dash tryouts, with players competing for the unique opportunity to make an impact with the Dash in 2015, as the club expects several players to be absent during a portion of the season for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Dash will have a pool of players that have the opportunity to train with the team and play in reserve matches while being available for amateur call-ups to the first team while national team players are away.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
Ride along with Cubo Torres and Dynamo TV from the airport to BBVA Compass Stadium last Sunday as he visits the city for his first meeting with the media and the Dynamo faithful.
The Dynamo returned to training at home in Houston after a successful preseason trip to Tucson as the group continues to gel as a team and implement a new style under Owen Coyle.
Tune in tonight from 7-9 p.m. for a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM.
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak with several gusts, including: Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark, forward Will Bruin, midfielder/forward Rob Lovejoy and head coach Owen Coyle. Glenn will discuss the club's unbeaten preseason trip to Tucson, including Tuesday's 1-0 win over Vancouver.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
Houston Dynamo forward Erick "Cubo" Torres was introduced to hundreds of Dynamo supporters at an event on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Mexico national team striker joined Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters on Monday to discuss his decision to sign with the Dynamo last December, his current stint with Chivas Guadalajara and his outlook on playing with El Tri at Copa America or the Gold Cup this summer. Catch the full interview below, courtesy of ESPN 97.5 FM.
Erick "Cubo" Torres with Glenn Davis
Catch highlights and hear from the Dynamo after they close out the Desert Friendlies with a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
After 10-year Chicago Fire veteran left back Gonzalo Segares announced his retirement on Friday, Dynamo captain Brad Davis now has the longest-tenure with one club among active MLS players. (Thanks to Kurt Austin with Sporting Kansas City for alerting us to this note.)
Davis, 33, is entering his tenth season with the Dynamo after following the club from San Jose in December 2005. His nine years of service with the Dynamo eclipse teammate Corey Ashe (eight years) and the veteran Real Salt Lake trio of Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales (eight years each).
Davis is entering his 14th season overall in MLS and with 112 assists is tied for fourth on the league’s all-time assist list. Davis is also ninth on the all-time games list, with 338 regular-season appearances, and could climb as high as fifth this season.
Below is the list of active MLS players with the longest tenure with one club.
|PLAYER||CLUB||CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH CLUB (through 2014)||AGE|
|Nick Rimando||Real Salt Lake||8||35|
|Kyle Beckerman||Real Salt Lake||8||32|
|Javier Morales||Real Salt Lake||8||35|
The Dynamo open the 2015 season on Saturday, March 7 versus Columbus Crew SC at BBVA Compass Stadium. Five-game plans start at $99 and are available here, or by calling 713-276-GOAL.