Major League Soccer
Take a look at some of the key talking points ahead of this week's match against Eastern Conference rival Sporting Kansas City.
Who were the Top 3 Wednesday Night Heroes?
Will Bruin (HOU) – 2 goals, 2 assist in 4-0 win over D.C.
Thierry Henry (NY) – 2 goals in 2-1 win over MTL
Adam Jahn (SJ) – 1 goal in 2-1 win over TOR
Blas Perez (DAL) – Drew PK, 2 key passes in 1-1 draw with POR
Nick Rimando (RSL) – Clutch PK save in 2-1 win over NE
Djimi Traore (SEA) – 1 goal in 1-0 win over KC
Dynamo broadcast Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM at a new time of 6-7 p.m.
Guests for the show include Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, forward Will Bruin and Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo meet for the second time this season when the Eastern Conference foes face off at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening. United are looking to put a halt to a five-game losing streak, returning to action after a 3-0 loss at Columbus two weekends ago. The Dynamo are coming off a famous victory, knocking off the LA Galaxy 1-0 in Carson last weekend in an MLS Cup rematch. The Dynamo defeated United 2-0 when the clubs met in Houston in the opening weekend of the season.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Davis (C), Driver; Bruin, Barnes.
Subs: Marscheider, Brunner, Chabala, Camargo, Dixon, Ching, Johnson.
D.C. United: Hamid; Korb, McDonald, Jakovic, Woolard; Porter, Kitchen, Augusto, Sanchez; De Rosario, Rafael.
Subs: Willis, Riley, Pajoy, Saragosa, White, Townsend, DeLeon.
One of the most talked about plays over the weekend was the decision by referee Allen Chapman to not issue a red card to Tally Hall when he took down Galaxy forward Jose Villareal in the 24th minute of Sunday's 1-0 Dynamo win.
Galaxy players and coaches were not shy about their displeasure. Head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the match: "I think in most cases that is a red card, but to not even give a card...if they give a yellow card you can understand that, maybe, but it is remarkable he didn't give a card on the play."
So why didn't Chapman issue a red card on the play? According to MLSsoccer.com senior editor Simon Borg, Chapman made the correct call because Villarreal's touch around Hall took him away from the goal and not toward it. Borg also pointed out that Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell had recovered and was in position to protect the net had Villarreal gotten around Hall, meaning that the Dynamo goalkeeper was not the last man on the play.
ESPN broadcaster Adrian Healy, who called the play-by-play for Sunday's match agreed with Borg and had this to say on Twitter (FYI DOGSO stands for Denial of a Goal Scoring Opportunity):
— Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey) May 7, 2013
So what do you say Dynamo fans? Do you think the referee made the correct call on Sunday? Would you have given Hall a yellow card? Let us know in the comments section below!