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Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear discusses Sunday's Texas Derby in the latest edition of Xs and Os. Hear Kinnear's thoughts on Dallas forward Blas Perez, the current state of his squad and Houston's traveling support.
There are many things you know about ESPN analyst and former U.S. men's national team defender Alexi Lalas. There are also many things you don't about the man.
Well in case you missed it, everything and more was covered in Lalas' interview today with Dave Tepper and Jerome Solomon on ESPN 97.5 FM. The men discussed the state of the USMNT, Sunday's Dynamo match, Lalas' music ability and his time working for AEG. And if the Houston Texans don't sign Ed Reed, it won't be for lack of trying on the part of Lalas.
Props to the folks at FC Dallas as well as professional soccer ball kicker Stephen Keel. If Keel's career as a professional soccer ball kicker does not work out, I fully expect to see him hosting infomercials as I'm flipping through the channels at 1 a.m.
But unlike most infomercials that are selling "fully functional" products, we regret to inform Dallas that their 4-4-2 Orange Obliteration System just isn't getting the job done. Check out what happened when Dynamo Diesel attempted to make himself a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
With MLS Rivalry Week on the horizon, Dynamo fans can once again get excited about another #TexasDerby with FC Dallas. Although the rivalry has diminished in recent years with Houston's move to the Eastern Conference in 2011, Sunday's match is one that fans and players have marked on their calendars since the schedule was released in January.
So with that said, we take a look at the seven players who have seen both sides of the rivalry, having doned both the Dynamo orange and the hoops of Dallas during their playing careers.
OK, so he played for the Dallas Burn before the Earthquakes picked up and moved to Houston, but the Dynamo's all-time leader in games played, games started and assists has been a pivotal member of the rivalry over the past seven years. Davis played 55 MLS games for Dallas and tallied eight goals and seven assists before heading to San Jose and eventually Houston.
With the Dynamo, Davis has won two MLS Cup titles and has played in 241 games in all competitions with 88 career assists. Davis has also been a menace against his former club, tallying five regular season assists as well as the final goal of Houston's 4-1 playoff victory over Dallas on Nov. 2, 2007.
Few players can match Mulrooney when it comes to consistency in MLS. The veteran mifielder, with 285 regular season games to his name, spent two seasons with Dallas and four with the Dynamo during his 12-year career. During his stints with the Earthquakes and Dynamo, Mulrooney was a force against Dallas, tallying one goal and nine assists
The Canadian defender turned broadcaster makes history as the only player to have played for Houston, gone to Dallas and then come back to Houston. After helping the Dynamo to the MLS Cup in 2006, Serioux was selected by Toronto FC in the MLS expansion draft and quickly traded to FC Dallas. The 6-foot defender spent two years on the Dallas back line before heading back to Toronto and making his way back to Houston for his final season in MLS.
Along with Davis, Cerritos is one of the most accomplished players to don both uniforms after he finished his MLS career with 71 goals and 57 assists. The Salvadoran striker spent 2002 and 2003 with the Dallas Burn, tallying seven goals and seven assists before finishing his MLS career with the Dynamo in 2006. Cerritos lasted only half a season in orange before he was released in August 2006.
Without a doubt the fastest man on this list, the Ghanaian speedster broke into MLS up I-45, playing 70 MLS games over three seasons with FC Dallas. After a brief stint with the New York Red Bulls, Oduro found his way to Houston and spent two season (plus one game) in orange. With seven goals and 12 assists in 44 regular season games in Houston, Oduro was a critical member of the Dynamo squad that advanced to the 2009 Western Conference Championship.
Watson gets the honor of being the only player in history to be involved in a trade between the Dynamo and FC Dallas. The Jamaican international played more than 40 games in Houston before the Dynamo traded the midfielder to Dallas prior to the 2013 season. Watson's role in the battle for El Capitan is TBD.
Can you really include a player who only appeared once for Houston? Sure you can. Thompson spent four seasons in Dallas before a mid-season trade in 2008 brought him to Kansas City. After 16 games in Kansas City, Thompson was sent to the Dynamo in exchange for striker Kei Kamara. Thompson makes history as the only player on this list to score for Dallas against the Dynamo, tallying one goal and one assist in seven career games.
After two weeks of Major League Soccer, the Houston Dynamo placed towards the top spots in week two’s power rankings. With their 2-0 win at home against D.C. United in the season opener and their bye week due to CONCACAF Champions League, MLS’s Matthew Doyle and Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey have the Dynamo ranked No. 2, behind the L.A. Galaxy.
This is what MLS writer, Doyle, had to say about Houston.
Like the Galaxy, the Dynamo were off during the weekend but had a good midweek result to build off of in CCL play. They're very, very balanced and they're very, very tough to break down at this point. It's still going to be a monumental task to come away from Santos with an historic midweek result.
Meanwhile Houston’s next rival, FC Dallas, ranks No. 15 in the MLS Power Rankings after their 3-1 loss to Chivas USA.
Sport Illustrated’s power rankings by Avi Creditor have Houston ranked No.1 in the league. Here is what Creditor had to say about the Dynamo.
Given a bye from league play because of their involvement in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Dynamo carry a 1-0 edge with them into Torreon, where they eye rare MLS success on Mexican soil and hope to eliminate Herculez Gomez's Santos Laguna to seal a place in the tournament semifinals. Win or lose, awaiting the Dynamo next weekend is the start of a tough league stretch and a Texas rivalry bout with FC Dallas.
Houston will look to stay at the top spots of the power rankings, as they play on Sunday against FC Dallas in the “Battle for El Capitan,” part of MLS Rivalry Week on ESPN 2 at 12 p.m.