MLS Regular Season
The Dynamo are rounding into form at just the right time. Unbeaten in their last four MLS matches and taking 10 of a possible 12 points, Houston’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact vaulted them past the Canadian club and into third place in the conference. With a pivotal match set for this Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City (TICKETS) et’s take a look around the conference to see how the rest of the playoff race is shaping up.
Chicago went on the road and got the job done against cellar-dwelling D.C. United, thanks in large part to Sean Johnson’s nine saves. The Friday night win temporarily pushed the Fire into the fifth spot, but they would later be displaced as the weekend wore on.
Now in sixth with 43 points, Chicago has a roadtrip to FC Dallas this weekend before dates against Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls.
New York left this one until literally the last kick of the game, as Tim Cahill scored the game-tying header in the seventh minute of stoppage time, six minutes after Diego Fagundez scored what most thought would be the game winner.
With the draw, New York became the first team to clinch a spot in this year’s playoffs and still sit atop the standings with 53 points. The Red Bulls have the weekend off before visiting Houston on Oct. 20 (TICKETS).
New England, meanwhile, were passed up by both Chicago and the Philadelphia Union and sit in 7th place with 42 points. The Revs travel to Montreal this weekend before back-to-back games with the Columbus Crew to finish the season.
Sporting Kansas City continued their road success in Columbus, all the while dampening the Crew’s faint flicker of playoff hope.
After four wins in their previous five games, Columbus was keeping their name on the edge of playoff discussion. But the Crew now face elimination if both Montreal and Philadelphia win this weekend.
Kansas City will come into Houston this Wednesday knowing that a win clinches their passage into the playoffs. A draw coupled with a Chicago draw or loss would also secure that result. Sporting, who have won four of their last five, are four points ahead of the Dynamo in second place with matches against D.C. United and Philadelphia remaining after Wednesday’s match.
Philadelphia put themselves in playoff position after Kleberson’s free kick goal gave them a 1-0 win over Toronto FC. Their 45 points put them two ahead of Chicago and two behind the Dynamo. The Union face D.C. United this Saturday before a tough finish against Montreal and Sporting KC.
Wednesday night’s match is a big one for the Dynamo in terms of securing a spot in the playoffs and determining which spot that may be. The Dynamo can clinch if:
- They win against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday AND
- New England Revolution ties or loses vs. Montreal Impact on Saturday AND
- Chicago Fire lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday
A win over Kansas City will also put the Dynamo on 50 points, giving them a chance to tie conference leaders New York when the teams meet on Oct. 20.
It’s a playoff atmosphere the rest of the way at BBVA Compass Stadium, you don’t want to miss it.
The Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact meet in a massive match for both clubs in the Eastern Conference playoff chase as they clash Friday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo have righted the ship recently with a three-game unbeaten run, now sitting in fourth place in the East following their 1-1 road draw with New England last weekend. The Impact are just two points ahead of Houston, in third place in the division, now having gone three games without a win following their 2-2 draw at the Chicago Fire last weekend.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Creavalle, Clark, Davis ©; Bruin, Barnes
Subs: Deric, Brunner, Weaver, Cummings, López, Carrasco, Driver
Montreal Impact: Perkins; Brovsky; Lefèvre, Ferrari, Camara; Arnaud (C); Warner; Romero, Felipe, Mapp; Di Vaio
Subs: Bush, Ouimette, Tissot, Messoudi, Nyassi, Smith, Wenger
For the men on the field, it is #Push4Playoffs time. For us at Dynamo Charities, we are also working hard off the field. We still have several upcoming events where we need your help to make this our best year ever.
Our 2013 Ching’s Champions were honored earlier this week with a 250 second shopping spree at Kroger’s. This year’s community heroes are David Murphy, Michael Miller, Angela Wrigglesworth, Kevin Kline and Elsy Espinoza-Sandoval. Congratulations from all of us at Dynamo Charities and thank you so very much for all you do for the Houston community. More information on the champions and the event here.
If we were allowed, we would nominate Brian Ching as a Champion. Brian announced his retirement from on the field activities, but he will still be working with us off the field and in the community. The team will honor him with a testimonial match on December 13. All proceeds from the match will benefit The House that Ching Built, a Habitat for Humanity project led by Brian. I bought my tickets (since my invitation to play must be in the mail still)—get yours and/or donate to the project at HoustonDynamo.com/ChingTestimonial.
We are rolling out a new event next Wednesday at the Sporting Kansas City game. We ask all attending fans to donate a new toy ($10 or under) to fill up Diesel’s Toy Chest. Drop off boxes will be located at each entrance to the stadium as well as in Soccer Fest. The collected toys will be taken by B.I.G. Love to Houston hospitals where children can pick a toy out of the chest after their cancer treatment. More information and a special ticket package at Houstondynamo.com/charities/dieselstoychest.
On what we just know will be a lovely fall morning, we will hold the 2013 Go for Goal 5k and Diesel Fun Run. November 2 is the date of the short run around BBVA Compass Stadium. We expect to have lots of fun during and after the event, including Diesel’s Kids Zone and a Dynamo Charities Garage Sale—details on that coming soon. To participate, register at Houstondynamo.com/charities/goforgoal.
We want to thank our Tour de Cure sponsors Halliburton, Novo Nordisk, K-Pop Restaurant and Camelot Realty Group, as well as our partner Bicycle World. The weatherman was against us, and the ride was cancelled for safety reasons. However, our awesome rider group was the top corporate fundraiser for the event, collecting over $60,000 in donations to American Diabetes Association. Well done!
Last, but not least, a very big, huge thank you to Halliburton for the donation from their 2013 Charity Golf Tournament. We promise to spend it wisely to continue our efforts to Build a Better Houston!
On Sept. 21 against Chivas USA, Dynamo midfielder and captain tallied his 100th MLS regular season assist on a trademark corner kick, becoming only the 7th player in MLS history to reach the century mark. The Dynamo will honor Davis before the Oct. 4 match vs. the Montreal Impact (TICKETS). Check out this awesome infographic detailing the stats behind Davis' assists and this great video below from Dynamo TV.
Dynamo fans took to EA Sports FIFA 14 to take down the Montreal Impact before our MLS match tonight, vying for a spot in the FIFA Lounge at Friday's game. Personally, I wouldn't mind if some of these scorelines were replicated tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Miss out on the fun? We're doing it again for next Wednesday's midweek clash against Sporting Kansas City. Just take a screenshot of the Dynamo beating SKC on FIFA 14 and post it to twitter with #HOUvSKCFIFA, and you could sit in the FIFA Lounge for the big midweek clash against our Eastern rivals.