MLS Regular Season
In the latest episode of Anatomy of a Goal, MLSsoccer.com editor-in-chief Greg Lalas breaks down Luiz Camargo's strike against the New England Revolution. Lalas commends Camargo's willingnes to move without the ball, as well as Ching's intelligence to show for his teammate and draw defenders away from the open space. Watch the video below to see what else Lalas had to say.
MLSsoccer.com's Power 5 series continues this week with a look at the top five center backs in MLS. Coming in at No. 3 is Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron, a player who has only played the center back position for approximately two years yet has already caught the attention of U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. In the video, Cameron is praised for his calmness on the ball, his precision with his passing and his ability to start the attack.
In case you missed it, Dynamo midfielder Luiz Camargo opened his MLS scoring account in dramatic fashion on Saturday, finishing off a one-two with Brian Ching with an emphatic left-footed strike past Matt Reis to give Houston a 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium. If you haven't seen the goal previously, watch the video below.
Aside from giving the Dynamo a much deserved point on the road, Camargo's goal has also been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. This is the second consecutive week a Dynamo goal has been nominated.
Following the Dynamo's 1-0 win over D.C. United in the grand opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, KPRC Local 2 sports director Randy McIlvoy went live with the third edition of Dynamo 360. The show featured footage from the pregame festivities, ingame highlights and postgame celebrations. In addition, Brad Davis, Brian Ching and head coach Dominic Kinnear spoke with Randy on the field.
Dynamo 360 is a monthly show featuring exclusive Dynamo content on KPRC Local 2. This Saturday, KPRC Local 2 will air their third Dynamo match of the season. Saturday's match against New England kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT (pregame show: 6 p.m. CT).
We took a few weeks off providing Power Ranking updates, but now that we are only 11 days from the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, we wanted to give you an update on where our team stacks up compared to the rest of MLS. The Dynamo are coming off a hard-fought 3-2 loss to D.C. United. The team came-from-behind twice to even the match, but Maicon Santos' 70th-minute goal proved to be the difference. The loss drops Houston to an even 2-2-2 after six consecutive road matches. Following the loss, the writers at MLSsoccer.com dropped Houston to No. 7 in their rankings and had this to say about the men in orange:
The Dynamo lost this one, but it’s a safe bet the result goes the other way once they finally set up camp at their new digs in downtown Houston. And has there been a better player in the league in the last three weeks than Will Bruin?
We tend to agree with the writers at MLSsoccer on both accounts. Don't you?
So what do you think? Are the Dynamo still in the 6-7 spot in the league or do you think they should be higher or lower? Who is in your top 5? Let us know in the comments below!
So with the Dynamo having two weeks off from MLS play, I decided to take two weeks off from providing fantasy advice. Hopefully your team didn't suffer too much!
This weekend, the Dynamo travel to Chicago for an Eastern Conference tilt with the Fire. Historically, the Dynamo have done well at Toyota Park, coming away with a 3-1-2 record and 10 goals scored in six matches.
This weekend should be an interesting one from a fantasy perspective. Midfielders Adam Moffat and Colin Clark are suspended and Brad Davis is doubtful with a calf injury. Since Colin Clark would normally be the replacement for Davis on the left hand side, Dominic Kinnear will have to dig into his bag of tricks to fill out Sunday's lineup card. He could start Jermaine Taylor at left back and move Corey Ashe into a familiar position at left mid, or he could leave Corey Ashe at left back and play anyone from Alex Dixon to Je-Vaughn Watson to Calen Carr to Mac Kandji at the outside mid positions.
With that said, here are a few key notes heading into Sunday's showdown with the Fire:
- In 13 career games against the Fire, Brian Ching has scored four goals and tallied three assists. If you recall two years ago, it was against Chicago that Ching recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 shootout at Robertson Stadium.
- Bobby Boswell scored five goals last year but has yet to record a goal this year. However, Boswell did score the game-tying goal at Toyota Park in 2011. The Dynamo center back has three career goals against Chicago.
- With Brad Davis, Colin Clark and Adam Moffat out, it will be interesting to see who steps up to take set pieces. As a natural left-footed player, Corey Ashe could swing in some crosses from the right side of the field. And maybe Luiz Camargo will have the opportunity from the left? Regardless, whoever steps up to the set pieces will have ample opportunity to record some assists.
- Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall has only faced the Fire twice and each time he has come away with a 1-1 draw. The second-year starter has look solid in 2012 and with speedsters Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko up top for Chicago, look for Hall to have a busy night on Sunday.
- The Fire have three players all-time who have scored two goals or more against the Dynamo. Thankfully, one of those players (Calen Carr) now wears orange and the other two are no longer with the club. Dominic Oduro played twice against his former club in 2011 and scored the Fire's lone goal at Robertson Stadium. The man has speed, and Chicago will look to go to him early and often against the Dynamo back line.
Hopefully this provides you a little more insight into Sunday's matchup from a fantasy perspective. As always, I take no credit if you start a player I suggest and he does well and I take no blame if you start a player I suggest and he doesn't perform up to your fantasy standards.
Don't forget to set your lineups by tomorrow and good luck this weekend!
There is only so much I can say about the Dynamo's place in the power rankings after consecutive bye weeks. So let's get down to it. With the sudden surge of Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls, and results pending from a Brad Davis MRI, the folks at MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo to the No. 6 spot in their rankings. They said:
They didn't play, but they still drop a spot thanks to New York's jump and concern over Brad Davis' calf. If their midfield maestro is laid up for any amount of time, the Dynamo could be in for a steep, hard fall. Especially with four more left on the road.
Hopefully we'll have more news soon as to whether or not Davis can play on Sunday at Chicago.
Elsewhere around the world of soccer, Brian Straus of The Sporting News agrees with the MLSsoccer.com folks with regard to the Dynamo's place in the league rankings. SI.com's Avi Creditor gives the Dynamo a bit more credit, keeping Houston in the No. 4 spot in his rankings, while ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle drops Houston to No. 5.
So what do you think? After consecutive bye weeks, should the Dynamo still be in the 4-6 spot in the rankings? Who would be your top five? Let us know in the comments below!
A road win is always good for a team's confidence as well as for a team's place in the weekly power rankings. After last weekend's 1-0 win at AT&T Park against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Dynamo moved up one spot to No. 5 in MLSsoccer.com's weekly rankings. Here is what the folks at MLSsoccer.com had to say about Houston:
Many pundits – including several on the Power Rankings Politburo – felt the Dynamo had the league's best defense heading into the season. They haven't disabused us yet, and there's no reason to think they'll do so any time soon. 1-0 on the road wins silverware, by the way.
Elsewhere around the soccerverse, ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle moved Houston up one spot to No. 5. SI.com's Avi Creditor had the Dynamo in the five spot last week and did not make any changes to his top five. In addition, Creditor named Tally Hall to his Team of the Week. Over at Sporting News, Brian Straus moves Houston up two spots in his rankings to No. 5.
So what do you think? Esteemed soccer pundits around the league believe the Dynamo are the fifth best team in MLS. Do you think they should be ranked elsewhere?
I'm not sure if anyone has checked out the Opta Chalkboard on MLSsoccer.com, but they are fascinating to read. The folks at MLSsoccer.com have done a great job of bringing fans more in-depth coverage of the league, and the partnership with Opta is a huge step in the right direction. Obviously the win-loss record is what matters in the end, but with the Opta Chalkboard, you can get a better feel or which players are doing things right, and which players might not be doing as well. Here is the link to the Chalkboard for last Saturday's match. What stats stick out to you?
It's always interesting to see how much weight people put on one game. After the first week of the MLS season, the writers at MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo one spot in their power rankings to No. 6. The writers were concerned about the inability of Dynamo forwards to score, but were impressed with another late goal by Andre Hainault and a beautiful pass by Geoff Cameron. On the flip side, Avi Creditor from SI.com kept the Dynamo at No. 5 in his poll, focusing on the fact that you take three points on the road whenever you can.
So what do you all think? Would you put the Dynamo higher or lower in your power rankings?