MLS Regular Season
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!
Following his team's 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made an appearance on MLS ExtraTime Radio. Kinnear discussed Sunday's win, the road ahead and the state of MLS officials.
SPOILER ALERT: Kinnear believes the officiating in MLS has gotten better.
Relive the Dynamo's big 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy in this edition of Dynamo Rewind. Tally Hall's penalty save and Andrew Driver's goal gave the men in orange their first win on the road in 2013.
Who was your man of the match? Let us know in the comments below!
Following his performance against the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, Houston Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver has been nominated as one of the Top 3 performers for the week by MLSsoccer.com. The three winners are the players who tally the most votes before Monday at 7 p.m. CT.
Driver scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's 1-0 over the Galaxy, blasting a low, hard shot past Carlo Cudicini in the 56th minute.
The Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy will play Sunday night in a rematch of the previous two MLS Cup finals. The Dynamo are 6-6-4 all-time vs. the Galaxy with a 2-3-2 regular season record vs. LA at The Home Depot Center. The Dynamo won the regular season series last year, defeating the Galaxy 2-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 26, but the Galaxy got the last laugh, winning MLS Cup 3-1 in front of their home side on December 1.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell (C), Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Clark, Driver; Barnes, Bruin.
Subs: Marscheider, Chabala, Brunner, Camargo, Dixon, Johnson, Ching
Galaxy: Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan (C), Sarvas, Juninho, Magee; Villarreal, Rugg.
Subs: Rowe, Leonardo, Meyer, Garcia, Jimenez, Stephens, Zardes.