I asked seven Dynamo players their predictions for tomorrow's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Six of the seven players are predicting the 49ers will win their sixth Super Bowl. Below are the predictions, along with a note on what they expect from the game.
Goalkeeper Tyler Deric: 49ers, 30-13. “They have been the better team all year. Kaepernick will lead them to win. Baltimore will struggle to score against the 49ers defense.”
Forward Cam Weaver: 49ers, by two touchdowns. “Well, the Seahawks destroyed them when they played, and a 49ers win would validate them. 49ers are in the same division as Seahawks, so they need to represent well.”
Defender Eric Brunner: 49ers, 34-30. “I think Ray Lewis will either have two tackles or 15 tackles. Also, heads will be the call on the coin toss.”
Midfielder Adam Moffat: 49ers, 27-24. “Tails will be the call on the coin toss.”
Midfielder Alex Dixon: 49ers, 24-10.
Defender Kofi Sarkodie: Ravens. “I am hoping Ray Lewis wins and ends his career on a good note.”
Forward Brian Ching: 49ers. “As long as they win by four points, I’ll be happy.”
Goalkeeper Tally Hall: 49ers. "I was a big fan of Jerry Rice and my aunt sent me some sweet 49ers sweat pants when I was a kid."
The Dynamo traveled to Tucson, Ariz. on Monday morning to begin the first of two preseason trips. The club will also visit Charleston, S.C. for the Carolina Challenge Cup Feb. 16-23.
This trip includes three scrimmages against MLS competition beginning Tuesday afternoon (3 p.m. MT, 4 p.m CT) against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Dynamo face the Colorado Rapids on Thursday and the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday before flying back to Houston on Sunday morning.
This week in Tucson represents an opportunity for players to make an impact and an impression with several regulars not on the trip. In addition to Will Bruin, Tally Hall and Brad Davis, who will suit up for the U.S. national team on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, Boniek Garcia is with Honduras and Corey Ashe, Calen Carr and Omar Cummings are each rehabbing injuries. With seven potential starters not on the Tucson trip, it offers quality minutes to several trialists and the squad players looking to crack the lineup on March 2 against D.C. United.
Today's practice session was a good indication of the competitive spirit in the camp. After a morning flight from Houston the club had a practice session at Kino Sports Complex with 40-degree temperatures and cold, desert winds. It wasn't an easy day in the sun after a morning flight. The group engaged in a spirited session that included a half-field scrimmage highlighted by impressive speed of play and some quality goals.
Now, with three games in five days, the players will have a chance to perform against MLS competition. It should be fun to watch. Check HoustonDynamo.com throughout the week for match reports and more.
Voting began on Friday for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, a matchup of the MLS All-Stars and European Champions Chelsea on July 25 in Philadelphia.
Who do you think should be on the All-Star team this year? Six Dynamo players are on the ballot: Goalkeeper Tally Hall; defenders Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron and Andre Hainault; midfielder Brad Davis and forward Will Bruin.
A panel of media members nominated a total of 114 players – the top six per team – to the fan ballot. Fans can also vote by sending a player’s first and last name via text message to 22442. Twitter voting will occur June 21-22.
The players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will become the first 11 All-Stars – known as the All-Star First XI.
MLSSoccer.com editor in chief Greg Lalas offers his selections for defenders in the video below, including Dynamo center back Geoff Cameron.