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21 August 4:20 pm

The Dynamo meet the Portland Timbers at 10 p.m. CT tonight at Providence Park in a critical game as the Dynamo hope to climb the Western Conference standings. The game will be broadcast live on UniMás and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• Tonight is the third and final meeting between these clubs and Houston’s last chance to directly gain ground on Portland, one of seven teams the Dynamo are currently chasing in the Western Conference playoff race. The Dynamo will have ample opportunities to make up ground, with six of their final 10 remaining games against teams currently higher in the standings. 
• Like seemingly every game over the last few months, Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle enters tonight with some injury concerns within his team. Ricardo Clark, who has missed the last two games, remains doubtful with a left hamstring strain. DaMarcus Beasley exited last weekend’s game at New England at halftime with a left calf strain while Raul Rodriguez missed the match with an adductor strain. Both players are questionable for tonight’s game. Giles Barnes is probable with right Achilles tendonitis and was limited in training early in the week.
• Coyle does have more options in midfield than the last few weeks. Boniek Garcia is continuing to build fitness and has played in two straight games while Alexander Lopez also could feature for the first time since July 18 at Real Salt Lake after missing four games with a groin strain.
• Like New England last week, the Timbers have a mostly healthy squad, with midfielder Ben Zemanski the only Portland player on the injury report. Head coach Caleb Porter guided his team through the absence of Diego Valeri and Will Johnson as they recovered from significant injuries and missed most of the first third of the seasons. The Timbers have four players in their defensive unit – goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey and defenders Liam Ridgewell, Alvas Powell and Jorge Villafaña – all of whom have play at least 2,110 minutes this season. Each one of the four ranks in the top 15 in MLS for minutes played. Entering the week, Portland is the only team in MLS with more than three players with 2,110 minutes or more (Note via Portland Timbers).
• The Timbers enter tonight’s game after posting three consecutive shutouts, but have never recorded four straight clean sheets in their five seasons in MLS.
• The Dynamo will look to conjure some late-season road magic from four years ago, when they visited Portland in October 2011 and captured a 2-0 win to solidify their playoff position, highlighted by a memorable goal from Danny Cruz and a goal from Andre Hainault, who turned down a call up from the Canada national team to play in the important road game.
• For the sixth consecutive game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning and would be suspended for Wednesday’s road game at Colorado if they receive a caution tonight. Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams must avoid a yellow card tonight.
• The Timbers have their own yellow card concerns, with defenders Liam Ridgewell and Alvas Powell also on yellow-card warning.
• The West Coast game means a late kickoff – 10 p.m. CT – but the Dynamo and Timbers will cap a big night of soccer in Houston. The Dash host the Seattle Reign in a must-win game at 7 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium and 9,000 tickets are already sold. With an hour in between the end of the Dash and the start of the game, it leaves ample time to get home or settled at a bar to watch the Dynamo try for what would arguably be the biggest win of the season. Enjoy the games!

 

19 August 4:45 pm

There's three games left in the NWSL regular season (four for Seattle, but they already clinched a playoff spot so forget about them). The Houston Dash are currently in sixth place, five points back of the crucial fourth playoff spot. Below are the scenarios for the Dash to make the playoffs for the first time in team history.

Scenarios based on Houston winning final three games, ending with 29 points. Two of the following scenarios must occur, current points in parentheses.

Portland Thorns FC (22 points)

  • Earn no more than seven points in remaining games (two wins, one draw: 29 points)
  • Dash hold head-to-head tiebreaker (1-0-1)
  • Remaining schedule: @SBFC, vs. WAS, @WNYF

FC Kansas City (25 points)

  • Earn no more than three points (one win: 28 points) or no more than four points (one win, one draw: 29 points) and lose +11 goal differential advantage
  • Head-to-head tiebreaker tied (1-1-1), FCKC goal differential is +8 GD and Dash are at -3
  • Remaining schedule: vs. BOS, vs. WAS, @SBFC

Chicago Red Stars (28 points)

  • Earn zero points or no more than one point (one draw: 29 points) and lose +10 goal differential advantage
  • Dash would tie head-to-head tiebreaker with a win in final game (1-1-1), Chicago goal differential is +7
  • Remaining schedule: vs. WNYF, @WNYF, vs. HOU

Washington Spirit (28 points)

  • Earn zero points
  • Dash lose head-to-head tiebreaker (0-2-1)
  • Remaining schedule: @FCKC, @PTFC, vs. SRFC

If the Dash don't win all three but manage two wins and a draw (finishing with 27 points), they can still make it in with Portland earning no more than five points and FC Kansas City getting no more than one point (or two points and somehow losing their advantage in goal differential). In this scenario, however, Western New York (currently with 19 points) and Sky Blue FC (18 points and head-to-head tiebreaker over Houston) could leapfrog the Dash if either team won their remaining games.

You can read the tiebreaking procedures here if this didn't confuse you enough already. For our purposes though, head-to-head (first) and goal differential (second) are the only likely tiebreakers that would need to be used.

19 August 11:00 am

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19 August 10:51 am

 

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18 August 5:28 pm

Houston Dynamo Academy midfielder Marcelo Palomino was named to the United Stated Under-14 boys national team roster by head coach Brian Johnson for an eight-day training camp, which began on Sunday in Carson, Calif. The U.S. Under-14s will train in Southern California through Aug. 26.   

This is Palomino’s sixth consecutive U-14 national team camp, including camps in January, February and April of this year.

Palomino turned 14 in May and scored six goals in 24 games with the U-14s last season. He also frequently played up with the U-16s and is the younger brother of U-18 midfielder Josue Palomino.

 

16 August 9:19 pm

The Houston Dynamo fell on the road, 2-0, to the New England Revolution on Saturday in a match that included two weather delays totaling two hours and 50 minutes. Courtesy of New England Revolution Communications, here is a transcription of postgame remarks from Dynamo and Revolution players and coaches.

Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle

On the difference between the first and second half:
“It wasn’t any different, I mean the bottom line is when you’re playing outside both teams obviously had to deal with the stoppages and such forth, but having said that, we are disappointed with the two goals we gave up, except you know I thought New England played better and second half, I’ve got to say that in terms of some of the passing was what we’ve come to know from (them). Having said that I mean with a clear penalty in the first half that the referee in his wisdom decided that Nathan Sturgis pushed him (Jose Goncalves) doing that – never happened, so for me it’s a stonewall penalty. It’s not been given, even there was one at 1-0 at the time to New England when Erick Torres is racing through on the goal and he gets pushed to the ground and he gets a free kick awarded against him, so there was a couple of bizarre things that went on from that perspective, but again I think we’ve shot ourselves in the foot on the goals we conceded and accept that we’re playing against a very good side that New England are, and that’s disappointing. So on this type of surface, the one thing you’ve got to do is pass and move the ball and we certainly did it better in the first half then we started the second half, last 15, 20 minutes, we were the team pushing on again to get an equalizer and had one or two good chances, but we didn’t take enough care of the ball and that’s what we need to do on that surface.”

On the second goal:
“The second goal is two minutes from the end, we’re pushing everybody forward and we’ve lost the ball in a bad area – something we spoke to with the players that New England like to press in those areas and they’ve broke well, they’ve got good qualities when they do that. I still think with one or two errors within that, we could have prevented the goal, but it didn’t and they’ve finished it very well, but again we were obviously pushing on to try and get an equalizer at that point.”

On if his team deserved a goal in the first half:
“Well I mean I felt it was an even first half I’ve got to say that, I don’t think there was a lot that separated the teams, but there’s no doubt we had a clear penalty, that’s very obvious for everybody that was there and there’s to say the referee in his wisdom there decided, bizarrely in my mind, that it was a free kick for New England.”

On the weather delays:
“It’s not ideal, the only thing I’d say is it’s the same for both teams, but we were obviously – DaMarcus Beasley felt his calf in the warmup, he came off after halftime, Giles (Barnes) was playing through his Achilles, with a number of things like that, but I mean that’s the same for both teams so we don’t hide behind that, we accept that, I certainly accept that and we could have played better in the second half than what we did, but even then, when you get to that level, you should make sure that your coming in and the worst you’re coming in at is 0-0 because we’ve lost, I think, two soft goals.”

On their focus for the upcoming weeks:
“The focus, we pick ourselves up and we go again, that’s what we do, that’s the nature of this game. When you’ve had a disappointment you do one of two things, you feel sorry for yourself or you get up in the morning and prepare to do something about it and that’s the way we’ve always been and that’s the way we will be. We knew coming into this, these three road trips that after we were finished we’d have played 11 out of 16 on the road, so what we’ve got to do is in the two games to come is to make sure we’re going to pick the points up and that keeps us there right in the mix for a good run of four out of five games at home. So everything’s there for us, we’re disappointed tonight absolutely because we came here looking to get a positive result and at halftime it certainly looked like that was very achievable, so I think we’ve shot ourselves in the foot and pick ourselves up again look and try to get our squad healthy because Raul Rodriguez missed out tonight, Ricardo Clark’s already injured, DaMarcus Beasley had to come out of the game, Giles (Barnes) was probably feeling that Achilles as well so we have to get those players healthy because those are big players for the Dynamo.”

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis

On the difference between the first and the second half:

“We had the breaks, they had the breaks though too. I think we came out for the second half, I think our passing was a bit poor there. They kind of had us stuck in our own end, we couldn’t really get out. They created some chances and got some opportunities and we were just unable to break the pressure – in all honesty for a while there. One is on a set piece we need to be tighter on that – I think our guy lost a mark there. We had a couple of chances to even the score ourselves though to be honest with you and we were a bit unfortunate there and then at the end we had a bit of a breakdown as well for them to go up 2-0 – at that point it’s going to be extremely difficult to come back from two goals I think it was the 85th minute, 84th something like that, whatever it was, so it’s going to be tough but our passing and I think our mentality coming into the second half wasn’t as good as the first.”

On the continued pressure weighing on the team with the delay:

“I don’t think it weighs on you, you just get frustrated when you know you can move the ball, we did that in the first half. We moved the ball, we created chances, we had them kind of pinned in a little bit and had them under a bit of pressure so there’s no reason for all of a sudden the game to change. The same personnel is basically out there, they had to go through the breaks but I think mentally that’s one of the hardest things to do is to stay focused and stay in the game. When you get tired and you’re not focused, one of the first things to go is the passing and the sharpness and that’s kind of, I think, the situation there. I said walking out this is all going to be about our mentality, we’re going to have to grind this one out, there’s been a ton of circumstances that we’ve had to deal with tonight, it’s almost one in the morning but they’ve had to deal with (the delays) too and unfortunately I don’t think we were as sharp in the second half.”

Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley

On the weather delays:

“It was the same for both teams. They came out after the break and they wanted to win. They came out passing the ball, moving, defending well as a team and we didn’t. That’s basically what it was; there wasn’t anything they did special. We came in after the first half thinking we were okay but in the second half it just didn’t happen.”

On the result:

“Our coaches said, they wanted it more and that comes out of mentality. Nobody wants to be out playing at 11:30 p.m. at night playing in a soccer game. At the end of the day you don’t want to give away anything. We gave up two goals tonight, which we shouldn’t have. It was tough; mentally we didn’t come out with the same mentality as we did in the first half. We have a lot of games coming up right now so this game we have to put it behind us and we’ve got to go and have good result in Portland.”

On the difference between the two halves:

“After the first half, we didn’t have any problems, we thought we were fine. They started rolling after the first five or ten minutes but after that we settled, and we got better chances than they did in the first half. It was a tale of two halves. No one is going to use the excuse for being late, they had the same thing. It’s not like we had more delay than they did. They had the same. We’re not using that as an excuse at all. They wanted to win, they come out with fresh wind in the second half and we didn’t. We didn’t match their intensity, obviously their football came above us and they got two goals.”

New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps

On winning tonight despite the weather delays:

“Sure it’s never easy with what we had to deal with. But the message in the locker room was that we can’t control that. We have no control over what’s happening out there, but when we step on the field we can control how we go about the game. I thought our guys were excellent in approaching it and showed some real resolve and some mental toughness.”

On what the team does to stay occupied during a weather delay:

“Well, they keep themselves loose. I think for me, also, we have a lot of time to talk so we’re able to find little areas that we thought we could help break them down. They did a good job. Houston did a good job of really limiting us. We had a lot of the ball but it was hard to break them down. So I think the time to talk during those breaks were pretty good.”

On his team coming out strong in the second half:

“Yeah that was kind of how we wanted to approach the game. It felt like when the game started, you know, those first twelve minutes we were finding a lot of the game, and to have it stop is always difficult. The second time we went out for the first half was a little bit all over the place. But then I think we really dug in and had another halftime, a little bit longer break, and came out and said, ‘Hey look this is our chance,’ and came out flying.”

On scoring another set-piece goal:

“Yeah, we have to. I think we have guys that can serve we have players that can do a lot of different things on set pieces. We’re not all big so we kind of have to manufacture it. I thought Jose (Goncalves), you know his run to the back was something we’ve worked on, something he does well to at least sell front and then come back. Obviously we had a little bit of a fortunate bounce but he was right there to finish it.”

On delays affecting the substitutions he made during the game:

“First and foremost, Jermaine (Jones), that was a tough one to have a guy who is up and down. We were going to manage his minutes anyway but to have to take him out. I think he probably could have played more minutes, but there was some risk in having him shut down and warm back up, then shut down and warm back up. So we played that one safe. I thought Daigo (Kobayashi) came in and did a great job. I thought Juan (Agudelo) was excellent from first touch to the goal he was really good, he defended well and that’s what you ask for. And then Teal (Bunbury) came in and did the same thing, they’re sparks. And when you can do that, that’s where I think we won the game.”

On Jermaine Jones’ first start since returning from injury:

“I thought he was moving, and obviously they had a man on him so every time he went near the ball there was someone right on him, which they’ll do. I like when teams do that because it’s going to open up somewhere else. It takes a little while, because he’s such a big presence and such a person that we want to have on the ball, it can’t just be all at once. We have to work him in. So there were a little bit of growing pains, but I thought he was good and we just have to start playing around him and make sure that we continue to get better.”

On the fan support tonight:

“Awesome. I mean the fact that even after the first delay there were so many people there. The second one, you could still hear people. And the fans that finished the game was something amazing.”

On the difference between the two halves:

“I think that we knew that if we could establish longer possessions in their half we were going to have some. For me, we always talk about the possession stat. The possession stat is, for me, you can take it or leave it. But the possession we’re looking for is in their half and in certain tight areas. And really try to get good long possessions in there because that’s when we’re at our best, and guys like Lee (Nguyen) and Daigo (Kobayashi) and Jermaine (Jones) will be on the ball in those scenarios, and that’s what we need and want.”

On defender Jeremy Hall’s recent run of form:

“He brings a presence. I think he’s been around a while he’s got that veteran kind-of swagger because he’s been there and played in a lot of games. But also I think he brings a good calming influence on the ball.  He’s really good with his passing, and he’s always an option for Farrell out there. I think that helps because now we can move the ball quickly and Jeremy’s willing to make a play. And then from there I’ve been really happy with how he’s defended. I thought he did a great job on Brad Davis, and I thought he did a great job a couple weeks ago when we played in Chicago on Accam, which for me is probably one of the toughest players to defend one-on-one in the league.”

New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves

On his goal:

“I saw everyone was pretty focused on the ball and the ball came not so far from the penalty spot so I thought I’m going to wait on the second post in case if the ball drops. And that’s what happened. The ball just came great.  I took my chance for a volley and it was slippery. There is no way the keeper can stop if I caught the ball very well.”

On the weather delays:

“A lot, a lot. I think a lot of relief for myself, for the team, for the guys.  I think we showed them that we are a tough team to play.  Even if we have a delay, bad weather, we have to stay in.  We stayed focus and we did our job and that’s why we take our three points tonight.” 

On how the team stays focused during delays:

“Just stay in the dressing room doing work, exercise, moving around on the bike and making sure that we are ready in case (the referee) blows the whistle earlier.” 

On if he can remember a similar situation with weather delays:

“No, never. At this time I am in bed usually, but I have to get the permission to stay up a little more. It’s difficult, but something if it’s the case, you have to be professional mentally a little stronger than usual. You get tired, but (Houston), they are also going to be tired. You must think about this. You must think about the work we did all week. We suffer all week, hard training. That’s why we came out on Saturday to win the game and that’s what we did. If it takes ninety minutes or three hours, it doesn’t matter at the end of the day. We need the three points.”

On the importance of the team’s four game unbeaten streak:

Very important. We know that because the last two years, I remember before the break, we lost pretty much every time we were at the break. It’s very frustrating because you go in the break with the mind, you don’t have a good satisfaction. Because you lost a game, you can wait to do better the next one. We just won the game. That’s the second time before the break and it’s just perfect for us. I think we learned from those games we did some mistakes and we have to just keep going. Don’t change anything. Everyone is very focused and everyone knows why we have to take points right now at the end of the season.” 

New England Revolution defender Chris Tierney

On how difficult it was to play in a game with two delays:

“It was extremely difficult. I have never experienced that in a League game, it happened in a couple of Open Cup games we have had delays but nothing like that. That was tough so credit to all of our players and staff. We did a great job and I feel like we just wanted the game more, we just willed it. It’s all worth it now.”

On the toughest part about having to restart twice:

“It’s physical but it’s mental as well. You get yourself up for the game and then there are delays and you don’t know how long the waits are going to be so it’s a very difficult situation physically and mentally. Again, I think we did a great job of preparing ourselves and the whole time we were expecting that we were going to play. No one was talking about cancellations or anything like that so we were in it mentally the whole time and I think it showed.”

On the amount of tactics discussed in the locker room during the delays:

“We go over tactics quite a bit, actually. It actually is a unique situation where we are 12 minutes into the game and we already have a chance to come together as a group and look things over and talk about what changes we want to make. I think especially at halftime we did a good job of making those adjustments and then finding a way to score.”

On the adjustments that were made for the second half:

“(The Houston Dynamo) were obviously were here to get a point. We just looked at some areas where we thought the space would open up and there were little pockets in front of their back four and their wingers were all the way back on me and Jeremy (Hall) so they were basically playing five at the back at times so the space was really in front of their back four with Lee (Nguyen) and I thought Daigo (Kobayashi) came in and did a great job finding those little pockets and we got possession in their end and got the ball moving and did enough to win.”

15 August 12:58 pm

The Dynamo visit the New England Revolution at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight for their lone meeting this season. The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS SW alternate channel and in Spanish on TeleXitos and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

  • Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle once again has some injury concerns among his team. Ricardo Clark, who snapped a 39-game start streak in MLS play last week against San Jose, remains doubtful with a left hamstring strain. Rob Lovejoy (right hamstring strain) and Alex Lopez (right groin strain) are also doubtful for the game. 
  • Boniek Garcia continues to build fitness after playing 34 minutes in the 2-1 win over San Jose last weekend. The Honduran missed seven games due to the Gold Cup duties and an adductor injury but has been outstanding in his last two appearances for the Dynamo, with one goal and three assists in a total of 79 minutes across two substitute appearances.
  • New England head coach Jay Heaps has a mostly healthy squad, with defender Darrius Barnes the only Revs player on the injury report. Heaps welcomed back U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones after he missed five games recovering from left sports hernia surgery. New England is 3-1-5 this season in games Jones has started.
  • The Dynamo have played well against the Eastern Conference this season, with a 4-1-3 against the East, including a 1-0-2 mark on the road. New England is 3-5-1 against the West this season.
  • The Revolution won two of three games against the Dynamo last season. In both wins, New England scored all of its goals after the 65th minute, including a brace from Lee Nguyen last October at BBVA Compass Stadium. The 2014 MLS MVP finalist scored in the 65th and 87th minutes for a 2-1 win after Giles Barnes scored in the first half.
  • For the fifth consecutive game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning and would be suspended for next week’s trip to Portland if they receive a caution tonight. Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie and Raul Rodriguez must avoid a yellow card tonight. On the other hand, Giles Barnes was awarded the “good behavior bonus” after playing three straight games without a caution and is no longer on warning.
  • The Revolution have their own yellow card worries, with defenders Jose Goncalves and London Woodberry and Nguyen each on yellow-card warning. 
  • Saturday is the start of a three-game road swing for the Dynamo and the club must revere recent history to solidify their playoff position. In their last four three-game road trips, the Dynamo are 0-8-4 (W-L-T). Their last successful lengthy road trip was in 2012, when the club went 2-3-2 over seven road games to start the season as construction of BBVA Compass Stadium was being completed.
  • Milestone Watch: A few milestones could be reached tonight. A few highlights:
  • Brad Davis has 315 career regular-season starts and would tie Pablo Mastroeni and Brian Carrol for sixth on the MLS list with a start tonight.
  • With a start, Will Bruin (139 starts) would pass Wade Barrett for ninth on the club list for all competitions.
  • Bruin has also made 136 career regular-season appearances with Houston and would pass Pat Onstad and Brian Mullan for sixth on the club list with an appearance.
  • Finally, Bruin (123 career regular-season starts) would pass Brian Ching for eighth on the franchise list with a start tonight.
  • Nathan Sturgis is eligible for selection after serving a suspension against San Jose. The veteran can surpass 10,000 career regular-season minutes with 54+ minutes against New England.
  • Ricardo Clark has 233 career appearances in all competitions with the Dynamo and will tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list with his next appearance.
  • Will Bruin has now started the same amount of regular season games as Brian Ching during his Dynamo career and it is interesting to compare the two forwards, who are the top two scorers in Dynamo history.

Bruin and Ching’s career Dynamo stats (regular-season games only):

Player Games Starts Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on goal Fouls committed Fouls suffered Offsides
Brian Ching 169 123 11,341 56 22 293 132 181 265 146
Will Bruin 136 123 10,382 44 14 327 134 93 84 49
  • A few thoughts on the two forwards: In the same amount of starts, and 1,000 less minutes, Bruin has scored only 12 fewer goals. Ching played most of the prime of his career in Houston – he already had four years of MLS experience when the team moved to Houston. Bruin has started all 123 games at the start of his career, beginning with his rookie season in 2011. The strikers clearly had different roles on their teams. Ching drew more fouls – about 3-to-1 compared to Bruin – and Ching was also offside significantly more, as the two players were asked to do different things. Another similarity is both tallied the majority of their goals without benefit of penalties. Bruin has scored all 44 goals without taking a single penalty kick while Ching only scored twice from the spot in the regular season during his career. All things considered, Bruin has a very respectable resume at this point in his career when judged against the Dynamo's all-time scorer.

Enjoy the game!
 

12 August 2:06 pm

Tune in to Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM tonight from 7-9 p.m. for a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. 

Dynamo TV broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak with Dynamo defenders Raul Rodriguez, David Horst and Sheanon Williams about Saturday's 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes as well as the upcoming road game at New England on Saturday. Davis will also speak with head coach Owen Coyle and New England Revolution TV broadcaster Brad Feldman to preview Saturday's game.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

Dynamo All-Access is a weekly show on 1560 AM covering the Dynamo and Houston Dash and usually airs on Wednesday or Thursday from 7-9 p.m. CT.

 

10 August 4:01 pm

DaMarcus Beasley, who has also been named to the Team of the Week, is nominated for Goal of the Week for his FIRST Dynamo goal during Dynamo vs San Jose Earthquakes this past weekend.

MLSSoccer.com had this to say about Beasley's entry:

Left-footed players also joined the fray, with Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley slaloming through the San Jose Earthquakes back line for his first MLS goal since the 2003 MLS Cup Final.

Vote HERE for Beasley. The winner will be annouced Friday. 

Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays. For complete coverage of the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week- including an archive of all this season's nominees and winners- click here.

10 August 10:04 am

The Dynamo defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The following is a transcription of postgame comments from the Dynamo.

Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle

Thoughts on the match

I think we knew coming into the game it was going to be a hard-fought game, playing a game against a team we’d only played three or four weeks ago when we won a very good game in San Jose. We knew we’d been in good form. Again, we were blighted by injury and suspension, but the lads again stepped into the fray and we have one or two others coming back as well. There’s no doubt we’re well worthy of the three points tonight. It was always going to take time to break down a stubborn defense but we did with a very good goal. And from that point on, the one thing that I would say is I think that’s when we’ve really got to put a shoulder to the wheel. I think we could have game-managed it better, is the best way to put it. Because when you don’t get the second and third goals as we should have—we had one or two opportunities to do that—you leave yourself wide open to exactly what happened. A set play that’s cleared twice and then there’s a misjudgement in the middle and we lose a soft goal. But to be fair to this group, they picked themselves again and that second goal was worthy—if you look at the build-up and we passed and moved the ball, everything we’re preaching on a daily basis—that goal was worthy to win any game. We had other opportunities to get that third or fourth and make it a little bit easier on ourselves. I’m sure when I took this job I had jet black hair but now there’s a few greys that have crept in. I was delighted with how they went about it. It was an important three points. As I said, we’re in a great run of form, we’ve only lost one game in six and that was at Salt Lake when we’re down to 10 men as well. It was nice to be back at home with eight of our last 12 on the road and to come back here again. And then obviously if you think back to our performances at home: Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire—a game we certainly felt we could and should have won, LA Galaxy, and then tonight. So we’re in terrific form and as I’ve said we go on the road and we look forward to those games because we certainly believe that within the group we have enough about us to go on that unbeaten run that I’ve spoken about. This one certainly helps to add another game to that.

On DaMarcus Beasley

I’ve said to him on a weekly basis, I certainly believe that DaMarcus should be sitting on three or four goals just now. If you think to all the games going back when we’re getting around because we’re passing, moving, penetrating behind, and we did that on numerous occasions tonight. It’s really pleasing on the eye, it gets the fans out of their seats. We want to win games, but we want to try to be entertaining while we’re doing that, and having the fullbacks join in. And that’s what was great about tonight, because then Sheanon [Williams] joins in with the second goal for Alex Lima. So we’re committing players forward, we’re looking to try to win games in a manner I think befitting the Houston Dynamo. And I said it to the players, from the career that DaMarcus Beasley has had, every week he keeps bringing it, he keeps showing how much he wants to be part of the Houston Dynamo, how much quality he’s got. And we’re delighted to have a player of that caliber. It was a wonderful, composed finish and equally the second goal, I just thought from a team move that was outstanding.

Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley

On the goal

I got through, I was lucky to be that open. I was that open. Giles [Barnes] played me a great ball and I looked up and I saw one man to beat so I figured I’d try to go at him and I beat him and went near post.

On getting his first goal with the Dynamo

I get chances every game. I’m finally happy. Everybody’s been getting on me that I haven’t score yet because I get a couple chances a game. Finally I got one tonight. It’s a team goal, it’s a big win for us especially at home going into this 11-game stretch. We need goals from everyone and we got that tonight.

On Alex Lima

You gotta see him in training. The way he is with the ball is just phenomenal. He’s very skillful, he’s unselfish, and he works hard for the team. You see him getting up, he’s getting back, he’s getting into the box, he’s helping me or helping the opposite side on the right side, he’s a two-way player. You see some of the skills he has on the ball and it’s pretty amazing. He’s been great for us and is a great addition to our team midseason.

Houston Dynamo defender Sheanon Williams

On his assist

Just wanted to pick ourselves back up after we allowed a bad goal on our part. Felt like I was a little bit to blame for it and I wanted to get one back. So played [Boniek García] a good ball then just tried to keep moving and he played a good ball back where all I had to do was square it across the goal and Alex made a good run to finish it.

On getting the fullbacks into the attack

It’s a good outlet for us. I think we have a lot of guys that are comfortable with the ball at feet in the middle of the park so when you can push up and be a good outlet as you saw, DaMarcus scored tonight and I had an assist, it makes the game a lot easier for us.

Importance of getting all three points at home, up a man

This is crunch time. So when you’re at home and up a man, that’s a time to really get three points and we definitely needed it. We’re in the hunt for the playoffs and we definitely want to be one of those final six competing for the championship. To do that, we need all the points we can get at home.