It's been four weeks since the Dynamo jumped up to the No. 2 spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Since then, the club has gone 0-2-2, and although they came home with four points in their first two CONCACAF Champions League road matches, they have been unable to maintain their earlier form in league play. Last week, the Dynamo were placed in the fifth spot in the weekly rankings. This week, following Houston's 3-1 loss at the Chicago Fire, the Dynamo were placed ninth. Here is what the writers at MLSsoccer.com had to say about the Dynamo:
Their nosedive in the Power Rankings (and standings) coincides with Mac Kandji's nosedive in form. To make the 4-3-3 work, you need wingers who can beat their man both with and without the ball, threaten goal themselves and make quick decisions when double-teamed. Kandji's fallen short on those last two fronts over the past month.
A little harsh, but other writers seem to agree with how the league views the Dynamo's slide. Over at SI.com, Avi Creditor puts the Dynamo in the eighth spot of his rankings. ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle is a little more optimistic about the Dynamo, only dropping them two spots to seventh in his ranking. Lastly, Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America has not jumped off the Dynamo bandwagon, moving Houston to No. 5 in his ranking.
So what do you think? Do you agree with Ridge, Jeff, Avi or MLSsoccer? Or do you have the Dynamo elsewhere in you ranking? Let us know!
Over the next few weeks, U.S. Soccer will announce the remaining cities/venues that have been chosen to host the gold-medal victory tour for the U.S. women's national team. Currently, the only cities that have been confirmed on the tour are Rochester, N.Y. (September 1), Carson, Calif. (September 16) and Commerce City, Colo. (September 19).
Earlier reports stated that the women would do a five-city tour following the Olympics, although if they won gold, that tour could increase to as many as ten games. It's no secret that Dynamo president Chris Canetti and BBVA Compass Stadium general manager Doug Hall have spoken with U.S. Soccer about the possibility of getting one of the remaining matches in Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Here is where Dynamo fans come in. Jen Cooper, host of The Firkin Soccer Show and the face behind Keeper Notes, has started an online petition to bring the women to Houston. Let's support the cause and show U.S. Soccer that Houston deserves to host a women's national team game!
Brad Davis' left-footed strike in the 19th minute of Sunday's match has been nominated for the AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 24. The Dynamo midfielder received a square pass from Boniek Garcia, took one touch and fired it into the upper left-hand corner of the net past a diving Andy Gruenebaum. The goal was Davis' sixth of the season, which tied a career high that he set in 2003 as a member of the Dallas Burn.
This morning, MLSsoccer.com unveiled their annual poll to see who are the top 24 players under the age of 24. In 2010, Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero earned the No. 1 ranking. Last year, FC Dallas and U.S. men's national team midfielder Brek Shea took home the title.
In previous years, the vote was determined by a select group of panelists. This year, fans will have the opportunity to voice their opinions. The fan vote will count for 10 percent of the ballot. The other 90 percent will derive from the votes of a panel of media members and the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff.
In the first two years of the vote, no Dynamo player saw representation in the top 24. Could this be the first year a Dynamo player breaks through? Eligible Dynamo players include: Will Bruin, Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, Erich Marscheider, Brian Ownby, Colin Rolfe, Kofi Sarkodie and Josue Soto.
If you are talking about the contest on Twitter, be sure to use #24U24.
Come on Dynamo fans, let's take to the polls and have your voice be heard!
The Houston Dynamo traveled to Red Bull Arena carrying a five-game winning streak and an eight-game unbeaten streak. After 90 minutes, neither streak remained intact as the Red Bulls defeated the men in orange 2-0. It was the first defeat for Houston since a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Impact on July 23. It was also the first time the Dynamo allowed more than one goal in a match since the Montreal loss. Along with the Dynamos' run up the Eastern Conference standings, Houston also made a strong push in the weekly power rankings, coming in at No. 2 ahead of the showdown in Harrison. After the loss, though, the writers at MLSsoccer.com knocked Houston down a notch to No. 3. They had this to say about the current state of the Dynamo:
Houston's unbeaten run had to end sometime, and it makes sense that it happened at RBNY, who are the league's only other side unbeaten at home. The Dynamo still put up a quality fight, and with better finishing – their one ongoing concern – could have come away with a point.
ESPN.com's Jeffrey Carlisle, who moved the Dynamo to the top spot after their dismantling of New York on August 3, dropped Houston one spot to No. 2. Carlilse moved the San Jose Earthquakes back to the top spot, which is tough to argue with after the club stole another three points with a last-minute goal at Buck Shaw Stadium. Over at SI.com, Avi Creditor was a little more harsh on Dominic Kinnear's men, dropping them two spots to No. 4.
So where do you put the Dynamo after week 23 of the MLS season? Are they still in your top 5?
On Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced the new tie-breaking procedures to determine seeding in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. These procedures were voted upon by the league's Board of Governors prior to the start of the year and have been in place all season. The new procedures were put in place to encourage an more attacking style of play for teams. Below is the new set of tiebreakers:
- Most total goals scored
Greatest goal differential
Fewest disciplinary points
Most road goals scored
Greatest road goal differential
Most home goals scored
Greatest home goal differential
Coin toss (for 2 teams) or drawing of lots (3 or more teams)
Currently, the Houston Dynamo are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with Sporting KC (Click here to see updated standings). If the season ended today, the Dynamo would finish as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference because they have out-scored Sporting KC 35-28.
Teams have been aware of the new rules since the beginning of the year, but it will be curious to see as we come to the home-stretch if teams will try to run up scores if they have the opportunity to increase their total goals.
What do you think? Do you like the new tiebreaking procedures? Leave your comments in the box below!
Friday's 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls has been called one of the Dynamo's best performances of the season, and it shows in this week's Castrol Top 20 rankings. Four Dynamo players - Jermaine Taylor, Tally Hall, Andre Hainault, Boniek Garcia - were including in the list this week.
Taylor was rated the highest out of the men in orange at No. 3, while Hall came in at No. 12, Hainault ranked at No. 16 and Garcia rounded it out at No. 17. Taylor, Hall and Hainault stopped one of the better attacking forces in the league last weekend while posting the defense's third straight shutout. Boniek continued his impressive form in the midfield since coming to MLS, outshining fellow Designated Players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill under the lights of BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team's ability to score or concede a goal. Each week, Castrol ranks the 20 best performances of the previous fixtures.