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.
Dynamo defender Andre Hainault and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson each featured in their respective national team's friendlies this pat weekend. Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron was on the bench for the U.S. against Canada, but was not called upon by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hainault started and played 90 minutes against the United States in the scoreless draw at BMO Field on Sunday. The Dynamo defender anchored a backline that shut down the U.S. attacked and also earned a yellow card for a foul on Jermaine Jones.
WATCH U.S. VS. CANADA HIGHLIGHTS
Je-Vaughn Watson started and played 86 minutes in Jamaica's 2-1 loss to Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez. The Dynamo midfielder picked up a yellow card for a foul in the 68th minute.
WATCH JAMAICA VS. PANAMA HIGHLIGHTS
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).
Following a successful grand opening of the adidas Dynamo Team Store at BBVA Compass Stadium, roughly 50 fans gathered at Orange Bar last night to unveil Walker End Houston, the Independent Supporters Association of the Houston Dynamo. Also present at the bar was Dynamo president Chris Canetti and veterans Brian Ching and Brad Davis. Canetti and the players spoke to the fans in attendance, urging them to continue to show their passion, but to do it in a manner that best represents themselves, their groups and the Dynamo organization. Ching and Davis spoke from the heart, telling fans that it is their constant passion and enthusiasm that drives the players for the full 90 minutes and although fans are not out on the field scoring goals, without that passion, the past and future success of the organization would not be possible.
After Canetti, Ching and Davis answered questions from the group, Chris Smink, a Texian Army board member and one of the leaders of Walker End Houston spoke to the group about the new organization. I didn't have a recorder with me and I won't try to paraphrase what Chris said, as that would not do him any justice. However, Ray Escamilla was there with his video camera and I believe he will be putting a video piece together of what was said. Stay tuned to Keeper Notes for more information.
Long story short, I urge all Dynamo fans, whether you are affiliated with an official supporters group or not, to check out Walker End Houston and their official charter. Our supporters have taken tremendous strides in the past year to help grow the Dynamo fan base and this is another positive step in that direction. Here is the link to the Walker End Houston charter. Also, while you are on the site, be sure to voice your opinion or offer constructive feedback in the forum.
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!
It's been five weeks since Dynamo players were featured in the top 10 of the Castrol Index. To be honest, I'm starting to think the Castrol Index is like a quarterback rating in football. It's confusing to calculate, but it looks great when your player has a high ranking! This week, three Dynamo players are featured in the top 20. After his game-tying goal against the Crew, Brian Ching totaled 1,125 Castrol points for a No. 7 ranking. With a goal and an assist, Will Bruin comes in at No. 13 with 1,062 points. Lastly, Andre Hainault made a game-saving clearance off the line in the 88th minute to preserve a 2-2 draw at Crew Stadium. Below is the top 20 ranking for week 7 in MLS.
Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 7 Powered by Castrol Index
|1||Chris Pontius||Forward||D.C. United||87||1,940|
|2||Khari Stephenson||Midfielder||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1,510|
|3||Sébastien Le Toux||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||1,407|
|4||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||1,221|
|5||Simon Dawkins||Midfielder||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1,138|
|6||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||1,134|
|7||Brian Ching||Forward||Houston Dynamo||84||1,125|
|8||Joe Cannon||Goalkeeper||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||1,124|
|9||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||1,124|
|10||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||1,115|
|11||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||1,105|
|12||Chris Wondolowski||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1,102|
|13||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||1,062|
|14||Reggie Lambe||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||1,015|
|15||André Hainault||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||920|
|16||Omar Cummings||Forward||Colorado Rapids||90||869|
|17||James Riley||Defender||Chivas USA||90||862|
|18||David Beckham||Midfielder||Los Angeles Galaxy||90||857|
|19||Olman Vargas||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||846|
|20||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||833|
Dynamo midfielder Josue Soto, who is currently on loan with NASL club San Antonio, played 25 minutes as a second-half sub in the Scorpions 2-2 draw Saturday night against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The appearance was Soto's second as a Scorpion, after the Dynamo homegrown product started and played 90 minutes in their season opener.
In other Academy-related news, Dynamo Academy product Daniel Roberts made his pro debut for USL Pro team Wilmington Hammerheads over the weekend. Wilmington tied Harrisburg City Islands 0-0. Roberts trained with the Dynamo first team during preseason but was not offered a contract.