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.
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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.
The Dynamo host the San Jose Earthquakes tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium for the third and final meeting of the season. Limited tickets remain for the match and are available here and the stadium box office. The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS SW alternate channel 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 will have some lineup decision to make. Nathan Sturgis is suspended after his red card last week at Sporting Kansas City, and three players carry injury concerns: Ricardo Clark (doubtful, left hamstring strain), Will Bruin (questionable, left knee effusion) and Tyler Deric (questionable, right foot contusion).
• With Bruin’s knee swelling, Erick Torres could make his first Dynamo start. Coyle could also elect to start Bruin and Torres together for the first time.
• Boniek Garcia gained another full week of training and could feature for the first time since June 5, when he came on at halftime and scored and provided two assists against the Red Bulls. Garcia has missed the last seven games due to the Gold Cup and an adductor injury.
• Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear has two injury worries of his own. Veteran center back Clarence Goodson and Argentinian playmaker Matias Perez Garcia are both questionable with left leg injuries. Garcia has drawn 61 fouls this season, the most in MLS, and has six assists in his last 11 MLS games.
• Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa has three goals in four games since he arrived in a trade with the Chicago Fire in early July.
• For the fourth consecutive game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning and would be suspended for next weekend’s games if they receive a caution tonight. Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie and Giles Barnes must avoid a yellow card tonight. On the positive side, Raul Rodriguez was awarded the “good behavior bonus” after playing three straight games without a caution and is no longer on warning. The Earthquakes do not have any players on yellow card warning.
• The road team has won each of the first two games between the clubs this season. San Jose won 1-0 in Houston on May 5 and the Dynamo secured a 2-0 triumph at Avaya Stadium on July 10.
• San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski has scored 95 goals since the start of the 2010 season, the most by any player over a six-year span in MLS history (via SJ Earthquakes communications).
• Earthquakes midfielder and U.S. youth international Marc Pelosi could make his first MLS start tonight. The 21-year-old signed with San Jose on July 17 after four years with Liverpool in England. Pelosi never appeared for the Liverpool senior team but was a part of the U-18 and U-21 squads while dealing with various injuries. The California native was a part of the U.S. national team camp in January and also played with the U-23s at the Toulon Tournament in May.
• Will Bruin has 138 career starts in all competitions with the Dynamo and can tie Wade Barrett for ninth on club list with next his next start. Bruin also has 135 career regular season games with Houston and will tie Pat Onstad and Brian Mullan for sixth on the club list with his next appearance. Finally, Bruin has 135 career regular season starts with the Dynamo and will tie Brian Ching for eighth on the franchise list with his next start.
• 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.
The MLS Disciplinary has issued suspensions to Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza and the Chicago Fire midfielder Matt Watson, the league announced Wednesday.
The Committee suspended Espinoza for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of an opponent in the 67th minute of Kansas City's match against Houston on Aug. 1 (VIDEO).
In a separate incident in the 44th minute of the same game, the Committee fined Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer an undisclosed amount for embellishment while both Sporting and Houston were found to be in violation of the Mass Confrontation Policy (VIDEO).
The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Sporting Park. Here are some milestones and notes from the match.
- Brad Davis, the franchise leader in assists, recorded his 100th career regular-season assist on Ricardo Clark's tying goal. Davis reached 100 assists in his 260th career regular-season appearance with Houston.
- Clark set a new career-high with his fifth goal of the season. Clark surpassed his previous high of four, set in each of the last two seasons. Clark also scored against the Austin Aztex in the U.S. Open Cup so the central midfielder has six goals in all competitions this season.
- Clark has 13 goals in his last three seasons (77 games) after he scored 15 goals in his first eight MLS seasons (192 games)
- Davis also played 90 minutes to reach 25,033 career minutes in all competitions with the Dynamo to become the first player to surpass 25,000 minutes in all competitions with the club.
- The Dynamo are unbeaten in their last five regular-season visits to Sporting Park, with one win and four ties since they lost in their first visit to the new stadium in 2011.
- It was also Davis’ 314th career regular-season start to pass Landon Donovan (313) for eighth on the MLS all-time list.
- Will Bruin played 62 minutes to reach 11,515 career minutes in all competitions with the Dynamo and pass Geoff Cameron (11,471) for 10th on the club list.
The Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a spirited 1-1 draw Saturday at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Courtesy of Sporting KC communications, here is a transcription of postgame quotes from both teams.
Houston Dynamo manager Owen Coyle
On Houston's 1-1 draw against Sporting KC…
I think we knew coming into Sporting Park it was always going to be a tough game. They have an unbelievable home record and one they should be very proud of. So we knew we were going to have to play very well and we did. Sporting Kansas City had one attack on goal in which they scored from. I think it may have been a soft foul, but having said that, it was a wonderful delivery and Dom Dwyer is an outstanding player one of the top players in MLS. Many teams would have felt sorry for themselves, but we picked ourselves up and, truth be told, we punished Sporting Kansas City off the park in the first half. We should have had two or three goals on the back of that.
We then came out in the second half with the same endeavor except I think it was a bit more even. Sporting had one or two chances of their own. As I said before, you know the quality of us. We scored a very good goal and then found ourselves down to 10 men.
On the rivalry between the two sides and the red cards in the previous three meetings…
I can only judge from my three games and we are the team that’s not finished with 11 in all three games. Tonight, in real time I didn’t think it was [a red card]. Nathan Sturgis, he never led with his studs and the only thing he was guilty of was being a little bit late. He never led with studs and never looked to endanger the opponent. But there is no doubt there is a fierce rivalry between the sides and both clubs have fantastic history and history they should be proud of. They are both very special clubs within MLS. So that’s always going to lead to a good intensity in the game.
Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis
On Houston’s 1-1 draw against Sporting KC…
It was a good game. I thought our group was really good tonight. We gave Sporting very few chances. We’ve talked about them being one of the better teams in the league at spreading teams out with the ball, and they have some good, creative players. I think we did very well to stay tight to them and disrupt their game. We had a couple chances in the first half to actually go up. Overall I thought our game plan was attacked very well, and I’m extremely happy of this group tonight for the effort that was put in.
On Houston responding to a 1-0 halftime deficit…
At that point we know [we’re in the game]. We know if we’re playing well or we’re not playing well, and we knew we had some chances. We just had to stay with it, not get frustrated and continue to push. Fortunately we were able to get our goal. It’s a difficult place to come and play—we know that—and when we got that goal later in the game, it was very important that we were smart and locked it down and come away with a point at that point. We did a good job.
On assisting Ricardo Clark’s equalizing goal from a set piece…
Tonight we didn’t have many other [set pieces] in a really dangerous spot—maybe one. I know (Ricardo Clark) is going to attack the ball. They actually were putting a couple guys on David Horst, so I actually wanted to miss him. I told the other guys to try to get away and separate themselves because David was a guy we were trying to pick out who they had been marking. I told them, “Try to get yourself free” and luckily it worked out.
Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin
On Houston and Sporting KC playing another hotly contested match…
It’s always a battle every game. Every time we play it’s a clash and both teams’ intensity rises. Both teams scored on a set piece—that’s how tight the margins are. It’s always a fun game and this lived up to it.
On Houston responding to a 1-0 halftime deficit…
I thought we played well in the first half. Obviously they had a restart goal from a header five minutes in—that’s not the ideal start. But instead of putting our heads down, we kept playing and we had chances. I could have scored on a little half-breakaway [in the first half]. We never put our heads down. We kept battling and found a way to score and even it up and leave with a point.
On the Houston-Sporting KC rivalry…
This is my fifth year in the league and we’ve always played them in the postseason. Every game we’ve played against them is a battle. I think we play somewhat similar styles with the mentality and the physicality and the pressing. When you get two teams that high-press and play strong, it’s going to be a battle.
Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes
On Sporting KC's performance...
It wasn’t a good game for either team. It was a very scrappy game, back and forth. We sure did give a lot of chances away. We created some good ones, but not enough. Both teams were just scrappy.
On the status of Roger Espinoza...
He just got whacked pretty good. That’s why he came out; he just couldn’t go. He got jammed right in the shin. Obviously, we’ll have to see over the next few days what it’s like.
On Sporting KC's rivalry with Houston...
The game is with grown men. It’s physical and it’s emotional. I think it’s two teams that have always been in the mix late in the season and two teams that are getting ready to compete for MLS Cup. We wind up in the same conference, so we might wind up seeing each other in some big matches all the time. Both teams are extremely competitive. With that being said, there’s going to be fireworks sometimes. I’m glad to see that our guys kept their composure.
On the possibility of replays in MLS and if he agrees with their implementation within the game...
Absolutely, 100 percent. It was good because also when you look at the Nemeth goal, he was offside. It wasn’t by much but he was off. It’s great to know that he was off and there wasn’t a mistake made. Hopefully sometime it’s going to change, sooner rather than later.
On the field conditions playing a part in the match:
It was choppy, it was. But the great thing is it’s not as bad as our other field was. By the time we get back here for the next game, I assume it’ll be a heck of a lot better because it’ll have a chance to settle and they’ll be able to do a little more work on it. It was the right thing that we did. We needed to get a new field in here ASAP. The other field was really dangerous. For these guys, and honestly I laugh about it, they’re used to playing on a pool table all the time. For me, that was like a Wembley back in my day. So for these guys, it’s hard for them to play on it, but I could’ve played on that thing all day long.
On set pieces given up late in the game...
Is it troubling? It ticks me off. I hate giving up any set pieces in any game. But we scored a great one. I thought we were dangerous in and around the box many times.
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer
On receiving a yellow card in the first half…
I’m pretty sure I kept my hands down by my side the whole time. I knew I had four yellows so I didn’t want to get another. I’m very frustrated that he gave me one for that. I don’t want to say too much more, I don’t want to get myself in trouble, but I think you can see for yourself on that one.
On Dwyer’s first takeaway from the game…
Obviously we are a little bit frustrated. It wasn’t the result we wanted. We wanted to get three points. We’ll take the positives out of it, get the point and move on to the next one.
On the match’s controversial calls…
Everyone is human. The refs make mistakes. It happens. Hopefully they’ll watch it back and learn and it’ll be different next time.
On if it was tough to get into a rhythm with the controversial calls…
Not really. The field was challenging and that slowed the rhythm of the game a little bit. The ref was fairly consistent with certain calls here and there. Some were a bit soft but it was pretty good for both sides. The lineman could’ve helped him out too. Sometimes it doesn’t fall your way.
Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler
On what the official told Besler following the no-call inside the box late in the match…
He told me he judged it to have hit his (Luis Garrido) hip.
On the first thing Besler can takeaway from the game…
Sloppy game. It was disappointing not to get a win at home, but we have to get ready for the next game.
On the condition of the new field…
We can’t use the field as an excuse because it’s the same for both teams. We’re hoping and we’re being told that it’s continuing to get better.
Postgame questions and responses from Referee Jorge Gonzalez
Q: Why was a handball not called on Luis Garrido in the 94th minute?
A: It was judged not to be deliberate.
Q: How can a handball be judged not deliberate when the player’s arm is in an extended position?
A: The arm was judged to be in a natural playing position.
Q: Why were cautions issued to Dom Dwyer and Tyler Deric late in the first half?
A: They both committed acts, which in the opinion of the referee, showed a lack of respect for the game (e.g. aggressive attitude and inflammatory behavior).
Q: What was the reason for overturning the penalty call against Tim Melia in the first half?
A: After consultation with the assistant referee, it was judged that Tim Melia fairly challenged for the ball.
Houston Dynamo fans may see themselves in their favorite players beginning tonight as the Dynamo face Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Starting tonight, and throughout August, Dynamo player jerseys will include the faces of season ticket members who submitted their photograph earlier this year. The Dynamo are part of a league-wide initiative, with all 20 MLS clubs participating in the jersey program.
Season ticket members submitted their photo and selected their preferred jersey number (0-9) and the location for their picture within the digit. Thousands of Dynamo supporters submitted photos and will be featured across the Dynamo jersey numbers this month.
Major League Soccer is the first league to utilize this platform, which is provided by Playing2. The Mexican National Team, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are among several teams in other countries that have previously used this platform in order to bring supporters closer to the game.
Get your first look at the new jersey numbers when the Dynamo face Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. tonight (TV: ROOT SPORTS Alternate Channel and TeleXitos).
The Dynamo visit Sporting Kansas City tonight for the second meeting in 11 days. The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS SW alternate channel and TeleXitos (Spanish). Here are some notes ahead of the game.
•Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle will benefit from the return of several players from international duty, injury and suspension. DaMarcus Beasley (U.S.) and Giles Barnes (Jamaica) are back from the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Kofi Sarkodie and Luis Garrido are back after serving a one-game suspension, and Boniek Garcia is probable on the injury report and could feature for the first time since June 5, when he came on at halftime and scored and provided two assists against the Red Bulls. Garcia has missed the last six games due to the Gold Cup and an adductor injury.
• Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes will welcome back Graham Zusi, who was with Beasley and the U.S. at the Gold Cup and also started with Beasley in Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
• Brad Davis can become the first Dynamo player to reach 25,000 career minutes in all competitions tonight. With 57 or more minutes, Davis will reach the significant milestone.
• With a start, Davis can also pass Landon Donovan (313) and tie Brian Carroll (314) for seventh on the MLS all-time starts list.
• Davis now has 99 career regular-season assists with the Dynamo and will reach 100 with his next.
• Will Bruin has 11,453 career minutes in all competitions with Houston and can surpass Geoff Cameron (11,471) for 10th on the franchise list with 19+ minutes tonight.
• Bruin has nine goals in his last 14 league games and has scored in three straight games against Sporting KC.
• Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer has scored in five straight games against the Dynamo, beginning with game-winner in the 2013 Eastern Conference Championship second leg.
• Tonight is the 19th meeting between these rivals since 2011. Sporting KC holds a 7-4-7 edge in the recent series.
• Sporting KC is the only remaining team in MLS with an unbeaten home record (7-0-3). The Kansas club has won nine straight home games in all competitions, a club record, and is unbeaten in 13 straight games at home, one game shy of a club record.
•Between the two teams, seven players are on yellow-card warning and would be suspended for next weekend’s games if they receive a caution tonight. Ricardo Clark, Raul Rodriguez, Kofi Sarkodie and Giles Barnes must avoid a yellow card for the Dynamo while Soni Mustivar, Dom Dwyer and Benny Feilhaber are a card away for Sporting KC.
Hear from Erick Torres, Carli Lloyd, Leonel Miranda, Owen Coyle and Matt Jordan tonight from 7-9 on 1560 AM
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 forward Erick "Cubo" Torres after his home debut on Saturday and Dash midfielder and U.S. World Cup hero Carli Lloyd ahead of tonight's home game against FC Kansas City. The show also includes interviews with Dynamo midfielder Leonel Miranda after his first MLS goal against the Galaxy, as well as head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan to discuss the recent trade for Sheanon Williams and the upcoming to face Sporting Kansas City.
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.