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06 June 9:56 am

Throughout the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, we'll provide you with unique perspectives on the tournament from personnel throughout the Dash and Dynamo organization. First up, Dash managing director and 2006 USMNT World Cup member Brian Ching.

With the Women’s World Cup starting today I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to share some of my thoughts on the U.S. and Dash. When I look at this tournament, I see a very competitive field with a number of teams that have the opportunity to win it. I have the feeling that majority of the fans that don't follow the women’s game feel that the U.S. should win the tournament and are unaware of how close other teams are. Germany, for example, is just one percentage point behind the U.S. as favorites to win in FiveThiryEight's predictive model. The team that I think will be the most dangerous for the U.S. will be France, who beat the Americans 2-0 when they fielded their full squad after beating Germany and Brazil last year.

In recent years the women’s team seemed to have lost that air of invincibility while other countries have really begun to increase their levels of play. I attribute this to the fact that many of these countries have had women’s leagues that have been in existence for a number of years. Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, England, etc.. all have professional women’s leagues that have been around for a number of years. That is why it is so important for the future of U.S. women’s soccer that the NWSL survives. U.S. Soccer understands this and is a big reason why they are fully committed to make this work.

As an organization, we are extremely excited about this year’s World Cup because we have six players representing their countries. Three Canadians and three Americans that will all play significant roles for their squads. We are extremely proud of our players and look for them to return to the Dash with some hardware around their necks. The World Cup has the ability to unite our nation and put a huge spotlight on women’s soccer. We will use this to show Houstonians that we have an amazing team and that they will love the experience once they come out to BBVA and enjoy a Dash game. So make sure you join us at The Phoenix on Westheimer for all of our watch parties and get your tickets for our World Cup players' return on July 12 and beyond. The strength of our national team will come from the NWSL, and the viability of the NWSL comes from your support every weekend in the stands.

I love our Canadians, but I'm USA all the way this month.

USA! USA! USA!

-Brian Ching

05 June 2:46 pm

This week Dynamo All-Access included interviews with Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle and New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch ahead of Friday's home game between the Dynamo and New York Red Bulls. The show also featured Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum ahead of Saturday's game against the Portland Thorns at BBVA Compass Stadium. In addition, Dash forward and former Texas A&M star Allie Bailey joined the show after scoring her first NWSL goal last week at Sky Blue FC.

Courtesy of Dynamo radio partners Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and ESPN 97.5 FM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs weekly (usually Wednesday or Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. CT on 1560 AM. The show's call-in number is 713-439-1560. Soccer Matters airs weekly (usually Monday or Tuesday) from 7-9 p.m. CT on ESPN 97.5 FM. The show's call-in number is 713-780-3776. 

Allie Bailey

Owen Coyle

Randy Waldrum

Jesse Marsch

04 June 10:25 am

Today's your lucky day, Dynamo fans! We're giving you your first chance to get to know your Houston Dynamo. 

Head over to Facebook and leave your questions for the newest member of the Dynamo, Mauro Manotas. He'll sit down after training today and answer as many as possible.

Leave a comment below or Tweet us (@HoustonDynamo) and let us know which other players you'd like to question in the future.

03 June 3:12 pm

Meghan Klingenberg and Morgan Brian are in need of some fresh tunes for their trip in Canada, and they're looking for you to help.

Check out what's currently on the playlist below, and send Kling and Moe your tracks to push them to World Cup glory!

02 June 6:04 pm

Tyler Deric is up for ANOTHER MLS Save of the Week Award. If you're counting, that is EIGHT out of the 13 weeks this season. 

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

Perennial SOTW contender Tyler Deric is back with a vengeance, this time for a brave save in the Houston Dynamo’s 1-1 draw at New York City FC.Perennial SOTW contender Tyler Deric is back with a vengeance, this time for a brave save in the Houston Dynamo’s 1-1 draw at New York City FC.

Vote HERE for Tyler "Save of the Week" Deric. The winner will be announced on Friday.

Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday. For complete coverage of the MLS Save of the Week – including an archive of all of this season’s nominees and winners – click here

28 May 12:20 pm

This week on Dynamo All-Access and Soccer Matters included interviews with Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley, forward Giles Barnes and head coach Owen Coyle ahead of Thursday's BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup against Manchester City. Host Glenn Davis also spoke with Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum after Saturday's big road win at Portland. 

Courtesy of Dynamo radio partners Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and ESPN 97.5 FM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs weekly (usually Wednesday or Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. CT on 1560 AM. The show's call-in number is 713-439-1560. Soccer Matters airs weekly (usually Monday or Tuesday) from 7-9 p.m. CT on ESPN 97.5 FM. The show's call-in number is 713-780-3776.

DaMarcus Beasley

Giles Barnes

Owen Coyle

Randy Waldrum

27 May 12:35 pm

The Dynamo host English giants Manchester City FC on Thursday in the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup (TICKETS). Man City finished second in the just-completed English Premier League season (24-7-7; 79 points) and enjoyed the best goal difference this season (+45). City will bring nearly all of its big stars to Houston on Thursday, with dozens of international players. In Part II of our preview, here is a look at the forwards who will take the field for manager Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday in Houston. (See Part I of our preview: Man City's forwards)

Manchester City roster breakdown – midfielders:

David Silva: A product of Valencia’s renowned youth system, Silva played a key role in Spain’s domination of international soccer over the last decade, with roles as La Roja won the 2008 European Championship, 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship, where Silva was named to the Team of the Tournament. Silva debuted with Valencia at age 20 and became an immediate regular before spending four seasons with his boyhood club. The versatile midfielder was sold to Manchester City following Spain’s 2010 World Cup triumph. The playmaker was named to the 2011-12 PFA Premier League Team of the Season (Best XI) and Manchester City Player of the Year as they won the title. In December 2014, he received the honor of most international appearances while playing for Manchester City, 48 and counting at the time of the honor. Silva made the sometimes difficult transition from Spain’s La Liga to the Premier League and has been a central figure as City have won two titles in his five seasons.  

Yaya Touré: A four-time African Footballer of the Year (2011-14), Touré won two La Liga titles and the 2009 UEFA Champions League with FC Barcelona , playing center back in the final, a 2-0 victory over Manchester United. The powerful central midfielder joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2010 and has been a mainstay in their midfield, appearing in 32 or more games in four of five seasons. Touré has played in the last three World Cups with Ivory Coast, appearing in nine totals matches, and has served as captain since 2014. He’s eclipsed 100 caps and played in six Africa Cup of Nations, helping the Elephants win the 2015 edition. The midfielder was named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2011-12 and 2013-14.   

Jesús Navas: Like Silva, Navas contributed to Spain’s triumphs at the 2010 World Cup (where he appeared in three games, including the final) and the 2012 European Championships. Navas rose from the ranks of Sevilla’s youth system before debuting with the senior team at 17 in 2003. He made nearly 400 appearances in ten years with the Spanish club, helping Los Rojiblancos to consecutive UEFA Cup titles in 2005-06 and 2006-07, the 2006 UEFA Super Cup and a pair of Copa del Rey trophies. Navas transferred to Man City in July 2013 and appeared in 30 EPL matches each of the last two seasons. 

26 May 5:12 pm

The Dynamo host English giants Manchester City FC on Thursday in the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup (TICKETS). Man City finished second in the just-completed English Premier League season (24-7-7; 79 points) and enjoyed the best goal difference in the league (+45). City will bring nearly all of its big stars to Houston on Thursday, with dozens of international players. Here is a look at the forwards who will take the field for manager Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday in Houston.

Manchester City roster breakdown – forwards:

Wilfried Bony: The Ivory Coast international transferred from Swansea City to Manchester City in January for a rumored $38 million transfer fee after he scored 25 goals in 54 Premier League games. The 26-year-old has been a constant target in the transfer window, beginning with summer 2013, when Swansea City spent a then-Welsh record $18 million to buy the coveted striker from Dutch club Vitesse. Bony scored twice for Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup, with equalizing goals against Japan and Greece. The striker has also appeared in three Africa Cup of Nations.

Edin Dzeko: The captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Dzeko is also his nation’s all-time scorer, with 41 goals in 71 appearances, including a goal against Iran at the 2014 World Cup. Dzeko scored the equalizing goal in the 92nd minute moments before Sergio Aguero’s winner as Manchester City completed a stunning win over QPR on the final day of the 2011-12 season to win the EPL title. The 29-year-old had a prolific scoring rate with Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga, with 66 goals in 111 games, including 26 in the the 2008-09 season, before City bought him for $41 million in January 2011. The Bosnian has been a steady scorer in the Premier League, with 50 goals in 130 appearances, including 16 in the 2013-14 season.

Stevan Jovetić: The 25-year-old striker starred at Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A, with 27 goals in 58 league games from 2011-2013 before signing with Man City for $34 million in July 2013 after five seasons in Serie A. The forward was an original member of the Montenegro national team ahead of 2010 World Cup qualifying and has 13 goals in 35 appearances for his country.

22 May 1:39 pm

This week on Dynamo All-Access and Soccer Matters included interviews with Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark and head coach Owen Coyle ahead of Friday night's road game against the LA Galaxy (9:30 p.m. CT, Univision Deportes Network). In addition, host Glenn Davis spoke with Houston Dash midfielder Brittany Bock after her 2015 debut last Friday and forward Kealia Ohai after her second goal of the season against the Chicago Red Stars. Davis also held a two-part interview with Dynamo legend Dwayne De Rosario, who announced his retirement on May 10 after one of the most decorated careers in MLS history. 

Courtesy of Dynamo radio partners Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and ESPN 97.5 FM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs weekly (usually Wednesday or Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. CT on 1560 AM. The show's call-in number is 713-439-1560. Soccer Matters airs weekly (usually Monday or Tuesday) from 7-9 p.m. CT on ESPN 97.5 FM. The show's call-in number is 713-780-3776.

Ricardo Clark

Brittany Bock

Kealia Ohai

Owen Coyle

Dwayne De Rosario Part I

Dwayne De Rosario Part II

18 May 1:34 pm

As we all know, Will Bruin can be a dangerous man up top when he's on his A-game and this weekend was no exception. The Dancing Bear dominated Saturday's win over Portland and contributed 2 huge goals: One to open up scoring with a great header off a Brad Davis free kick and another due to pure hustle, beating everyone on the field with speed and chipping a cheeky shot past Kwarasey to seal up the win for Houston. It's no suprise that Bruin has been named to MLS Team of the Week in Week 11. DaMarcus Beasley was also named to the bench.

Read on below to find out who else made the Team of the Week: (via MLSSoccer.com

GK: Chris Konopka (Toronto FC) – Made seven saves, several of them breathtaking, to keep TFC in a game in which they were dominated for significant periods.

D: London Woodberry (New England Revolution) – He set up Juan Agudelo’s goal and put in hard work both on and off the ball along the Revs’ right flank as they drew TFC 1-1.

D: Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) – Linked up well with Matt Hedges in the back, and played a steady, assured game to preserve a clean sheet against the Red Bulls.

D: Jordan Stewart (San Jose Earthquakes) – Kept Columbus’ wily attack at bay early, and bombed upfield to set up the Quakes’ winning goal in the second half as they finished off Crew SC 2-0.

M: Andres Romero (Montreal Impact) – Showed the form that made him a star during the Impact's CCL run, scoring two goals in Montreal's 4-1 romp over RSL.

M: Kaká (Orlando City SC) – Was mostly anonymous in Orlando City's midweek game but was assertive, aggressive and wildly effective in Sunday's match. He started the play for Orlando’s first goal, assisted on the second and drew/converted the PK for the third. It was perhaps the best game of the Brazilian’s MLS career thus far.

M: Calum Mallace (Montreal Impact) –Controlled the midfield against a disorganized RSL side, completing over 87 percent of his passes and registering two chances created.

M: Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes) – Seems to be thriving in Dom Kinnear’s system, with his skill, ability to cut inside and defensive work in midfield resulting in a strong performance against Columbus.

F: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) – Was a beast up top for Owen Coyle's side, scoring twice in the Dynamo's 3-1 win against Portland.

F: Chad Barrett (Seattle Sounders) – No Obafemi, no problem, as Barrett took his chances well, and scored his first brace in league play in five years as the Sounders beat the Whitecaps 2-0.

F: Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC) Was mostly excellent in Sunday's rout of LA. Great movement, solid possession play and a cool finish on his goal. Also provided a goal in Orlando City's midweek loss to United.

Coach: Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders) – Showed up to Vancouver without one of his top two players and saw his team snuff out their rivals dangerous attack with relative ease.

Bench: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu(Philadelphia Union), Felipe (New York Red Bulls), Gonzalo Pineda (Seattle Sounders), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), David Villa (New York City FC)