The Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact meet in a massive match for both clubs in the Eastern Conference playoff chase as they clash Friday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo have righted the ship recently with a three-game unbeaten run, now sitting in fourth place in the East following their 1-1 road draw with New England last weekend. The Impact are just two points ahead of Houston, in third place in the division, now having gone three games without a win following their 2-2 draw at the Chicago Fire last weekend.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Creavalle, Clark, Davis ©; Bruin, Barnes
Subs: Deric, Brunner, Weaver, Cummings, López, Carrasco, Driver
Montreal Impact: Perkins; Brovsky; Lefèvre, Ferrari, Camara; Arnaud (C); Warner; Romero, Felipe, Mapp; Di Vaio
Subs: Bush, Ouimette, Tissot, Messoudi, Nyassi, Smith, Wenger
For the men on the field, it is #Push4Playoffs time. For us at Dynamo Charities, we are also working hard off the field. We still have several upcoming events where we need your help to make this our best year ever.
Our 2013 Ching’s Champions were honored earlier this week with a 250 second shopping spree at Kroger’s. This year’s community heroes are David Murphy, Michael Miller, Angela Wrigglesworth, Kevin Kline and Elsy Espinoza-Sandoval. Congratulations from all of us at Dynamo Charities and thank you so very much for all you do for the Houston community. More information on the champions and the event here.
If we were allowed, we would nominate Brian Ching as a Champion. Brian announced his retirement from on the field activities, but he will still be working with us off the field and in the community. The team will honor him with a testimonial match on December 13. All proceeds from the match will benefit The House that Ching Built, a Habitat for Humanity project led by Brian. I bought my tickets (since my invitation to play must be in the mail still)—get yours and/or donate to the project at HoustonDynamo.com/ChingTestimonial.
We are rolling out a new event next Wednesday at the Sporting Kansas City game. We ask all attending fans to donate a new toy ($10 or under) to fill up Diesel’s Toy Chest. Drop off boxes will be located at each entrance to the stadium as well as in Soccer Fest. The collected toys will be taken by B.I.G. Love to Houston hospitals where children can pick a toy out of the chest after their cancer treatment. More information and a special ticket package at Houstondynamo.com/charities/dieselstoychest.
On what we just know will be a lovely fall morning, we will hold the 2013 Go for Goal 5k and Diesel Fun Run. November 2 is the date of the short run around BBVA Compass Stadium. We expect to have lots of fun during and after the event, including Diesel’s Kids Zone and a Dynamo Charities Garage Sale—details on that coming soon. To participate, register at Houstondynamo.com/charities/goforgoal.
We want to thank our Tour de Cure sponsors Halliburton, Novo Nordisk, K-Pop Restaurant and Camelot Realty Group, as well as our partner Bicycle World. The weatherman was against us, and the ride was cancelled for safety reasons. However, our awesome rider group was the top corporate fundraiser for the event, collecting over $60,000 in donations to American Diabetes Association. Well done!
Last, but not least, a very big, huge thank you to Halliburton for the donation from their 2013 Charity Golf Tournament. We promise to spend it wisely to continue our efforts to Build a Better Houston!
On Sept. 21 against Chivas USA, Dynamo midfielder and captain tallied his 100th MLS regular season assist on a trademark corner kick, becoming only the 7th player in MLS history to reach the century mark. The Dynamo will honor Davis before the Oct. 4 match vs. the Montreal Impact (TICKETS). Check out this awesome infographic detailing the stats behind Davis' assists and this great video below from Dynamo TV.
Dynamo fans took to EA Sports FIFA 14 to take down the Montreal Impact before our MLS match tonight, vying for a spot in the FIFA Lounge at Friday's game. Personally, I wouldn't mind if some of these scorelines were replicated tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Miss out on the fun? We're doing it again for next Wednesday's midweek clash against Sporting Kansas City. Just take a screenshot of the Dynamo beating SKC on FIFA 14 and post it to twitter with #HOUvSKCFIFA, and you could sit in the FIFA Lounge for the big midweek clash against our Eastern rivals.
On Oct. 2, Dynamo Charities held a special presentation at Kroger on North Shepherd where Brian Ching announced the 2013 Ching’s Champions. These 5 Houstonians whose passion and commitment have impacted the community & lives of those around them were recognized and awarded medals. However, their impact on the community continued even there when they were each awarded a 250 second shopping spree thanks to the generous support from Kroger and used it to benefit the organizations they support.
The Houston Dynamo face one of their biggest matches of the season this Friday against the Montreal Impact at BBVA Compass Stadium. Eddie Robinson and Dynamo TV take you through what to watch for in This Week.
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Glenn will get you ready for the Dynamo's big Friday night matchup against the Montreal Impact and look ahead to the important three-game homestand with guests, interviews and your calls!
Listen in as Glenn talks everything Dynamo!
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
Bobby Boswell, Andrew Driver and Mike Chabala visit the Houston Methodist Cancer Center as part of the Bobby Boots Cancer campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. The Dynamo will hold their breast cancer awareness match this Friday, Oct. 4 agains the Montreal Impact, presented by Houston Methodist.
Of course the Dynamo would have preferred a win and three points in New England, but a 1-1 draw on the road against a fellow playoff contender was hardly the worst result that could have happened. With it, the Dynamo stayed steady in the fourth position while New England dropped out of playoff position and into seventh place for the moment. Plenty of action around the conference this past weekend, let's dive in and take a look.
Philadelphia picked up three points at Sporting Park to pull into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, two points back of the Dynamo. The Union have back-to-back matches against Toronto FC and D.C. United, the bottom two teams in the East, before finishing against Sporting KC and the Montreal Impact.
Kansas City’s loss kept them in second place in the East, just four points ahead of Houston, but they could clinch a playoff berth this weekend with a win against Columbus this weekend and some help (full playoff scenarios here). Sporting has games against Columbus, Houston, D.C. United and Philly remaining.
Up 2-1 in the 79th minute, Mike Magee stepped up to take a penalty kick that would complete his hat trick and all but seal three points for the Chicago Fire. Instead, he hit the crossbar and Maxim Tissot scored in the 87th minute for the Montreal Impact to tie the game at two and send both teams away with a point.
The difference between a win and a draw for Chicago this weekend was three places in the Eastern Conference standings. A win would have put the Fire on 42 points, level with the Union but owning the ‘games won’ tiebreaker. Rather than that, Chicago was left behind and now sits in eighth place—though still only two points behind the playoff places with D.C. United, FC Dallas, Toronto FC and New York remaining on the schedule.
Montreal remains in third place in the East, just two points ahead of the Dynamo. A Houston win on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium (7:30 p.m.; TICKETS) would see the Dynamo leapfrog the Impact into that third spot. After this weekend against Houston, Montreal’s last fixtures are against New England, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Toronto.
For weeks now, the Columbus Crew have been teetering on the edge of having legitimate playoff chances. After a convincing win in Frisco against FC Dallas, they’ve now taken hold of sixth place in the conference, one point back of fifth place Philadelphia.
They have played 31 games so far while most of the teams around them have played 30, but their 12 wins is tied for the fourth-best mark in the East with the Dynamo—those wins are what have them placed ahead of New England, who also have 41 points. The Crew host Sporting Kansas City before playing home-and-away with New England to finish the season.
New York kept their Supporters’ Shield hopes alive with a draw in rainy Seattle. With 52 points, the Red Bulls are four points clear of second place Kansas City in the East and one point ahead of Real Salt Lake and the Sounders (who have two games in hand) in the Supporters’ Shield race.
New York could have been the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a win this past weekend, but they’ll have another shot at it this weekend against New England, needing a win, tie or some favorable results in other matches (full scenarios here). New York has only two games past that, in Houston against the Dynamo (Oct. 20, 3 p.m. CT; TICKETS) and at home to the Chicago Fire.
The Dynamo have a chance to clear up the playoff picture (at least for them) with their next three matches at home. As it stands, there are three teams below Houston within three points of them, but wins at BBVA Compass Stadium will certainly see the Dynamo pull away from the pack. With almost exclusively conference infighting from here on out, plenty of teams both below and above the Dynamo will drop points allowing for lots of fluidity in the standings.
Each week MLSsoccer.com gives you a chance to vote on which players you think had the best performances of the round.
The nominees for Week 31 (in alphabetical order):
Will Bruin (HOU) – 1 goal, 6 shots in 1-1 draw vs. NE
Tim Cahill (NY) – 1 goal, 3 shots in 1-1 draw vs. SEA
Mauro Diaz (DAL) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 4-2 loss to CLB
Bright Dike (TOR) – 1 goal, 3 shots in 4-1 win over D.C.
Brad Evans (SEA) – 1 goal, 3 shots in 1-1 draw vs. NY
Zac MacMath (PHI) – 5 saves, 0 goals against in 1-0 win over SKC
Mike Magee (CHI) – 2 goals, 9 shots in 2-2 draw vs. MTL
Dominic Oduro (CLB) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 4-2 win over DAL
Devon Sandoval (RSL) – 1 goal in 1-0 win over VAN
Maximiliano Urruti (POR) – 1 goal in 1-0 win over LA
Cast your vote now, and check back on Tuesday to see the results (Poll closes on Monday at 8pm ET).