D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo meet for the second time this season when the Eastern Conference foes face off at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening. United are looking to put a halt to a five-game losing streak, returning to action after a 3-0 loss at Columbus two weekends ago. The Dynamo are coming off a famous victory, knocking off the LA Galaxy 1-0 in Carson last weekend in an MLS Cup rematch. The Dynamo defeated United 2-0 when the clubs met in Houston in the opening weekend of the season.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Davis (C), Driver; Bruin, Barnes.
Subs: Marscheider, Brunner, Chabala, Camargo, Dixon, Ching, Johnson.
D.C. United: Hamid; Korb, McDonald, Jakovic, Woolard; Porter, Kitchen, Augusto, Sanchez; De Rosario, Rafael.
Subs: Willis, Riley, Pajoy, Saragosa, White, Townsend, DeLeon.
News broke overnight that Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the most successful managers that world football has seen, has stepped down as manager of Manchester United. So who better to reflect on one of the most successful managers in European football than one of the most successful managers in American soccer? We caught up with Dominic Kinnear to get his thoughts on the career of Sir Alex.
HoustonDynamo.com: What are your thoughts on the career of Sir Alex Ferguson?
Dominic Kinnear: Well he was not only successful at Manchester United, he won the Winner's Cup with Aberdeen in 1983. You could say he is the best manager of modern football. His record speaks for himself, as does the list of players he has coached and the longevity he has had at one club
HD: What about Ferguson's career stands out to you?
DK: Well, I don't think it's easy to coach superstars all the time. When you look at the amount of respect people have for him around world football, when he has those players come in, they automatically play as hard as anybody. Also, Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world and for a guy to withstand the pressure all those years and be successful, year after year, it’s probably the most impressive managerial career you could look at.
HD: Is there one accomplishment in his career that stands out to you?
DK: For me, it's when he managed Aberdeen and they beat Real Madrid in the Winner's Cup. That was impressive because a small club, like Aberdeen, was able to beat Real Madrid over two legs. When you see the great players that have played for him and the way they talk about him, you know he’s done something special.
It was a good week for Dynamo man Brian Ownby, as he tallied a goal and an assist for the Richmond Kickers in their USL Pro match against the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday, May 4.
Ownby gave Richmond the early lead in the 14th minute of the match (0:40 in the video below). Chasing down a long ball from defender William Yomby, the second year man out of Virginia deftly lofted the bouncing ball over the onrushing goalkeeper for his first goal with the Kickers.
The Dynamo midfielder then provided his 2nd assist of his loan spell in 34th minute to give the Kickers a 2-0 lead (2:30 in the video below). Ownby headed down a bouncing ball at the top of the 18 yard box while under heavy pressure into the path of Stanley Nyazamba. The onrushing attacker slotted it into the far corner to give Richmond a two goal advantage.
Ownby finished his night early in a 69th minute substitution. Charlotte came back with three goals in the second half, but Richmond scored an equalizer in the dying seconds of stoppage time to preserve a draw.
Richmond's next match is this Saturday, May 11 at 6 p.m. CT against Antigua Barracuda FC.
One of the most talked about plays over the weekend was the decision by referee Allen Chapman to not issue a red card to Tally Hall when he took down Galaxy forward Jose Villareal in the 24th minute of Sunday's 1-0 Dynamo win.
Galaxy players and coaches were not shy about their displeasure. Head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the match: "I think in most cases that is a red card, but to not even give a card...if they give a yellow card you can understand that, maybe, but it is remarkable he didn't give a card on the play."
So why didn't Chapman issue a red card on the play? According to MLSsoccer.com senior editor Simon Borg, Chapman made the correct call because Villarreal's touch around Hall took him away from the goal and not toward it. Borg also pointed out that Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell had recovered and was in position to protect the net had Villarreal gotten around Hall, meaning that the Dynamo goalkeeper was not the last man on the play.
ESPN broadcaster Adrian Healy, who called the play-by-play for Sunday's match agreed with Borg and had this to say on Twitter (FYI DOGSO stands for Denial of a Goal Scoring Opportunity):
— Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey) May 7, 2013
So what do you say Dynamo fans? Do you think the referee made the correct call on Sunday? Would you have given Hall a yellow card? Let us know in the comments section below!
Following his team's 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made an appearance on MLS ExtraTime Radio. Kinnear discussed Sunday's win, the road ahead and the state of MLS officials.
SPOILER ALERT: Kinnear believes the officiating in MLS has gotten better.