The Houston Dynamo return home to face a massive match in their bid for a playoff spot as they play host to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo come home off a three-game road swing that ended with a 2-0 midweek loss at Columbus that dropped them out of the top five in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls have moved back into a tie atop the division, following their 2-1 home win against D.C. United last week.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Creavalle, Chabala; Moffat, Lopez, Bruin; Barnes, Weaver, Johnson
Subs: Marscheider, Ching, Ownby, Arena, Clark, Carr, Dixon
New York Red Bulls: Robles; Kimura, Olave, Holgersson, Carney; Sam, Alexander, McCarty, Steele, Wright-Phillips, Henry
Subs: Meara, Miazga, Obekop, Bover, Bustamante, Luyindula, Espindola
Dynamo left back Corey Ashe talks about accomplishing his goals of making the All-Star team and Gold Cup squad as well as what's left for him and the team the rest of the season. Corey is all in. Are you?
The Houston Dynamo Youth Programs have partnered with the Eclipse Soccer Club in Sugar Land to provide the Club with training and coaching support through its Club Support Program for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 soccer seasons. This system offers organization programs that range from training for recreation, competitive and premier players to specialty clinics, team training sessions and coach education programs for volunteer and experienced coaches within the partner organization.
“Eclipse Soccer Club has been delighted with the collaboration with Houston Dynamo in bringing quality trainers to our program and working seamlessly with the Eclipse staff," said Eclipse S.C. Academy Director Eddie Edwards. "Eclipse is dedicated to providing the best possible training environment to our members to ensure that our players receive the very best instruction, and this program certainly meets that expectation.”
Edwards added, “As a club, we feel a responsibility to develop players to reach their highest potential and then encourage those players looking for the ultimate challenge to pursue the Dynamo experience. Eclipse Soccer Club will continue to work tirelessly to do what is best for each individual player and will support and encourage the movement of players towards Houston's professional club.”
Adrian Moses, Houston Dynamo Director of Soccer Programs, noted, “Eclipse is a traditional and historic Club in Houston soccer and it is a pleasure for us and our staff to work with a professional youth soccer organization that is so clearly focused on providing their players, staff and families with quality environments and opportunities. We are very happy with this partnership and are looking forward to a great future with Eclipse.”
The Houston Dynamo Youth Program aims to connect with the Houston soccer community, to offer development opportunities for players and coaches, and to grow the game and the community’s connection to the Dynamo organization. The training program works with clubs to provide professional support to the Club and coaches at all levels. The symbiotic relationship between the organizations not only focuses on player development, but also provides players and coaches various resources and avenues to develop their skills and abilities.
Further details on the training programs and information on how the Houston Dynamo can connect with your community can be found here.
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The Columbus Crew begin a new era at midweek when they play host to the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium. With Brian Bliss now in charge of the bench coaching duties, the Crew are eight points out of the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference following their 1-0 home win to Seattle at the weekend. The Dynamo are also in need of points, tied for fifth place in the division and the final postseason spot, after their 1-1 draw at Chicago to start their road swing.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Creavalle, Ashe; Johnson, Moffat, Davis ©, Driver; Bruin, Weaver
Subs: Marscheider, Lopez, Ching, Barnes, Chabala, Arena, Ownby
Columbus Crew: Lampson; Barson, Gehrig, Marshall ©, Wahl; Finlay, Trapp, Anor, Meram; Finley, Oduro
Subs: Withrow, Viana, Warzycha, Tchani, Speas, Sloan, Arrieta
Saturday's match between Seattle and Columbus really had it all: an early red card, a controversial celebration, a high-profile injury and a coach getting fired in the fallout.
Add two Save of the Week candidates to the list.
The kick save by Crew 'keeper Matt Lampson and a desperate tip from Sounders netminder Michael Gspurning are two of the five finalists for the Week 27 Save of the Week award.
Rounding out the ballot is the flying stop by Toronto's Joe Bendik, the slightest of touches from Sporting Kansas City's Jimmy Nielsen and a last-minute lunge by Tally Hall that saved a point on the road for the Houston Dynamo
Cast your vote in the poll at right. Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday.
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