The Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union meet in a key clash in the Eastern Conference on Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo are looking to put a stop to a seven-game winless run, dropping a 2-0 decision to the New York Red Bulls, as they aim to maintain their spot in the playoff placings. Union are four points ahead of the Dynamo in the East, following their last-gasp 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake at midweek.
Dynamo: Hall; Creavalle, Boswell, Brunner, Taylor; Garcia, Moffat, Clark, Driver; Barnes, Cummings
Subs: Deric, Weaver, Dixon, Johnson, Ownby, Salazar, Chabala
Philadelphia Union: MacMatch; Gaddis, Parke, Williams, Okugo; Hoppenot, Fernandes, Le Toux, Carroll; Wheeler, Casey
Subs: Konopka, Anding, Torres, McLaughlin, Albright, Hernandez, Kassel
Cam Weaver, Tally Hall and Dominic Kinnear preview Saturday's match against the Philadelphia Union.
Tony Nolte is a community member that uses soccer to make a difference in Houston. Not only does Tony attend every home Dynamo game, he is also the current chairman of Dynamo Charities and has not missed an event since 2009. He has dedicated everything he has to help the Houston Dynamo make a positive impact on its community, including creating the annual Dynamo fire sale, which raised $100,000 for Dynamo Charities. He has also shaved his head to support the Bald is Beautiful for Curing Children's Cancer fund and rode in the Tour de Cure helping raise funds and awareness for diabetes research.
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If he wins, he will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, July 15 on Twitter @MLSWORKS and at www.mlssoccer.com/communitymvp
On Saturday at 8 p.m., the Dynamo take on the Philadelphia Union for Armed Forces Appreciation Night, presented by Budweiser. Get up to speed on everything to watch for with this edition of This Week.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's match, including a special ticket package for Brad and Tally's Banded Brigade, which provides tickets to members of the armed forces and their families.
CSN Houston's Sara Eckert sits down with Dynamo midfielder to discuss his off the field activities, which include stepping back onto the field to help coach his son's youth soccer team. That and more in this episode of Kickin' It, presented by BMC Software.
With the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup only three weeks away, we want to update you on what's happening with the Stoke City squad.
On June 28, Stoke City secured its first major signing of the 2013-14 season by acquiring Dutch international defender Erik Pieters.
Stoke technical director Mark Cartwright said the team got value for their money by signing Pieters to a four-year contract worth 3.1 million euros. "We would have loved to sign an England international, but we couldn't have signed anyone of that ilk for that price," Cartwright said.
Stoke City also announced the signing of Spanish defender Marc Muniesa on July 2. The 21-year-old joins the Potters with a four-year contract after rising through the FC Barcelona system. He becomes the second new signing by new manager Mark Hughes this summer.
Hughes believes the highly-sought after Muniesa will be an excellent addition to the Potters. "I know he’s very highly-regarded in Spain and was attracting interest from clubs in La Liga but he’s an ambitious young man and wants to test himself in English football," said Hughes.
Here is a slideshow of Muniesa's career with FC Barcelona.
Hughes appointed Eddie Niedzwiecki as first-team coach in June and Niedzwiecki looks to please fans by making Britannia Stadium the noisy fortress it has been in the past. He also expects to play in a different style than former manager Tony Pullis. Niedzwiecki will get a look at the players for the first time when they report for training on July 8.
In their pre-season friendly, Stoke City will host Italian club Genoa at Britannia Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 10. Hughes wanted to play at Britannia to get new players comfortable with the stadium before the start of the season.
The expansion of Clayton Wood training ground is close to completion. The Potters put in 6 million euros worth of updates in the facility in order to meet Category One status within the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). Some of the additions include changing rooms, a classroom, a two-lane sprint tack and much more. The updates are expected to be finished before the start of the regular season.
Stoke City travels to Houston to face the Dynamo on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. CT.
Brad Davis and Tally Hall visit veterans at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center as part of their Banded Brigade initiative to provide armed forces members and their families with tickets to Dynamo home games.
You can help them by purchasing a special ticket package that donates a ticket to this cause.
Tally Hall, Bill Hamid and Jon Busch battled for last week's Save of the Week award – though Luis Robles won it in the end – and they're back at it again thanks to another round of excellent stops.
They're also joined by two other top-notch contenders from the Columbus Crew's Andy Gruenebaum and veteran Real Salt Lake netminder Nick Rimando.
That's a fearsome array of saves to pick from, but if you're torn, don't worry – you've got a few days to make your pick.
Cast your vote in the poll at right. Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday.
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