Here are some milestones set following Sunday afternoon's 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals series:
- Became the youngest Dynamo player to record an assist in a playoff game (23 years, 11 days)
- Scored his 15th goal of 2012 in all competitions to set a new franchise record
- Moved into sole possession of second place on the Dynamo's all-time playoff scoring list with three goals
- Earned his third career playoff shut and improved to 5-1 as a starting goalkeeper in the playoffs
- Lowered his playoffs goals against average to 0.50, which is the lowest all-time in MLS
- Hall's postseason winning percentage (.833) is the second highest all-time and the highest for active goalkeepers
- Hall's postseason save percentage is 90%, highest all-time in MLS
Became the Dynamo's all-time leader with 17 postseason games started
Started his 11th career playoff match with the Dynamo to move into a tie with Wade Barrett for fourth all-time
Started his 10th career playoff match with the Dynamo to move into a tied with Eddie Robinson and Dwayne De Rosario for fifth all-time
Scored his first career playoff goal
Earned his 12th career playoff win to move into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time chart
Join Glenn Davis and guests for a special edition of Dynamo All-Access on Monday from 9-11 p.m., live from Christian's Tailgate in Midtown. The interview lineup is not yet set, but we'll update this as guests get confirmed. The show will be the perfect opportunity to reflect on Sunday's Eastern Conference semifinal first leg, and discuss the second leg in Kansas City, which will take place on Wednesday.
A huge thanks to Christian's Tailgate for hosting what will be a great event!
Although the Dynamo have been on KPRC Local 2 six times in 2012 and a few other games have been on NBC Sports Network, Saturday will be Houston's first foray onto NBC on a national scale. Here is a cool promo that the folks at NBC put together to get you pumped for the playoffs.
Following last night's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round, a few Dynamo players / coaches set some personal milestones.
- Bobby Boswell played in his 185th Dynamo game in all competitions to move him into fourth all-time for the Dynamo.
- Will Bruin started his first playoff match and scored his first playoff goals.
- Bruin now has 14 goals in all competitions, becoming the second Dynamo player to reach that mark in a season (Ching in 06 and 08).
- Ricardo Clark appeared in his 141st Dynamo game in all competitions, passing Wade Barrett for eighth on the all-time list.
- Brad Davis started his 16 career playoff match with the Dynamo. He is now tied with Brian Ching atop the Dynamo's all-time list.
- Boniek Garcia started his first MLS playoff game.
- Kofi Sarkodie made his MLS playoff debut, starting and playing 90 minutes against Chicago.
- Tally Hall's postseason save percentage jumped to 89.7 last night. That is first all-time in MLS.
- Dominic Kinnear won his 11th career playoff match, tying Steve Nicol for fourth on the MLS all-time playoff wins chart.
As the season nears its end, it's time for the annual voting of the MLS Goal and Save of the Year. Goal of the Year voting opened today and the Dynamo are represented in Group 1 with Brad Davis' game-winning strike in the inaugural match at BBVA Compass Stadium. He is joined in the first group by goals from David Beckham, Kris Boyd and Darren Mattocks.
In case you forgot how good Davis' goal was, here it is:
Quite honestly, watching that goal gives me chills and I know it does the same for so many of you. Now let's do all we can to ensure it makes it to the next round of voting!
Yesterday, we looked at important playoff games in Dynamo history that took place on October 29. Today, we do the same for October 30. Although Houston has only played one game the night before Halloween, it was an important one, as it set the tone for the Dynamo's 2011 run to the MLS Cup final:
October 30, 2011 vs. Philadelphia Union
Winning on the road has never come easy for the Dynamo and last season was no exception. The Dynamo went winless in their first 15 road matches before finishing the season with consecutive wins against Dallas and Portland away from Robertson Stadium. Having won four of their final five matches, the Dynamo entered the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the East, which set up a conference semifinal showdown with the Philadelphia Union.
Entering the match, the Dynamo were 0-2-2 all-time against Philadelphia and 0-3-2 all-time on the road in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Neither stat left Dynamo fans feeling confident heading into the first leg of the series at PPL Park.
The stats did not trouble the Dynamo, however, as the team jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Andre Hainault headed home a Brad Davis free kick in the fifth minute. Philadelphia responded quickly and leveled the match only two minutes later when Sebastien Le Toux broke free and placed a shot past Tally Hall.
The Dynamo would not be denied, however, and found what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 30th minute. After Brian Ching received the ball 40 yards from goal, the Dynamo's all-time leading scorer split a pair of Union defenders to find the surging Calen Carr. The Dynamo striker would not be denied as he one-touched the ball to the left of a sliding Faryd Mondragon.
Houston won the game 2-1 and won the return leg 1-0 to set up the ensuing conference final match with Sporting Kansas City.
The most recent power rankings have been released on MLSsoccer.com and with the Dynamo’s loss against Colorado Rapids, Houston remains at No. 9 on the list. Here is what the writers at MLS had to say about the Dynamo’s performance on the field.
Midway through the summer, it looked like the Dynamo were going to end up as one of the league’s top teams, losing just once in 11 games and ripping off a five-game winning streak. Since then, they’re only 3-3-4, have changed formations a couple of times and seen the goals dry up. Terrifyingly, the key may very well be Mac Kandji. When he’s on, the 4-3-3 works. When he’s not, they’re meat.
Tomorrow, the Dynamo will face the Chicago Fire, a team that MLSsoccer.com has dropped from No. 6 in their rankings to No. 8 after the Fire’s 1-1 draw against D.C. United. Below is what the writer’s had to say about the Dynamo’s upcoming opponent:
If the Fire were clinical in front of the net, they’d probably be No. 3 on this list, but the 1-1 draw vs. United highlighted a disturbing trend of wasting chances. It’s seen them post just one win in their last four, and get relegated to the Knockout Round. The good news, though, is that they get to host it, and that they’re finally fully fit.
What do you think? Have the Dynamo lost the drive they had at the beginning of the season or will they accelerate through the playoffs for a shot at the MLS Cup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Ahead of Wednesday's playoff match with the Chicago Fire, defender Bobby Boswell was on the Rod Ryan Morning Show on 94.5 The Buzz. Check out the interview below!