Just two weeks after ending the Houston Dynamo’s long home undefeated run, Sporting Kansas City now play host when the Eastern Conference clubs face off Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park before an NBC Sports Network audience. Sporting return home off a two-game road trip that ended with a 1-1 draw at D.C. United last weekend. The Dynamo are coming off a second consecutive home loss, this time a 2-0 reverse by the New England Revolution.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Clark, Brunner, Ashe; Davis, Moffat, Barnes; Boniek, Bruin, Driver
Subs: Deric, Arena, Chabala, Creavalle, Camargo, Ching, Johnson
Sporting KC: Nielsen; Jerome, Opara, Besler, Sinovic; Nagamura, Rosell, Joseph; Peterson, Bieler, Zusi
Subs: Kronberg, Myers, Olum, Gardner, Lopez, Thomas, Kamara
In their weekly interview on Dynamo All-Access, Glenn Davis spoke with Dominic Kinnear about the New England game and Sunday's match at Sporting Kansas City.
Dominic Kinnear, Will Bruin and Corey Ashe look at Sunday's matchup against Sporting Kansas City, the growing rivalry between the two clubs and how that will transfer to the game on the field.
Hear from Dynamo defender Corey Ashe and head coach Dominic Kinnear on their reaction to Ashe's first ever call-up to the U.S. men's national team for their friendly match against Belgium on May 29 (7 p.m. CT, ESPN2/UniMas).
CSN Houston's Sara Eckert breaks down Jermaine Taylor's injury and what it means for the Houston Dynamo.
It's always interesting to see the Twitter reaction when a new player is invited into a national team camp. No one is shy to voice their opinion and there are no shortage of opinions being voiced. So on Thursday, with the announcement that Corey Ashe has been added to the U.S. men's national team roster for its upcoming game against Belgium, it's no surprise that Twitter was the place to be for instant analysis. Here are just a few snippets from the Twitterverse
About time Corey Ashe got a call-up. Well done. #DomKinnearSoccerFactory
— Matthew T (@shinguardian) May 23, 2013
YES. Great decision by Klinsmann. Congrats to @coreyashe on his call-up. I've seen him as a top LB in MLS this year. Very consistent.
— Jonathan Yardley (@jtyardley) May 23, 2013
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) May 23, 2013
Corey Ashe added to #USMNT roster. Long overdue for a look at left back.
— Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10) May 23, 2013
So while many seem to agree that Ashe's call-up in long overdue, one has to ask: Why now? Well according to US Soccer, the squad will be without left backs Edgar Castillo and Fabian Johnson for the match against Belgium as both players are still with their club teams. That leaves DaMarcus Beasley as the only "true" left back option for Klinsmann's squad. So with a void at the left back position (one that has plagued US Soccer for quite some time) Klinsmann turned to MLS and a player who made a seamless transition to the position just over two years ago.
Dominic Kinnear initially switched Ashe to left back to mark former Red Bulls striker Dane Richards. Former Red Bulls manager Hans Backe thought so highly of the speedy defender that he selected him to his MLS All-Star team to help neutralize Manchester United winger Nani. Two years later, Ashe finds himself with the opportunity to earn his first national team cap against a squad with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini.
According to Opta, the official stats provider for Major League Soccer, in 2012, Ashe completed 784 passes in the opposition's half, good for second among MLS defenders. He also attempted 331 passes in the opposition's final third (third best among MLS defenders), as he learned to adjust between the 4-4-2 and the 4-3-3 that the Dynamo played in 2012. So even though Ashe made the transition from midfielder to defender, he has consistently looked to aid the Dynamo attack, a trait that has caught the attention of Klinsmann.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Would you like to see a USMNT back line featuring former teammates Geoff Cameron and Corey Ashe? Do you think Ashe has what it takes to stick with the national team? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Dynamo broadcast Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Guests for the show include Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, Dynamo president Chris Canetti, Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen as well as assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin. Davis will also chat with Nigerian national team head coach Stephen Keshi about his team's upcoming match against Mexico at Reliant Stadium.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
As the Houston Dynamo prepare for Sunday's showdown against Sporting KC, Eddie Robinson takes a look at the key storylines heading into the match.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell one additional game and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct that endangered the safety of his opponent, New England Revolution forward Dimitry Imbongo in the 39th minute of their game on May 18.
Boswell was issued a red card for the offense, and the Committee unanimously determined that Boswell’s head butt was an egregious act that required further sanction. Thus, Boswell will serve a total suspension of two games – this Sunday at Sporting Kansas City and June 1 at the Columbus Crew.
Take a look as Dominic Kinnear and Tyler Deric share their thoughts on the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and their 3rd round opponent, FC Tucson.
The match will take place at BBVA Compass Stadium next Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. You can get your tickets here, starting at just $10.
How far do you think the Dynamo will make it in the tournament this year? What kind of lineup do you want to see? Let your voice be heard in the comments below!