It's been five weeks since Dynamo players were featured in the top 10 of the Castrol Index. To be honest, I'm starting to think the Castrol Index is like a quarterback rating in football. It's confusing to calculate, but it looks great when your player has a high ranking! This week, three Dynamo players are featured in the top 20. After his game-tying goal against the Crew, Brian Ching totaled 1,125 Castrol points for a No. 7 ranking. With a goal and an assist, Will Bruin comes in at No. 13 with 1,062 points. Lastly, Andre Hainault made a game-saving clearance off the line in the 88th minute to preserve a 2-2 draw at Crew Stadium. Below is the top 20 ranking for week 7 in MLS.
Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 7 Powered by Castrol Index
|1||Chris Pontius||Forward||D.C. United||87||1,940|
|2||Khari Stephenson||Midfielder||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1,510|
|3||Sébastien Le Toux||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||1,407|
|4||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||1,221|
|5||Simon Dawkins||Midfielder||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1,138|
|6||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||1,134|
|7||Brian Ching||Forward||Houston Dynamo||84||1,125|
|8||Joe Cannon||Goalkeeper||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||1,124|
|9||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||1,124|
|10||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||1,115|
|11||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||1,105|
|12||Chris Wondolowski||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1,102|
|13||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||1,062|
|14||Reggie Lambe||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||1,015|
|15||André Hainault||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||920|
|16||Omar Cummings||Forward||Colorado Rapids||90||869|
|17||James Riley||Defender||Chivas USA||90||862|
|18||David Beckham||Midfielder||Los Angeles Galaxy||90||857|
|19||Olman Vargas||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||846|
|20||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||833|
Dynamo midfielder Josue Soto, who is currently on loan with NASL club San Antonio, played 25 minutes as a second-half sub in the Scorpions 2-2 draw Saturday night against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The appearance was Soto's second as a Scorpion, after the Dynamo homegrown product started and played 90 minutes in their season opener.
In other Academy-related news, Dynamo Academy product Daniel Roberts made his pro debut for USL Pro team Wilmington Hammerheads over the weekend. Wilmington tied Harrisburg City Islands 0-0. Roberts trained with the Dynamo first team during preseason but was not offered a contract.
Last Saturday, the Houston Dynamo and KPRC Local 2 kicked off their new partnership with a 30-minute feature titled "The New Home of the Dynamo." The feature was the first of a series of monthly TV shows on KPRC dedicated to Dynamo news, on and off the pitch. The first episode was scheduled to air at 5 p.m. CT, but due to a double-overtime hockey game, the start time was pushed back until 6:30 p.m. For those that were able to watch the show at home, we hope you enjoyed and look forward to hearing your feedback. For those that were not able to catch it, KPRC was kind enough to post it on their website.
The first episode featured interviews with Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and the voice of the Dynamo, Glenn Davis. Randy McIlvoy also went inside BBVA Compass Stadium with Brian Ching and Brad Davis and took a look at a series of community initiatives called Building a Better Houston presented by BBVA Compass.
Most importantly, Dynamo fans got their first look at a series of promos shot with Davis, Ching and Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell and Geoff Cameron. Trust me, these are things you do not want to miss.
If you haven’t heard by now, Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of his 20 for 20 campaign. Although Cameron is raising money for the cause, he is also part of the Man and Woman of the Year competition. Each year, the man and woman who raises the most amount of money is named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year.
If you haven’t donated to Cameron’s campaign yet, there is still time. If you are on the fence about donating, I’m here to provide you ten reasons why I think you should get off that fence and donate to the cause.
- Cancer sucks. We all know someone who has had it or currently has it and we all wish there was a cure. Raising this money will bring us one step closer to finding a cure.
- Geoff Cameron off the field. Since the Dynamo drafted Cameron in 2008, he has been a model person and a great representation of what the Dynamo stand for. He regularly visits patients at local area hospitals and last year, he raised $20,000 for The Fisher House and The Ronald McDonald House.
- Geoff Cameron on the field. Two-time all-star. Finalists for Defender and Rookie of the Year. 2011 Dynamo Golden Boot winner. Need I say more? For the past five years, Cameron has given his all for the club and for the fans and now it’s our turn to help repay the favor.
- Dynamo Charities. Each year, Dynamo Charities raises money to help fund various projects in Houston that promote healthy lifestyle and the sport of soccer. It is a staple to the Dynamo’s commitment to remain a partner to the Houston community. Dynamo Charities already made a contribution to Cameron’s campaign, and so should you.
- Winning tradition. For the past two years, the Dynamo have won the Man of the Year competition. In 2010, it was Rocky Harris who raised the most money. Last year, it was Danny Cruz. Let’s not let the tradition die.
- Clint Dempsey. The man known simply as “Deuce” donated an autographed jersey to be auctioned off for Cameron’s campaign. If a man who is scoring goals left and right for Fulham thinks this is a good cause, shouldn’t you?
- Tim DaPonte. Tim is the motivation behind Geoff wanting to raise this money. He is a former youth soccer teammate of Cameron’s and a very close friend. Tim was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma in 2011 and has been battling the disease for the past year. You can help Tim by supporting Geoff.
- Celebrity Pour. Interested in donating to the cause and having fun while doing it? You can come out to Cameron’s celebrity pour on Wednesday, April 18 at Bar Munich. Cameron and his teammates will be serving drinks and all tips will benefit his campaign. Come out and have a beer (or some water!) and have fun while supporting a great cause!
- Because Sarah Pepper said so. The HOT 95.7 morning emcee is a candidate for Woman of the Year and has teamed up with Geoff for the celebrity pour. What you doing at the courthouse? More like what aren’t you doing at Wednesday’s celebrity pour?
- Because you want me to stop listing reasons. Trust me, I could go all day and night if I needed to tell you why I think you should support this campaign, but I promise to spare you all and leave you with this…
No donation is too small and every dollar counts toward helping Cameron reach his goal and helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society reach their goals. For more information about Cameron’s campaign and to see the various ways you can participate, please visit HoustonDynamo.com/20for20.
So with the Dynamo having two weeks off from MLS play, I decided to take two weeks off from providing fantasy advice. Hopefully your team didn't suffer too much!
This weekend, the Dynamo travel to Chicago for an Eastern Conference tilt with the Fire. Historically, the Dynamo have done well at Toyota Park, coming away with a 3-1-2 record and 10 goals scored in six matches.
This weekend should be an interesting one from a fantasy perspective. Midfielders Adam Moffat and Colin Clark are suspended and Brad Davis is doubtful with a calf injury. Since Colin Clark would normally be the replacement for Davis on the left hand side, Dominic Kinnear will have to dig into his bag of tricks to fill out Sunday's lineup card. He could start Jermaine Taylor at left back and move Corey Ashe into a familiar position at left mid, or he could leave Corey Ashe at left back and play anyone from Alex Dixon to Je-Vaughn Watson to Calen Carr to Mac Kandji at the outside mid positions.
With that said, here are a few key notes heading into Sunday's showdown with the Fire:
- In 13 career games against the Fire, Brian Ching has scored four goals and tallied three assists. If you recall two years ago, it was against Chicago that Ching recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 shootout at Robertson Stadium.
- Bobby Boswell scored five goals last year but has yet to record a goal this year. However, Boswell did score the game-tying goal at Toyota Park in 2011. The Dynamo center back has three career goals against Chicago.
- With Brad Davis, Colin Clark and Adam Moffat out, it will be interesting to see who steps up to take set pieces. As a natural left-footed player, Corey Ashe could swing in some crosses from the right side of the field. And maybe Luiz Camargo will have the opportunity from the left? Regardless, whoever steps up to the set pieces will have ample opportunity to record some assists.
- Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall has only faced the Fire twice and each time he has come away with a 1-1 draw. The second-year starter has look solid in 2012 and with speedsters Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko up top for Chicago, look for Hall to have a busy night on Sunday.
- The Fire have three players all-time who have scored two goals or more against the Dynamo. Thankfully, one of those players (Calen Carr) now wears orange and the other two are no longer with the club. Dominic Oduro played twice against his former club in 2011 and scored the Fire's lone goal at Robertson Stadium. The man has speed, and Chicago will look to go to him early and often against the Dynamo back line.
Hopefully this provides you a little more insight into Sunday's matchup from a fantasy perspective. As always, I take no credit if you start a player I suggest and he does well and I take no blame if you start a player I suggest and he doesn't perform up to your fantasy standards.
Don't forget to set your lineups by tomorrow and good luck this weekend!
There is only so much I can say about the Dynamo's place in the power rankings after consecutive bye weeks. So let's get down to it. With the sudden surge of Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls, and results pending from a Brad Davis MRI, the folks at MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo to the No. 6 spot in their rankings. They said:
They didn't play, but they still drop a spot thanks to New York's jump and concern over Brad Davis' calf. If their midfield maestro is laid up for any amount of time, the Dynamo could be in for a steep, hard fall. Especially with four more left on the road.
Hopefully we'll have more news soon as to whether or not Davis can play on Sunday at Chicago.
Elsewhere around the world of soccer, Brian Straus of The Sporting News agrees with the MLSsoccer.com folks with regard to the Dynamo's place in the league rankings. SI.com's Avi Creditor gives the Dynamo a bit more credit, keeping Houston in the No. 4 spot in his rankings, while ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle drops Houston to No. 5.
So what do you think? After consecutive bye weeks, should the Dynamo still be in the 4-6 spot in the rankings? Who would be your top five? Let us know in the comments below!
Houston Dynamo midfielder Josue Soto, who recently joined the San Antonio Scorpions on loan, started and played 90 minutes in San Antonio's season-opening game, Saturday night against the Atlanta Silverbacks. The homegrown product will be with the NASL club until May 7, but will join the Dynamo in Frisco today for their reserve league match against the FC Dallas Reserves. Watch below for a 2:30 minute highlight package from the 0-0 draw, Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
It's been almost a month since NBC Sports Network aired their first MLS game and by all accounts the partnership has been a huge success. The broadcast quality has been fantastic and NBC has worked their tails off to make MLS broadcasts as professional as the ones they do for the NFL or NHL. Below is the latest ad that NBC Sports released promoting their MLS partnership. What do you think? Can you name all of the Dynamo players featured in the spot?
Look what we saw going up outside the stadium today? Rumor has it that sign installation will be complete by the weekend. We'll provide you photo updates throughout and video once the final piece is complete. And if you haven't watched it yet, be sure to check out the latest stadium update, courtesy of HoustonDynamo.com's Matt Pedersen.