MLS Regular Season

Preview: Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers

Dynamo continue on the road in a crucial Western Conference matchup against Portland
Dynamo at Timbers
Match Preview

Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers
Friday, August 21, 10:00 p.m. CT
Providence Park, Portland, Oregon

UniMás (Alternate Channel) - 10:00 p.m. CHANNEL LISTINGS
Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM - 10:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM / 101.7 FM - 10:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. pregame)

Houston Dynamo defender David Horst is finding his groove in Owen Coyle's system

After a series of injuries, self-described "late bloomer" Horst has become a steady presence
Better late than never
David Horst


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David Horst will be back on familiar territory when the Dynamo face the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Friday night (10 p.m. CT, UniMás). The burly defender spent three seasons at the club before moving to Texas last year.

Horst’s time in Oregon was blighted by injuries but he’s enjoyed better luck in Houston. Following last year’s career-high 31 MLS starts he has again become a fixture in the lineup in 2015 under new head coach Owen Coyle.

Houston Dynamo forward Erick Torres "anxious" for first start, but ready to go

Dynamo staff have taken a patient approach to integrating Torres into the lineup
Ease into the action
Cubo Torres


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It’s been slow going for Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres since moving to the Houston Dynamo. As he works to increase his fitness, game time has been limited to spot duty late in matches: 15 minutes here, 35 there.

A month into his Dynamo tenure, the Designated Player has been unable to make any immediate impact on the pitch.

Houston Dynamo point to mentality as the difference in weather-delayed loss to New England Revolution

Dynamo rue not replicating attitude from first to second half in New England loss
Tale of two halves
Match Reaction


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After a 109-minute weather delay in the first half, the Houston Dynamo came out with energy. But after a second delay at halftime that lasted 61 minutes, the club was left to question its mentality. 

Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 0, New England Revolution 2

New England grabs two second half goals after a pair of lengthy weather delays in Foxboro
Recap: Dynamo 0, Revs 2
Match Recap


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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It took nearly five hours to complete, thanks to two hours and 50 minutes of suspended play, but the New England Revolution were able to overcome the inclement weather and Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The Revs defeated the Dynamo 2-0 via second-half goals from Jose Goncalves and substitute Juan Agudelo. The two strikes came after the match was suspended on two different occasions, with the first stoppage coming early in the first half and the other at halftime.

Preview: Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution

Dynamo kick off a three game road stand in New England against the Revolution
Dynamo at Revs
Match Preview

Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution
Saturday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. CT
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts

ROOT SPORTS (Alternate Channel) - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
TeleXitos - 6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. pregame) CHANNEL LISTINGS
Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM - 8:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 AM / 101.7 FM - 8:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. pregame)

Despite goal shortage, Giles Barnes contributing in other ways for Houston Dynamo

Barnes hasn't scored since May, but neither he nor Coyle are worried about his production
Don't call it a slump
Giles Barnes


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Giles Barnes has the ability to be one of the most influential players in MLS. The 6-foot-2 attacker can create excitement from all over the attacking third, especially with the ball at his feet and his head down.

But those highlight-reel plays he was consistently producing early this season – leading to six goals in his first nine games – have been harder to come by in the summer months.

Houston Dynamo are getting contributions from all over the roster during run of good form

As the team pushes towards the playoffs, Dynamo are buzzing and getting help all over the field
"It's how you finish"
Team effort


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It was not only the three points collected against the San Jose Earthquakes last week that delighted Owen Coyle ahead of a three-game road swing, but the manner of the victory.

The Dynamo head coach saw style amid the substance and he wants the 2-1 win to be a template for the coming matches, starting with Saturday’s game against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (6:30 p.m. CT, ROOT SPORTS).

Houston Dynamo looking to get fullbacks more involved in attack: "It gives you an extra dimension"

Beasley, Williams get forward into the attack and it brings production for the Dynamo
Fullbacks: Attack!


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For players that are charged with shutting down the opposing team, defenders do love to get into the attack even if they are not always successful.

Alex, DaMarcus Beasley have Houston Dynamo dreaming big: "If we do our job, we'll be in playoffs"

Alex takes advantage of new chance in Houston, has Dynamo creeping towards a playoff spot
Dreaming big
Match Reaction


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When the Houston Dynamo acquired midfielder Alex from the Chicago Fire back in April, they could only have dreamed that he'd be starting and scoring game-winning goals.

On Saturday night he rescued three points for the Houston Dynamo in a 2-1 win over the short-handed San Jose Earthquakes. For the Brazilian it was a huge shot that validates nearly four months of hard work to get his fitness to catch up with his skill.

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