MLS Regular Season
Houston Dynamo ready to renew rivalry with Sporting Kansas City with first Western Conference affair
The Houston Dynamo got a traveling buddy when they were relocated to the Western Conference, and it just so happened to be the club that they’ve had some of their fiercest matches against in recent years.
Sporting Kansas City have brought more intensity out of the Dynamo during the last four seasons. Regular meetings in the playoffs, red cards, villains and heroes have made their clashes must-see TV.
The bandage above Raúl Rodríguez’s left eye is a lingering reminder of his battle-scarred first few weeks in MLS, but now the center back is looking forward to better luck and hoping for an extended run in the team.
Change was the name of the game this offseason for the Houston Dynamo thanks to an influx of international talent. Through the first month-and-a-half of the season, however, that international flavor has taken a back seat to the newcomer that’s come through the most: Nathan Sturgis.
It might have been just another MLS game in April. But for Houston Dynamo midfielder Alexander López, Saturday’s away match against D.C. United was one he had been waiting for a long time.
The Honduran international, who arrived in Houston in exchange for a hefty transfer fee, was making his first start of the season and just third since signing a young Designated Player contract toward the end of the 2013 season.
WASHINGTON - D.C. United met the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night needing a at least a point to keep pace with the Eastern-Conference-leading New York Red Bulls. The Dynamo were looking for points of their own, eager to follow up last week’s positive result at Montreal and climb a bit higher in the West.
Houston Dynamo at D.C. United
Saturday, April 18, 6:00 p.m. CT
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
The Dynamo head to the nation’s capital to face early-season pacesetters on Saturday night feeling confident after last week’s 3-0 victory over the Montreal Impact.
Houston’s defense continued its stingy form and the attack ignited, making goalkeeper Joe Willis optimistic of three points at RFK Stadium against D.C. United, his former club (6 p.m. CT, ROOT SPORTS).
The words inked in ornate script on Tyler Deric’s left arm read: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
The quotation from the last line of Tennyson’s poem "Ulysses" is a tattoo he got when he was 18 and a mantra he takes to heart, one he sums up as “Don’t be stale, always try and be better. You think you’re good today? Then that’s not good enough, you have to try and be better the next day.”