MLS Regular Season

First-place Dynamo braced for "tough" return to New York

Houston not relaxing now that they're in the driver's seat
First-place Dynamo braced for "tough" return to New York
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After moving into first place with a decisive 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, it is understandable if the Houston Dynamo stop and smell the roses a bit.

However, they don’t have time to rest on their laurels. The return match of this midseason home-and-home series looms this Friday, when Houston will travel to Red Bull Arena to face the same hungry, now second-place NYRB.

HIGHLIGHTS: Houston 2, New York 0

Welcome home: Clark returns to practice for Dynamo

Midfielder trains with former club for first time since 2009
Clark trains with Dynamo
Ricardo Clark
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For the first time since 2009, Ricardo Clark took part in Houston Dynamo training. And while some things have changed, there is a feeling that his familiarity with the club could make the transition back into MLS a seamless one for the former All-Star and two-time MLS Cup winner.

Both the Dynamo and Clark, who has yet to be added to the roster due to salary cap issues expected to be resolved Wednesday when Geoff Cameron’s British work permit is decided, hope the move has an impact similar to Houston’s most recent signings.

Match Stats: Dynamo vs. Red Bulls

Houston out-shoots New York 16-5 Friday night
Match Stats: Dynamo vs. Red Bulls
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Match Stats

Houston Dynamo   New York Red Bulls
16 Attempts on Goal 5
8 Shots on Target 2
6 Shots off Target

VIDEO: Dynamo 2, Red Bulls 0

Watch full highlights from Friday's win over New York
VIDEO: Dynamo 2, NY 0
Match Highlights

Dynamo say strong start proved key to defeating Red Bulls

Houston used goal, heat to put New York under early pressure
Dynamo say strong start proved key to defeating Red Bulls
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Even in the middle of a great run of form you can find something to work on and for the Houston Dynamo that has been getting off to better starts.
 
If that was a point of focus coming into Friday night’s match with the New York Red Bulls, the Dynamo got the message loud and clear. Jermaine Taylor scored his first goal of the season 72 seconds into the match, the second fastest MLS goal in Dynamo history, and put the visiting New York Red Bulls in an early hole from which they would never emerge.

Dynamo overtake NY atop East with thorough 2-0 win

Taylor, Carr score as Houston moves into first place in Eastern Conference
First Place Takedown
Dynamo Win
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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo registered their fifth straight win and leapfrogged the New York Red Bulls into first place in the Eastern Conference after handily defeating them 2-0 on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in the debut of new Red Bulls designated player Tim Cahill.
 

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The Houston Dynamo Academy, presented by Statoil, arrived in Seattle on Thursday for the annual Generation adidas Cup. The Dynamo U-15s and U-17s did a light training session on Thursday in preparation for Friday's matches. Upon returing to the hotel, the boys were treated to a few minutes with one of the magicians who was staying at the hotel preparing for one of his weekend performances. Our man on the ground Ernest Carmona will provide us updates and photos throughout the week. Check out the first few photos from Day 1.

Different styles, same stakes when Dynamo, RBNY clash

Top spot in the East hangs in the balance in first of home-and-home series
Different styles, same stakes when Dynamo, RBNY clash
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The Houston Dynamo have put together quite a run up the Eastern Conference standings the last six weeks, and the next step in that run could lead to first place when the Dynamo take on the New York Red Bulls tonight at 7 p.m. CT (NBC Sports Network, Live Chat on MLSsoccer.com).

With just a point separating Houston and New York in the standings, the teams enter the first of a home-and-home series that could go a long way in shaping the East playoff setup.

Dynamo not looking ahead to Supporters' Shield race

Houston players focused on task at hand
Dynamo not looking ahead to Supporters' Shield race
Supporters' Shield
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It’s been a few years since the Houston Dynamo were in a position to make a run at Major League Soccer’s Supporters Shield, an award handed out to the team that finishes with the most regular season points in the league. Although the team has won two MLS Cup titles and a third conference title since 2006, the Supporters’ Shield is one trophy that has eluded the men in orange.

Dynamo finalize deal to bring back former hero Clark

Houston set to bring back World Cup veteran midfielder
Dynamo finalize deal to bring back former hero Clark
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The Dynamo have finalized a deal to bring former club and country standout Ricardo Clark back to Houston.

After agreeing to the terms of a deal with Clark last Friday, the Dynamo received the final paperwork and an international transfer certificate on Thursday to bring the World Cup veteran back from German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt through the end of the 2014 season.

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