MLS Regular Season

Canetti's Corner - July 31

Dynamo President previews Friday's downtown showdown with the Red Bulls
Canetti's Corner - July 31
Canetti's Corner
Dynamo President

For most people, Fridays can’t come soon enough. It’s the end of the work week and start of the weekend.

This week, there is a bigger reason to be looking forward to Friday. And it definitely can’t come soon enough.

It is the battle for first-place in the Eastern Conference when the New York Red Bulls make their first visit to BBVA Compass Stadium.

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The good times keep on rolling, and so do the wins.

Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Toronto FC, the Dynamo have now won four in a row and are unbeaten in their last seven games. The surge has taken the red-hot Orange into second place in the Eastern Conference standings, accompanied by a steady rise in the power rankings around the web. In MLSsoccer.com's poll, Houston is up one spot to No. 3 with this to say about the team:

Inside Opta: Brad Davis is at it again

Dynamo midfielder's numbers are on pace to match his MVP runner-up campaign
Repeat performance
Inside Opta
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Every summer blockbuster has a sequel these days, some better than others. Brad Davis’ follow-up to last season’s career year is on pace to be just as good as, if not better than, the original.

Notebook: Reinforcements keep Houston on track

Dynamo rely on depth to defeat Toronto on Saturday
Notebook: Reinforcements keep Houston on track
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At this point in the season, the Houston Dynamo are accustomed to looking down the depth chart during big moments. Saturday was no different.

A look inside the Dynamo's home-unbeaten streak

Houston has defeated 11 different opponents during its 18-game home-unbeaten streak
Inside the Streak
Inside the Streak
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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

When the Houston Dynamo take the field Friday night against the New York Red Bulls, they will be looking to extend their MLS best home-unbeaten streak to 19 games games. The streak began on July 9, 2011, when the Dynamo defeated Toronto FC 2-0 at Robertson Stadium. Since then, Houston has not lost in 18 consecutive regular season home games and has defeated 11 different opponents during that span. Houston's record during that streak is 14-0-4.

With some help from our friends at Opta Sports, we went inside the Dynamo's unbeaten streak to find some key stats.

Possession, midfield control key to Dynamo succes at BMO

Confident sides wins fourth consecutive match
Possession, midfield control key to Dynamo succes at BMO
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Coming into Saturday’s match at Toronto, the Houston Dynamo knew that controlling possession would go a long way to success.

And it did.

WATCH: Full Match Highlights

Dynamo in negotiations to bring back Ricardo Clark

Clark made 97 appearances for the Dynamo between 2006 and 2009
Dynamo in negotiations to bring back Ricardo Clark
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The Houston Dynamo are working to finalize an agreement to bring former MLS All-Star and U.S. international Ricardo Clark back to Houston.

Dynamo president Chris Canetti confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that the club is actively negotiating with the World Cup veteran and is hoping to put the final touches on bringing the fan favorite back into the fold.

Match Stats: Dynamo vs. Toronto FC

Houston held a 60/40 edge in possession at BMO Field
Match Stats: Dynamo vs. Toronto FC

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Match Stats

Toronto FC   Houston Dynamo
8 Attempts on Goal 10
2 Shots on Target 4
3 Shots off Target

VIDEO: Dynamo 2, Toronto FC 0

Watch full highlights from Saturday's win at BMO Field
VIDEO: Dynamo 2, TFC 0
Match Highlights

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Dynamo roll TFC behind goals from Carr and Ching

Houston wins 2-0 to extend winning streak to four games
Fantastic Four
Dynamo Win
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Both Toronto FC and the Houston Dynamo were working on three-game winning streaks when they met on Saturday.

Now Houston’s is four.

Brad Davis had two assists, Calen Carr scored on a header following a corner kick in the final minute of the first half and Brian Ching struck a late security goal as the Dynamo earned a 2-0 win over the Reds before 19,652 at BMO Field.

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