MLS Regular Season

Hainault declines call-up; rests to help Dynamo fight for playoff spot

Canadian defender misses World Cup qualifiers to prepare for Friday game at Portland
Hainault prioritizes playoff race
Club over Country
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Andre Hainault wants to be rested for Friday night's game.

With the Houston Dynamo needing points fast, Andre Hainault picked club over country during this week's FIFA international dates.

Dynamo forward Cam Weaver undergoes surgery

Weaver will miss remainder of 2011 season

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Houston Dynamo forward Cam Weaver underwent arthroscopic surgery today to repair a torn labrum  and remove bone spurs in his right hip. The procedure was performed by Dr. Kaare Kolstad of the Methodist Hospital System.  Weaver is expected to miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Weaver scored four goals in 28 MLS games for the Dynamo this year and scored in a Sept. 4 friendly against Monterrey but has been playing through the injury for much of the season.

Bruin continues to push for return to lineup

Rookie striker re-energized after two goals for Dynamo reserves
Bruin pushes for return to lineup
Primed to play
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Will Bruin celebrates his go-ahead goal against San Jose

Houston Dynamo rookie forward Will Bruin openly shrugged off suggestions midway through the season that he had hit the wall.  

The 21-year-old got off to a strong start to his MLS career, scoring four goals before the month of May, and looked to be on his way to a stellar debut campaign. Then came a four-and-a-half month scoring drought marked by missed opportunities on the field and a month on the sidelines after August knee surgery.

Dynamo 1, Chicago Fire 1 -- postgame notes

Davis sets club MLS minutes-played record in tie
HOU 1, CHI 1 -- postgame notes
HOU 1, CHI 1 - notes
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The Houston Dynamo were held to a 1-1 tie by the Chicago Fire at Robertson Stadium on Saturday afternoon, moving into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference pending the results of Saturday’s night games. Houston has two regular-season games remaining but does not play again until Friday, October 14.

With the tie, Houston is unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2) and in its last seven home games (5-0-2). The Dynamo and Fire also tied 1-1 in their first meeting on April 23.

Dynamo, Fire draw at Robertson Stadium

Clark, Oduro trade goals, leaving Houston in third place
Dynamo draw Fire
Dynamo draw 1-1
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Colin Clark attempts to dribble past Gonzalo Segares

A pair of first-half goals were all the Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire could muster in a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon at Robertson Stadium.

In a game that lacked a lot of dangerous scoring attempts, Houston midfielder Colin Clark opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, 10 minutes before former Dynamo forward Dominic Oduro slipped in the equalizer against his old club for his 12th goal of the season.

VIDEO: Bruin/Sarkodie Rookie Life

First-round draft picks highlighted in MLSsoccer.com video series
Rookie Life: Bruin & Sarkodie
Bruin/Sarkodie
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Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie have been experiencing their rookie year together.

MLSsoccer.com's Rookie Life video series includes a feature on Dynamo rookies Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie, who were drafted in the first round just four picks apart in January and have been going through the ups and downs of their first year in professional soccer together.

To watch the feature, built from interviews conducted back in May, click here or see below:

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

Dynamo look to continue strong home form Saturday at 3 p.m.
Preview: HOU-CHI
Chicago Preview
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The Dynamo used a late Bobby Boswell goal to tie Chicago in April.

The Basics
Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, October 1, 3 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

All-time series: Houston leads 6-3-2

Reserve Game: Dynamo Reserves vs. Fire Reserves, 5:30 p.m., Robertson Stadium - fans wishing to stay for the Reserve League match may sit on the east side of Robertson Stadium.

Dynamo have found success when switching formations

Kinnear has found success in tweaking traditional 4-4-2 in games against Kansas City, Dallas
Dynamo have options to complement 4-4-2
Formation options
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Adam Moffat was part of a three-man central midfield against FC Dallas.

When the Houston Dynamo take the field on the average MLS matchday, there is normally little guesswork needed in regards to what formation Dominic Kinnear will use. The veteran head coach has been a devotee of the traditional 4-4-2 for most of his coaching career.

However, with teams around the league going away from the standard 4-4-2, Kinnear has widened the Dynamo's repertoire to combat the changes.

MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week

Hall gets fourth selection to lead all GKs, joined by Cameron and Moffat
MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week
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Houston had three players on the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week

The playoff race in the East is heating up, and more than a few teams are rising to the occasion.

Nine of the 11 players on this week's Team of the Week hail from the East, with leaders Houston Dynamo, D.C. United, Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls all represented. United lead the way this week with three midfield players after Dwayne De Rosario, Andy Najar and Stephen King had standout performances against Real Salt Lake this weekend.

Vote Tally Hall for Save of the Week

Hall's one-handed save on Shea earns Save of the Week nomination
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Andre Hainault hugs Tally Hall after Houston's win over Dallas
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