MLS Regular Season
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — A first-minute goal from Patrick Nyarko and a stoppage-time blast from Alex punctuated the Chicago Fire’s 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park on Sunday evening.
Daniel Paladini scored the other goal for the Fire, while second-half sub Brian Ching made it interesting, striking his first goal for the Dynamo since July 28.
A point of emphasis for the Houston Dynamo this year has been getting off to quick starts.
Considering Chicago’s tendency to play tough defense late at home, achieving that quick start could be their key to success Sunday in a match against the Fire (6 pm CT; Galavision) that has major playoff implications.
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire
Sunday, September 2, 6 p.m. CT
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Houston leads 6-3-4
Galavision - 6 p.m. (Click here to view channel guide)
SportsTalk 790 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.
The Houston Dynamo on Wednesday finalized an agreement to bring English midfielder Giles Barnes to MLS.
MLSsoccer.com reported Tuesday evening that the two sides were close to a deal and things happened quickly as the two sides were able to finalize a deal to bring the player to the Dynamo. Per club and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MLS scoring leader Chris Wondolowski has used his club performances to break into US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans. And if that is a criteria for national team selection, Houston Dynamo talisman Brad Davis is hoping to take advantage.
Davis has been a top performer in MLS since the Dynamo relocated to Houston in 2006. The left-footed marksman has 72 assists since 2006 while adding 27 goals, yet that production has translated into just five international appearances.
The Houston Dynamo have signed free agent midfielder Giles Barnes, it was announced today. Barnes will be added to the Dynamo roster upon receipt of his P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate. Per team and league policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
According to Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti, the club is close to signing English midfielder Giles Barnes.
Barnes has been in Houston with the club since Saturday and trained Monday and Tuesday. After impressing during the two sessions, talks between the sides picked up Tuesday afternoon and a deal looks to be on the horizon.
After Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Toronto FC, it is clear something is different with the Houston Dynamo.
For the second home match in a row, the Dynamo played without the type of smothering, high-pressure brand of soccer that brought them to prominence in the month of July. Instead, it has been two matches played at a different pace, and that has tripped Houston up for the second week in a row.
It was a tale of two halves for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in their 1-1 draw with Toronto FC, and unfortunately for the home team their dip in the second 45 cost them two crucial points in the standings.
Houston got out to the type of start you would expect them to against the East’s last place team at home. They controlled the game both in tempo and on the scoreboard, but left the door open by only taking a 1-0 lead.
TFC were only too happy to bust it in.