MLS Regular Season
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You've asked for it and now you've got it. As a part of Friday’s pre-game ceremony, El Capitan will be fired for the first time at BBVA Compass Stadium. El Capitan is a replica Civil War-ear mountain howitzer cannon and is awarded to the winner of the Dynamo vs. FC Dallas season series. The Dynamo retained El Capitan with a 2-1 win over their in-state rivals on June 16.
Be sure to be in your seats by 7 p.m. to not miss the blast!
This article appears in the August 3 gameday magazine. Click here to see the complete online edition.
The Houston Dynamo defense enjoyed a near-perfect July. And in the middle of it all was defender Bobby Boswell.
In six matches last month, Houston conceded just one goal, a penalty kick by Kei Kamara in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on July 18, and most impressively, just 26 percent of the 58 shots they faced tested goalkeeper Tally Hall. It is a defensive effort that screams organization and cohesion, and the voice in the middle making it happen belongs to Boswell.
With each passing week as the close of the MLS regular season draws nearer, every game becomes more important. The Dynamo take on the New York Red Bulls on Friday (7 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Network) in a battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
Houston is perhaps the hottest team in MLS at the moment, riding a four-game winning streak and a seven-game unbeaten run. New York, with the recent signing of former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, has been hailed by some as the most talented roster on paper the league has ever seen.