MLS Regular Season
There is an element of unpredictability to soccer that can fall in your favor or against you.
Look no further than the last goal the Houston Dynamo allowed, the most recent in a string of plays that haven’t fallen the club’s way.
The Chicago Fire’s Pavel Pardo takes a free kick from just outside the box in the 27th minute and it thumps directly off the back of a flinching Logan Pause. The ball caroms toward goal, hangs in the air and somehow floats over the outstretched hand of Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall.
On Saturday, KPRC Local 2 will air its first MLS match when the Houston Dynamo take on the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. This will mark the first time a Dynamo match has aired on an over-the-air channel of a major local network. The match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT, with a 30-minute pregame show to begin at 6 p.m. CT. Glenn Davis and Eddie Robinson will call the game, and KPRC Local 2 sports anchor Adam Clanton will work the sidelines and provide commentary. Following the match, there will be a 30-minute postgame from the KPRC studio featuring Randy McIlvoy.
Brad Davis was back on the training pitch Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, it was not for as long as he would have liked.
The left midfielder, who is currently out with a strain in his left calf, participated with the team in the fitness portion of training before retreating to a stationary bike and side work with the club’s medical staff while the team went through small-sided games and drills. Such is life for Davis who, like any player, would much rather be in the mix than watching from the sidelines.
HOUSTON — It is hard to believe but the Houston Dynamo have a forward pair that are still working out the kinks.
Brian Ching and Will Bruin have started as many games together in 2012 as they did all of last year (4). That might seem a bit low since the two have a combined 36 starts between them in that time, but injuries and bad timing largely kept Ching and Bruin from featuring together in 2011.
Early in 2012 the pair is still learning how to play and be productive together.
The Houston Dynamo confirmed Tuesday that they came up short in their bid for a deadline day deal to bring 22-year-old attacker Luis Advincula to MLS from Peru’s Sporting Cristal.
After negotiations picked up late last week the Dynamo had hopes of bringing the talented young attacker – who has been linked with Arsenal in the past – in before the April 15 MLS transfer deadline.
Despite reports out of Peru on Sunday suggesting the deal was done pending signatures, Houston came up short in adding the Peru international to their stable of attackers.
Every fighter wants the opportunity to finish a bout, and the Houston Dynamo were no different on Sunday night in rain-swept Chicago.
But after 65 minutes and two weather delays that resulted in one hour and 52 minutes of down time, referee Geoff Gamble in conjunction with MLS officials made the decision to call the game, which meant the 1-1 scoreline was official and left the Dynamo and the Chicago Fire to share the spoils.
Dynamo midfielder Brian Ownby will be out 4-6 weeks after he dislocated his left elbow in Monday's Reserve League match against the Chicago Fire. The 5-foot-11 rookie was injured in the 28th minute of Monday's 1-0 loss, and was substiuted off in the 33rd minute of the match. He will not undergo surgery.
The 2012 Supplemental draft pick has made four appearances with three starts for the Dynamo Reserves this season. Ownby scored Houston's lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Reserves on March 13.
Eventually a shot was going to go in for Will Bruin, but that has not made the wait to open his 2012 account any easier.
After three games and five weeks it seemed like the second year forward had found everything but the back of the net. Things changed Sunday night as “The Dancing Bear” hit a well placed shot to beat Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson to the near post in the 24th minute, accounting for Houston’s lone tally in the lightning-shortened 1-1 draw.