MLS Regular Season
Through the ups and downs against Chivas USA on Saturday, Houston Dynamo players never felt they were on the brink of disaster. Their reaction to an early pair of mishaps from defender Hunter Freeman is evidence of that.
There was a collective exhale in the Houston Dynamo locker room after
Saturday’s win over Chivas USA. With pressure mounting over the team’s
seven-game winless streak, the 2-1 triumph provided a sigh of relief for a
team looking to rekindle its fighting spirit.
Urgency is starting to set in for the Houston Dynamo. After what
could easily be characterized as a spirited week of training, the Dynamo
are looking to come out and take steps to return to their consistently
physical and high-pressure form. That starts Saturday against Chivas USA (7:30 p.m.), as Houston is looking to turn
up the intensity as a way to get back into the win column.
One player that puts a smile on the faces of fans, teammates and coaches when he’s on the field is Brian Ching.
vs. Chivas USA
Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
All-time record: Houston leads 9-3-6 all competitions, 8-1-5 MLS
Figuring out why things are going wrong can be the hardest thing for a
team to do. The Dynamo are experiencing this during their seven-game
Last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to San Jose extended what has proven a very tough five weeks for the Houston Dynamo.
After controlling the run of play in the first half, the Dynamo failed
to match the home team’s energy in the second 45, ultimately conceding
two gut-wrenching goals. Houston’s inability to sustain its first-half
play continues to be an Achilles heel for Dominic Kinnear’s men.
To those that know him best these days— his teammates and coaches on the Houston Dynamo — Will Bruin is the Dancing Bear.
The nickname is less a reference to his last name and more to the
6-foot-2, 195-pound rookie striker's combination of grace and
physicality. After recording the first goal of his hat trick against D.C. United on
April 29, Bruin’s celebration let the rest of the league in on the
team’s running joke.