MLS Regular Season

Motivation not a problem for Houston

Dynamo winless in eight road games heading into Sunday match
Motivation not a problem
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The Houston Dynamo can draw motivation from any number of sources these days as they prepare to face the Colorado Rapids on Sunday night (8 p.m., ESPN2, ESPN Deportes).

Can they avenge a stunning home loss to Colorado earlier this season? Can
they finally get their first road win in nine tries this year? And can they simply keep pace with the leaders in the Eastern
Conference, who have pulled away in recent weeks while the Dynamo have
stalled?

Match Preview: Dynamo at Colorado

Houston out to earn revenge for May 4 loss in nationally televised game
Preview: HOU-COL

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Basics
Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids
Sunday, July 3, 8 p.m. CT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.

All-time record: Houston Dynamo lead 8-4-3 (7-4-3 regular season)

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Sarkodie could be coming into his own

Rookie defender makes goal-line stop against D.C. in third start
Sarkodie coming into his own?
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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

After a tough go of it in his last start, Dynamo rookie Kofi Sarkodie
made his third start of the season in a 2-2 tie against D.C. United
last Saturday and looks to have done well with that opportunity.

Trialist Castillo shows speed, strength

Ecuadorian forward trying to impress Dynamo braintrust
Castillo shows speed, strength
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Courtesy Nigel Brooks

As expected, Ecuadorian forward Miler Castillo got his first taste of MLS action in a scrimmage under the hot Texas sun on Wednesday, when he kicked off his trial with the Houston Dynamo.

“I liked it and I had fun,” Castillo told MLSsoccer.com through a translator. “The teammates and the coaches welcomed me well. The only thing for me to add to that is to work hard.”

Dynamo waive defender Jordan Graye

Dynamo waive Jordan Graye

The Houston Dynamo have waived defender Jordan Graye, the team announced
today.

The 24-year-old
Graye was acquired from the Portland Timbers in December in exchange for a 2014
draft pick. His only appearance for the Dynamo came in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open
Cup qualifying match in April, and he also appeared in five games in the MLS
Reserve League.

Hall's save on Davies nominated for SOTW

Dynamo goalkeeper looking for first SOTW win in 2011
Vote Tally for SOTW

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Bob Levey / Getty Images

In the 44th minute of Saturday's match against D.C. United, United forward Charlie Davies had a golden opportunity to put D.C. ahead going into halftime. Leftback Daniel Woolard sent a curling ball over the Dynamo backline and found Davies in stride. Davies dove for the ball and put his header on target, but Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall made a one-handed stab at the ball to knock it away and keep the game tied. Hall's one-handed save on Davies has been nominated for the MLS Week 15 Save of the Week.

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Home Team: 
Away Team: 
Date & Time: 
Sat, 25-06-2011 17:00
Location, short: 
RFK Stadium
Location, full: 
RFK Stadium - Washington, DC
Opta Game ID: 
354171
Elias Game ID: 
esb-live-354171
Game Highlights: 
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Calculated Fields
Status: 
FullTime
Match Type: 
Regular
Result Type: 
NormalResult
Home Score: 
2
Away Score: 
2

Lineup changes provide a spark

Kinnear juggles rotation in attempt to revive fading Houston
Lineup changes provide a spark
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Ned Dishman / Getty Images

There were some surprises when the Houston Dynamo lineup was released for Saturday’s game against D.C. United.

Davis aggravates groin strain against D.C.

Houston's assist-master could be back in time for trip to Colorado
Dynamo's Davis decides to rest
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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

HOUSTON — The Houston Dynamo's hard-fought road point at D.C. United
this past Saturday didn't come without a price. MLS assist leader and
Dynamo talisman Brad Davis left at halftime due to a left groin strain
he suffered last week.

“In training Friday I felt it in the shooting drill and I shut it down
as soon as I felt it,” Davis said Monday. “I went out and went through a
fitness test before the game and it hadn’t gotten any worse.”

However, when Houston came out for the second half they were without their most productive player.

Good formation, good fortune lead to tie

Switch to 3-4-3 and deflection help Ching net tying goal
Good formation, good fortune
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Ned Dishman / Getty Images

Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear showed versatility in his
tactics on Saturday night, switching to a formation with three in the
back and three forwards in an attempt to find a late equalizer against
D.C. United. Kinnear is known for running a 4-4-2 formation — the
standard tactical set-up in MLS — but has shown in the past he is willing
to change things up.

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