MLS Regular Season
It's all for the glory of El Capitán.
The 19th-century Civil War replica cannon is up for grabs as the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas meet in the seventh annual Texas derby on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium (7:30 pm ET, ESPN2, live chat on MLSsoccer.com). By the looks of it, the historic piece of artillery has a way of bringing out some emotion.
HOUSTON – Houston finally got their man last week when they announced the signing of the franchise’s second Designated Player, bringing Honduran international Oscar Boniek García into the fold in a deal that took more than a year and three negotiations for the Dynamo to finalize.
If confidence for a striker is synonymous with success, then Mac Kandji is ready to go on a tear.
The first-year Houston Dynamo forward has taken to his role as a late game spark plug and strung together several strong performances in a row, punctuated by scoring the lone goal in his club’s 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. Speaking with MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday, the striker admitted that putting the scoreless drought behind him has helped boost his already resurgent confidence.
If the season ended today, the Houston Dynamo would be out of the MLS Cup Playoffs. After Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, head coach Dominic Kinnear made sure his players were aware of their situation by putting the club’s 4-4-4 record on the board.
His message: Stick together because they've got some work to do. After speaking with the players Tuesday, the message was heard loud and clear.
It’s been a month since the first match at BBVA Compass Stadium, but it seems like a lot longer than that. Opening day could not have gone better, from all perspectives, including the win. People often ask me what I remember most about that day. I say that it is the reaction of the fans. For me, it was rewarding to witness all of the joy the new stadium, and the environment around it, brought to their faces.
Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps was a game of swings for the Houston Dynamo.
Firmly behind the eight ball after conceding an early goal and absorbing pressure for the first quarter hour, the visitors put their foot on the gas and spent the next 50-plus minutes in Vancouver's half of the field. Houston, as they've done this year on the road, saw long spells where they dominated possession and put the host’s goal under siege.
HIGHLIGHTS: VAN 3, HOU 1
With the Houston Dynamo boasting a makeshift defense on the road, the backline sure could have used a little bit of time to get accustomed to the flow of the match.