MLS Regular Season
Less than 1,500 tickets remain for tomorrow night’s game between the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire, presented by Budweiser, it was announced today. Tuesday is Military Appreciation Night, with a fireworks show following the game.
Tuesday will be the second meeting between the Chicago Fire and the Houston Dynamo, but they have yet played 90 minutes against each other this year. Their April 15 match was cut short in the 66th minute due to lightning, and each team had to leave with a 1-1 draw.
A penalty kick is soccer’s ultimate moment of individual responsibility, yet there was stellar teamwork involved when Brian Ching stepped up from 12 yards to give the Houston Dynamo a hard-fought victory against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
Brad Davis is the Dynamo’s normally assumes penalty-kick duties and scored the winner from the spot against the San Jose Earthquakes in the second game of the season. He claimed a fine goal from open play in the first half of Saturday’s match.
One player has played 140 regular season games for the Houston Dynamo, another was making his debut. Both had key roles to play as the Dynamo quelled the Union’s mini-revival with a narrow 2-1 victory Saturday night.
In the end, Brian Ching’s 83rd-minute winner from the penalty spot gave Houston (6-5-5) an important three points while Philadelphia (3-9-2) were unable to follow up their 4-0 win over Sporting Kansas City with another impressive result.
HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo’s defensive woes last week were tough to watch, for one person more than most.
As Houston struggled to keep Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact at bay, normal starting full back Jermaine Taylor was forced to watch as the club gave up seven goals, a franchise high for a two-game stretch. As possibly Houston’s most consistent and trustworthy defender nursed a strained hip flexor, he was forced to watch as the club struggled to plug the holes on the backline.
Last Saturday was a bit of a disappointment for the Dynamo in Montreal, losing 4-2 to the expansion Impact. A week later, the men in orange have an opportunity to redeem themselves with yet another Eastern Conference opponent coming into town. The Philadelphia Union have had their share of turmoil and turnover this season, but are coming off of a 4-0 upset of Sporting Kansas City in MLS and a 5-2 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the U.S. Open Cup under interim coach John Hackworth.
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union
Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
All-time series: Union lead 2-0-2
La Ranchera 850 - 7 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 7:30 p.m.
FOX Sports Houston - 7:30 p.m.
The term "Designated Player" comes with a certain, and sometimes unrealistic, level of expectations in MLS. And with those expectations comes pressure to perform and live up to the tag.
In the case of Boniek García, Houston’s latest high-profile signing, there is no pressure but simply an understanding of what’s expected. After his first training on Thursday, the 27-year-old Honduran international said he is ready to provide the Dynamo with a shot in the arm midway through their 2012 campaign.