MLS Regular Season

Dynamo rue missed chances in 1-0 loss

Despite shot advantage, chances, Houston comes up scoreless
Dynamo rue missed chances
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After weeks of pulling out late and improbable goals to save results, the Houston Dynamo received a bitter taste of their own medicine, conceding an 86th-minute Shea Salinas goal and falling to the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 at Empire Field on Saturday. The loss kept Houston winless on the road this season. As if to rub salt in their wounds, the Dynamo know very well that they had their chances.

Dynamo 0, Vancouver 1 -- postgame notes

Hall reaches 100 career MLS saves with four stops in road loss
HOU 0, VAN 1 -- postgame notes

The Houston Dynamo saw their five-game unbeaten streak come to an end Saturday afternoon, falling 1-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps before a crowd of 20,226 at Empire Field. The Dynamo outshot the Whitecaps 16-12 for the match.

Salinas, Whitecaps end Houston streak

Late Vancouver goal snaps Dynamo's five-game unbeaten run
Whitecaps end Houston streak
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Tally Hall watches helplessly after Shea Salinas fired in the game-winner.

Shea Salinas played hero on Saturday, scoring an 86th-minute winner as the Vancouver Whitecaps ended the Houston Dynamo’s five-game unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory at Empire Field.

The first half was one defined by missed opportunities, as both teams came agonizingly close but failed to score time after time.

First trip to Vancouver

Dynamo train at Empire Field Friday in preparation for Saturday's match
Dynamo head to Vancouver
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The Dynamo's first trip to Vancouver has been a smooth one so far, with the club arriving late Thursday night and training Friday afternoon at Empire Field ahead of Saturday afternoon's match, which kicks off at 6 p.m. CT. The weather is a welcome break from Houston's heat, with temperatures in the high 70s during the day.

Saturday's Match Preview

Dramatic goals in 2011

A look back at the Dynamo's game-tying / game-winning goals
Dramatic goals in 2011

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Over the course of the season, the Dynamo have been no stranger to last-minute goals. Seven times in 2011, Houston has scored the game-tying or game-winning goal in the final 10 minutes of the match. Most recently, Dynamo Academy product Alex Dixon scored in the 93rd minute to defeat Real Salt Lake 3-2 and extend the clubs unbeaten-streak to five games.

Match Preview: Dynamo at Vancouver

Houston looks to extend five-game unbeaten streak in road match
Preview: HOU-VAN
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The Basics
Houston Dynamo at Vancouver Whitecaps
Saturday, August 27, 6:00 p.m. CT
Empire Field, Vancouver, BC, Canada

All-time record: Houston leads 1-0-0

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Explaining the greatness of Brad Davis

Opta stats help explain why Houston's ace should be in the MVP discussion
The stats don't lie
Opta Stats

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Anthony Vasser / Houston Dynamo

They call the Houston Dynamo's Brad Davis the “left-footed David Beckham.” But he’s better than Beckham this year.

The numbers tell the story.

According to Opta statistics, Davis leads the league in “Chances Created”: any key pass that leads to a shot. This could be anything from a flick-on, to a corner kick, a through-ball or a set-piece.

There is a reason that the Dynamo midfield maestro is tops in MLS with 13 assists. He has generated an MLS-high 84 chances for his club.

Four players earn national team call-ups

Costly, Hainault, Taylor, Watson all to compete during international fixture dates Sept. 2-6
Four players earn call-ups

Four
Houston Dynamo players have been called up by their respective national teams
for international matches Sept. 2-6, the club announced today. The four
players, all of whom also competed in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup earlier this
year, are expected to miss the Dynamo’s Sept. 4 friendly against Monterrey at Robertson
Stadium. 

Davis putting together MVP-worthy season

Veteran's improved stamina, consistency driving Dynamo's playoff push
Davis for MVP?
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Quietly — or not so quietly, if you’re a Houston Dynamo fan — Brad
Davis
is putting together the type of season that has many talking about
a national team call-up and a run at the league’s Most Valuable Player
award.

What to Watch For: Dynamo playoff hunt

Three storylines to follow down the stretch as Houston aims for postseason
Dynamo playoff hunt
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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

With less than two months left in the regular season, the
Houston Dynamo are looking to close out their season in strong fashion and return to the playoffs after missing out last year. Currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, here are three things to watch for heading into
the final two months of the season:

1. Road challenges
Houston’s performance on the road this season has been well-documented.
The Dynamo have failed to win away from Robertson Stadium but have been hard to beat, compiling a 0-4-8
record on the road.

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