MLS Regular Season
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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
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.
Tickets for the three remaining Houston Dynamo regular season home games are on sale now at HoustonDynamo.com.
Currently in third place in the Eastern Conference and
pushing for a return to the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Dynamo will host the San Jose
Earthquakes on Saturday, September 17. Two weeks later, they will take on the
Chicago Fire the Dynamo’s only home day game of the season, a 3:00 p.m. kickoff
on Saturday, October 1.
With two goals in two games, including a 90th-minute equalizer at New England, Bobby Boswell was named to the MLS Team of the Week for the second time in 2011. He was joined by Brad Davis, who recorded two assists Saturday night at Real Salt Lake to increase his MLS league-leading total to 13. The honor is Davis' sixth of the season, tying Chivas USA midfielder Nick LaBrocca for most selections among MLS players.