MLS Regular Season
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.
With a boyish smile, Boniek Garcia took the field this morning for the first time as a member of the Houston Dynamo. Head coach Dominic Kinnear used Boniek in an outside mid position, but said after training that he would not be afraid to move the Dynamo DP elsewhere if the need arose.
Will Bruin is going to have to come up with a new goal.
The Houston Dynamo striker aimed to score eight goals in 2012. Fifteen games into the season and the second-year striker already has nine tallies, which is already good for the fourth highest single-season goal total in franchise history. His exploits are providing the type of go-to scoring that is putting other teams in the MLS on alert.
WATCH: Bruin brace leads Dynamo back
Dynamo forward Will Bruin was selected to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 16 after scoring three goals in two games against Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.