MLS Regular Season
It has taken two months, but Macoumba Kandji is finally starting to feel comfortable in his new surroundings.
After coming to the Houston Dynamo in a February trade from the Colorado Rapids, the 6-foot-4 striker has worked to fit into a system that has asked him to do things on the defensive side of the ball he had not previously been asked to do. After putting up a brace in Thursday’s 5-0 scrimmage win over the fourth-division Laredo Heat, he looks to finally be getting settled.
Often a young player can look back to a marquee moment that aided their development and made coaches and teammates realize their potential.
Homegrown midfielder Alex Dixon had his moment last August, when he buried Real Salt Lake at the death to give the Houston Dynamo a crucial 3-2 win. Less than a year later, the Dynamo are starting to see that moment of brilliance blossom as the 2012 version of Dixon is a year wiser and showing everyone what he can do on a consistent basis.
With their next match to be played on April 15 at the Chicago Fire, the Houston Dynamo have another two weeks before they face an MLS club. Considering they lost their last game – a 2-0 defeat away to the Seattle Sounders on March 23 – that’s much too long of a wait for players who can only work against, and sometimes take out their frustrations on, each other.
The Houston Dynamo lost the services of another midfielder this week. But not to suspension this time.
After losing Colin Clark and Adam Moffat to three- and one-game suspensions, respectively, last week, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear confirmed that second-year midfielder Josue Soto will go on loan with the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL.
HOUSTON – The disciplinary fallout from Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders continued Friday when Adam Moffat was handed a one-game suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee two days after Colin Clark received a three-game suspension from the same match.
A review of Moffat’s challenge on Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso in the 35th minute prompted the committee to take action. The Scottish-born midfielder slid in, and while he got ball, cleeted Alonso in the shin.
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The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Houston Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge which endangered the safety of his opponent in the 35th minute of the Dynamo’s match against the Seattle Sounders on March 23, 2012.
The Disciplinary Committee also fined Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Alvaro Fernandez an undisclosed amount for embellishment of contact in the 82nd minute of the same match on March 23, 2012.
HOUSTON – After losing 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders last Friday at CenturyLink Field, Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said the first thing he thought about when heading to the locker room was getting back on the field. Kinnear and the Dynamo have a long wait ahead of them to do that.
After starting the season with six points from three road fixtures, the Dynamo have back-to-back weekends off, which will force them to wait 23 days from Friday’s loss until their next match against the Chicago Fire on April 15.
The Jamaican internationals played three games in seven days last week while traveling from Houston to San Francisco to Kingston, Jamaica, to Seattle and back to Houston. All told, the pair traveled more than 12,000 miles and played key roles during a mentally and physically taxing week.
Despite dropping their first match of the season last Friday in Seattle, one big positive for Houston Dynamo was the 2012 debut of Luiz Camargo.
The Brazilian playmaker entered the fray in the 67th minute for Je-Vaughn Watson and helped the Dynamo push for a goal in the final stages of the game with his ability to hold up the ball and distribute from the center of the pitch.