MLS Regular Season
With an 8-1-3 record, a much-needed sense of confidence, and in relatively good health, the Houston Dynamo close the book on a rousingly successful preseason. Here are three things we learned as the 2011 season opener vs. Philadelphia (buy tickets now) approaches:
1. Depth won’t be an issue
Nearly eight months after his last knee surgery, Colin Clark looks to be closing in on his official debut for the Houston Dynamo. After being traded to the club last August, Clark has spent more time with the team trainer than with his teammates, but a new workout has the midfielder optimistic that ratio will reverse soon.
Friday night’s 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew was costly for the Houston Dynamo. Captain Brian Ching re-injured his hamstring, adding him to a list of players that will sit out of the final preseason match against the New England Revolution on Sunday afternoon (2 p.m., Comcast Sports).
Two high-profile offseason acquisitions, Hunter Freeman and Kofi Sarkodie, are poised to give the Houston Dynamo defense a new look in 2011. The duo’s attacking acumen and ability to cover ground defensively add a much-needed athletic element to a rebuilding Dynamo back line. Their arrival has created a stiff competition for playing time at fullback heading into the regular season.
The Tweet and Lowdown:
Youth, defense were priorities in an offseason full of change for the Houston Dynamo, but can they turn those changes into 2011 success?
Setting the Scene:
The Houston Dynamo’s 2010 season was a perfect case study for Murphy’s Law: Everything that could go wrong, did. Head coach Dominic Kinnear has built his teams around a stout defense, but last year's version allowed 49 goals and a number of late game-winning or tying goals.