MLS Regular Season
The Houston Dynamo moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and opened up a six-point gap in the race for a playoff spot with a 2-0 road win over the Portland Timbers Friday night at a sold-out JELD-WEN Field. Although Houston cannot mathematically clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the Dynamo now lead Portland by six points and D.C. United by eight points as Houston tries to reach the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history.
Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault made a difficult decision last week to turn down a Canadian national team call-up to focus on his club’s playoff chase. The decision paid off Friday night, as Hainault scored a pivotal 36th-minute goal to give Houston a crucial advantage in a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. It’s a win that could well have booked the club’s passage to the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Houston Dynamo climbed a rung up the playoff ladder with a hard-fought 2-0 road win Friday night against the Portland Timbers. In the process, they dealt a major blow to Portland, which had been nipping at Houston’s heels in the postseason race.
For at least one night, the Dynamo jumped over New York, Columbus, and Kansas City into second place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points from 33 games. Portland, meanwhile, remains on the outside looking in with 40 points from its 32 contests.
Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers
Friday, October 14, 9:30 p.m. CT
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR
All-time series: Houston leads 1-0
SportsTalk 790 - 9 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 9 p.m.
KHOU 11.2 - 9:30 p.m. (Dynamo Weekly on KHOU 11.2 from 9-9:30 p.m.)
FS Houston Plus - 9:30 p.m.
TV Azteca-51 - 8:30 a.m. (Sunday morning)
When the Houston Dynamo signed Carlo Costly and Luiz Camargo to loan deals in August it was clear they were being brought in to help the club make a late season push. With just two games left in the season and Houston sitting in the 10th and final playoff berth, there is added – and unfamiliar – pressure for the pair to perform and get the Dynamo into the postseason.
It's not as if Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer need any extra incentive with their club in the midst of a playoff push. But for the two Portland Timbers defenders — who were acquired in a July trade with Houston for Adam Moffat — Friday's game against the Dynamo at JELD-WEN Field means just a little bit more.
With the Houston Dynamo needing points fast, Andre Hainault picked club over country during this week's FIFA international dates.
Houston Dynamo forward Cam Weaver underwent arthroscopic surgery today to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs in his right hip. The procedure was performed by Dr. Kaare Kolstad of the Methodist Hospital System. Weaver is expected to miss the rest of the 2011 season.
Weaver scored four goals in 28 MLS games for the Dynamo this year and scored in a Sept. 4 friendly against Monterrey but has been playing through the injury for much of the season.
Houston Dynamo rookie forward Will Bruin openly shrugged off suggestions midway through the season that he had hit the wall.
The 21-year-old got off to a strong start to his MLS career, scoring four goals before the month of May, and looked to be on his way to a stellar debut campaign. Then came a four-and-a-half month scoring drought marked by missed opportunities on the field and a month on the sidelines after August knee surgery.
The Houston Dynamo were held to a 1-1 tie by the Chicago Fire at Robertson Stadium on Saturday afternoon, moving into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference pending the results of Saturday’s night games. Houston has two regular-season games remaining but does not play again until Friday, October 14.
With the tie, Houston is unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2) and in its last seven home games (5-0-2). The Dynamo and Fire also tied 1-1 in their first meeting on April 23.