MLS Regular Season
The final edition of the 2011 Team of the Week features a best XI with players from 10 different teams. The only team to contribute multiple players? The red-hot Houston Dynamo.
With an eye toward the playoffs, Real Salt Lake and the Columbus Crew can count on two players – Álvaro Saborío and Dilly Duka – who registered their best performances of the season over the weekend.
With Monday's stunning development that the New England Revolution and Steve Nicol had parted ways, talk immediately began of who would replace the iconic head coach. Not surprisingly, one of Nicol's longtime charges was one of the first names floated.
But Steve Ralston shot down any rumors of first contact with his old team on Tuesday, adding that the reports and rumor-mongering are the extent of the Dynamo assistant coach’s knowledge of the subject.
Semana tras semana, FutbolMLS.com evalúa el rendimiento del talento latino de la MLS, y selecciona a los candidatos del ‘Latino de la Jornada’, con el fin de que la afición elija a su mejor jugador de la fecha. Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders), Diego Chavés (Chicago Fire), Rafael Baca (San Jose Earthquakes), Carlo Costly (Houston Dynamo) y Álvaro Fernández (Seattle Sounders) son los candidatos de la fecha 32.
If you saw Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear reach for the ball at the end of the Sunday’s 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy, it was for good reason — Sunday’s victory marked the eighth-year head coach’s 100th win in MLS regular-season play.
The Houston Dynamo climbed to second place in the Eastern Conference and closed the regular season on a six-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 win over the Supporters’ Shield-winning LA Galaxy on Sunday night at Robertson Stadium before a near-capacity crowd of 30,018, sixth in Dynamo history at Robertson Stadium.
The Houston Dynamo clinched second place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 victory over a reserve-laden LA Galaxy lineup in the final MLS regular-season game of 2011 in front of 30,018 fans at Robertson Stadium on Sunday night.
The Dynamo play the final game of the entire MLS regular season Sunday night when they host the LA Galaxy at Robertson Stadium, and teams around the league will be watching to learn their playoff fates. The Dynamo will decide their own playoff matchup, however, and can avoid the wildcard round with a win.
Below are the three remaining playoff scenarios for the Dynamo:
Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, October 23, 6 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
All-time series: Galaxy lead 8-4-4 (6-4-4 regular season)
Stadium gates open 4:30 p.m.
5,000 Dynamo scarves, courtesy of Greenstar Recycling
Collector's edition Dynamo Stadium magazine
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The Houston Dynamo know what is in front of them Sunday evening when they host the LA Galaxy at 6 p.m. at Robertson Stadium.
With the Philadelphia Union losing Thursday night to the New York Red Bulls, Houston is a win away from nabbing a secure spot in the conference semifinals and avoiding a wildcard game.
While winning will grant Houston passage to the conference semifinal round, the real reward could be gaining continued traction heading into the playoffs. The Dynamo believe they know just how important it is to have momentum heading into the postseason.