MLS Regular Season

Dynamo 1, Sporting KC 1 -- postgame notes

Dynamo earn home point despite two ejections
HOU 1, SKC 1 - postgame notes

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo played shorthanded for most of the second half, playing the last 20 minutes with only nine players, but still came away with a 1-1 tie against Sporting Kansas City at Robertson Stadium Saturday night. Houston remains one point ahead of Kansas City and D.C. United for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Collin ties it late vs. nine-man Houston

Hall ties season high with eight saves
9-man Houston earn draw
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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

Sporting Kansas City are fast becoming the comeback kids of MLS after a 90th-minute Aurelien Collin goal earned his club a 1-1 draw against nine-man Houston Dynamo on Saturday night to push Sporting’s unbeaten streak to 11 games in MLS play.

New trialists train with Dynamo on Friday

Attacking midfielders Sánchez, Lindemann spend first day in orange
New trialists train Friday
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Nigel Brooks / HoustonDynamo.com

As expected, the Houston Dynamo added two more trialists —
Costa Rican Álvaro Sánchez and German midfielder Björn Lindemann — to
their ranks Friday morning. Both players are slated to be on trial with
the club for one week and could see time in Wednesday's Dynamo Charities Cup.

Despite Houston preparing for an important match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, the pair participated in crossing drills and a short-field possession game as a first audition with the club.

Houston hopes to pull away from KC

With Sporting breathing down their necks, Dynamo looking for second straight win
Dynamo want separation from KC
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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo get another chance to put some distance between themselves and an Eastern Conference foe this weekend. On Saturday, Houston hosts red-hot Sporting Kansas City (7:30 p.m., buy tickets now), which sits just one point behind the Dynamo in the standings.

Sánchez the latest to go on trial

Costa Rican midfielder among two new candidates due in town
Sánchez new man on trial
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Courtesy Nigel Brooks

The auditions keep coming for the Houston Dynamo. After having Daniel
Cruz and Miler Castillo in for trials for parts of the last two weeks,
the club will entertain two more trialists — Costa Rican midfielder
Álvaro Sánchez and an unnamed player — beginning with Friday’s training.

“He’s a good goal-scorer,” head coach Dominic Kinnear said of Sánchez,
who is currently on the books of Costa Rican first-division club San
Carlos. “We’ve talked about improving our attack, and we want to take a
look at him. Hopefully if he scores goals there, he can score goals
here.”

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Sporting KC

Houston looks for back-to-back wins in Eastern Conference clash
Preview: HOU-SKC

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Basics
Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

All-time record: Houston leads 6-3-3 (5-2-3 regular season)

Cameron, Watson surprise duo in midfield

Makeshift midfield pairing earns praise for recent performances
Cameron, Watson strong in MF
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Ned Dishman / Getty Images

Coming into the season, the Houston Dynamo felt the pairing of Lovel
Palmer
and Geoff Cameron would solidify their central midfield. However,
things look to be changing as the team pushes into the back stretch of
the season.

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Home Team: 
Away Team: 
Date & Time: 
Sat, 09-07-2011 19:30
Location, short: 
Robertson Stadium
Location, full: 
Robertson Stadium - Houston, TX
Opta Game ID: 
354193
Game Highlights: 
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Calculated Fields
Status: 
FullTime
Match Type: 
Regular
Result Type: 
NormalResult
Winner: 
t1897
Home Score: 
2
Away Score: 
0

Backline impresses in consecutive shutouts

Dynamo pull off first back-to-back clean sheets since 2009 season
Back-to-back shutouts
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Getty Images

After registering just two shutouts in their first 17 games, the Houston Dynamo are starting to find their defensive presence.

In the past two weeks, the Dynamo have matched their season total for
shutouts by keeping Colorado scoreless July 3 and blanking Toronto FC
last Saturday. The consecutive shutouts are the club's first in MLS play since a string of three consecutive clean sheets from May 30-June 10, 2009. After going seven games without a shutout before this,
the recent form of the defense is a welcome change.

Piña shines with Dynamo Reserves

Young goalkeeper preserves reserve win over Monterrey; Cruz, Castillo continue trials
Piña shines with Reserves
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Coming into Sunday’s reserve friendly with the Monterrey U-20s, the
focus for the Houston Dynamo was on two trialists who were looking to
impress the club. However, 17-year-old goalkeeper Fernando Piña stole the headlines after a seven-save performance in
the 3-1 win.

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