MLS Regular Season
Quietly — or not so quietly, if you’re a Houston Dynamo fan — Brad
Davis is putting together the type of season that has many talking about
a national team call-up and a run at the league’s Most Valuable Player
With less than two months left in the regular season, the
Houston Dynamo are looking to close out their season in strong fashion and return to the playoffs after missing out last year. Currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, here are three things to watch for heading into
the final two months of the season:
1. Road challenges
Houston’s performance on the road this season has been well-documented.
The Dynamo have failed to win away from Robertson Stadium but have been hard to beat, compiling a 0-4-8
record on the road.
Tickets for the three remaining Houston Dynamo regular season home games are on sale now at HoustonDynamo.com.
Currently in third place in the Eastern Conference and
pushing for a return to the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Dynamo will host the San Jose
Earthquakes on Saturday, September 17. Two weeks later, they will take on the
Chicago Fire the Dynamo’s only home day game of the season, a 3:00 p.m. kickoff
on Saturday, October 1.
With two goals in two games, including a 90th-minute equalizer at New England, Bobby Boswell was named to the MLS Team of the Week for the second time in 2011. He was joined by Brad Davis, who recorded two assists Saturday night at Real Salt Lake to increase his MLS league-leading total to 13. The honor is Davis' sixth of the season, tying Chivas USA midfielder Nick LaBrocca for most selections among MLS players.
With Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake, the Houston
Dynamo are starting to have the look of a team destined to pull
out clutch results. Whether it’s gutting out a draw at the end of a game or snatching a
goal back at important moments, the Dynamo are starting to play like a
team with the confidence to come away with points.
Speed kills and, for the first time since arriving in Houston since
March 23, Calen Carr showed the Dynamo coaching staff he has plenty of
it over 90 minutes.
The veteran forward played his first full shift in Dynamo orange on
Sunday morning, helping the reserves defeat their Real Salt Lake
counterparts 1-0 a day after Houston’s first team pulled a dramatic
3-2 win over RSL.
The Dynamo have given us some great memories over their six years of existence, often in the form of late dramatics. Robertson Stadium has been an intimidating place for opponents, in part because the Dynamo seem to keep pressing until they pull out a results. In fact, almost 20 percent of Dynamo home games in all competitions
(24 out of 123) have seen Houston either win or tie the game with a goal in the final 15
The old saying goes “patience is a virtue.”
For the Houston Dynamo’s newest midfielder, Luiz Camargo, that aphorism
certainly applies. The 24-year-old central midfielder has bided his
time since January to make a move to Houston while a number of obstacles
stood in the way. The waiting finally paid off as the Brazilian arrived
in Houston Sunday and is ready to get his MLS career started.
You cannot script it any better than Alex Dixon’s first career goal.
With his team searching for a winner in the dying minutes, the Dynamo
Academy product from Humble, Texas — a suburb north of Houston —
found an improbable winner on the game’s last touch to give his team a
3-2 home victory over Real Salt Lake in front of family and friends
while propelling his team to second place in the Eastern Conference.