MLS Regular Season

Houston improves despite injuries

Hobbled by absences, Dynamo use depth to collect early points
Houston's injury bug
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Houston Dynamo's Danny Cruz

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Depth is something that all coaches crave, but finding out just how deep your team is often comes at a steep price: lost points.

Koke Q&A translated

Spanish forward excited to play for Houston Dynamo
Koke Q&A translated
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Questions by Gustavo Rangel of FutbolMLS.com, translation courtesy of FutbolMLS.com.

Even though he had offers to stay in Europe, Houston Dynamo’s new forward
Sergio Koke Contreras is looking forward to play in MLS. The Malaga, Spain
native comes to Houston fully trusting his abilities and firmly believes that he
will achieve great things in the U.S.

FutbolMLS.com spoke on the phone with Koke, as the former Aris player awaits
for the transaction of his International Transfer Certificate so he can
make the move overseas and join his new club.

Ashe's shift to back a pleasant surprise

Natural mid has helped Dynamo pick up points despite injuries
Ashe a success at left back
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What started out as an experiment has turned into a pleasant surprise for the Houston Dynamo.

Played mostly in midfield since starting his pro career in Houston in 2007, Corey Ashe is making waves at left back starting the club’s last three games. The University of North Carolina alum’s play on the back line has many thinking the shift that was meant to be temporary could become permanent.

Climbing the Ladder: Youngest MLS squads

Dynamo rank as fourth youngest team in MLS so far in 2011
Dynamo fourth-youngest team
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Over the years, looking at the MLS average age can explain quite a
bit of the league’s history: consistent from 1996 to 2001, dropping in
2002 after contraction and rising upon expansion and the
introduction of the Designated Player rule.

Now for the second
straight season, the league’s average age is poised to drop as home-grown players grow in influence and younger foreign stars are more
easily signed. The average age for the 2011 MLS season so far is 27.15 years, down from 27.36 in 2010 and 27.57 in 2009.

Houston victory accompanied by controversy

Freeman admits he unintentionally scored winner vs. NE with hand
Houston wins with controversy
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Referees have gotten a lot of attention in MLS throughout the past week. After Sunday’s game between the Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution, the attention is sure to increase.

There were two calls in the second half of the Dynamo’s 1-0 win over the Revolution that will come under scrutiny. The second – and higher profile – call came on the game winner from Houston right back Hunter Freeman.

PHOTOS: Dynamo-Revolution

Re-live the dramatics from 1-0 Houston victory
PHOTOS: Dynamo-Revolution

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GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 1, REVOLUTION 0

Dynamo relieved to punctuate night with W

Houston dominates, earns second straight victory against New England
Dynamo relieved to win
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GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 1, REVOLUTION 0

Dynamo 1, New England 0 -- postgame notes

Houston off to second-best five-game start in team history
HOU 1, NE 0 -- postgame notes

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GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 1, REVOLUTION 0

Freeman goal propels Dynamo to victory

86th-minute goal ends New England's unbeaten streak in Houston
Freeman goal propels Dynamo
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GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 1, REVOLUTION 0

Dynamo aim for second second straight win

Davis feeling confident after Houston goal binge last week
Composure the key for Houston
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Just five games into the 2011 season, the Houston Dynamo are looking to accomplish something they could only do once in all of 2010: win back-to-back games. After notching a 3-1 win over the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps last Sunday, the Dynamo now host the New England Revolution Sunday night at Robertson Stadium.

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