MLS Regular Season
Kansas City Wizards (2-1-1) at Houston Dynamo (2-2-1)
Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Record: The Dynamo lead the all-time series 5-1-3, 4-1-3 in MLS regular season play.
Gameday Info, including soccer ball giveaway courtesy of Statoil
This past weekend marked another milestone in Francisco
Navas Cobo’s soccer career. For the
first time, the 18-year-old packed his bags and traveled with the Dynamo first
team to Chicago
for their league game against the Fire as part of the 18-man gameday roster.
“I was so excited when I found out I was traveling,” Navas
Cobo said. “I immediately went home and
told my family, and they were all very happy for me.”
Already beset by
injuries, the Houston Dynamo got an extra dose
of bad news on Monday when midfielder Geoff Cameron was diagnosed with a ruptured
right PCL suffered in Saturday’s game against Chicago. Cameron will undergo surgery later this week and will miss the remainder of
“We are very
disappointed to lose an All-Star caliber player, and we feel especially bad for
Geoff and the timing of this injury,” Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris
Canetti said. “We are confident he will come back healthy and be an impact player
for us again next season.”
Baggio Husidic scored in first half stoppage time, and Peter Lowry added one in the second half as the Chicago Fire defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at Toyota Park on Saturday night.
The Fire went ahead in stoppage time of the first half when Chicago defender Tim Ward ripped a 22-yard shot at Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad, who made the save but could not control the rebound. Husidic beat two Houston defenders to the rebound to head the ball in from close range for his first career MLS goal.
In the first 15 minutes of last week’s game against Chivas USA, the
Houston Dynamo had two chances on goal. The first came agonizingly close; the second resulted in a goal.
On both plays, the duo of
Geoff Cameron and Corey Ashe fed perfect passes to each other. It’s a
sign of something for the two friends, who hope their off-the-field
connection continues to translate on the field.
HOUSTON — The Houston Dynamo’s signing of Joseph Ngwenya has
officially hit a snag.
The club confirmed Tuesday that its request for Ngwenya’s
International Transfer Certificate from Turkish club Antalyaspor and the
Turkish Soccer Federation has been rejected, as a result of a dispute between
Antalyaspor and Ngwenya.
“His former club in Turkey has rejected the ITC request at
this time,” Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti said. “It’s fair to say there is a dispute
between the club and Joe from their past relationship.”
It was one word, shouted down the west sideline at Robertson
Stadium by Dynamo goalkeepers coach Tim Hanley last Saturday, but it meant so
much to so many different people.
The professional debut of 18-year-old Francisco Navas Cobo
in a Dynamo jersey Saturday did not make the official game highlights on
MLSsoccer.com and warranted merely a note in most game stories. But it was the
latest in a series of milestones achieved by Dynamo Academy
players, and its significance was not lost on the young man himself.
Saturday at Robertson Stadium, the Houston Dynamo thumped Chivas USA
3-0. The result helped the Dynamo vent some of their frustrations at their
performance last week.
“Guys were [ticked] off about [last
week’s] loss, especially at home, and the team was fired up,” said
Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron. “We came off of a loss last week, and
we all know we didn’t play that great, but we rebounded this week, and
we were fired up from the beginning.”
That’s a bit of an understatement. The Dynamo scored two goals in the first 20 minutes and cruised from then on.
The Houston Dynamo crushed Chivas USA 3-0 Saturday
afternoon at Robertson Stadium, getting highlight-reel goals from Geoff
Cameron and Lovel Palmer in the first half and posting their first
shutout of the year.
The Dynamo improve to 2-1-1 (7 points), the best four-game start in
team history. The previous mark was their 2-2 record (6 points) in
2006. It was Houston’s largest margin of victory in an MLS game since
beating Toronto FC 3-0 on May 30, 2009.