MLS Regular Season
Spanish forward Koke wants Houston Dynamo fans to know that his request
to depart the MLS club has nothing to do with the team, the coach, the
city or his playing situation.
He just misses his family.
“It’s early to say why I’m not playing, because I’ve been here for just
a short time,” he told FutbolMLS.com by phone from Houston on Monday
evening. “But more than anything, I’m doing this for my family life,
which is not the easiest right now being here in the United States and
my family being in Europe. I can’t see them every day.”
The Koke era is seemingly over in Houston before it ever got a chance to begin.
Houston Dynamo president of business operations Chris Canetti told
MLSsoccer.com by phone on Monday that the club will initiate the process
to grant the striker’s request to terminate his contract when the
league resumes business Tuesday.
“[Koke] met with Dominic [Kinnear] Saturday after the game and said
he wants to leave because he’s unhappy with his situation,” Canetti
Any game that ends in a draw usually has both positive and negative
takeaways, but coaches tend to focus on only one side of that.
With a 34-game season, some matches can be difficult to get up for, but hosting FC Dallas on
Saturday is not one of those games for the Houston Dynamo.
The rivalry between the two Texas clubs has been brewing since the
Dynamo arrived in Houston. The early success of the Dynamo; a number of
heated matches; and the billboards, videos, and banners of recent
weeks have anticipation high for 2011’s first installment of the Texas
The Texas derby for El Capitán is again renewed when the Dynamo play host to FC Dallas on Saturday evening at Robertson Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Houston has not been a place of much success for Dallas, which won there for the first time ever in the clubs' last competitive meeting on May 5, 2010. Both teams come off midweek games on the road, the Dynamo falling 1-0 at the LA Galaxy, while FC Dallas extended its club-record shutout streak in a 1-0 win at Seattle Sounders.
After struggling to find a late equalizer in last night’s 1-0 loss at the LA
Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo were left to contemplate what went
Unable to challenge LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts — who made one
save on the night — for much of the evening, Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear
pointed to a less-than-sharp offensive performance as the cause. The
culprits: lack of passing touch and patience.
As the Houston Dynamo move into a new era, one with a soccer-specific stadium to call their own, the Dynamo front office is offering fans the chance to be a part of the Dynamo supporters section in 2012. For the past few games, the Dynamo supporters groups have banded together as one, creating a more animated game-day atmosphere at Robertson Stadium and showing that Dynamo supporters groups rival the best in Major League Soccer.