MLS Regular Season
Houston got its first win of 2011 on Sunday night, beating the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in a physical match at Robertson Stadium.
Although Vancouver Whitecaps FC might be new to MLS, the Vancouver Whitecaps are no stranger to the world of professional soccer. This Sunday, Dynamo fans will have their first chance to see one of two expansions club to join the league this season. We at HoustonDynamo.com are here to give you a primer of the Canadian club ahead of their first visit to Robertson Stadium.
The original Whitecaps
A deal between Mexican club Atlas and the Houston Dynamo for 21-year-old Mexican international Edgar Pacheco fell through on Friday, Dynamo president of business operations Chris Canetti told MLSsoccer.com.
According to Canetti, the details of the deal had been agreed upon to make Pacheco the second Designated Player in club history, but the winger had a change of heart at the last minute.
Theand will meet for the first time Sunday evening at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo are coming off a midweek Open Cup loss to Sporting KC and are looking for their first victory of the MLS season after a 1-1 draw at New York last Saturday. After a remarkable stoppage-time comeback last weekend, the Whitecaps fell victim to one on Wednesday, with New England coming back for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at home.
After a loss and two nailbiting draws to start the season, the Houston Dynamo return to the confines of Robertson Stadium with the hopes of making the Vancouver Whitecaps their first victims of the 2011 season on Sunday night (6 p.m., Galavisión, KHOU 11.2, FS Houston, SportsTalk 790, La Ranchera 850).
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X-rays taken Monday revealed that Houston Dynamo captain Brian Ching has cartilage damage in his left rib cage, which could take 2-4 weeks to fully heal.
Ching was involved in several collisions – including two notable ones with New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul – in last Saturday’s match against New York. However, the serious pain did not immediately hit Ching. It was only when he began running up field that the big striker crumpled to the ground.
After training on Tuesday, Dynamo midfielder Lovel Palmer answered a few questions from HoustonDynamo.com about his life, on and off the field.
HD: You are now in your second year with the Dynamo and living in Houston; do you feel you have fully adjusted to life here?
Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall has been nothing short of outstanding in the first three weeks of the season. If his early play is any indication, the Dynamo have an answer to one of the questions surrounding the team coming into the season.
In 1-1 draws against the Seattle Sounders and the New York Red Bulls the past two weeks, the 6-foot-4 goalkeeper saw a combined 48 shots, 16 of those on goal. Hall stopped 14 – many in truly amazing fashion – to keep the Dynamo in each match.
Tactics at their core are about getting the best from available personnel. In Week 3, three coaches — LA’s Bruce Arena, Houston’s Dominic Kinnear, and New York’s Hans Backe — demonstrated how one alteration can make all the difference.
The Central Theme
At The Home Depot Center on Saturday night, Arena had to change things up. The Galaxy were coming of an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Real Salt Lake and were facing the gritty Philadelphia Union. They needed to generate more offense.