MLS Regular Season
Joseph Ngwenya scored in the 80th minute as the Houston
Dynamo rallied for a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rapids Saturday night at
Robertson Stadium, with the Dynamo breaking a three-game MLS losing
streak in their first MLS game in three weeks due to the World Cup.
Colorado had only allowed two goals from open play all season, but
Houston netted two from open play in Saturday’s game alone. The Dynamo
also became the first team all season to score against the Rapids in
the final 30 minutes of play with Houston’s 80th-minute goal.
Defensive mistakes continue to haunt the Houston Dynamo, as an Eddie Robinson turnover and a Lovel Palmer own goal gifted the Colorado Rapids a 2-2 tie Saturday night at Robertson Stadium.
Both teams came out a little rusty due to the World Cup break, and the game turned physical early. In the seventh minute, Brian Ching was lucky to only get a yellow card as he left his feet and nailed Pablo Mastroeni's ankle, entirely missing the ball. Later in the half, Conor Casey was also lucky not to see red as he led with his elbows and connected on Robinson on two occasions.
Following Thursday's training session, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and goalkeeper Pat Onstad answered questions from the media about Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rapids. To watch, click here or see below:
If the Houston Dynamo have any hope of turning around their 2010 season, they know their defense will need to improve dramatically.
“We haven’t been good,” defender Bobby Boswell said. “The team has high standards, and we are our own hardest critics. We know it’s not good enough. Sometimes things don’t go your way, and sometimes we’ve had that happen this year, but you can’t say that. You have to go out and get it done.”
HoustonDynamo.com caught up with Tally Hall after a recent training session. Here's what he had to say:
HD: What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
TH: They just opened a Firehouse Subs by my house. It’s amazing. I go there
far too much. Everything is so good that I try and mix it up. Hook and Ladder
is their go-to. I’ll usually switch between that and Engine Company.
With a couple of exhibitions behind them, the Houston Dynamo have returned to preparing for MLS play, with their Saturday match against the Colorado Rapids fast approaching.
Anthony Obodai, Juan Manuel Quevedo, and Kendall Waston completed their trials with the Dynamo, and all three were not with the team for training on Monday. Head coach Dominic Kinnear was intentionally non-committal regarding the three trialists, but he seemed to indicate that Houston may try to sign one of them.
For the first time in two months, Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron
laced up his boots Monday and took to the field to continue the rehab process for a knee
injury he suffered April 24 against the Chicago Fire.
“Today was the first day actually putting on cleats, so it
was pretty exciting,” Cameron said. “I was on the elliptical [machine], and hopefully I’ll be
jogging by Wednesday. In 2-3 weeks, I hope to be cutting, and in 4-5 weeks, I’ll be out on the playing field.”
Houston Dynamo defender Craig Waibel doesn’t take himself too seriously. Waibel has a lengthy series of Chuck Norris-style jokes that light up internet message boards with classics like ‘Craig Waibel's calendar goes straight from March 31 to April 2’, ‘No one fools Craig Waibel,’ or his personal favorite, ‘Mr. T pities himself when he’s around Craig Waibel.’ He has created a cult-like following in Houston, and it’s this following that has helped Waibel push a local movement that is quickly gaining steam.
If Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear were to list each of his goals for Saturday night’s match against CD Águila, the team likely accomplished all of them: raise money for charity, win, stay injury-free, get some experience for some of his younger players, and continue to evaluate the team’s three trialists in a competitive game.
Kinnear was clearly pleased with the way his team performed. In addition to posting a shutout and having four different players score goals, the Dynamo pressed in the second half when they could have easily chosen to sit on their lead.