MLS Regular Season
July signals the arrival of summer in MLS, and while
the customary steamy summer temperatures have arrived, the Houston
Dynamo simply don't have the time to sit back and enjoy the weather.
The Dynamo have 20 points and find themselves one point out of a
three-way tie for the third of four wildcard playoff spots. Starting with their
home match against Toronto FC on Saturday (7:30 p.m.),
they have an opportunity with three of their next four July league
matches at home to turn their fortunes in the race for the postseason.
vs. Toronto FC
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
All-time record: Toronto leads 3-2-4
The Houston Dynamo added another Daniel Cruz to their ranks Thursday morning.
The Colombian-born midfielder (who shares the name with energetic 21-year-old outside midfielder Danny Cruz) began a one-week trial with the Dynamo to
see if he has the type of skills that can enhance their inconsistent
Characterized as a playmaking midfielder, Cruz was brought to the
attention of Dynamo assistant coach Wade Barrett by a friend. After
reviewing Cruz’s résumé, the Dynamo went to work to arrange a chance to
get to know him personally.
It has been two games and two tough road draws since Houston Dynamo
head coach Dominic Kinnear made sweeping changes in his lineup.
As part of their efforts to reinforce their roster in the
summer transfer window, the Dynamo will welcome Colombian midfielder Daniel
Cruz to Houston
for a trial, beginning Thursday.
Not to be confused with Houston midfielder Danny Cruz, the 30-year-old Cruz is a native of Cali, Colombia, who has played
in the Benelux countries since he was a teenager. He joined Dutch power Ajax at
the age of 17 and made several appearances for the first team in the 2000-01 Eredivisie season.
The cream rises to the top. That's the story of the Week 16 edition of the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week.
Except for the first-timers from Sporting Kansas City, every other player named has been here before. Tally Hall earns a season-high third call among goalkeepers, the FC Dallas duo of Jackson and Brek Shea were at it again and Nick LaBrocca and Joel Lindpere hit the hat trick of Team of the Week mentions.
The Houston Dynamo are coming off an up-and-down first half of their
season, and with fellow Eastern Conference teams making moves to get
better, the calls are coming in from all sides for Houston to follow
suit. One move in particular that caught the attention of the club and its
fans was former Dynamo player Dwayne De Rosario’s departure from the New
York Red Bulls to D.C. United last week.
The Houston Dynamo failed to put together a complete performance for
the second consecutive week on Sunday night, as the offense struggled to
come together in a scoreless road draw against the Colorado Rapids.