MLS Regular Season

Ching bicycle kick snubbed for GOTY voting

Fans can still vote for Ching as a write-in; Palmer, Oduro are also candidates
Write inChing as Goal of Year
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Dynamo forward Brian Ching's sensational bicycle kick was left off the initial list for MLSSoccer.com's AT&T Goal of the Year Award on Tuesday, but Dynamo fans can still vote for Ching and other Houston strikes from Lovel Palmer and Dominic Oduro, with voting closing on Thursday.

Palmer and Oduro, along with 28 other Goal of the Week winners from the regular season, are listed on the voting website. There is also a write-in option, and the Dynamo are encouraging interested fans to write in "Brian Ching bicycle kick" in the 'Other' box at the bottom of the poll.

Cameron's positional dilemma at Houston

Dynamo player has excelled at center back and in the midfield
Where to put Cameron?
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It would be a little premature to apply the expression “jack of all trades, master of none” to Geoff Cameron. 

The Dynamo do-it-all star can’t help the fact that he is gifted enough to play multiple positions
extremely well. But the question remains: Is Cameron better off sticking to one
position for the remainder of his career? 

After
Cameron finished his first full season in the center of the Houston midfield,
head coach Dominic Kinnear doesn’t feel the need to pigeon-hole the 25-year-old.

Dynamo must address defensive woes

Houston went from stingy to sloppy during 2010
Dynamo's defensive woes
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If there’s one issue the Houston Dynamo must address first in this offseason, it’s turning around the team’s defensive record.

Houston went from leading MLS in goals conceded in each of the last three years to suddenly conceding the second-most goals in the regular season in 2010.

“I don’t see us as a poor defensive team, but the record says something else, and it’s been mistakes by committee,” head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “A lot of the goals we’ve given up this year were very avoidable. … I think it boils down to a lack of communication and lack of concentration.”

Kinnear wants to retain all three keepers

Houston coach prefers to convince Onstad to play on, keep backups
Kinnear wants all 3 GKs
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Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear remains tight-lipped about the team’s season-ending player meetings and his plans for 2011. But as he mulls over his roster deciding which players to keep for next year and travels the globe in search of reinforcements, the one position Kinnear hopes will remain status quo is the men in nets.

“We’re not in the market for a goalkeeper right now,” said Kinnear. “Pat [Onstad] was as consistent as ever, Tally [Hall], when he got a chance, played well, and Tyler [Deric] showed at the end that he has the potential to be ready to play.”

Kinnear, coaches embark on scouting trips

Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Caribbean among destinations
Kinnear, coaches to take trips
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Frequent flier accounts for the Dynamo coaching staff are seeing
plenty of action this month, as the organization steps up its effort to find
talent for the 2011 season. Trips are scheduled to several different
continents, with more in the works, and that’s in addition to a heavy slate of
college scouting. There’s work to be done.

Dynamo start search for DP target for 2011

Houston has list of candidates, but feelers haven't been put out
Dynamo start DP search
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If there is one offseason story that has most Dynamo fans frothing at the mouth, it us the club’s pursuit of a Designated Player.

The Anschutz Entertainment Group, the club's majority owner, made it clear this summer it wants Houston to try to make a big splash next season in adding a big name. Last week, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear shed some light on who the ideal DP might be.

Q&A: Houston Dynamo midfielder Corey Ashe

Youngster gained time after Mullan trade, but future uncertain
Q&A: Dynamo's Ashe
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Houston Dynamo players returned on Sunday afternoon to clean out their lockers and to go through end-of-season medical tests.

MLSsoccer.com sat down with several players to talk about various topics pertaining to the season, the upcoming offseason and next year. Here we chat with Corey Ashe, one of two Dynamo players entering the offseason out of contract.

MLSsoccer.com: Any personal or team highlights for you that stick out in 2010?

Dynamo close book on 2010, eye long winter

"This offseason will be busy," says Kinnear of plans to improve
Dynamo eye long winter
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For the first time in nearly eight months, the Houston Dynamo are not practicing this week, the result of a disappointing season that saw the team eliminated from playoff contention several weeks ago. On Sunday afternoon, players cleared out their lockers and underwent season-ending medical exams.

“It’s been a disappointing season to say the least,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “We had some expectations at the beginning of the year, and we haven’t hit those.”

Offseason 2010-11: What you need to know

Important dates and information for Houston fans
Offseason 2010-11: Dates/Info
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If you’re a Dynamo fan, you’ve probably been thinking about the 2010-11 offseason. There are a lot of uncertainties about the offseason, and we won’t know a lot of answers until next year, but here are some things you need to know about the 2010-11 offseason:

Important Dates

PHOTOS: Dynamo-Seattle in photos

Dynamo bid 2010 adieu with 2-1 win
PHOTOS: Dynamo-Seattle

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For a photo gallery including some of the best pictures from the Dynamo's 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on October 23, click here.

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