MLS Regular Season

Dynamo want to make homestand count

Houston seeks first win of season as attack-happy Whitecaps visit
Dynamo happy to be home
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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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Climbing the Ladder: Dixon & The Name Game

Rapids setting early pace; Williams could join elite company
Ladder: What's in a name?
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Houston’s Alex Dixon: What’s in a name?

Houston's Ching sidelined with rib injury

X-rays show no break, but may be 2-4 weeks for veteran to recover
Ribs sideline Ching
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Houston's Brian Ching

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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.

Q&A: Houston Dynamo MF Lovel Palmer

The Jamaican midfielder talks about food, Jamaican soccer, and life in Houston
Q&A: Dynamo MF Lovel Palmer
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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?

Hall erases goalkeeper concerns in Houston

First-year starter praised for helping secure points on the road
Hall impresses for Houston
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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.

Talking Tactics: Week 3

Why three tactical adjustments by MLS coaches worked out
Tactics: Week 3
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Talking Tactics: Arena, Kinnear, Backe

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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.

MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week: Week 3

Dynamo's Hall appears for the second consecutive week
Team of the Week: Week 3
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NEW YORK – Week Three of the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week features two players who make a return appearance. The team of MLSsoccer.com
editors, who cover every minute of all the MLS action, give you the top players at their respective positions.

Ching held out of practice for X-rays

Veteran forward suffered rib injury in draw at NY; Taylor also held out
Ching held out for X-rays
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Dynamo captain Brian Ching was held out of Monday's training session following an apparent rib injury suffered during this past Saturday's 1-1 draw at New York. Ching came out of the match at the 39-minute mark of the 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena following dual collisions with New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul.

Dynamo Notebook: Weaver delivers in clutch

Big forward picks up slack vs. NY; shutdown Hall gets assist
Weaver delivers for Houston
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Cam Weaver came through in a big way last Saturday night for the Houston Dynamo, providing a crucial equalizing goal to preserve a result at tough Red Bull Arena.

By the Opta Numbers - April 2, 2011

Breaking down some stats from Saturday's Dynamo-Red Bulls game
By the Opta Numbers: HOU-NY
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Thanks
to Major League Soccer’s new game-day statistics partner Opta, there is a lot
more data to be had about MLS games in 2011. Here are a few quick observations
from Saturday night’s Houston-New York match (FULL RECAP), keeping in mind statistics may be
reviewed and updated early in the week:

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