MLS Regular Season
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.
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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.
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.
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: