MLS Regular Season
After the Dynamo's 2-1 home loss to Toronto FC on Saturday night, head coach Dominic Kinnear spoke as frankly as he could about his team's 2010 season.
“The season’s over,” Kinnear said. “The way we’re playing, we are not going to do it. It’s sad to say it, but it is a reality.”
Houston failed to hold on to a halftime lead for the first time all season. Two second-half Dwayne De Rosario goals all but completely distinguished any hope of the Dynamo making the playoffs.
The Houston Dynamo lost their third straight match on Saturday, falling 2-1 to Toronto FC at home on a stoppage-time free kick from former Houston midfielder and current TFC star Dwayne De Rosario.
The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Brad Davis served in a left-footed delivery from a free kick, and Houston captain Brian Ching redirected the ball inside the left post with a header. It was Ching's team-high seventh goal of the season and the team-high seventh assist of the season for Davis, tied for seventh in MLS.
In a must-win game for two teams with dwindling playoff hopes, former Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario fired off two long-range goals to push Toronto FC past Houston, 2-1, at Robertson Stadium on Saturday.
Known as a clutch player while at Houston, De Rosario struck Toronto's dramatic winner in stoppage time.
After De Rosario had drawn a free kick just outside the box following a quick counter attack, teammate Nick LaBrocca rolled the ball out to his captain, who fired a low, seeking effort past Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad.
The Houston Dynamo know to expect a little of the unexpected when they host Toronto FC in their final Saturday night match of the regular season at Robertson Stadium tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Houston Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear makes it
clear that he does not want anyone to read into the Brian Mullan trade earlier this
week and conclude that the club has given up on the 2010 season.
Kinnear has not thrown in the towel just yet. With seven
games remaining, the Dynamo are 10 points off the pace behind the Seattle Sounders for
the eighth and final playoff berth.
The Houston Dynamo not only had to spend the week getting used to being without longtime teammate Brian Mullan, but they also began to get to know a new face in Colin Clark when he joined the team for the weekend on Friday. The Dynamo traded Mullan for another winger with U.S. national team experience, who joins the club from the Colorado Rapids.
All-time record: Houston leads 2-1-4.
7:15 p.m. KHOU 11.2 (English)
7:00 p.m. TV Informa (Spanish)
7:00 p.m. La Ranchera 850 (Spanish)
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I thought it would be a good idea to write a special edition
blog and cover some thoughts on the Brian Mullan trade to Colorado for Colin
Clark and allocation money.
The Houston Dynamo are clearly building for a better 2011, swinging a deal on Wednesday with the Colorado Rapids, who are gunning for a deep postseason run in 2010.
The two Western Conference foes swapped wingers on the last day before the MLS roster freeze on Wednesday, with the Rapids picking up veteran midfielder Brian Mullan and the Dynamo landing 26-year-old Colin Clark and allocation money in the deal. Colorado also gets a fourth-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
The Houston Dynamo
have acquired midfielder Colin Clark and allocation money from the Colorado
Rapids in exchange for midfielder Brian Mullan and the Dynamo's fourth-round pick in the
2013 MLS SuperDraft, it was announced today.