MLS Regular Season
There was a new face in a Dynamo uniform during Monday’s practice in the form of trialist Yordany Álvarez, who will be training with Houston for the week.
Álvarez was one of the members of the Cuban U-23 national team that defected during the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Tampa, Fla. After defecting, he had a trial with the LA Galaxy, but they opted not to sign him. Álvarez later caught on with the second-division Austin Aztex, and it was with them that Álvarez caught the eye of the Dynamo coaching staff.
Houston native Tyler Deric, from Klein High School in the Houston area, joined the Dynamo Academy as a high school senior in 2007 and has since transitioned to the professional ranks as the first home-grown player in team history. On Saturday, he made his MLS debut and became the first home-grown player to start a match for the Dynamo. He proceeded to record a shutout in a 1-0 win. This photo gallery presents a look back at Deric's journey from Day 1 with the Dynamo to his most recent milestone:
The Houston Dynamo returned to San Jose and thoroughly outplayed the Earthquakes on Saturday night, as goalkeeper and Dynamo Academy product Tyler Deric was handed his first MLS start
for the Dynamo and posted a shutout in Houston's 1-0 road victory.
goalkeeper Tyler Deric made three saves in his first career start and defender
Andrew Hainault scored on a first-half header as the Houston Dynamo posted
their first shutout in 12 MLS games with a 1-0 road win over the San Jose
Earthquakes late Saturday night in northern California.
Their dreams of qualifying for a fifth consecutive postseason since moving to Texas may be long dead, but theare not willing to mail in the remainder of their 2010 schedule.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric, a 22-year-old alumnus of Klein High School in
the Houston area, is set to become the first Dynamo Academy graduate in club
history to start an MLS game tonight when the Dynamo face the San Jose
Earthquakes at 9 p.m. CT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Deric was
named in the team’s lineup submitted one hour prior to kickoff.
The Houston Dynamo got some good news this week, as both Brian Ching and Anthony Obodai returned to practice and seem likely to be available for Saturday night’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Houston will still be shorthanded, however, as midfielder Geoff Cameron and forward Joseph Ngwenya sit out Saturday’s match due to red-card suspensions. Sammy Appiah (back) and Tally Hall (ankle) both did not travel with the team to San Jose due to injury.
San Jose Earthquakes (12-8-7, 43 points, fifth place in Western Conference)
vs. Houston Dynamo (7-15-6, 27 points, eighth place in Western Conference)
Saturday, October 16, 9 p.m. CT
Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
All-time record: San Jose leads 3-2-1
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right? Unless you’re the crew from Apollo 13, no one ever gets remembered for getting “almost there.”
Still, almost-history is a funny thing. Take away the penalty-kick heroics by Nick Rimando in last year’s Eastern Conference final, and perhaps make sure someone paid their electric bill in LA during last year’s Western final, and we might have been talking about the Chicago Fire or Houston Dynamo defending their MLS Cup title this fall.
Don’t look now, but forward Dominic Oduro is pushing to become the first Dynamo player not named Brian Ching to lead the club in scoring.
Ching leads Houston with MLS goals in 2010, but Oduro has netted seven in all competitions to tie Ching for the overall lead, with Oduro and Brad Davis each sitting on five MLS goals with two games remaining in the regular season. Oduro has been decidedly hotter of late, scoring three goals in his last four games heading into a matchup on the road against San Jose on Saturday night.