MLS Regular Season
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.
Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron was apologetic after he picked up a red card during Sunday night's match. Cameron will wait to hear from the MLS Disciplinary Committee as to whether he will be suspended any additional games.
Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron has left the remainder of his 2010 season in the hands of the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
In the waning minutes of Houston’s 2-1 loss to New England on Sunday, Cameron took out his frustration with a shove to Revs midfielder Pat Phelan and was ejected. He will miss the Dynamo’s trip to San Jose on Saturday for their penultimate game this season, and his year may end prematurely if further disciplinary action is taken.
Houston Dynamo fell to a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution Sunday night at
Robertson Stadium, with New England’s Kheli Dube scoring a game-winning goal at
Robertson Stadium for the third consecutive year despite the Dynamo’s heavy
edge in chances and shots on goal. New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth
made six saves to earn the win for the Revolution. The match included a
combined seven yellow cards and two red cards between the teams.
The Houston Dynamo’s 2010 season has begun to act a bit like a broken record: Poor finishing, defensive miscues, and disappointing results have undone them when at times they’ve played well enough to deserve something out of the match.
Sunday night’s 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution was the team’s 15th loss on the year, and the story has to be getting a little old for head coach Dominic Kinnear and the players.
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This article appeared in the October 10, 2010 issue of the Houston Dynamo Gameday Magazine.
Andrew Hainault does not get a lot
of attention for his role with the Dynamo. In fact, his name was mispronounced
‘Hay-nalt’ by team staff, broadcasters, and fans until he brought it up for
correction late last season. Now that everybody knows the accurate pronunciation
(‘Hay-no’), he has set about making himself a regular.
The Houston Dynamo hope to build on their recent positive performances on Sunday night while seeking their first-ever victory against the New England Revolution at Robertson Stadium.
“In the last month, we’ve put some good performances together and have been punished in the back for some mistakes,” said Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad. “For the most part, if we keep performing like that, the results will come.”