MLS Regular Season
Visits to Houston have never been easy for D.C. United.
The team hasn’t won in six previous trips to Robertson Stadium, and heading into Friday evening’s Eastern Conference clash, D.C. is readying itself for yet another tough matchup.
“It’s never easy to play in Houston,” midfielder Chris Pontius said. “They’re a physical team that has definitely a style of play that’s very direct. We’ve got to be tuned in mentally; they’re a team that likes to pick up a lot of second balls, and we have to win those battles.”
The Houston Dynamo are enjoying a resurgence of form in 2011, and part of the reason is they've been taking full advantage of one of their strengths: Brad Davis.
The left-sided midfielder has been an integral part of the Dynamo attack for a number of years in both the run of play and on set-pieces. He's considered one of the top ball-strikers in MLS, and his ability to provide service to teammates is unmatched around the league.
The Houston Dynamo return home for FOX Soccer Friday, when they play host to D.C. United at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo are riding a five-game unbeaten streak, coming off a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Chicago Fire last weekend. D.C. United are coming off a 4-0 home loss to the New York Red Bulls, which canceled out a big win in Toronto the week before.
MLS brings players in from a variety of backgrounds for a number of reasons. For new Houston Dynamo signing Koke, the American top flight represents a new challenge and the chance to get in on the ground floor of what he feels is a league headed in the right direction.
For most Dynamo players, Friday night’s match against D.C.
United is just another match against a new Eastern Conference rival, but for
Bobby Boswell, Friday’s match is an opportunity to see old friends when he
lines up against the team that gave him the start to his professional career. After graduating from Florida International University but going undrafted, Boswell was signed by D.C. United during the 2005 preseason
and quickly earned his place in the starting rotation.
The Dynamo will host D.C. United Friday night at Robertson Stadium in a nationally televised match of Eastern Conference foes with a combined six MLS Cup championships between them.
Here's a look at the two clubs in their respective histories and matched up this season.
The answer to one of the Houston Dynamo’s most pressing preseason questions can be found in the last place you’d expect to look.
The Dynamo back line has scored three of the team’s seven goals this season, and the team’s reliable center back is actually tied for the team lead in scoring with a striker. Add in a recent game-winner from another defender, and you’ve got the makeup of some unexpected surprises this season in Houston.
When the Houston Dynamo line up a corner kick, it’s best to put down the nachos and pay attention. Trust me on this one.
Houston’s long-standing ability to turn set pieces into goals is hardly a Wikileakable secret. It’s probably more newsworthy if Dominic Kinnear’s team suffers some improbable streak of failing to convert off corner kicks and free kicks. But the Dynamo’s impressive ability is always worth looking at, for a number of reasons.
Halftime is traditionally a respite for teams to recover and regroup. For the Dynamo on Saturday night, it was a time to reinforce that even though they were down a goal, the match was well within their grasp.
never beat Pat Onstad” would ring out of the supporters' sections at Robertson
Stadium and you knew the goalkeeper had just made another save.
was heard a number of times during Onstad’s career in Houston, especially when
the club was winning back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 2006 and 2007. His stellar play in
goal was a big reason for the Dynamo’s success as the Canadian international
was a security blanket for one of the league’s best defenses.