MLS Regular Season
If there’s one issue the Houston Dynamo must address first in this offseason, it’s turning around the team’s defensive record.
Houston went from leading MLS in goals conceded in each of the last three years to suddenly conceding the second-most goals in the regular season in 2010.
“I don’t see us as a poor defensive team, but the record says something else, and it’s been mistakes by committee,” head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “A lot of the goals we’ve given up this year were very avoidable. … I think it boils down to a lack of communication and lack of concentration.”
Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear remains tight-lipped about the team’s season-ending player meetings and his plans for 2011. But as he mulls over his roster deciding which players to keep for next year and travels the globe in search of reinforcements, the one position Kinnear hopes will remain status quo is the men in nets.
“We’re not in the market for a goalkeeper right now,” said Kinnear. “Pat [Onstad] was as consistent as ever, Tally [Hall], when he got a chance, played well, and Tyler [Deric] showed at the end that he has the potential to be ready to play.”
Frequent flier accounts for the Dynamo coaching staff are seeing
plenty of action this month, as the organization steps up its effort to find
talent for the 2011 season. Trips are scheduled to several different
continents, with more in the works, and that’s in addition to a heavy slate of
college scouting. There’s work to be done.
If there is one offseason story that has most Dynamo fans frothing at the mouth, it us the club’s pursuit of a Designated Player.
The Anschutz Entertainment Group, the club's majority owner, made it clear this summer it wants Houston to try to make a big splash next season in adding a big name. Last week, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear shed some light on who the ideal DP might be.
Houston Dynamo players returned on Sunday afternoon to clean out their lockers and to go through end-of-season medical tests.
MLSsoccer.com sat down with several players to talk about various topics pertaining to the season, the upcoming offseason and next year. Here we chat with Corey Ashe, one of two Dynamo players entering the offseason out of contract.
MLSsoccer.com: Any personal or team highlights for you that stick out in 2010?
For the first time in nearly eight months, the Houston Dynamo are not practicing this week, the result of a disappointing season that saw the team eliminated from playoff contention several weeks ago. On Sunday afternoon, players cleared out their lockers and underwent season-ending medical exams.
“It’s been a disappointing season to say the least,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “We had some expectations at the beginning of the year, and we haven’t hit those.”
If you’re a Dynamo fan, you’ve probably been thinking about the 2010-11 offseason. There are a lot of uncertainties about the offseason, and we won’t know a lot of answers until next year, but here are some things you need to know about the 2010-11 offseason:
For a photo gallery including some of the best pictures from the Dynamo's 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on October 23, click here.
The Houston Dynamo closed the regular season with a well-earned 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders Saturday afternoon at Robertson Stadium before a crowd of 23,990. Geoff Cameron and Cam Weaver scored well-taken goals for Houston in the win, while Brad Davis played a part in the buildup to both goals to finish the season with 12 assists.
If there is a word to describe Saturday afternoon for the Houston Dynamo, it would be bittersweet. Bittersweet because the 2010 season will go down in the records book as a disappointment, but the Dynamo ended the year with their first back-to-back MLS victories in more than a year and half after defeating the Seattle Sounders 2-1.