MLS Regular Season
Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad appears to be making a late push this week to get healthy and is hopeful to be available for the team’s match Saturday against Philadelphia at PPL Park.
Onstad participated fully in practice on Friday for the first time this week. While the veteran is still recovering from the concussion he suffered after colliding with the elbow of defender Andrew Hainault last weekend, Onstad also admitted he has a painful thumb injury that has been hindering him.
Houston Dynamo (7-14-5) at Philadelphia Union (7-13-6)
3 p.m. CT
PPL Park, Chester PA
Series History: Philadelphia won the only meeting between the two sides, 3-2 on May 29 in Houston
TeleFutura (3 p.m.)
SportsTalk 790 (2:15 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 (2:30 p.m. pregame)
With the departure of former president Oliver Luck, Houston Dynamo COO Chris Canetti has added to his role as the person in charge of the business operations of the club. While working on finalizing a lease for a new stadium with the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, Canetti and Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear are likely to embark on the team’s busiest off-season ever.
Canetti talked exclusively with MLSSoccer.com about the current season and future plans for the club.
There was a new goalkeeper manning one of the nets at training today. Tally Hall wonders (jokingly) whether his paycheck might be in jeopardy.
The Houston Dynamo and the U.S. Soccer Foundation held
Soccer for Success day at Patrick
School yesterday to kick off the second year of
the annual Soccer for Success program.
Soccer for Success offers 3rd – 8th grade
students the opportunity to participate in free after school programs. Dynamo
midfielder Corey Ashe is the team’s spokesperson for the program.
A handshake between coaches that led to a double ejection and a penalty kick call reversal represented the most controversial calls of the last MLS weekend.
U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development Paul Tamberino addressed both incidents with MLSsoccer.com and revealed the rationale behind the rulings on the field.
Kinnear-Olsen Red Cards
Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric was left by himself to face shots in finishing drills on Tuesday, with starting goalkeeper Pat Onstad sidelined following Saturday's late-game collision and backup Tally Hall still hobbled by a bad ankle. With the next match just four days away, the Dynamo could take the field in Pennsylvania on Saturday with Deric in goal.
Goalkeeper Pat Onstad joined the infirmary unit after sustaining a concussion during last Saturday's match at D.C.
No one can doubt Pat Onstad’s heart.
In stoppage time against D.C. United on Saturday, Onstad came out to punch a ball and collided with the elbow of defender Andrew Hainault. With Houston having already used all three substitutions, the Dynamo goalkeeper, bloodied and woozy, stayed on the field through the remainder of the match despite taking quite possibly the hardest collision of his career.
This offseason, midfielder Lovel Palmer left Harbour View – the team he loved and played for in Jamaica since he was a teenager – to travel to the U.S. and earn a spot with the Houston Dynamo.
Prior to traveling to Kansas City and DC with the Dynamo, the Jamaican international sat down with MLSsoccer.com to talk about his first year in MLS and his national-team experience.
MLSsoccer.com: How do you feel your first year in MLS is coming along and, in particular, your play at midfield of late?