MLS Regular Season
Houston Dynamo lost their 2011 season opener on Saturday night, falling 1-0 at
home to the Philadelphia Union before an energetic crowd of 19,385. After
Philadelphia scored in the fifth minute, the Dynamo dominated the majority of
the match but could not tie the score. It was Houston’s first ever loss in a
home opener (2-1-3).
Thepreserved a fifth-minute goal to defeat the 1-0 and open their season with a road win in front of 19,385 fans at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night.
It’s a formula that’s all too familiar. An early goal conceded and the inability to capitalize on chances led to the Houston Dynamo’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Union Saturday night at Robertson Stadium.
The Union came out attacking from the first kick, pressuring the Dynamo and controlling the early portions of the match. That early pressure was enough to earn the Union an unlikely scoring opportunity through an attacking throw in.
Few teams have had a busier offseason than the
Houston Dynamo, making them one of the most intriguing clubs in MLS heading into the
Ahead of the home opener against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, MLSsoccer.com sat down with Dynamo president of business operations Chris Canetti, who spoke about the club's DP prospects and its player acquisition strategy.
MLSsoccer.com: How does it
feel to finally be getting the guys on the field and seeing how things are
going to go?
After all the preseason talk and analysis, the Houston Dynamo are ready to turn the page and get down to business in 2011.
A lot has happened since the end of 2010. The club acquired 10 new players, and in the process got younger, and some say faster and more agile. The club also broke ground on a new soccer-specific stadium, which will open in 2012, and is close to completion on their new training facility. Still, questions about how it all went so wrong so quickly in 2010 linger.
vs. Philadelphia Union
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
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All-time record: Philadelphia leads 1-0-1
The March 26 and 29 FIFA dates are likely to provide an early test of depth for a number of MLS teams, including the Dynamo. New Houston defender Jermaine Taylor will join
Dane Richards and other MLS players in Jamaican camp, forcing him to miss Houston's March 25 game at Seattle. Taylor has been a starter for Houston
through most of preseason, solidifying a defense that conceded 49 goals
in 2010, second worst in the league.
It’s not easy replacing a legend. But that’s okay for Houston’s Tally Hall – he doesn’t shirk the difficult path.
Hall is slated to be the Houston Dynamo’s No. 1 goalkeeper this year. It’s a spot he’s earned, and a spot he intends to keep.
With an 8-1-3 record, a much-needed sense of confidence, and in relatively good health, the Houston Dynamo close the book on a rousingly successful preseason. Here are three things we learned as the 2011 season opener vs. Philadelphia (buy tickets now) approaches:
1. Depth won’t be an issue