MLS Regular Season
Drama and goals flowed freely at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Wednesday night, as the Kansas City Wizards rallied to defeat the Houston Dynamo 4-3 on a last-second goal.
HOUSTON – Despite hopes for a playoff dwindling to a new low last weekend, Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear is not about to empty his bench for players who have not deserved the opportunity.
The Dynamo face Kansas City on Wednesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark before facing D.C. United on Saturday at RFK Stadium.
“You just don’t get to play because we are looking ahead, you have to earn the right to play no matter what sport or what career you are in,” Kinnear said. “So it’s not like we are going to give these guys time, you have to earn that.”
The Dynamo will look to rebound from Saturday night's loss when they take on the Kansas City Wizards tonight at 7:30 p.m. Although Houston is a longshot to make the playoffs, head coach Dominic Kinnear and the players say the team will keep their heads up and still play for pride.
Dynamo (6-13-5, 23 points, eighth in Western Conference) at
Kansas City Wizards (8-9-6, 30 points, fourth in Eastern Conference)
Wednesday, September 22, 7:30 p.m. CT
CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City KS
All-time record: Houston leads 6-1-3 (5-1-3 regular season).
Dynamo midfielder Richard Mulrooney took some time after practice on Tuesday to answer a
few questions from HoustonDynamo.com about his life, on and off the field.
HD: Since moving to Houston in 2005, what has been your favorite part about the city?
The men's college soccer season continued last weekend, highlighted by junior Alex Dixon and top-5-ranked North Carolina edging Duke on national TV on Friday night. This week, sophomore Matt Boullt and Tulsa, which is ranked as high as No. 2 in the country, face No. 1 Akron on Friday night on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. CT.
marks the first group of college seniors who spent time in the Dynamo
Academy, so college soccer is especially worth watching to see which
players might be drafted or even signed prior to the draft in the
After the Dynamo's 2-1 home loss to Toronto FC on Saturday night, head coach Dominic Kinnear spoke as frankly as he could about his team's 2010 season.
“The season’s over,” Kinnear said. “The way we’re playing, we are not going to do it. It’s sad to say it, but it is a reality.”
Houston failed to hold on to a halftime lead for the first time all season. Two second-half Dwayne De Rosario goals all but completely distinguished any hope of the Dynamo making the playoffs.
The Houston Dynamo lost their third straight match on Saturday, falling 2-1 to Toronto FC at home on a stoppage-time free kick from former Houston midfielder and current TFC star Dwayne De Rosario.
The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Brad Davis served in a left-footed delivery from a free kick, and Houston captain Brian Ching redirected the ball inside the left post with a header. It was Ching's team-high seventh goal of the season and the team-high seventh assist of the season for Davis, tied for seventh in MLS.
In a must-win game for two teams with dwindling playoff hopes, former Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario fired off two long-range goals to push Toronto FC past Houston, 2-1, at Robertson Stadium on Saturday.
Known as a clutch player while at Houston, De Rosario struck Toronto's dramatic winner in stoppage time.
After De Rosario had drawn a free kick just outside the box following a quick counter attack, teammate Nick LaBrocca rolled the ball out to his captain, who fired a low, seeking effort past Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad.
The Houston Dynamo know to expect a little of the unexpected when they host Toronto FC in their final Saturday night match of the regular season at Robertson Stadium tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.