MLS Regular Season

Canetti: Houston Dynamo are built to win

Club president says team is ready to roll; DP spot still on table
Dynamo built to win now

Few teams have had a busier offseason than the
Houston Dynamo, making them one of the most intriguing clubs in MLS heading into the
2011 season.

Ahead of the home opener against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, sat down with Dynamo president of business operations Chris Canetti, who spoke about the club's DP prospects and its player acquisition strategy. How does it
feel to finally be getting the guys on the field and seeing how things are
going to go?

Dynamo eager to erase bad taste of 2010

Kinnear & co. face Philadelphia in 2011 season opener on Saturday
Dynamo look past 2010

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.

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Philadelphia

Dynamo look to rebound from 2010 season with opener against Union
Match Preview: HOU-PHI


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Jason Dalrymple/New England Revolution

The Basics
Houston Dynamo 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

Defender Taylor to miss Seattle match

New Jamaican signing one of many MLS players to miss time in next few weeks
Taylor to miss Seattle match


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Jason Dalrymple/New England Revolution

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.

Faces of First Kick: Tally Hall

Long-time Dynamo understudy gets his chance at the No. 1 shirt
Hall as Houston starter

Faces of First Kick: Tally Hall

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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.

3 things learned from Dynamo's preseason

In-form Houston enter season with plenty of firepower, depth
Dynamo: 3 things learned


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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

Newcomer Spotlight: Jason Garey

Meet the new members of the Dynamo squad, including forward Jason Garey
Newcomer Spotlight:Jason Garey


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Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

New therapy has Clark almost ready

Houston midfielder targets April 1 return from second ACL surgery
Clark says he's nearly back


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Nearly eight months after his last knee surgery, Colin Clark looks to be closing in on his official debut for the Houston Dynamo. After being traded to the club last August, Clark has spent more time with the team trainer than with his teammates, but a new workout has the midfielder optimistic that ratio will reverse soon.

Ching's injury hampers Houston's prep

Veteran one of several expected to miss final preseason match
Ching injured again


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Friday night’s 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew was costly for the Houston Dynamo. Captain Brian Ching re-injured his hamstring, adding him to a list of players that will sit out of the final preseason match against the New England Revolution on Sunday afternoon (2 p.m., Comcast Sports).

Freeman, Sarkodie offer new look defense

High-profile acquisitions increase competition at fullback spots
Speedy duo spark Houston D


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Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

Two high-profile offseason acquisitions, Hunter Freeman and Kofi Sarkodie, are poised to give the Houston Dynamo defense a new look in 2011. The duo’s attacking acumen and ability to cover ground defensively add a much-needed athletic element to a rebuilding Dynamo back line. Their arrival has created a stiff competition for playing time at fullback heading into the regular season.

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