MLS Regular Season
Don’t look now, but forward Dominic Oduro is pushing to become the first Dynamo player not named Brian Ching to lead the club in scoring.
Ching leads Houston with MLS goals in 2010, but Oduro has netted seven in all competitions to tie Ching for the overall lead, with Oduro and Brad Davis each sitting on five MLS goals with two games remaining in the regular season. Oduro has been decidedly hotter of late, scoring three goals in his last four games heading into a matchup on the road against San Jose on Saturday night.
Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron was apologetic after he picked up a red card during Sunday night's match. Cameron will wait to hear from the MLS Disciplinary Committee as to whether he will be suspended any additional games.
Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron has left the remainder of his 2010 season in the hands of the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
In the waning minutes of Houston’s 2-1 loss to New England on Sunday, Cameron took out his frustration with a shove to Revs midfielder Pat Phelan and was ejected. He will miss the Dynamo’s trip to San Jose on Saturday for their penultimate game this season, and his year may end prematurely if further disciplinary action is taken.
Houston Dynamo fell to a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution Sunday night at
Robertson Stadium, with New England’s Kheli Dube scoring a game-winning goal at
Robertson Stadium for the third consecutive year despite the Dynamo’s heavy
edge in chances and shots on goal. New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth
made six saves to earn the win for the Revolution. The match included a
combined seven yellow cards and two red cards between the teams.
The Houston Dynamo’s 2010 season has begun to act a bit like a broken record: Poor finishing, defensive miscues, and disappointing results have undone them when at times they’ve played well enough to deserve something out of the match.
Sunday night’s 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution was the team’s 15th loss on the year, and the story has to be getting a little old for head coach Dominic Kinnear and the players.
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This article appeared in the October 10, 2010 issue of the Houston Dynamo Gameday Magazine.
Andrew Hainault does not get a lot
of attention for his role with the Dynamo. In fact, his name was mispronounced
‘Hay-nalt’ by team staff, broadcasters, and fans until he brought it up for
correction late last season. Now that everybody knows the accurate pronunciation
(‘Hay-no’), he has set about making himself a regular.
The Houston Dynamo hope to build on their recent positive performances on Sunday night while seeking their first-ever victory against the New England Revolution at Robertson Stadium.
“In the last month, we’ve put some good performances together and have been punished in the back for some mistakes,” said Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad. “For the most part, if we keep performing like that, the results will come.”
Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad continues to be bothered by an injury to his hand, but the veteran netminder was still in practice on Friday morning and looks set to start again in goal for Houston against the New England Revolution on Sunday.
“I am coming along pretty good,” Onstad said earlier this week. “It’s been a long season, and I’ve never felt 100 percent healthy, but there are three games left, and I want to play in each of them and hopefully get some results.”
The situation may have changed for perennial powers New England and Houston ahead of Sunday night's clash, but the relationship between the two sides has not.
Both traditional heavyweights have fallen on hard times this season as the inevitable life cycle of professional sports caught up to perhaps the two most consistently successful MLS clubs of the past decade. Even though both clubs have chopped and changed much of their personnel since the glory days, the two sides still compete with an earnestness that betrays their epic MLS Cup tussles in 2006 and 2007.