MLS Regular Season
Houston Dynamo players returned on Sunday afternoon to clean out their lockers and to go through end-of-season medical tests.
MLSsoccer.com sat down with several players to talk about various topics pertaining to the season, the upcoming offseason and next year. Here we chat with Corey Ashe, one of two Dynamo players entering the offseason out of contract.
MLSsoccer.com: Any personal or team highlights for you that stick out in 2010?
For the first time in nearly eight months, the Houston Dynamo are not practicing this week, the result of a disappointing season that saw the team eliminated from playoff contention several weeks ago. On Sunday afternoon, players cleared out their lockers and underwent season-ending medical exams.
“It’s been a disappointing season to say the least,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “We had some expectations at the beginning of the year, and we haven’t hit those.”
If you’re a Dynamo fan, you’ve probably been thinking about the 2010-11 offseason. There are a lot of uncertainties about the offseason, and we won’t know a lot of answers until next year, but here are some things you need to know about the 2010-11 offseason:
For a photo gallery including some of the best pictures from the Dynamo's 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on October 23, click here.
The Houston Dynamo closed the regular season with a well-earned 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders Saturday afternoon at Robertson Stadium before a crowd of 23,990. Geoff Cameron and Cam Weaver scored well-taken goals for Houston in the win, while Brad Davis played a part in the buildup to both goals to finish the season with 12 assists.
If there is a word to describe Saturday afternoon for the Houston Dynamo, it would be bittersweet. Bittersweet because the 2010 season will go down in the records book as a disappointment, but the Dynamo ended the year with their first back-to-back MLS victories in more than a year and half after defeating the Seattle Sounders 2-1.
Over the next week, HoustonDynamo.com will be counting down the top 5 moments from the 2010 season. Check back each morning to see the latest addition to the countdown. The No. 1 moment will be revealed Saturday morning, prior to the Dynamo's season finale against Seattle. What are your top 5 moments? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
No. 1: Ching's hat trick cools Fire
During the entire 2010 season and dating back to June of 2009 in regular season play, the Houston Dynamo have failed to win back-to-back games. Against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday however, Houston will have one final chance to pull off that feat.
Though a positive result will not overcome the overall disappointment in the 2010 season, finishing the season on a streak would certainly feel like a step in the right direction.
There is an ongoing discussion taking place in
MLS circles that is central to what the league’s 34-game regular season will look
like in 2011.
In an interview with Soccer
America, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said a decision is being weighed between
“two approaches”: 1) maintaining the balanced format of 2010 in which every
team plays the others the same number of times; or 2) moving back to an
unbalanced schedule that promotes rivalries.