MLS Regular Season
Steve Ralston is the newest addition to the Houston Dynamo coaching staff. The St. Louis, MO native spent 15 years in Major League Soccer, splitting time between the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the New England Revolution, with a brief stint playing for A.C. St. Louis of USSF Division 2. On the international level, Ralston appeared 36 times for the United States national team and scored four
goals, including the game-winning goal against Mexico on September 3, 2005.
How has the transition been to Houston?
Welcome to edition No. 14 of my weekly blog. It appears on the new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday.
I think it is safe to say that no U.S. city has ever experienced a week of soccer like the one we just had.
All-Star Game, the All-Star festivities, and the Dynamo-Red Bulls game,
it was a historic and defining week for soccer, MLS, and the Dynamo.
The Houston Dynamo battled back from down a man and down a goal in a gutsy and hard–fought 2-2 draw with the Red Bulls on Saturday night.
“We’re very happy with the comeback, and we showed a ton of character to pull the goal out the way we did to get the point,” Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “But we are putting ourselves in holes here and testing ourselves mentally, and it is nice to see we are not burying our heads.”
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A late equalizer from substitute Brian Mullan soured the long-awaited debut of the best new strike partnership in MLS on Saturday, as the Dynamo overcame two goals from Juan Pablo Ángel to salvage a 2-2 draw in front of 24,740 fans at Robertson Stadium.
Houston Dynamo pulled out a breathtaking 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls on
Saturday night at Robertson Stadium, using a last-minute goal from substitute
Brian Mullan to thrill a crowd of 24,750 and spoil the Major League Soccer
debut of French superstar Thierry Henry.
crowd of 24,750 was the 10th highest in Dynamo history at Robertson Stadium and
a season high, more than New York’s crowd of 20,312 for Thierry Henry’s debut
on July 22.
The New York Red Bulls geared up on Friday for Saturday’s road match in Houston with a practice focused on technique and tactical specifics gearing up for the Dynamo. The focus on situational scenarios and finishing emphasized two key areas as New York worked on cutting down on individual mistakes.
The Red Bulls have not won a league match in more than a month and have not taken three points on the road in their last five travels. The loss to Columbus on the road two weeks ago still leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the Red Bulls.
Thierry Henry will "absolutely" start in his MLS league debut on Saturday in Houston, according to New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe. Though he likely will not go a full 90.
"If we’re lucky, perhaps 60 minutes,” Backe said of how long he expects the French superstar to play at Robertson Stadium. Both Backe and Henry estimate it will be 2-3 weeks until New York's newest DP will be fully fit.
The Houston Dynamo know they will have their hands full as the New York Red Bulls come to town on Saturday with their newest
designated player, Thierry Henry, seeking to make his MLS debut.
Henry put together two solid
performances for New York in a pair of exhibitions last week, when he partnered with
Macoumba Kandji. However, the likely
pairing against Houston will include Henry and Juan Pablo Angel.
All-time record: New York leads 4-2-5 (3-2-4 regular season)
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“This is one that we just have to throw away,” said midfielder Brad Davis. “We’ve been doing it all year - hurting ourselves - and that’s what we did again here tonight.”