MLS Regular Season

Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire meet with playoff fates hanging in the balance

Chicago is nearing a new MLS record for ties, but the Dynamo want no part in it
Full reward
Dynamo vs. Fire
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The Dynamo host the MLS draw specialists on Sunday knowing that both teams will be going all-out for victory with time running out to catch the sides above.

Summer officially turned to fall on September 23, another reminder that the 2014 regular-season is quickly coming to a close. Houston are unbeaten in their past four games, but two successive draws has the team urgently seeking a win that will keep their playoff ambitions alive.

Talk it out: Houston Dynamo defense and goalkeeper Tyler Deric work out their communication

Dynamo back line has adjusted to communication differences from Hall to Deric and results show
Talk to me
Communication

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It’s been three weeks of change in the back for the Houston Dynamo. The club’s gone from the long time presence of Tally Hall to that of Tyler Deric backing up their defense.

The results have been positive on the whole. Deric, who took over for Hall who is out for the season with an ACL injury, admitted that he’s battled nerves that come with taking over a starting spot full time.

25 September 4:00 pm

Dominic Kinnear, David Horst and AJ Cochran break down Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire

Tyler Deric, AJ Cochran grow into starting roles with injured veterans ahead of them

Deric and Cochran have taken advantage of on-the-job training with a recent string of starts
Growing up before our eyes
Experience
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Brad Davis does not spend much time thinking about Tyler Deric — and the Dynamo captain means that as a compliment.

Deric has hardly put a glove wrong since stepping into net as a replacement for Tally Hall, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Sporting Kansas City on August 29. While Hall recuperates from an ACL operation, Deric has impressed.

24 September 3:03 pm

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Midfield destroyer Luis Garrido has become a "barricade" in front of the Dynamo back line

Luis Garrido brings a welcome bite to the midfield while shielding the defense
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Luis Garrido
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“Beast Mode” is a motto typically linked with Houston’s other version of football, but Luis Garrido’s form is proving that it applies just as well to the Dynamo.

The recent signing had perhaps his finest MLS game so far last weekend and the Dynamo are hoping for another tigerish midfield display from the Honduran international this Sunday when the Chicago Fire visit BBVA Compass Stadium (2 p.m. CT; TICKETS).

In it to win it: Houston Dynamo need to put together a winning streak to put themselves in a playoff spot

A draw over the weekend kept the Dynamo's playoff hopes alive, but wins are needed to progress
In it to win it
Playoff hopes
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If Saturday’s draw proved anything for the Houston Dynamo it was that the time for sharing points has come to a close. The scoreless affair with the Philadelphia Union claimed a point but other results cost the club two points in the playoff race.

Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 0, Philadelphia Union 0

Dynamo stretch unbeaten run to four games with a scoreless draw in Philadelphia
Recap: Dynamo 0, Union 0
Match Recap
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CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union got a better result than they usually do against the Houston Dynamo – but still not the one they wanted.

Despite holding Houston to zero shots on goal and generating most of the dangerous scoring opportunities, Philly battled the hobbled Dynamo to a scoreless draw in a key Eastern Conference matchup Saturday.

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