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Monday: Meet Messi

Tuesday: Meet the Texans

Wednesday: Twitter beef with your teammates

Thursday: Meet Ed Sheeran

02 September 5:12 pm

The Houston Dynamo Academy U-18s started off their new season in pretty spectacular fashion: by training with the Argentina national team and Lionel Messi.

Messi & Co. have been in town this week preparing for their match against Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday, but got a little help from the Dynamo Academy to mix things up.

Of course, what's the point in playing against the big boys if you don't come out on top every once in a while?

We're sure it was a great experience for the guys, but who do you think was more starstruck in this meeting between two of the best soccer players in the world right now?

02 September 4:41 pm

Tune in to Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM tonight from 7-9 p.m. for a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. 

Matt Pedersen will fill in for host Glenn Davis and has a variety of guests across the Dynamo, Dash and MLS.

Dynamo forward Will Bruin joins the show after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Vancouver in which he partnered Erick Torres up front in the starting lineup for the first time. Head coach Owen Coyle joins the show to discuss the win as well as how the club is handling the off weekend and a look ahead to Real Salt Lake on September 12. Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum also joins the program to recap the season and Sunday's 1-0 triumph over Boston in the home finale. Dynamo Academy director James Clarkson also joins the show to talk about the Academy U-18s training with the Argentina national team Tuesday and Wednesday at Houston Sports Park. Finally, veteran soccer writer Kyle McCarthy (FOX Sports) will talk MLS, Dynamo, U.S. men's national team and more.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

Dynamo All-Access is a weekly show on 1560 AM covering the Dynamo and Houston Dash and usually airs on Wednesday or Thursday from 7-9 p.m. CT.

01 September 12:07 pm

Each year, from September 15 - October 15, we celebrate the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made in the United States during National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

We want to celebrate the diversity of our team, our fans and our city, so we're kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month in a MAJOR way at our match vs. Real Salt Lake on September 12. 

Check out the schedule below for the different countries we'll be featuring and some of the content that will be coming your way in the next few weeks!

Schedule:

Sept. 6-12: Getting Ready for Hispanic Heritage Night
Sept. 13-19: Mexico (Erick Torres)
Sept. 20-26: Honduras (Boniek García, Luis Garrido, Alexander López)
Sept. 27-Oct 3: Colombia (Mauro Manotas)
Oct. 4-10: Argentina (Leonel Miranda)
Oct. 11-17: Spain (Raúl Rodríguez)

Content to look out for:

  • Q&As with our Hispanic players
  • Authentic recipes
  • Player features

What would you like to see as we highlight each country? Leave comments below with your ideas!

31 August 5:38 pm

The Dynamo opened the final stretch of the 2015 season with an important 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Here are milestones and notes from the game:

  • Ricardo Clark scored the opening goal for his 25th career goal in all competitions with the Dynamo. He is sixth on the club’s all-time list.
  • It was Clark's second game-winner of the season after his opening goal in a 2-0 win at San Jose on July 10. It was Clark's seventh career game-winner.
  • It was Clark’s 234th career game in all competitions with Houston to tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list.  
  • Midfielder Boniek Garcia entered as a second-half substitute for his 100th career appearance in all competitions with the Dynamo.
  • Forward Will Bruin started up front for his 127th career regular-season start to tie Brian Mullan for seventh on the club list.
  • Head coach Owen Coyle deployed a 4-4-2 formation with Bruin, Erick "Cubo" Torres and Giles Barnes starting together for the first time.
  • Torres made his first start with the Dynamo and earned his first assist, setting up Clark's winning goal with a deft layoff of Sheanon Williams' cross.
  • Goalkeeper Tyler Deric made two important first half saves and earned his sixth shutout of the season and tenth clean sheet of his career.
  • Williams earned his fourth assist of the season, including his time with Philadelphia. It's the second most assists in one season for Williams, who tallied eight in 2013.

 

31 August 4:53 pm

MLS named their team of the week for Week 26 and Raul Rodríguez (starting XI) and Ricardo Clark (substitute) were honored for their contributions to Saturday's win over Vancouver at home. 

Here's what MLS had to say about Rodríguez:

D: Raul Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo) – Missed Wednesday night's loss to the Rapids and came back with a vengeance on Saturday, scoring a goal and helping post a shutout against Vancouver.

Find out who else made the team over on MLSsoccer.com.

31 August 3:40 pm

The Houston Dynamo came home and produced a 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday night. Below is a transcription of postgame remarks from Dynamo and Whitecaps players and coaches.

Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle

Thoughts on the match
I thought it was always going to be a tough game. Vancouver have probably been the most consistent side in the conference from day one, led the conference for long times at different periods, led the Supporters’ Shield for a long time as well, so there’s no doubt they’re a quality side. They’re loaded with pace on the counter attack, so we were ready for that. It was nice to have one or two of who I consider the big players of our club back. This man sitting next to me [Ricardo Clark], Raúl [Rodríguez], DaMarcus [Beasley], Giles [Barnes], they all wanted to join in and it makes a difference to the team, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve hurting in the last couple of weeks with the three road trips, we certainly felt we could have achieved more points than we did, so it was important that we got the three points tonight—which we did, obviously. At one-nothing up and then the red cards and it took us a bit of time to get the second goal but we could have had four or five, six tonight and that’s important. Clean sheet was important, Tyler [Deric] had a big save in the first half. But well worth the points—and I’m talking about 11v11, I don’t mean the latter when we obviously have the numerical advantage. So it was a valuable three points, it continues the great home form we’ve been in—I think that’s 16 points from 18 the last six home games. So we’ve still got another four home games to come which will stand us in good stead. So we’re certainly not going away quietly, that’s for sure. We know we’re proving everything we’re implementing. Of course you want that to happen in an instant but I think we all know that you don’t come in and sprinkle fairy dust and everything falls into place. But we’re implementing the right things to move this club forward. It was a terrific three points tonight, this man sitting next to me epitomizes everything I want in the football club: he wears his heart on his sleeve, he’s a real team player and he obviously comes up with a real valuable goal, he’s just an outstanding professional. I’m delighted to have him at the club.

On Erick Torres getting his first start
The other great thing tonight was we were able to start Erick Torres. I still think he still has that little bit of match sharpness to come but you see the positions he takes up, on another day he’ll score that chance. I think he was getting a little fatigued at that point. But it was great starting him. We changed as you know to a very positive 4-4-2 tonight with Will [Bruin] because we think Will’s done very well to stay in the starting slot. And the introduction of Boniek [García], again to start him would have been three times in a week so you have to be clever with that as well. Entered the game and did very well as did Luis and Nate Sturgis. So all in all, it was just a wonderful night’s work and we move forward to close that gap for that sixth spot. But we’re not going away quietly, that’s for sure.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark

On scoring the goal after coming back from injury
Today was a little bit limited, credit to my teammates around me. Luis [Garrido] covering ground—even on the goal, if Erick [Torres] doesn’t make that run to the near post… I just tried to be in the box at the right time, take advantage of my opportunities around goal and thankfully I was able to be in the right place and the right time and make the most of it. Obviously as the game wore down, I think we controlled it, especially with the two red cards it was just game management after that. We just look to build off of this, build confidence, move forward and make this playoff push.

How has it been dealing with the hamstring over the last couple of weeks?
Obviously injuries are frustrating but that’s just the way it goes. It’s part of the game. It was a four- to six-week injury, I tried to make it back earlier, picked up one or two more knocks on the way. Thankfully with this international break, could come in and get some minutes and then recover for the next game.

What do you attribute to your higher goalscoring totals in recent years?
In the past, in my first couple of years in the team I was seen as more of a holding midfielder. Lately I’ve been more of a box-to-box in the past couple of years and I’ve had license to get in the box, get involved in the attack. That just comes with the role of my position, with my role on the team. And like I said, when I get in the box I want to make the most of my opportunities. I try to make smart runs, make efficient runs and a little bit of experience helps that and to get my head on the ball, my toe on the ball and just making it happen.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson

Lack of discipline contribute to the result?
I don’t think I’d say that. There was one team that got a number of red cards and yellow cards and one team didn’t. My team did. Unfortunately, it cost us. We got two sent off and played the last half an hour with nine men. But I can’t thump their effort. They were working mounds against us. Sometimes it’s not your day, sometimes things go against you. I think everything went against us today.

You don’t think it was carelessness on Matty’s [Matías Laba] part?
I think he can be better. Of course he can. If you pick up the yellow card and you’re making silly tackles – it was a silly tackle in the first minute which got passed over and a second one in the second or third minute which got passed over. If you don’t set it so early, then maybe these things won’t happen. But I’ll speak to my boys because I am disappointed for them. We lost the game today – it’s difficult to play with nine men.

Other than that, in the forty-five, you were probably disappointed you were down one-nil.
Well we conceded a crappy goal, I know that. We didn’t stop the cross. They missed it and then it trickled into David [Ousted]. They took the chance, we didn’t take our chances. They did everything I asked in the first half and even the second.
 
Does that hurt beyond tonight – losing Matty and Kendall?
I think so. Arguably, they’ve been two of our best players this year, so it’s disappointing that they’ll miss games, but that’s why you have a squad. Unfortunate events happen.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Mauro Rosales

Obviously some difficult results – what do you make of that?
Yes, difficult to take. It wasn’t fair in the last part of the game being two men down. We couldn’t come back from the early goal they got, but I’m very proud of the team – how we faced this game. We never gave up. We controlled as much as we could. Obviously being two men down was difficult to take and it was difficult to cover the field, recover the ball, and to attack, while at the same time being aware of their players – they have very good players, a good team. They always make a good run in the last part of the season, so they are prepared for that. We’ll just go into the next game with a lot of positive things. We’ll rest many players and I think next game we can do much better.

You were down a man after the 55th. It still felt like there was a goal there. What happened there?
Yes, we tried to get them in a counter. Obviously, with a man down, it’s more difficult, so we tried to control the game by waiting for the right moment to attack and get the goal, but after they scored the second one, it made it very difficult to come back. But when we were 1-0 down, we expected to try to get into the game and try to tie the game, but it wasn’t that easy.

29 August 5:45 pm

The Dynamo are finally back at home to host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 8 p.m. CT tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium. TICKETS are still available for tonight’s game. The match will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS Southwest Alternate Channel and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and Sirius XM FC (channel 85) in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• After 10 of 14, and 11 of 16 games away from home the Dynamo enter the home stretch tonight with five of their final eight games at home.
• Vancouver has the best road record in the league by a wide margin, with a 7-5-2 mark away from BC Place
• Including CONCACAF Champions League and the Canadian Championship, the Whitecaps will play their eighth game during the month of August tonight. So far, Vancouver is 4-1-2 during the month, with the lone loss at Sporting KC where it led 3-1 late in the second half before falling 4-3.
• Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle may see the return of several players from injury. Raul Rodriguez (left heel contusion) and DaMarcus Beasley (left calf strain) have missed the last two games and remain questionable, but could return after two weeks of recovery. Ricardo Clark has missed four games with a left hamstring strain but is no longer on the injury report and could feature at some point tonight. Kofi Sarkodie (right knee bone bruise) missed Wednesday’s game at Colorado and remains questionable tonight.
• Vancouver brings a mostly healthy squad to Houston, with Pa-Modou Kah (facial fracture) and Nicolas Mezquida (left hamstring strain) both listed as probable. Fatigue may be an issue, however, with Wednesday’s home game in the Canadian Championship final and a long flight to Houston yesterday. Head coach Carl Robinson indicated to media Thursday that he would make at least one or two changes to the lineup after a busy month of games.
• Vancouver has already set a club MLS record with 14 wins this season and has eight games left to add to the total.
• For the eighth straight game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning: Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Luis Garrido, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams would be suspended for Houston’s next game, Sept. 12 vs. Real Salt Lake, if they receive a caution tonight
• For Vancouver, Matias Laba, Sam Adekugbe and Kah are on yellow-card warning.
• The home team has never lost in the brief series between the Dynamo and Vancouver. Whitecaps FC holds a 3-2-0 edge in five meetings, with both defeats at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo won 2-1 on Vancouver’s last visit to Houston in in March 2013.
• Three milestones that could be reached tonight:
o Ricardo Clark has made 233 career appearances in all competitions with the Dynamo and would tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list with an appearance.
o Tonight would be Boniek Garcia’s 100th career appearance in all competitions with the Dynamo.
o Will Bruin (126 career regular-season starts) can tie Brian Mullan for seventh on the club list.
• The referee is Kevin Stott, one of the most experienced in MLS with 271 previous games in the middle in the league. Over that time, he’s issued 67 red cards and awarded 70 penalty kicks.
• After the game, the Dynamo get their first off week since June due to next weekend’s international games, including Argentina vs. Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium.
• The Dynamo and Whitecaps meet again on the final day of the season, Oct. 25, at BC Place.

Enjoy the game!

 

27 August 12:29 pm

The Houston Dynamo fell on the road to the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, on Wednesday night. Courtesy of Colorado Rapids Communications, here is a transcription of postgame remarks from Dynamo and Rapids players and coaches.

Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle

On the first goal…
For me, the first goal is not a penalty.  The boy has slid in, he has not punched the ball, and he is not intending to hit the ball so I found it soft. We had to pick ourselves up and we did. We started passing, moving and creating some chances. Then we get unlucky when clearly he has punched that ball. It’s a clear goal scoring opportunity. I think it should have been a red card as well as a penalty. Bizarrely, the referee has decided to give out a yellow. We all know the rules; to deny a clear goal scoring opportunity, which that clearly is. Will Bruin’s got a free header six yards out. I don’t know how much more of a clear goal scoring opportunity that could be, so obviously that was a big let off for Colorado.

Second half, to be fair, I though Colorado did well. They obviously forced the pace, but the second goal was disappointing for me. Sean St. Ledger breaks forward and brings three players with him and he gets to the by-line, flicks it, and even then we are still in a good position to clear the danger. Kevin Doyle has thrown himself at a header and a wonderful header into the corner from his perspective. It’s disappointing from us, of course, because at one each, you’re still well placed to certainly believe in that positive result, but still have that foundation to try and win the game. As it was, we had to try and chase it to get back into the game, and I think we had one effort from David Horst and that was all we had to show for our efforts to try and push for an equalizer.

On if the second goal was just a matter of playing to the whistle…
It’s all first and foremost somebody marking Sean St. Ledger when he played the pass in, we have enough bodies to do that. That was our eleventh of 16 games on the road and we wanted to leave with a positive result and we had an opportunity to do that. It’s disappointing, there’s no getting away from that. We will have to take our medicine, we will have to pick ourselves up quickly for Saturday and get ready to go again.

On if the team is eager to go back home and play there for five of the next eight…
Absolutely. We always knew it was going to be a tough period, particularly two of the games. We certainly felt that we could go to each game and look to get 4 or 5 points from 3 games, as it is as you mentioned, we’ve got one. We have to now go and capitalize on our home form which has been great. Obviously it would be nice if we get one or two healthy bodies back because obviously tonight with Ricardo Clark, Raul Rodriguez, DaMarcus Beasley, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor have all missed out, so I think it’s fair to say we had a makeshift defense. Alex stepped in to play at left back for us, with that being said, it would be nice to get one or two back. With what we’ve got, we will be ready to go against Vancouver on Saturday and then the whole picture changes again.

On how difficult it is to piece together a defense after the injuries…
It’s not easy. You’re playing at a very high level and obviously there’s quality forward that the Colorado Rapids have. Alex stuck to his task and he’s come out with certainly credit in my mind. But again, it would be nice to get the pieces of the jigsaw that started for us, but as it is, we will wait and see what happens for Saturday.

Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric

On the team’s response to the first goal…
I think the first 20 minutes, we weren’t at our best, and after that, with being down 1-0 I thought we put our best foot forward and gave them a good contest, but I think overall in the match, we didn’t play good enough to get a result, and it was justified.

On the second goal…
I take full responsibility for that second goal. It’s one of those things where you switch off for a second and you ensure disappointment and let down your teammates in a case like that.

On if the team is confident going home…
We are really looking forward to the home stint that we have coming up. We have Vancouver Saturday and whenever we have a bad result or performance, you really want to get out there and have a good result. That would be, for us, two days later we play Vancouver so we are going to go out there and give it our best.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Giles Barnes

On the team’s response to the first goal…
I thought we started pretty slow, the first 20 minutes, but we kind of picked it up after that. We felt a bit hard done by the penalty. It was the momentum of the ground he even catches the ball with his hand. Sometimes you’ve got to realize that that’s the state of the game, but these things happen.

On if the second goal was a matter of playing through the whistle…
Yes, maybe following runners as well. The boy started pretty deep. We felt it could have been avoided. It’s not the result we wanted when we came here, but we’ve got games left and we can still get into the playoffs.

On the impending homestretch and the good form the team has there…
It’s always nice to go home. I think it’s been 11 games we’ve had on the road out of the last 16, it’s a lot. Sometimes two, three months on the road, so to come out of that and have all those home games to look forward to is a positive.

On the team’s morale and hope of making the Playoffs…
You know how we are, never say die. How tight it is over in our Conference, there’s still ways that we can get into the Playoffs.

Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni

On staying true to the mission…
Coming off of the win in Chicago, there was a lot of patience in that game. It was a well-balanced game. I felt like we were in control from the beginning to the end. We created a lot of great opportunities to score and they defended well in that tight spot. The overall performance was really impressive and dictated by the guys on the field. It’s taken us a long time to get to this point, but I am really proud of their effort and their commitment to the game plan and execution.

On Vicente Sánchez…
He brings an element of attack that no one else does, and that very few in the league do. He has an ability to drop the team back, run at them and create space for his teammates. I think tonight in the first half he did a tremendous job. He’s a very dynamic player.

On Dillon Serna…
Serna is one of the guys that brings a lot to the game. On the defensive end he contributes, attacking wise he’s not afraid to shoot on goal - he brings a lot of the intangibles that you may not see or recognize.

On Sean St. Ledger’s assist…
That’s not one you chalk up. The game is won by the players on the field and that was an example of that. He felt it in the moment, and is experienced enough to understand that it was a good opportunity. The touch he had was tremendous. He is a guy that has really helped this team out since he has come on board.

On final goal…
That play was a breath of fresh air for all of us. I thought it was a fantastic goal by a player that you wouldn’t typically put that far up the field, so it was fitting for the job he was doing defensively.

Was this a relief going into the weekend?
We’re fighting every day for three points. The most important thing for me was the sense of calm in the group and the understanding of what we were trying to achieve from a tactical perspective.

On Maynor Figueroa and Sean St. Ledger…
Experienced players know exactly what their bodies need to get through the work. They were very honest and upfront when they came in, so it was easy for us to bring them in at their own pace. Given their level of fitness I think they have acclimated really well. They’re both experienced players that have played at a very good level. Their contribution in the last few games has been tremendous and has really brought a lot of confidence to the group.

On coaching…
This is my passion. My job is to become a better coach every day. It’s something I want to get better at. You just have to keep working hard and believing in yourself. This season has never wavered my belief in myself, in my technical staff and in the players I have.

Colorado Rapids forward Kevin Doyle

On scoring game winning goal…
Sean [St. Ledger] put in a brilliant job. It was an important goal for us, and a very important win. Those two wins in a row gave us a little bit of momentum after a disappointing spell. We need everything we can get at the moment.

On playing with St. Ledger…
We’ve played a lot of games together over the years. He has settled really well since he has been here. He’s only been here a few weeks and it seems like he has been here all season. He’s been in the league so he knows how everything is. The lads have played against him so they respect him - it’s been an easy transition for him here.

On playoff run…
It’s now or never. We’ve always been one or two games away from being just on the edge of it with a game at hand. We’ve always believed it, but it’s just a difference of believing it and doing it. We need to win a lot more games from now to the end of the season to have a chance to finish respectfully.

Colorado Rapids defender Sean St. Ledger

On importance of a victory…
When you win an away game you have to build on that to gain confidence. I feel like tonight was a huge result for us. We’ve earned six points in a matter of a few days, and we’re going into Saturday against Sporting Kansas City full of confidence and looking to get nine points. It’s been a great effort so far, but we need to finish now.

On assist…
I’ve played against Kevin many times, I know when there is a ball hanging in the air it’s a 50/50 chance he’s going to win it. I knew if I could get it over the keeper he would score. People don’t see all of the hard work we put in on the training pitch, and I think it has paid off tonight. We’re looking forward to Saturday now.

On Playoff run…
You have to take it one day at a time. We know what is ahead of us. We know that we have to win the majority of our games if we’re going to go anywhere. Tonight was a great start against Houston. We have to be consistent in all 90 minutes to win games. This is a team effort, and if we want to get off of the bottom of the table it has to start with the players.

On home debut…
It’s nice playing on grass; that was a bonus. We got up 1-0 and stepped off of the gas a bit, but then at halftime we certainly stepped it up from a controlled second half. This is a great venue to play soccer in. Long may it continue, and long may the results keep coming.

 

26 August 6:57 pm

The Dynamo end the three-game road trip at 8 p.m. CT tonight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS Southwest and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• After playing on turf in consecutive road games at New England and Portland, the Dynamo face their third straight road test in difficult conditions with the thin air of playing over 5,000 feet above sea level.
• Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle carries continued injury concerns into tonight’s game. Raul Rodriguez (left heel contusion) and Kofi Sarkodie (right knee bone bruise) picked up injuries in Portland and are questionable tonight. Ricardo Clark, has missed the last three games with a left hamstring strain but is now probable after participating in training this week. DaMarcus Beasley missed the Portland game with a left calf strain and remains questionable while Giles Barnes is also questionable after missing Portland with right Achilles tendonitis.
• In midfield, Rasheed Olabiyi and Nate Sturgis have each started once game in place of Clark over the last two games and both are options for Coyle tonight, along with Luis Garrido, who has started three straight matches. 
• For Colorado, forward Luis Solignac (hamstring) and defender Jared Watts (foot) are both out while midfielder Lucas Pittinari (hamstring) remains an injury doubt. 
• The Rapids have scored the fewest goals in MLS (21) but are tied for the fewest allowed (25) through 24 games.
• Colorado has struggled at home (3-5-4, 13 points) and have actually gained more points (14) away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
• The Dynamo are seeking their first regular-season win against the Rapids since April 19, 2009, a nine-game (0-5-4) winless run against Colorado. Houston’s last win in Colorado was on October 4, 2008. 
• For the seventh straight game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning: Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Luis Garrido, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams would be suspended for Saturday’s home game against Vancouver if they receive a caution tonight
• For Colorado, Bobby Burling, Drew Moor and Axel Sjoberg  are on yellow-card warning.