The Houston Dynamo continue group play in the CONCACAF Champions League with an important home game against group leader Árabe Unido on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium. After one of four group stage games, Árabe Unido currently leads Group 1 with 3 points after a 3-1 home win over W Connection. The Dynamo and W Connection are tied for second place in Group 1 with one point each after the clubs drew 0-0 last Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Dynamo: Hall; Chabala, Brunner, Boswell, Ashe; Creavalle, Moffat, Lopez, Dixon; Johnson, Weaver
Subs: Marscheider, Garcia, Ching, Arena, Bruin, Davis, Sarkodie
Árabe Unido: Lloyd; Caesar, Cummings, Gondola, Niño; Gonzalez, Daniels, Velez, Macea; Arroyo, Ward
Subs: Andreve, Paul, Patrick, Rodriguez, Small, Florez, Barcenas
The Houston Dynamo Youth Programs concluded their summer camps this past week with a great indoor soccer camp for boys and girls from five to twelve years old at Southwest Indoor Soccer Center in Stafford, Texas.
“One of the best parts of the program this week was the addition of players from all over the world. We had players registered from Guatemala, Mexico, Switzerland, and as far away as Australia,” said Senior Staff Coach Leigh Cullip. In addition to the multi-national feel of the camp, an array of new and repeat campers attended the week with great enthusiasm to learn and play soccer with new friends and new coaches.
The Houston Dynamo Youth Programs strive to facilitate a player oriented environment that engages every player’s imagination and passion for soccer while simultaneously working to challenge each player to improve their technical, tactical, and physical abilities every day. The players in this week’s camp came to learn and did so by following the unique and outstanding Dynamo Programs Curriculum, which included shooting, passing, dribbling and receiving training sessions that were highlighted by concrete coaching delivered by the Houston Dynamo Youth Programs staff.
With the summer camp program concluded until 2014, the next program from the Houston Dynamo Youth Programs will be the Center of Excellence. The CoE is a supplemental training program that operates as two hour, weekly training sessions at satellite locations around Houston for competitive-level boys and girls from seven to thirteen years old. The programs feature the competitive Center of Excellence curriculum, which focuses on individual technique and game awareness. These popular training sessions feature 16 hours of training, a full Dynamo training uniform, a companion ticket to a Dynamo home match and an online player evaluation. More information and registration details are available by clicking here.
Only eight weeks remain in the 2013 MLS regular season, and both conferences are stuck in some of the tightest playoff races the league has ever seen. Following the Dynamo’s loss to Montreal over the weekend, let’s check in on results around the Eastern Conference and how they affect Houston’s position.
Entering the weekend, the Dynamo sat in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New England’s win at home over the Union now has them level with the Dynamo at 36 points and in fifth place by virtue of tiebreakers. The Dynamo, though hold one game in hand over New England.
Philadelphia remains on 38 points, good for 4th place in the conference standings. The Dynamo have one game remaining against both New England and Philadelphia.
Chicago pulled out a win against their Midwest rivals to keep their name in the playoff race, while Sporting stay close to the pack after starting the weekend tied for the conference lead.
The Fire are two points behind the Dynamo in seventh place with the win, and have played the same number of games. The two teams match up this weekend at Toyota Park.
Kansas City stays just three points ahead of the Dynamo, while Houston holds two games in hand. Houston and Sporting still have one match remaining against each other.
Upset of the weekend. Co-Eastern Conference leaders New York drop a stunning result at Western Conference bottom dwellers Chivas USA. As with Kansas City, it keeps the Red Bulls within three points with two games in hand for the Dynamo.
The Dynamo face New York on September 8 at BBVA Compass Stadium (TICKETS) and then once more at home in their penultimate regular season match.
Columbus has been hanging just on the edge of playoff contention for a while now, with back-to-back wins keeping them in the conversation. The Crew now are seven points adrift of the final playoff spot and have played 25 games, only giving them an advantage over New York, Kansas City and Philadelphia.
A mere five points separate top-seeded Montreal and the Dynamo with ten games left for both teams. All but one of the final ten matches for the Dynamo are against Eastern Conference opponents, with six of those against teams currently above them in the standings.
Despite the loss in Montreal, the Dynamo are tied with Kansas City and New York for the second best points per game (PPG) average in the conference. The Dynamo will look to capitalize down the stretch with games in hand and matches against teams in front of them as they aim for their seventh playoff appearance in eight seasons.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will talk everything soccer, from the weekend in Europe and MLS to upcoming CONCACAF Champions League matches. Hear from Dynamo players!
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
The Montréal Impact and Houston Dynamo will meet a crucial match for the Eastern Conference playoff picture as the clubs clash Saturday evening at Stade Saputo. The Impact ended a brief losing skid last time out, now sitting in a tie for third place in the East, just a point out of the top spot, following a 2-1 home win vs. D.C. United. The Dynamo are holding onto fifth place and the final postseason berth following their 3-1 home win vs. Seattle Sounders FC last week.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Driver, Moffat, Garcia, Davis; Bruin, Barnes
Subs: Marscheider, Brunner, Creavalle, Lopez, Ching, Johnson, Weaver
Montreal Impact: Perkins; Brovsky, Nesta, Ferrari, Camara; Romero, Bernier (C), Bernardello, Mapp; Felipe; Di Vaio
Subs: Bush, Lopez, Warner, Arnaud, Paponi, Pisanu, Nyassi
In one of the tightest races that you'll ever see, Giles Barnes was voted the winner of the Week 25 AT&T Goal of the Week award.
Barnes' long-range blast in the Houston Dynamo's 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders edged out New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo's goal by the slightest of margins, claiming 31.93 percent of the vote while Agudelo earned 31.48 percent for his cheeky back-heel chip over Sean Johnson in the Revolution's 2-0 win against the Chicago Fire.
Barnes captured the award for his second goal in home win against Clint Dempsey and the visiting Sounders. The English midfielder collected a pass from midfielder Brad Davis in the 21st minute of the match and hit a shot with laser-like precision for a stunning strike from about 35 yards out, one that is sure to receive some recognition for Goal of the Year.
Final Votes - Week 25 (online poll and text vote):
1. Giles Barnes (HOU): 31.93%
2. Juan Agudelo (NE): 31.48%
3. Federico Higuain (CLB): 19.76%
4. Marco Di Vaio (MTL): 13.75%
5. Robbie Keane (LA): 3.07%
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Glenn will preview this weekend's big Eastern Conference matchup against the Montreal Impact with interviews from players and coaches.
Listen in as Glenn talks everything Dynamo!
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.