After Houston’s 2-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers, the writers from MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo from the top spot to No. 4 in this week’s power rankings. This is what they had to say about the current state of the Dynamo:
It's a bit of a precipitous tumble for a team that was at the top, but it's honestly been kind of a Jekyll and Hyde season from Houston thus far. They've looked pure quality at times, but have been weirdly fragile defensively in big moments. That burned them twice in Portland. But now they go to Fort BBVA with a chance to set an MLS record... good bet that the MLS Cup-caliber Dynamo show up this weekend.
Houston will return home this weekend to play the Chicago Fire, who picked up their first win of the season last weekend against the New York Red Bulls. MLSsoccer.com writers moved the Fire up one spot to No.18 and had this to say about Frank Klopas' squad:
Time to buy Maicon Santos for your Fantasy teams, folks. He has one month per season in which he's absolutely unstoppable, and if last weekend is any indication, April is it. With Arne Friedrich coming back soon as well, the Fire have a chance to make March's agony a distant memory.
Houston will look to extend their current home unbeaten streak to a MLS record 35 games in all competitions (regular season, playoffs and CCL), this Sunday against the Chicago Fire at 4 p.m. (BUY TICKETS)
Tampa Bay Rowdies - Alex Dixon
Dixon made his Rowdies debut on Saturday, playing the final 19 minutes of the club's 0-0 draw vs. the Carolina RailHawks. Former Dynamo defender Jordan Graye started and played 90 minutes for Carolina. The Rowdies will head to Texas this weekend to take on the San Antonio Scorprions.
Richmond Kickers - Brian Ownby
Ownby missed the Kickers' 2013 USL Pro season opening scoreless draw vs. the Pittsburgh Riverhounds after picking up a hamstring injury last week. The University of Virginia product made his Kickers debut in a 4-0 preseason win over James Madison University on March 26. Ownby is expected to be available when the Kickers take on the Charleston Battery on Saturday.
Dynamo broadcaster Eddie Robinson and CSN Houston's Sebastian Salazar look ahead to Saturday night's match between the Dynamo and Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field. The match will kick off on CSN Houston at 9:30 p.m. CT and can also be viewe online as the MLS Stream of the Week.
The Dynamo roster is currently comprised of 27 players. Creating the roster is an elaborate process, combining salary cap restraints while trying to create the most competitive team possible. Below is a look at how the 2013 Dynamo roster was constructed. It is clear the club has exercised all methods for acquiring players, including: the draft, signing homegrown players, trades, loans and signing players from other clubs.
The first chart details when and how each player was acquired:
|12/16/05||Brian Ching||Moved with club from San Jose (SJ acquired 03 Supplemental Draft)|
|12/16/05||Brad Davis||Moved with club from San Jose (SJ acquired 05 trade)|
|1/12/07||Corey Ashe||2007 MLS SuperDraft, Round 2 (pick 26)|
|12/12/07||Bobby Boswell||Traded from D.C. United for Zach Wells|
|1/23/09||Tally Hall||Signed as discovery player on free transfer from Esbjerg (Denmark)|
|2/27/09||Tyler Deric||Signed as home-grown player (first in club history)|
|6/9/09||Cam Weaver||Traded from San Jose Earthquakes for Chris Wondolowski|
|1/13/11||Kofi Sarkodie||2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 7)|
|1/13/11||Will Bruin||2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 11)|
|1/19/11||Alex Dixon||Signed as home-grown player|
|2/16/11||Jermaine Taylor||Transferred from St. George’s (Jamaica)|
|3/23/11||Calen Carr||Traded from Chicago Fire for Dominic Oduro|
|7/21/11||Adam Moffat||Traded from Portland Timbers for Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer|
|8/9/11||Luiz Camargo||Loaned from Clube Paraná (Brazil)|
|1/12/12||Warren Creavalle||2012 MLS SuperDraft Round 2 (pick 37)|
|1/17/12||Brian Ownby||2012 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 (pick 7)|
|2/22/12||Erich Marscheider||Signed as trialist|
|6/7/12||Boniek Garcia||Transferred from C.D. Olimpia (Honduras)|
|8/8/12||Ricardo Clark||Signed as free agent (originally moved with club from San Jose)|
|8/29/12||Giles Barnes||Signed as free agent|
|12/3/12||Eric Brunner||Traded from Portland for allocation money|
|12/22/12||Omar Cummings||Traded from Colorado for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money|
|1/17/13||Jason Johnson||2013 MLS SuperDraft Round 1 (pick 13)|
|1/22/13||Anthony Arena||2013 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 (pick 18)|
|2/14/13||Bryan Salazar||Signed as home-grown player|
|2/20/13||Andrew Driver||Loaned from Heart of Midlothian (Scotland)|
|3/1/13||Mike Chabala||Signed as free agent (Spent 2006-11 with Dynamo before trade to Portland)|
Next is a list of when the current Dynamo players were acquired, sorted by their first season with the club.
Acquisitions by first season* with club
*For players that re-joined the Dynamo (i.e Clark, Chabala), first season is classified by their year of return.
Finally, here is a breakdown of the current Dynamo roster by the amount of players acquired by various methods.
Acquisitions by method**
** Returning players classified by how they re-joined the Dynamo.
|MLS Supplemental Draft||2|
|San Jose original||2|
Looking for analysis from yesterday's Champions League matches or this weekend's Dynamo match vs. Portland? Tune in to Dynamo All-Access tonight from 7-9 pm on 1560 AM.
Glenn Davis will preview this weekend's Dynamo match, offering his analysis on the early season starts for both the Dynamo and Timbers.
Guests for the show include Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and defenders Bobby Boswell and Jermaine Taylor. In addition, Glenn will chat with NASL commissioner Bill Peterson and Portland Timbers broadcaster Robbie Earle.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
Sebastian Salazar sat down with Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear to discuss this weekend's opponent, the Portland Timbers.