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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.

 

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.

 

19 August 10:51 am

 

Tyler Deric is up for MLS Save of the Week.

Watch Tyler Deric in action and vote for his stop on a long-distance blast from New England's Kelyn Rowe HERE.

Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday. For complete coverage of MLS Save of the Week - including an archive of all of this season's nominees and winners- click here.

18 August 5:28 pm

Houston Dynamo Academy midfielder Marcelo Palomino was named to the United Stated Under-14 boys national team roster by head coach Brian Johnson for an eight-day training camp, which began on Sunday in Carson, Calif. The U.S. Under-14s will train in Southern California through Aug. 26.   

This is Palomino’s sixth consecutive U-14 national team camp, including camps in January, February and April of this year.

Palomino turned 14 in May and scored six goals in 24 games with the U-14s last season. He also frequently played up with the U-16s and is the younger brother of U-18 midfielder Josue Palomino.

 

12 August 2:06 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. 

Dynamo TV broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak with Dynamo defenders Raul Rodriguez, David Horst and Sheanon Williams about Saturday's 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes as well as the upcoming road game at New England on Saturday. Davis will also speak with head coach Owen Coyle and New England Revolution TV broadcaster Brad Feldman to preview Saturday's game.

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.

 

10 August 4:01 pm

DaMarcus Beasley, who has also been named to the Team of the Week, is nominated for Goal of the Week for his FIRST Dynamo goal during Dynamo vs San Jose Earthquakes this past weekend.

MLSSoccer.com had this to say about Beasley's entry:

Left-footed players also joined the fray, with Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley slaloming through the San Jose Earthquakes back line for his first MLS goal since the 2003 MLS Cup Final.

Vote HERE for Beasley. The winner will be annouced Friday. 

Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays. For complete coverage of the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week- including an archive of all this season's nominees and winners- click here.

05 August 5:31 pm

(Via MLS Communications)

The MLS Disciplinary has issued suspensions to Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza and the Chicago Fire midfielder Matt Watson, the league announced Wednesday.

The Committee suspended Espinoza for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of an opponent in the 67th minute of Kansas City's match against Houston on Aug. 1 (VIDEO).

In a separate incident in the 44th minute of the same game, the Committee fined Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer an undisclosed amount for embellishment while both Sporting and Houston were found to be in violation of the Mass Confrontation Policy (VIDEO).

03 August 2:48 pm

The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Sporting Park. Here are some milestones and notes from the match.

  • Brad Davis, the franchise leader in assists, recorded his 100th career regular-season assist on Ricardo Clark's tying goal. Davis reached 100 assists in his 260th career regular-season appearance with Houston.
  • Clark set a new career-high with his fifth goal of the season. Clark surpassed his previous high of four, set in each of the last two seasons. Clark also scored against the Austin Aztex in the U.S. Open Cup so the central midfielder has six goals in all competitions this season.
  • Clark has 13 goals in his last three seasons (77 games) after he scored 15 goals in his first eight MLS seasons (192 games)
  • Davis also played 90 minutes to reach 25,033 career minutes in all competitions with the Dynamo to become the first player to surpass 25,000 minutes in all competitions with the club.
  • The Dynamo are unbeaten in their last five regular-season visits to Sporting Park, with one win and four ties since they lost in their first visit to the new stadium in 2011.
  • It was also Davis’ 314th career regular-season start to pass Landon Donovan (313) for eighth on the MLS all-time list.
  • Will Bruin played 62 minutes to reach 11,515 career minutes in all competitions with the Dynamo and pass Geoff Cameron (11,471) for 10th on the club list.

 

02 August 4:11 pm

The Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a spirited 1-1 draw Saturday at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Courtesy of Sporting KC communications, here is a transcription of postgame quotes from both teams.

Houston Dynamo manager Owen Coyle

On Houston's 1-1 draw against Sporting KC…
I think we knew coming into Sporting Park it was always going to be a tough game. They have an unbelievable home record and one they should be very proud of. So we knew we were going to have to play very well and we did. Sporting Kansas City had one attack on goal in which they scored from. I think it may have been a soft foul, but having said that, it was a wonderful delivery and Dom Dwyer is an outstanding player one of the top players in MLS. Many teams would have felt sorry for themselves, but we picked ourselves up and, truth be told, we punished Sporting Kansas City off the park in the first half. We should have had two or three goals on the back of that.

We then came out in the second half with the same endeavor except I think it was a bit more even. Sporting had one or two chances of their own. As I said before, you know the quality of us. We scored a very good goal and then found ourselves down to 10 men.

On the rivalry between the two sides and the red cards in the previous three meetings…
I can only judge from my three games and we are the team that’s not finished with 11 in all three games. Tonight, in real time I didn’t think it was [a red card]. Nathan Sturgis, he never led with his studs and the only thing he was guilty of was being a little bit late. He never led with studs and never looked to endanger the opponent. But there is no doubt there is a fierce rivalry between the sides and both clubs have fantastic history and history they should be proud of. They are both very special clubs within MLS. So that’s always going to lead to a good intensity in the game.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis

On Houston’s 1-1 draw against Sporting KC…
It was a good game. I thought our group was really good tonight. We gave Sporting very few chances. We’ve talked about them being one of the better teams in the league at spreading teams out with the ball, and they have some good, creative players. I think we did very well to stay tight to them and disrupt their game. We had a couple chances in the first half to actually go up. Overall I thought our game plan was attacked very well, and I’m extremely happy of this group tonight for the effort that was put in.

On Houston responding to a 1-0 halftime deficit…
At that point we know [we’re in the game]. We know if we’re playing well or we’re not playing well, and we knew we had some chances. We just had to stay with it, not get frustrated and continue to push. Fortunately we were able to get our goal. It’s a difficult place to come and play—we know that—and when we got that goal later in the game, it was very important that we were smart and locked it down and come away with a point at that point. We did a good job.

On assisting Ricardo Clark’s equalizing goal from a set piece…
Tonight we didn’t have many other [set pieces] in a really dangerous spot—maybe one. I know (Ricardo Clark) is going to attack the ball. They actually were putting a couple guys on David Horst, so I actually wanted to miss him. I told the other guys to try to get away and separate themselves because David was a guy we were trying to pick out who they had been marking. I told them, “Try to get yourself free” and luckily it worked out.

Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin

On Houston and Sporting KC playing another hotly contested match…
It’s always a battle every game. Every time we play it’s a clash and both teams’ intensity rises. Both teams scored on a set piece—that’s how tight the margins are. It’s always a fun game and this lived up to it.

On Houston responding to a 1-0 halftime deficit…
I thought we played well in the first half. Obviously they had a restart goal from a header five minutes in—that’s not the ideal start. But instead of putting our heads down, we kept playing and we had chances. I could have scored on a little half-breakaway [in the first half]. We never put our heads down. We kept battling and found a way to score and even it up and leave with a point.

On the Houston-Sporting KC rivalry…
This is my fifth year in the league and we’ve always played them in the postseason. Every game we’ve played against them is a battle. I think we play somewhat similar styles with the mentality and the physicality and the pressing. When you get two teams that high-press and play strong, it’s going to be a battle.

Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes

On Sporting KC's performance...
It wasn’t a good game for either team. It was a very scrappy game, back and forth. We sure did give a lot of chances away. We created some good ones, but not enough. Both teams were just scrappy.

On the status of Roger Espinoza...
He just got whacked pretty good. That’s why he came out; he just couldn’t go. He got jammed right in the shin. Obviously, we’ll have to see over the next few days what it’s like.

On Sporting KC's rivalry with Houston...
The game is with grown men. It’s physical and it’s emotional. I think it’s two teams that have always been in the mix late in the season and two teams that are getting ready to compete for MLS Cup. We wind up in the same conference, so we might wind up seeing each other in some big matches all the time. Both teams are extremely competitive. With that being said, there’s going to be fireworks sometimes. I’m glad to see that our guys kept their composure.

On the possibility of replays in MLS and if he agrees with their implementation within the game...
Absolutely, 100 percent. It was good because also when you look at the Nemeth goal, he was offside. It wasn’t by much but he was off. It’s great to know that he was off and there wasn’t a mistake made. Hopefully sometime it’s going to change, sooner rather than later.

On the field conditions playing a part in the match:
It was choppy, it was. But the great thing is it’s not as bad as our other field was. By the time we get back here for the next game, I assume it’ll be a heck of a lot better because it’ll have a chance to settle and they’ll be able to do a little more work on it. It was the right thing that we did. We needed to get a new field in here ASAP. The other field was really dangerous. For these guys, and honestly I laugh about it, they’re used to playing on a pool table all the time. For me, that was like a Wembley back in my day. So for these guys, it’s hard for them to play on it, but I could’ve played on that thing all day long.

On set pieces given up late in the game...
Is it troubling? It ticks me off. I hate giving up any set pieces in any game. But we scored a great one. I thought we were dangerous in and around the box many times.

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer

On receiving a yellow card in the first half…
I’m pretty sure I kept my hands down by my side the whole time. I knew I had four yellows so I didn’t want to get another. I’m very frustrated that he gave me one for that. I don’t want to say too much more, I don’t want to get myself in trouble, but I think you can see for yourself on that one.

On Dwyer’s first takeaway from the game…
Obviously we are a little bit frustrated. It wasn’t the result we wanted. We wanted to get three points. We’ll take the positives out of it, get the point and move on to the next one.

On the match’s controversial calls…
Everyone is human. The refs make mistakes. It happens. Hopefully they’ll watch it back and learn and it’ll be different next time.

On if it was tough to get into a rhythm with the controversial calls…
Not really. The field was challenging and that slowed the rhythm of the game a little bit. The ref was fairly consistent with certain calls here and there. Some were a bit soft but it was pretty good for both sides. The lineman could’ve helped him out too. Sometimes it doesn’t fall your way.

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler

On what the official told Besler following the no-call inside the box late in the match…
He told me he judged it to have hit his (Luis Garrido) hip.

On the first thing Besler can takeaway from the game…
Sloppy game. It was disappointing not to get a win at home, but we have to get ready for the next game.

On the condition of the new field…
We can’t use the field as an excuse because it’s the same for both teams. We’re hoping and we’re being told that it’s continuing to get better.

Postgame questions and responses from Referee Jorge Gonzalez

Q: Why was a handball not called on Luis Garrido in the 94th minute?
A: It was judged not to be deliberate.

Q: How can a handball be judged not deliberate when the player’s arm is in an extended position?
A:
The arm was judged to be in a natural playing position.

Q: Why were cautions issued to Dom Dwyer and Tyler Deric late in the first half?
A:
They both committed acts, which in the opinion of the referee, showed a lack of respect for the game (e.g. aggressive attitude and inflammatory behavior).

Q: What was the reason for overturning the penalty call against Tim Melia in the first half?
A:
After consultation with the assistant referee, it was judged that Tim Melia fairly challenged for the ball.

01 August 1:47 pm

Houston Dynamo fans may see themselves in their favorite players beginning tonight as the Dynamo face Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Starting tonight, and throughout August, Dynamo player jerseys will include the faces of season ticket members who submitted their photograph earlier this year. The Dynamo are part of a league-wide initiative, with all 20 MLS clubs participating in the jersey program.

Season ticket members submitted their photo and selected their preferred jersey number (0-9) and the location for their picture within the digit. Thousands of Dynamo supporters submitted photos and will be featured across the Dynamo jersey numbers this month.

Major League Soccer is the first league to utilize this platform, which is provided by Playing2. The Mexican National Team, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are among several teams in other countries that have previously used this platform in order to bring supporters closer to the game.

Get your first look at the new jersey numbers when the Dynamo face Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. tonight (TV: ROOT SPORTS Alternate Channel and TeleXitos).