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It was a tough week for the Dynamo against Canadian opposition, as they were only able to get one point against Toronto F.C. and the Montreal Impact. The team fought hard to come back from a 3-1 deficit against Toronto to earn a 3-3 draw. Bobby Boswell got his first goal of the season off a patented Brad Davis corner kick, and Will Bruin scored two goals (including the game-winning header in the 90th minute) to even the score. Davis and Bruin struck again against Montreal, with the Dancing Bear scoring his third goal of the week and ninth of season and Davis swerving home a free kick past Donovan Ricketts. Their goals weren't enough, however, as the Dynamo fell 4-2.
The draw and loss brings the Orange to an even 5-5-5 on the year, and fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. In response to the results, the writers at MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo one spot in their power rankings, from No. 8 to No. 9. They had this to say:
Another team we may be giving too much respect to, but it's hard to avoid it when you look at what this group is capable of. We all remember what this defense looked like at the end of 2011, and there's no reason to think they won't get back there in 2012.
It's obvious that the defense hasn't looked its best this week, but as the writers say, there is plenty of talent on the back line. Add in the phenomenonal year that Will Bruin is having and the addition of Oscar Boniek Garcia, and the Dynamo look poised to make another playoff run.
Elsewhere in the power rankings world, Jeffrey Carlisle of ESPN.com also ranks the Dynamo ninth, the Soccer By Ives crew had them at No. 10 and Steve Davis at ProSoccerTalk.com still likes the men in orange at No. 7.
What do you think? Who can the Dynamo leapfrog this week? Who's your top five? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
The Twitter vote is closed but you can still cast your vote to give your favorite Dynamo players a chance to be on the MLS All-Star team and take on Chelsea FC. The game will be played at PPL Park (home of the Philadelphia Union) on July 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. CT! Make sure to select Dynamo’s Tally Hall, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainult, Brad Davis, and Will Bruin on your MLS All-Star ballot today.
Fans can vote until July 2 online at MLSsoccer.com or by texting a player's last name only to 22442. Online and text voting concludes July 2 at 4 p.m. CT.
The 11 players with the highest combined online, text and Twitter fan votes will become the First XI All-Stars and will be unveiled on Sunday, July 8, at halftime of the Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy match. The player that earns the most text votes will automatically claim one of those 11 spots. Following the unveiling, the game-day roster will be announced on July 15 by MLS All-Star head coac Ben Olsen during the New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders match at 3 p.m. CT.
There is no restriction on the number of times a fan can vote, so make sure to vote for your Dynamo players as many times as you can!
From now until 10:59 p.m. CDT, you can tweet your vote for the MLS First XI for the All Star Game vs. Chelsea FC on July 25. We need your help to get Will Bruin, Geoff Cameron, Tally Hall and the rest of the Dynamo to Philadelphia to take on the UEFA Champions League winners. Here's how you do it:
Step 1: Follow @MLS on Twitter. Only users that follow @MLS will be eligible.
Step 2: Choose from the 114 eligible players listed here that you want to vote for. We recommend Tally Hall, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Will Bruin and Brad Davis, for obvious reasons.
Step 3: Use the first AND last name of the player(s) that you're voting for along with the hashtag #MLSAllStar, and tweet it!
That's all you have to do! You can vote via Twitter as many times as you would like, and you can vote for as many players as possible in a single tweet (But you can't vote for the same player multiple times in the same tweet. You'll have to make separate tweets.) Remember, Twitter voting ends tonight, so get your tweets in! If your followers complain that you're overrunning their timeline, tell them that they should be voting as well.
If you miss the Twitter deadline or don't have a Twitter account, you can also vote using the online ballot here.
Now let's paint Twitter orange and get our players to the All-Star Game!
MLSsoccer.com continues its Power 5 series with a look at five records that are considered breakable, as well as five that will not be broken any time soon. No. 4 on the breakable list is career minutes played, a record held by none other than Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston. Ralston is described by his peers as an "Iron Man" and is credited not only for his longevity, but for his ability to maintain a high level throughout his career. Watch the video below to see what else the writers at MLSsoccer.com have to say about the Dynamo Assistant Coach and who they think could break his record.
Voting began on Friday for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, a matchup of the MLS All-Stars and European Champions Chelsea on July 25 in Philadelphia.
Who do you think should be on the All-Star team this year? Six Dynamo players are on the ballot: Goalkeeper Tally Hall; defenders Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron and Andre Hainault; midfielder Brad Davis and forward Will Bruin.
A panel of media members nominated a total of 114 players – the top six per team – to the fan ballot. Fans can also vote by sending a player’s first and last name via text message to 22442. Twitter voting will occur June 21-22.
The players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will become the first 11 All-Stars – known as the All-Star First XI.
MLSSoccer.com editor in chief Greg Lalas offers his selections for defenders in the video below, including Dynamo center back Geoff Cameron.
In the latest episode of Anatomy of a Goal, MLSsoccer.com editor-in-chief Greg Lalas breaks down Luiz Camargo's strike against the New England Revolution. Lalas commends Camargo's willingnes to move without the ball, as well as Ching's intelligence to show for his teammate and draw defenders away from the open space. Watch the video below to see what else Lalas had to say.
MLSsoccer.com's Power 5 series continues this week with a look at the top five center backs in MLS. Coming in at No. 3 is Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron, a player who has only played the center back position for approximately two years yet has already caught the attention of U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. In the video, Cameron is praised for his calmness on the ball, his precision with his passing and his ability to start the attack.
In case you missed it, Dynamo midfielder Luiz Camargo opened his MLS scoring account in dramatic fashion on Saturday, finishing off a one-two with Brian Ching with an emphatic left-footed strike past Matt Reis to give Houston a 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium. If you haven't seen the goal previously, watch the video below.
Aside from giving the Dynamo a much deserved point on the road, Camargo's goal has also been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. This is the second consecutive week a Dynamo goal has been nominated.
Following the Dynamo's 1-0 win over D.C. United in the grand opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, KPRC Local 2 sports director Randy McIlvoy went live with the third edition of Dynamo 360. The show featured footage from the pregame festivities, ingame highlights and postgame celebrations. In addition, Brad Davis, Brian Ching and head coach Dominic Kinnear spoke with Randy on the field.
Dynamo 360 is a monthly show featuring exclusive Dynamo content on KPRC Local 2. This Saturday, KPRC Local 2 will air their third Dynamo match of the season. Saturday's match against New England kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT (pregame show: 6 p.m. CT).
We took a few weeks off providing Power Ranking updates, but now that we are only 11 days from the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, we wanted to give you an update on where our team stacks up compared to the rest of MLS. The Dynamo are coming off a hard-fought 3-2 loss to D.C. United. The team came-from-behind twice to even the match, but Maicon Santos' 70th-minute goal proved to be the difference. The loss drops Houston to an even 2-2-2 after six consecutive road matches. Following the loss, the writers at MLSsoccer.com dropped Houston to No. 7 in their rankings and had this to say about the men in orange:
The Dynamo lost this one, but it’s a safe bet the result goes the other way once they finally set up camp at their new digs in downtown Houston. And has there been a better player in the league in the last three weeks than Will Bruin?
We tend to agree with the writers at MLSsoccer on both accounts. Don't you?
So what do you think? Are the Dynamo still in the 6-7 spot in the league or do you think they should be higher or lower? Who is in your top 5? Let us know in the comments below!