Major League Soccer
On Tuesday, Major League Soccer announced the 2013 home openers for all 19 MLS clubs. The Dynamo will open next season at home on March 2 against D.C. United. This will be the second consecutive year the Dynamo play United in a home opener.
The Dynamo are 9-4-2 all-time against United in the regular season and are 10-0-1 against D.C. in Houston in all competitions. That record includes two SuperLiga wins against United and last year's 3-1 playoff victory in their Eastern Conference Championship series.
It's important to note that just because the Dynamo are not listed again on the chart, does not mean they have the next three weekends off. It just means they are not any other club's home opener.
Following the MLS opener against D.C. United, the Dynamo will take on Santos Laguna in the quarterfinals of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions Leauge. The exact dates of the two-legged series have not been confirmed, but the first leg will be either March 5, 6 or 7 with the second leg to be played March 12, 13 or 14. One of those matches will be at BBVA Compass Stadium with the other match to be played at Estadio Corona in Torreón, Mexico.
As a result of those matches against Santos, the Dynamo will have a bye the second week of the MLS season. The Dynamo should resume MLS play the weekend of Saturday, March 16 but whether the Dynamo have a match that weekend and whether that match is home or away will not be announced until after the new year.
At this time, the only way to secure tickets to both the home opener and the match against Santos are through full or partial season ticket packages. Fans are encouraged to act quickly to secure their seats as both matches are expected to sell out.
Between the regular season and the playoffs, the Houston Dynamo scored 57 goals. Did you miss any of them? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Have an opinion on today's MLS Cup final? Matt Pedersen and Glenn Davis are hosting a call-in show on KPRC 950 until 8 p.m. CT. To voice your opinion on the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy or to talk about last season or the one ahead, call (713) 212-5950.
All stats are courtesy of Opta Sports
First Half Stats
|LA Galaxy||Houston Dynamo|
|4||Attempts on Goal||7|
|0||Shots on Target||3|
|4||Shots off Target||1|
|7||Open Play Crosses||11|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||48%|
|77%||Passing Accuracy %||81%|
With less than an hour before kickoff, lineups have been released for both the Dynamo and the Galaxy. Heading into the match, the only question mark for the Dynamo was the health of forward Calen Carr. Although he was not listed on Friday's injury report, it was not known if he was fit to go a full 90 or if Kinnear would use the energetic Macoumba Kandji to start the match. That question was answered with the release of today's lineup.
GK: Tally Hall
RB: Kofi Sarkodie
CB: Bobby Boswell
CB: Jermaine Taylor
LB: Corey Ashe
RM: Boniek Garcia
CM: Adam Moffat
CM: Ricardo Clark
LM: Brad Davis (C)
FW: Will Bruin
FW: Calen Carr
With Carr back in the lineup, Kinnear has chosen to go back to the 4-4-2 formation that has worked so well for him throughout his coaching career. Here are the Dynamo's available subs:
GK: Tyler Deric
DF: Andre Hainault
MF: Giles Barnes
MF: Luiz Camargo
FW: Mac Kandji
FW: Cam Weaver
FW: Brian Ching
Today's Galaxy starting lineup is:
Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant; Christian Wilhelmsson, David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane.
Their available subs are:
Brian Perk, Marcelo Sarvas, Michael Stephens, AJ DeLaGarza, Edson Buddle, Pat Noonan, Bryan Gaul
Today's match can be seen nationally on ESPN and TeleFutura. It can also be heard locally on KPRC 950 with an extended postgame call-in show to follow.
Be sure to follow @DynamoMatchday for in-game updates as well as @HoustonDynamo for behind-the-scenes content.
OUT: DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms); QUESTIONABLE: DF A.J. DeLaGarza (L knee sprain)