MLS Regular Season
As the Houston Dynamo prepare for Sunday's showdown against Sporting KC, Eddie Robinson takes a look at the key storylines heading into the match.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell one additional game and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct that endangered the safety of his opponent, New England Revolution forward Dimitry Imbongo in the 39th minute of their game on May 18.
Boswell was issued a red card for the offense, and the Committee unanimously determined that Boswell’s head butt was an egregious act that required further sanction. Thus, Boswell will serve a total suspension of two games – this Sunday at Sporting Kansas City and June 1 at the Columbus Crew.
That's the reaction right now in the world of American soccer with today's announcement that Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees have joined forces for New York City FC, the 20th team in Major League Soccer, which will begin play in 2015.
A second team in the New York market has long been the goal of MLS commissioner Don Garber and he has not been shy with his intentions. The addition of the New York Yankees, however, is news to everyone. While some might question whether or not a second team in the New York market is good for MLS, Dynamo president Chris Canetti believes this is a positive step for Major League Soccer.
"This is a great announcement for MLS and a big positive step forward," Canetti said. "I know that Commissioner Garber has worked long and hard to make this project a reality and it is good to see his vision come to fruition. It is another symbol of MLS’ growth and development."
Canetti understands what it takes to be successful in New York City. The Connecticut native joined the New York MetroStars in 2000 and worked for the organization until he joined the Houston Dynamo in May 2006.
"I believe that the New York market can support two teams because of the variable dynamics there," he added. "I think New York City will be an incredible success story given its location and the huge soccer market within a short distance of the stadium."
So while the move to put the league's 20th team might be good for New York sports fans, what does this mean for the Dynamo?
In 2011, the Dynamo were moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference to make room for the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps. When the Montreal Impact joined MLS in 2012, the Dynamo remained in the Eastern Conference, giving the East 10 teams and the West nine teams. With NYCFC beginning play in 2015, does that spell a potential move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo?
"I can only guess, but it would seem to make sense that the Dynamo are relocated back to the Western Conference," Canetti said. "It would balance out the conferences with 10 teams per side, and it makes the most geographical sense for us to be realigned."
There are lots of things to consider with a potential move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo. The move would potentially mean a revival of the Texas Derby with multiple games played each year between the Dynamo and FC Dallas. A switch could also halt the budding rivalry between the Dynamo and Sporting KC. In the grand scheme of things, a move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo could lead to the return of a balanced schedule that fans have long called for.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Do you like the addition of New York City FC to MLS? Would you like to see the Dynamo back in the Western Conference? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching joined Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters Monday night to talk about Saturday's match against the New England Revolution and the current state of the Dynamo. Davis will be back on the airways Thursday night when he hosts Dynamo All-Access from 7-9 p.m on 1560 AM.
Go behind the scenes at BBVA Compass Stadium during the Dynamo's match against the New England Revolution in this week's edition of TunnelVision.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis. The Dynamo broadcaster will chat about the current state of the Houston Dynamo as well as preview the upcoming Champions League final and Liga MX Clausura final.
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.
In the latest feature for Dynamo TV, CSN Houston's Sebastian Salazar takes a look at the career path of Dynamo forward Will Bruin. The St. Louis native was a standout performer for the Indiana Hoosiers before the Dynamo selected him in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Learn more about Houston's third-year striker.
Having had their record home undefeated streak put to an end, the Houston Dynamo will to start another when they play host to the New England Revolution on Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo lost in their new stadium for the first time ever last weekend, dropping a 1-0 decision to Sporting Kansas City. The Revolution hit the road following a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium last weekend.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Driver, Clark, Garcia, Davis (C); Bruin, Barnes..
Subs: Marscheider, Brunner, Moffat, Camargo, Creavalle, Johnson, Ching.
New England: Shuttleworth, Barnes, Goncalves (c), McCarthy, Farrell, Guy, Nguyen, Simms, Toja, Fagundez, Imbongo.
Subs: Reis, Caldwell, Tierney, Agudelo, Dorman, Bengtson, Sene.