Three weeks ago, it was announced the Dynamo would meet Stoke City on July 24 in the fifth edition of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.
While many fans know that Americans Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea play for Stoke, we highlighted three other players to watch: forwards Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch and defender Ryan Shawcross.
Another player worth highlighting is goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who won four club awards last week at the club's End of Season Awards Dinner. The 25-year-old with 20 caps for the Bosnian national team was popular among teammates, coaches andf fans, picking up silverware in four categories: Supporter Clubs' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Coaching Staff's Player of the Year (co-winner with Shawcross), and Fan's Player of the Year.
The goalkeeper told StokeCityFC.com: "I never expected all of this, I came here to play my part in the evening. This gives me the motivation to go away and try even harder next season."
Begovic started all 38 Premier League games this season and recorded 12 shutouts.
2012-13 Stoke City Awards
SUPPORTERS CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GOAL OF THE SEASON
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
COACHING STAFF’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross
FANS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Stoke City ended its season on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Southampton. It was the final appearance for Michael Owen, who announced his retirement in March and entered as a substitute for the final game in his career. Owen scored 40 goals in 89 career appearances for the English national team, including goals at the 1998 World Cup, 2000 European Championships, 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championships to become the first player to score in four major tournaments for England. Owen won the European Player of the Year award (Ballon d'Or) in 2001.
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.
The Dynamo Reserves took on the Charleston Battery this past weekend in MLS Reserve League/USL Pro action. Dane Kelly scored the lone goal as Charleston defeated the Dynamo Reserves 1-0.
You can get the full match report here, and check out the highlights below.
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.
Goalkeeper Tally Hall and defender Eric Brunner share their thoughts after the Dynamo's 2-0 loss to the New England Revolution.
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.
Usually it's the guys wearing gloves that have the inside track on the Save of the Week award. Not in Week 11.
Houston Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie won the honor by a landslide for his desperate double stop on the goal line, foiling D.C. United's Dwayne De Rosario twice.
But second place also went to a field player. Midfielder Paulo Nagamura had a goal-line stop of his own to earn 18.25 percent of the ballots.
Did the voters get it right? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Week 11 Final Voting
1. Kofi Sarkodie (HOU), 60.91%
2. Paulo Nagamura (DC), 18.25%
3. Joe Bendik (TOR), 14.29%
4. Bill Hamid (DC) 4.26%
5. Jon Busch (SJ) 2.29%
Houston Dynamo defender Corey Ashe joined Kevin Eschenfelder and Jorge Vargas on CSN Houston's SportsTalk Live on Thursday afternoon.