Having met in each of the last two seasons in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City once again renew acquaintances on Sunday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo return home off a two- game winning road swing, without shutouts in both, after a midweek 4-0 win at D.C. United. Sporting hit the road following a second loss in a three-game homestand, a late 1-0 defeat by Seattle Sounders FC. The Dynamo have knocked higher-seeded Sporting out of the postseason in each of the last two seasons.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Clark, Moffat, Davis (C); Garcia, Bruin, Driver.
Subs: Marscheider, Chabala, Brunner, Camargo, Dixon, Ching, Johnson.
Sporting KC: Nielsen; Jerome, Collin, Opara, Sinovic; Nagamura, Rosell. Joseph; Zusi, Bieler, Peterson.
Subs: Kronberg, Gardner, Myers, Olum, Feilhaber, Kamara, Sapong.
In this week's episode of Dynamo Weekly, Sebastian Salazar and Glenn Davis break down Sunday's match between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC.
To secure your seats for Sunday's match, visit HoustonDynamo.com/Tickets or call (713) 276-GOAL.
Following his two goal, two assist performance against D.C. United, Dynamo forward Will Bruin was voted one of the Top 3 performers of the night by fans on MLSsoccer.com. Does Bruin have the inside track to an MLS Player of the Week award? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
First off, the Dynamo Charities Board would like to welcome and introduce Maria Duran, who has recently accepted the role of Senior Manager for Dynamo Charities. Maria has been with the Dynamo organization in various capacities since day one, and we are thrilled to have her working with us.
With Maria's support and leadership, we put on two very successful events in the past month:
1. Dine with the Dynamo - The event was coordinated, run and made successful by the Dynamo Sidekicks. We raised more than $15,000, and more importantly, it was a fantastic, fun evening for all that came out. Check this video of the event.
2. Tommy Bahama Island Cowboy classic benefiting Dynamo Charities and Woodlands Shooting Stars Special Olympics - Several of your Dynamo players came out to enjoy a round of golf at the Woodlands TPC and a delicious dinner at the Tommy Bahama restaurant. Eddie Robinson MC'd the live auction which raised more than $22,000. Check out this video to see what you missed: Dynamo TV.
Aside from these past two events, we have some other great initiatives coming up that will raise significant money for our causes. First, the 2013 Dynamo Girls calendar, which was released yesterday. All proceeds benefit Dynamo Charities, so we strongly encourage fans to pick up a copy and help us support the various events we host on an annual basis. Calendars are only $10 and are in limited supply, so pre-order now at www.houstondynamo.com/DGCalendar. They will also be available at the May 18 game versus New England in the adidas Team Store and at our table in BBVA Compass Stadium. On Thursday, KPRC Local 2 came out to interview DG Melissa (the calendar cover girl) and me about the calendar release – if you saw what actually aired, you know they did excellent job editing… (I was really there, I tweeted a picture to prove it…)
We are also thrilled to announce that our old friend Geoff Cameron will be coming to town this summer for the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup match. Stoke City was recently announced as the opponent and it should be an exciting match with Geoff and former FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea coming to town on July 24. This game is not in the season ticket package, so please get your tickets now. Proceeds from the game will go to Dynamo Charities for our work with Junior Achievement.
Houston Tour de Cure held their annual kickoff luncheon in the West Club at the stadium this week. For the third year, we have a team riding in the Tour (September 21 at AutoNation in Katy), and Chris Canetti is the Honorary Race Chairman this year. Register now to join the Dynamo team at (www.diabetes.org/houstontourdecure) AND raise at least $150 (but we would prefer $200) in order to get the coolest bike jersey. If your company is interested in being a jersey sponsor, contact Marc Vasquez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 276-7592. The tour's goal is $1,000,000 this year and our team goal is $75,000. Make a difference.
Brad and Tally’s Brigade will again support the military on July 6, grow that hair out for our Bald is Beautiful event at the August 17 game (details coming on how we may be able to set a world record), and start collecting for Adam’s Toy Chest in September – more details on all of these as we get closer to the events.
Thank you to all those that have attended and supported our events so far this year, we hope to see all of you at one or more events throughout the rest of the year. You can follow me on Twitter at @dynamochrtytony or send comments/suggestions/questions to email@example.com.
Take a look at some of the key talking points ahead of this week's match against Eastern Conference rival Sporting Kansas City.
Who were the Top 3 Wednesday Night Heroes?
Will Bruin (HOU) – 2 goals, 2 assist in 4-0 win over D.C.
Thierry Henry (NY) – 2 goals in 2-1 win over MTL
Adam Jahn (SJ) – 1 goal in 2-1 win over TOR
Blas Perez (DAL) – Drew PK, 2 key passes in 1-1 draw with POR
Nick Rimando (RSL) – Clutch PK save in 2-1 win over NE
Djimi Traore (SEA) – 1 goal in 1-0 win over KC