Canetti's Corner - June 28, 2010

Dynamo COO sees positive step ahead of Tuesday Open Cup match

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

Welcome to edition No. 9 of my weekly blog. It appears on the
new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday.

As the final whistle
blew on Saturday night, I was trying to evaluate my thoughts on the match. There
were so many things to weigh and take into consideration. Getting the late
equalizer is a sign of character … We had some good chances to win … We had some
tough luck in Danny Cruz’s shot that ricocheted off both posts and in Lovel
Palmer
’s own goal … We gave up an unusual goal … We mostly controlled the match
… At the end of the day, I think that we should view the performance as a
positive and a step in the right direction as we look to get back to our usual
form. Typically, we wouldn’t be so accepting of a home draw, but in this case, I
think we can look at it as a building block.

We now head into a
busy week that starts on Tuesday. That’s right; Tuesday. In case you missed it,
we are hosting a U.S. Open Cup
match vs. Miami FC at Robertson
Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for season ticket holders and $12 for all
others, and there will be free parking on the Scott St. side at Robertson. It will be a general admission seating arrangement in a scaled down
house. It is the first U.S. Open Cup match we have hosted since 2006 (a 3-0 win
over FC Dallas). With an MLS match at Toronto
FC
on Thursday (ESPN2, 6pm), look for a unique lineup with some
reserves getting a chance to impress.

This is a unique
tournament, and watching these games is a lot of fun. I hope to see you there.

>>Get U.S. Open Cup tickets<<

A win puts us
through to the quarterfinals on July 6 vs. the Austin Aztex/Chivas USA winner. If it’s
Chivas USA, then the match
will be in Houston. If it’s Austin, then the match could be either here or
there. If we host, tickets will go on sale on Wednesday on HoustonDynamo.com.

I thought Saturday's post-game tribute to Oliver Luck
was very nice. Officially, this was his last MLS match as team president (although
I’m sure we’ll see him around). For those of you that weren’t there, he was
recognized on the field after the match. The entire team shared in the ceremony
and presented him with an autographed photo. We are all going to miss him and
wish him well at WVU. For those of you seeking an opportunity to wish Oliver
well, we will probably host a more formal public reception later in the
summer.

The World Cup has
been amazing for soccer in this country. ESPN’s coverage has made it mainstream.
Soccer, once difficult to find on the map, is now front and center. The world’s
greatest sporting event is getting its due time here in the U.S., and people
are watching … ESPN has reported a 60 percent increase in ratings over the 2006 World
Cup. We are working on
World Cup Final viewing party. Keep your eyes open for that
news.

The All-Star Week
event schedule is due to be released soon. A few things you should look out for
include:

Dynamo
Charities 5K Run – Saturday, July 24
All-Star Kickoff
Party – Monday, July 26 (private to season ticket holders)
MLS
All-Star Jam – Tuesday, July 27
Brian
Ching Post-Game Party – Wednesday, July 28

Be sure
to save these dates. Further details will be in the upcoming official
announcement.

A few other random
thoughts …

-30 days until the
AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Do you
have your seats yet?
-17 days until
SuperLiga starts (Pachuca, Thursday, July 15 –
7 p.m.)
-The Philadelphia
Union
opened their brand-new stadium
yesterday in a match vs. Seattle. PPL Park becomes the ninth
soccer-specific stadium in MLS.
-Do you think soccer
might want to consider some use of technology after some of the blown calls at
the World Cup? I bet most U.S., England, and Mexico fans
do.
-That’s it for this
week. I hope you are ready for another action-packed week of soccer ahead. Email
comments to ccanetti@houstondynamo.com.

Take
care.