Canetti's Corner - July 12, 2010

Obodai joins club for SuperLiga, playoff push

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Photo Credit: 
Joseph Musarra / Houston Dynamo

Welcome to edition No. 11 of my weekly blog. It appears on the
new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday.

As we head into the
second half of the 2010 MLS season, we face a new challenge: chasing a playoff
spot. Over the last four years, we have comfortably sat in playoff position at
the midway point and beyond.

We intend to make a
run for the playoffs, as we are currently three points out with 14 games left to
play. We are essentially chasing four teams: San
Jose, Colorado, FC Dallas, and Toronto. We have four head-to-head games left against these clubs.

The key to our
playoff run is improved play, the addition of Anthony Obodai, and the return of Geoff Cameron.

I think Saturday’s
draw and shutout was another positive result and a sign of good things to come.
A win would have been sweet, but it appears we are starting to get our back line on
track, and that will hopefully lead to more victories.

Obodai has rejoined the team on trial, and it is possible he will be signed and available for Thursday’s SuperLiga game against Pachuca. Obodai can add depth to our central midfield and give Brad Davis the chance to move back to his
natural position on the left. Obodai was impressive during his trial period with
the club. He has a strong resume that includes a club career in the Dutch Eredivisie and call-ups to the Ghanaian
national team.

Cameron is making
good progress on his rehab and could return in mid-August, meaning he may only
miss 3-4 more MLS games.

SuperLiga is now
upon us, and we are focused on making a run at the title. This was an exciting
tournament for us in 2007 and 2008. You may recall that we lost to Pachuca in the ’07 semifinals and lost to New England in the ’08 final (both on PKs). The atmosphere
around these games is playoff-like. We are expecting the same level of intensity
again this year, so it should be a lot of fun. We have three home
dates:

Thursday, July
15                   Dynamo vs. Pachuca, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July
18                      Dynamo vs. Chivas USA, Pachuca vs. Puebla,
7 p.m.

Wednesday, July
21                Dynamo vs. Puebla, 7 p.m.

Season ticket
holders have seats to the July 15 and 21 games. The July 18 date was a late
add-on and not a part of the 20-game package. Season ticket holders can get
discounted seats to the July 18 doubleheader by calling their
account executive at (713) 276-7500.

The MLS All-Star
Game is now just 16 days away. Sales have picked up substantially over the last
week, and more than 45,000 seats have been sold. If you don’t have your seats
yet, what are you waiting for? Manchester United arrived in Chicago today to start its
training. They will play in Toronto, Philadelphia, and Kansas
City before coming to Houston. Chicharito Hernandez has been
confirmed for the roster.

In case you haven’t
heard, we have an early bird special on 2011 season tickets. Fans renewing
before the All-Star Game receive a price freeze, the opportunity to obtain a
free season ticket in 2011, and the opportunity to get onto the pitch for
pre-game warm-ups during the MLS All-Star Game (while supplies last, only 96
spots left). Call your account exec for more
details.

We are closely
watching the Thierry Henry situation to see if he has indeed signed with the New York
Red Bulls. We play New York at home on July 31, and it could make for an exciting night if that turns out to be Henry's MLS debut.

Feel free to email
me at ccanetti@houstondynamo.com.