Canetti's Corner - July 19, 2010

All-Star Week is almost here; Pachuca win highlights exciting week

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Photo Credit: 
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Welcome to edition No. 12 of my weekly blog. It appears on the
new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday.

There is a lot to
cover this week. Let me jump right into things.

After a win over
Pachuca and a draw with Chivas USA, we are in a decent position
going into our final SuperLiga group match vs. Puebla on
Wednesday. We can advance with a win or a draw. If we lose, then we will need Pachuca to beat or tie
Chivas.

The team has played
well in the tournament. The win over Pachuca was tremendously
satisfying. Joe Ngwenya scored two
goals, while Tally Hall made some
great saves. I think we outplayed Chivas and could have won the match. We missed
some golden opportunities and lost concentration on their lone
goal.

As you know, we
released Luis Angel Landin last
Tuesday. Things simply didn’t work out with Luis during his tenure here. We had
high hopes for him when he was signed from Cruz Azul, but our expectations were never
met. He had just two goals and three assists in 20 appearances in all competitions. The timing of
the move was based on our need to clear a roster spot and his limited
foreseeable playing time. He has signed with Atlante, and we wish him well
there.

Many have asked,
“What does this say about the Dynamo’s philosophy on having a designated
player?” Here’s the answer: We are open to signing other designated players,
although it will be difficult to acquire one in 2010 due to salary cap
limitations. We will look to sign DPs in the future under the right situation.
Finding the right fit requires the balance of many factors and good
timing.

John’s
Spencer’s
departure as assistant coach was
another piece of news from last week. John is moving on to pursue other career
interests. An announcement regarding John’s future will be made soon by the
appropriate party. I’d like to thank John for his contributions to the Dynamo
and wish him well. He has been a valuable asset to the
organization.

In the meantime, we
are actively seeking John’s replacement and have some leading candidates in
line. It is possible that we could announce a replacement this
week.

Ticket sales for the
2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
are upwards of 50,000. Seats have been going fast over the last few weeks. We
expect that the pace will get even more hectic down the final 10 days, and a
sellout will be within reach.

Congratulations to Brian Ching and Brad
Davis
for their well-deserved selections to the All-Star Game.

I want to
re-highlight a few great events around All-Star Week in
Houston
.

Saturday, July
24
Go for the Goal 5K Run & the Dynamo Diesel Kids Fun
Run
Sponsored by Infinity Insurance, benefiting Recipe for Success
Registration required, $22 advance, $25 on site

Sunday,
July 25
Kicking & Screening Soccer Filmfest
Angelika
Film Center
Ticket required, $10 per movie, $25 day pass

Monday,
July 26
Dynamo All-Star Kickoff Party
Venue
Season Ticket
Holders Only, Free admission, ticket required, limited
availability

Tuesday, July
27
MLS All-Star Soccer Jam
Discovery Green
Open to the public, free admission, no ticket required

Wednesday, July
28
Brian Ching Post-Game Party
House of Blues
Benefiting Houston Habitat for Humanity
Ticket required

For
details about these events, go to http://www.houstondynamo.com/allstarevents.

As you probably know
by now, Thierry Henry will make
his MLS debut for the Red Bulls here in Houston on Saturday, July 31. This should be an
awesome moment and one of those can’t-miss events.

This is truly a
great time for Houston soccer fans. There is an incredible
menu of events to experience. I hope to see you at many of
them.

Take care, and feel
free to email me at ccanetti@houstondynamo.com with any
questions or comments.