Canetti's Corner - July 5, 2010

Road tie against Toronto another positive step for Dynamo

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Welcome to edition No. 10 of my weekly blog. It appears on the
new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday.

I hope everyone enjoyed (or is
still enjoying) their long holiday weekend.

Thursday’s draw at Toronto FC was another one of those games
where you come away with mixed emotions and feelings. Getting a point at BMO Field is always a decent accomplishment.
Going in, we probably would have taken it, considering Brad Davis was out (hip flexor
injury) and we played two days prior in the U.S.
Open Cup
. A draw became harder to swallow after the offside call reversed
Brian Mullan’s goal and after
TFC’s late equalizer.

At the end of the day, I think it
is a second straight good result and another step in the right direction. I
particularly liked the hard work and fight the team showed throughout the
match.

With last week’s win over Miami FC, we are moving on to the quarterfinals
of the U.S. Open Cup, which take place tomorrow. We take on Chivas
USA
at Robertson at 7:30 p.m. If we advance, we will take on the LA-Seattle
winner in the semifinals on August 31. We were not awarded the bid to host the semifinals, so this may be our
last USOC home match this year. Tickets are $8 for season ticket holders and
$12 for all others.

Luis Landin is out 2-to-4 weeks with a knee
injury, suffered against Miami FC.  Joe Ngwenya is out for Saturday's game against Columbus after the
red card at Toronto.

It’s too early to tell what Brad Davis’ availability will be for Saturday.
Hopefully, Brad will be available. We need him, plus it’s Military Appreciation Night, which is his
personal cause. Brad’s Brigade
is inviting fans to attend the game on a special offer that includes two
tickets (1 for you/1 for a soldier), one Brad’s Brigade T-Shirt, one pass
to a pre-game tailgate, and one pass to a post-game party with military familes, Brad, and other Dynamo players. It’s
all just $25. We have moved a lot of these packages so far, and it promises to
be another great event. You may recall Brad’s goals on both Military Appreciation
Nights last year and his salute to the military personnel in the north end.

I heard today that Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres
will be with Pachuca for
SuperLiga.  

Here’s a quick update on the
new Dynamo training complex, also known as the Houston Amateur Sports Park: Construction is underway on the fields, roads, and
parking lots. Good progress is being made, and a soft opening could happen this
fall. We expect the full operation to be up and running by opening day 2011. The
complex will become the Dynamo’s permanent training home (for the first
team and the Academy). It will also host a variety of youth and amateur sporting
events and activities. There will be seven fields and a mixed-use building that
houses the Dynamo locker room, a sports performance center, a sports rehab
clinic, retail space, meeting space, and food service space. If anyone is
interested in hearing more about this complex for the purposes of renting
fields or staging events, please email stgonzalez@houstondynamo.com.

Crazy, but great, July ahead here
in Houston …

July 6               Chivas USA, US Open Cup
July 10             Columbus Crew
July 15             Pachuca, SuperLiga
July 18             Dynamo
vs. Chivas USA/Pachuca vs. Puebla, SuperLiga
July 21             Puebla, SuperLiga
July 28             AT&T MLS
All-Star Game, MLS vs. Manchester
United
July 31             NY Red Bulls

I think the staff will deserve a
few days off after this schedule. 23 Days until the All-Star Game.

Could Thierry Henry be here with New York on July 31? I’m watching with
interest just like you to see what happens.

Well, another busy week lies
ahead. I hope to see you on Tuesday and Saturday. Email comments and questions
to ccanetti@houstondynamo.com

Take care.