Dynamo, Morelia share mutual admiration

Romero: "We have a lot of respect for a team that is one of the best in MLS."

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

When the Dynamo and Monarcas Morelia
step onto the pitch tonight at Robertson Stadium, there will be a mutual
respect emanating from each sideline. However, each team views the game as an
opportunity to better its squad, and each coach is taking the game seriously.

“I think what you will see from us is a very competitive
team, and I expect you will see nothing less from our opponents,” said Dynamo head
coach Dominic Kinnear.

Morelia head coach Tómas Boy echoed Kinnear's sentiments: “We want to go with the whole team, not an alternative team,”
he said. “We have a game next Sunday, so everyone needs to play. We
have to be sharp.”

Kinnear, who grew up in the San Jose
area and spent time playing in Mexico,
said he is very familiar with and has a strong admiration for Boy.

“I knew who he was, because in the early to mid 80s he played
for the San Jose Earthquakes, and I lived in the San Jose area at the time,” he said. “I can
honestly say I was impressed with the way he played, and I have always
remembered his name and the contribution he made to the Earthquakes.”

With the suspensions of Joseph Ngwenya (yellow card
accumulation) and Danny Cruz (red card), the Dynamo lack some of the depth they
normally carry into international tournaments. As a result, regulars such as
Brian Ching, who normally might see less minutes to rest for MLS action, could
see added time. Morelia defender Mauricio Romero
said stopping Ching is a priority for the Morelia
defense.

“As a defender we have to concentrate and not let our guard
down,” he said. “We have been focusing on set pieces since the Dynamo are very
strong on them. A main focus of the game will be neutralizing Ching, because he
is important to the Dynamo attack.”

Although the final score does not affect league standings,
Ching said tonight’s game is one the Dynamo want to win.

“Considering our season has not been going great, this is a
great opportunity for us to collect some silverware,” he said. “We view this
game as very important, because we want to win this tournament. Having said
that, we are up against an extremely tough opponent, which will make life
difficult for us.”