Glenn Davis: What to watch in conference final
Dynamo television play-by-play announcer Glenn Davis weighs in with his thoughts on the Houston-Kansas City matchup in the Eastern Conference final:
You can always look at significant moments over the course of an MLS season. Specific games can be considered platforms or days where change began to be initiated. When the Dynamo got beat by Sporting Kansas City 3-0 on September 10, changes were then made by Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, and they have not lost since. The team is, in the words of goalkeper Tally Hall, a “new team." The Dynamo will face Sporting KC and a unique set-up under their manager Peter Vermes this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on FOX Soccer in the Eastern Conference final. A few thoughts on Sporting:
This set up puts pressure on an opponent's back line and occupies defenders. Kansas City is a rare team in the league to stick with this formation game in and game out, so that makes them a bit of a novelty. It will be highly important for the Dynamo back four to remain in their current form against the strength, power, movement, and danger of strikers Teal Bunbury (11 goals), Kei Kamara (9 goals), and C.J. Sapong (6 goals). DP Omar Bravo has groin struggles but could factor in here also.
Both teams are dangerous here, with Zusi and Davis obviously both good at delivering a ball that gives teammates a chance in the penalty area. Sapong and Kamara are targets for Zusi. Sitting in the press area during the Philly game, I was reminded how dangerous the Dynamo are on set pieces consistently. Teams fear this area of their game.