After Saturday’s loss to the Philadelphia Union, the Houston Dynamo dropped in the MLS power rankings to the seventh spot. Steve Davis moved the Dynamo up one spot in his rankings to sixth and said with the return of Brian Ching and addition of Joseph Ngwenya, Houston is one of the deepest teams in the league at the striker position.
The Dynamo are worried about two separate injuries from their match against the Union—Mike Chabala will miss his first start of the season due to a hamstring strain, and Eddie Robinson is still unsure whether or not he can play following his early exit from last week's game. Tonight’s match features two teams who need a positive result to keep pace in the standings. Houston and New York are featured as this week’s Goal.com MLS game of the week.
Two Dynamo Academy players have been invited to train with the Dynamo first team for the summer.
Beau Dure is the latest writer to tackle the topic of youth development in MLS. In this piece that ran in USA Today, he mentions Dynamo midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo as one home-grown player who has seen playing time this year.
England is looking to change their World Cup luck against the United States on June 12. After winning the Cup in 1966 on their own turf, the team has struggled to succeed in the tournament.
In a major change this year, the World Cup trophy will be housed in a Louis Vuitton leather case, instead of a metal armored one used for security purposes in the past.
Several teams have expressed their reservation about the choice of ball to be used for the World Cup, citing numerous problems that have been had while practicing with the ball.
Italy has finalized its World Cup roster, and left off American-born player Giuseppe Rossi.