It was a disappointing week for the Houston Dynamo. After falling on a last-second goal to the New York Red Bulls Wednesday night, the Dynamo traveled to Los Angeles and were beaten 4-1 by the Galaxy. For the second time in the team’s history, the Dynamo have hit a three-game losing streak, and forward Brian Ching admits “things aren’t going good” in Houston. The Dynamo played without forward Luis Landín (personal); midfielder Geoff Cameron (PCL surgery); and defenders Mike Chabala (hamstring) and Adrian Serioux (personal).
In the latest edition of Canetti’s Corner, Dynamo COO Chris Canetti talks about Anthony Obodai, a Ghanaian national who will be on trial with the Dynamo for the next two weeks.
Brian Ching responded to the fans who chanted “U.S. reject” during Saturday night’s match in LA. Stay classy LA (and the NY metropolitan area).
Steve Davis of SI.com ranks the Dynamo ninth in his latest power rankings.
The U.S. national team played its last pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday and defeated Australia 3-1. National team forward Jozy Altidore is training again after missing Saturday’s match due to a right ankle sprain. Altidore’s status for Saturday’s match against England is still unclear. Although the United States has had little trouble scoring goals recently, the success of the team could hinge on whether or not they can shore up their defense.
Outside of a soccer stadium in South Africa, fans stampeded before a match between North Korea and Nigeria. 15 people were injured, including one police officer.
The U.S. ambassador is not worried about violence in South Africa, downplaying the crime alert expressed to Americans visiting the country for the World Cup.