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Dynamo Helps Redeem MLS in Mexico City

Major League Soccer has been shown up to be a weak footballing league the past few weeks in the CONCACAF Champions League. A combination of fixture congestion and late season playoff pushes have reduced MLS sides ability to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League. In addition, the Purerto Rico Islanders a USL-1 side made up largely of former MLS players and coaches has been one of the best sides in the entire tournament. MLS sides, Chivas USA, DC United and New England showed little fight or interest in the tournament. For DC United it was particularly galling: entering this season DC United had more finals and semifinal appearances in CONCACAF events than the rest of the league combined. But suddenly in 2008, United is just another MLS team in these events losing its first three home matches in history to Mexican or Costa Rican sides within the last 3 months.

But that was before the Houston Dynamo entered the competition thanks to a delay after Hurricane Ike. Dom Kinnear is never going to let his team disgrace itself the way DC United and New England did in their most recent home matches in the competition. Two matches away from home for the Dynamo and two results. Kei Kamara was outstanding up for the Dynamo and Cory Ashe brought a level of energy Pumas could not match on the flank. Bobby Boswell who was scapegoated by the sinking ship at RFK Stadium continued his solid play for the Dynamo with several outstanding defensive plays in the final 30 minutes of the match and Craig Waibel, scored twice…………yes I repeat Craig Waibel scored twice.  The Dynamo drew with Pumas 4-4 in Mexico City.

You see the Dynamo who has suffered just as many injuries the last few years as any MLS team doesn’t come into competitions with their excuses already written out and in the coaches back pocket. Unlike their MLS brethren, they play to win, and compete every night.  As I’ve said before MLS could take a lesson or two from USL and everyone in American soccer could take a lesson or two from Dom Kinnear and the Dynamo.

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  1. Brian

    October 2, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I think Jack makes a good point, and really points out part of the Dynamo success – they are a team, they play as a team, and the don’t make excuses when Marquee players aren’t available.

  2. MLS Fan

    October 1, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    C’mon Olimpia!

    C’mon Municipal

    I’m tired of USL. They need to be put back in their place.

    I want all USL teams to go down.

  3. Jack

    October 1, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Mulrooney, Davis and Robinson are somehow equal to Gallardo, Olsen, Emilio, Galindo, Razov, Marsch, Ralston or Twellman?

    Boy do Houston fans live in a self absorbed state.

  4. Brian

    October 1, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Dynamo are healthy now, but they have had to survive and get this far in the MLS and SuperLiga despite injuries to important players like Richard Mulrooney, Brad Davis, and Eddie Robinson. The key to the Dynamo is figuring out how to put together a solid team despite the salary cap, and learning from mistakes (like Carracio) and moving on. When you can leave Brian Ching and Brad Davis home while traveling to Mexico City and still getting 4 goals against Pumas, you’ve done something right.


    October 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Houston deserves mad props for going toe to toe with Pumas. Im a diehard Chivas USA fan, but Houston has my total respect for what they’ve done in the last 3 years.

  6. chop

    October 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I’ll just say this Kartik,

    Had United, the Revs and Chivas USA all been in the same relative health as Houston (who by the way has no one of significance missing time) I say all four teams would have fared much better.

    You can’t overlook the fact that Houston has major injury free. It’s not an excuse, it’s reality.

    I wonder how Houston would have done (or would be doing) with Ching, DeRo, Davis, Robinson and Holden all missing a ton of matches like the aforementioned teams have been missing.

    Granted, Houston’s obviously superior depth has afforded them the ability to mix and match lineups these past few months to get the requsite rest needed to play through this difficult part of the schedule.

    With all that being said, it’s clear to me that Houston is more than able to handle what has been thrown at them. Depth and healthy players will do that for you.

    All I’ve got to say to Columbus is good luck next year playing the same type of schedule. We’ll see how “fresh” they are next October.

  7. Berlin

    October 1, 2008 at 11:20 am

    You make me proud to be a Houstonian Kartik. Dom is a credit to American coaching and I hope we have many more like him in the days to come. Too bad the USSF would never give him the freedom to create a similar program for the MNT.

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