Category: Houston Dynamo

Dynamo drop defending champion Sounders to open MLS season

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo. Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions. Their aggressive play led to an early goal from Erick Torres and they held on for the home win. Torres scored his first goal since playing for Chivas in 2014 as his free kick in the 20th minute from just outside the penalty box eluded the outstretched arms of a ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him. Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent. He looked the part and played the part of the international icon he is, starting two-goal sequences with brilliant passes, and lifting his entire team with his mere presence on the ... Read more

FC Dallas defeats Houston Dynamo 2-0 in Texas derby [VIDEO]

Friday night’s Texas derby leg of MLS rivalry week was marked by incessant rain, six yellow cards (three for each team), and plenty of scoring chances for both sides.  FC Dallas won the first 2015 meeting between these growing rivals 4-1 at Houston on May 1.  However, Houston has enjoyed more success since that loss, earning 10 points while FC Dallas entered this match winless in their previous six games. For the second time this season, violent thunderstorms delayed the start of the match at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Lightning delayed kickoff 75 minutes and Toyota Stadium’s brand new turf (the ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9

Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek nine of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Sleepwalking in LA  Alan Gordon has, single-handedly netted LA somewhere around five of their 13 points this season. Without Gordon, who hit the 200 appearance landmark against Seattle earlier this year, the Galaxy are bottom of the Western Conference. This is, for the moment, LA’s worst team since 2008 – one look at the Robbie Keane-less lineups of the last month makes that clear. And it’s a shame, because when the Galaxy are good, the league is better for it. Of course, this ... Read more

Manchester City to play Houston Dynamo just days after season ends

In addition to the previously announced friendly against Toronto, scheduled 3 days after the 2014/15 Premier League season ends, Manchester City has added another friendly to its brief post-season tour. This time, it’s against Houston Dynamo on Thursday, May 28. After playing at BMO Field in Toronto, the City team will head to Texas to play in the friendly as part of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and tickets are included in Dynamo full-season ticket packages. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. on May ... Read more

9 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8

Here are the 10 things we learned from week eight of the MLS season. 1. Univision’s MLS English-language broadcasts are a disaster With MLS’ new TV deal, Univision was pushed into the spotlight with an exclusive Friday night game each week. It hasn’t been pretty. Univision had a double-header on Friday night, and to be brutally honest, watching MLS on the network is a severely trying experience. The announcing is inane and atrocious. From day one, there have been major problems getting the SAP function to work to get the broadcast in English, and if you do get the broadcast ... Read more

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

Here are the 10 things we learned from week six of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Orlando can be as good as they want to be The Lions made one of the longest road-trips in MLS to play the newly confident Portland Timbers, and dismantled them in a convincing 2-0 win. Very few teams make the Timbers look pedestrian at Providence Park. Orlando did it with panache. They have the cohesion and interchange in midfield of a team that has been together for five years, not five months. It starts with Kaka, but when Aurelien Collin is on, Orlando ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2

Here are the 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2: 1. A Little Joy For NYCFC NYCFC’s rollout was rough. It ranged from brutally mismanaged to the deliberately misleading in the signing of Frank Lampard. The team still doesn’t have a stadium plan, the New York Yankees are moaning about their use of Yankee Stadium, and what became painfully obvious over the last year was that MLS saw Manchester City’s money, saw the New York City location, and rushed a franchise to debut before it was ready. On Sunday, NYCFC played their first home game. The Yankee Stadium setup was ... Read more