Officially, FC Dallas has already scored six goals off set pieces this season-three off corner kicks and the other three coming off free kicks. But if one were to count the own goal by Vancouver in the 2-2 draw at BC Place on April 27, then that total would balloon to seven.
Schellas Hyndman is of course no different than any other soccer coach no matter the level of competition in that he wants to see his club be quite formidable in set-piece situations, something FCD has already accomplished even in the early stages of the 2013 MLS season.
I spent part of my afternoon talking about soccer with a person I respect tremendously in U.S. Soccer's communications department.
I already began lobbying to have U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann visit the Houston Chronicle sports department and have an intimate lunch with me and a few top Chronicle sports department folks.
Although Dynamo captain Brad Davis was the only U.S. national team player who didn't suit up for the memorable victory in snowy conditions last Friday against Costa Rica, he's patiently waiting his turn.
"For me just being a fan of U.S. Soccer for so long, my name being out of the loop and now coming back into it, it is an extreme honor," he said.
Andrew Driver has proved to be a key offseason addition. (James Nielsen/Chronicle)
Some would argue that Robbie Keane might have made a huge difference Sunday night for the Los Angeles Galaxy, but keep in mind that the Dynamo were without captain and team MVP Brad Davis in the 1-0 victory in the rematch of the last two MLS Cup finals.
The Houston Dynamo have struggled on the road for a long time, and the task of trying to record their first road win since last July seemed extremely unlikely without Brad Davis and against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.
The script didn't play out the way most would have expected.
The MLS Play of the Week ballot has been filled out and thanks to a goal and assist against the Chicago Fire gives Houston midfielder Brad Davis the Week 7 honors.
Davis helped set up the first Houston goal when he sent in a nice ball to Will Bruin. Davis then slotted home the game-winner in the last 10 minutes of the match to give Houston their 35thconsecutive unbeaten result at home.
The Houston Dynamo claimed the MLS record for most games played at home without a loss (35) at the expense of the Fire. Chicago played relatively well for most of the match but they were a bit too loose defensively once again. Affording time and space for players like Brad Davis is a recipe for disaster and the Houston playmaker delivered a goal and an assist.
In front of more than 18,000 fans, the Houston Dynamo set a new standard for home dominance in Major League Soccer with their historic win against the Chicago Fire. Behind a solid performance from captain Brad Davis (1 goal, 1 assist), the Dynamo beat the Fire 2-1 to set a new MLS record for a home unbeaten streak.
Despite a largely even match at BBVA Compass Stadium, the final whistle reflected a result of opposites: The Houston Dynamo broke the MLS record for the longest unbeaten streak at home, while the Chicago Fire were on the losing end for the fourth time in six matches this season.
Houston's winner was scored by winger Brad Davis in the 81st minute following a set piece.
On Sunday, the Chicago Fire march into town looking to stop the Dynamo from making history. Coming off their first win of the season, the Fire are hungry for more points and hope to be the first team to defeat the Dynamo at home since June 2011.
Enjoy the following videos to get you ready for the match.
OTF's Stephen Mangat brings you the dossier on the Men in Orange...
It's where the heart is, there's no place like it, and it's where the Houston Dynamo never lose: home. That's right folks, across all competitions, and two stadiums, the Dynamo haven't lost a match in Houston in its last 34.
Roche checks in with Drew Epperley of bigdsoccer.com to talk about FC Dallas and then U.S. Men's National Team and Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis joins the show.
FC Dallas are at the top of the Western Conference and Drew Epperley explains what is happening in Dallas. In the second segment, Roche finds out why a player as talented as Brad Davis flies under the radar.
It's the first visit to BBVA Compass Stadium for the Vancouver Whitecaps, but the Houston Dynamo are hoping to make it another happy ending for the home fans.
The Dynamo enter the game on a 32 game unbeaten streak at home and are coming off two consecutive losses - each allowing 3 goals. Houston will be looking to right the ship and will rely on the home fans to help push them back on the right track.
The U.S. national team added Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis to the roster on Wednesday for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. The news came shortly after Brek Shea revealed to MLSSoccer.com that his broken foot [...]
Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has been added to the U.S. Men's National Team squad currently in training camp ahead of upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday.
Davis becomes the 24th player in the camp in Denver, where the team is preparing for Friday's match against Costa Rica.
Here are the highlights from FC Dallas' win againstHoustonDynamo in the EL Capitan match this Saturday.
Scoring Summary: DAL – George John 34 DAL – Andrew Jacobson (David Ferreira) 36 HOU – Andrew Driver (Kofi Sarkodie) 79 HOU – Brad Davis 83 DAL – Kenny Cooper (Michel) 90
FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez (Je-Vaughn Watson 73), George John, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, David Ferreira, Andrew Jacobson, Michel, Jackson (Fabian Castillo 80), Blas Perez, Kenny Cooper (Eric Hassli 90+2).
Any hope for Jeff Larentowicz and Brad Davis to see the field in the next game was dashed Wednesday afternoon.
Both midfielders appealed red card they received for transgressions on the weekend. Unable to get a unanimous vote from an independent referee panel, both red cards were upheld and both Larentowicz and Davis will be made to serve their one-game suspensions.
OTF contributor Daniel Casey editorializes on the Fire's 1-2 loss in Houston on Sunday afternoon.
The Houston Dynamo is not a team that loses at home. It's seems they have never been...well, at least, they haven't lost at home since July 2011. Although this puts a target on the Dynamo when opponents come into town, it has also created a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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A week ago, I made the lamentable suggestion that playing Jamison Olave was a good idea because the Red Bulls were playing D.C. United. What I didn't realize was that randomly selecting any Red Bulls starting field player gave you a 50% chance of landing a Week 7 Dream Team player. Before I get to the Metros proficiency, it's time to recognize the leading scorer for the week, n00bius, who put up 94 points.
Although just four matches into the Major League Soccer season, the Houston Dynamo have once again shown to be one of the league's best and look poised to make a run for a third consecutive MLS Cup appearance. Houston will continue their quest for another Cup appearance this Saturday as they visit Jeld-Wen Field to take on the struggling Portland Timbers.
What follows could potentially be a very unpopular opinion on Brad Davis and his inclusion in the national team. First, I will lay down some things to avoid any confusion that would arise from reading this article. I want to make sure this has as little to do with club vs. country as possible. That comparison is entirely personal, and depends how good your club and/or country is, along with multiple other factors that I will choose to avoid in this writing.