Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen, seen here taking on Dynamo forward Calen Carr last season, will need point the attack in the right direction in Houston on Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)
It's often said that in life, timing is everything.
A guy catches the elevator just before it closes, meets his future wife on the way up to the fifth floor.
Though it seemed unlikely at various points over the 2012 season, the Los Angeles Galaxy won back-to-back MLS Cups on Saturday beating Houston 3-1. The Dynamo took the lead at the Home Depot Center in the 44th minute when Calen Carr scored. Carr would prove decisive for Houston, exiting the game in the 57th minute injuring himself in a collision with Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.
Calen Carr could be back for the Dynamo for Sunday's MLS Cup game after injuring his leg earlier in the playoffs against Sporting KC. (Kansas City Star)
For the first time since the Eastern Conference semifinals, the entire Dynamo squad is training this week. Forward Calen Carr, who hasn't played since the second game of the Eastern Conference semifinal, is back.
After missing three regulars in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship, the Dynamo had all but one of their regulars in the lineup Sunday. Forward Calen Carr missed his second consecutive match with the left hamstring strain he suffered in the second match of the conference semifinals.
For the third consecutive playoff game, the Dynamo must use a different lineup Sunday in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final. Midfielder Ricardo Clark, center back Jermaine Taylor and forward Calen Carr are all out and not even healthy enough to be on the bench.
Clark, who started the first two games of the playoffs, was out with an adductor strain.
What really needs to be said about this game that hasn't already been thought or said. The
Dynamo are slumping, having gone 0-2-2 since briefly taking over first place over a month ago, and
they're in the midst of a fight for a playoff spot. They need a result tonight and it's going to be
damn difficult thanks to a combination of factors.
"With concussions, the hardest part was just sort of the unknown. There isn't anything the doctors can do for you besides give you advice. As far as treating your body and giv[ing] your brain the adequate rest that it needs, there's no ligament you can repair.
Last season: After winning just three of their first ten games, the Houston Dynamo recovered somewhat to end up with a bland 6W-6D-5L record at the 2012 season's midway point. However, almost immediately after that milestone, the Dynamo embarked on a five-game winning streak, a burst that essentially ensured their playoff spot.
What an offseason! The Houston Dynamo managed to bolster a pretty effective lineup from last season, all while losing only two non-starters overseas. It is scary to consider the team can field precisely the same Starting XI as the team that made the MLS Cup, at least once Calen Carr is fully recovered from his knee surgery.
With the 13th pick in the MLS Superdraft, the Houston Dynamo selected Jason Johnson. The reigning Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year scored 26 goals with 10 assists in three years at Virginia Commonwealth University.
A Jamaican international (played with the U-23 side during Olympic qualifiers, made his senior team debut in February 2010 against Argentina), he'll join countrymen Je-Vaughn Watson and Jermaine Taylor and raise the question on whether or not Dom Kinnear has a thing for Jamaicans with first names starting with 'J'.
In their second trade of the young offseason, the Houston Dynamo have acquired striker Omar Cummings in a trade with the Colorado Rapids. In return, Colorado will receive Nathan Sturgis and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
In the trade, the Dynamo addressed their most glaring need in the forward position.
The Houston Dynamo went into the off-season needing a speed option at forward after losing Calen Carr to a torn ACL and not only did they get one, they managed to land one of the best in Major League Soccer.
The Dynamo acquired Jamaican forward Omar Cummings from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money, the teams announced on Sunday.
MLS has lived for less than two decades. While the recent wave of expansion has paid homage to US soccer's NASL roots, trophies, stories, and anecdotes from that era have fallen into a black hole. They certainly are not to be seen as MLS soccer-specific stadia. Sporting KC's stadium is lovely, but makes no mention of the KC Spurs (or their title).
With Calen Carr's injury being confirmed as a torn ACL, the Houston Dynamo will likely look in several places for a viable replacement.
The first option will come this Friday at noon as the MLS will hold the 2012 Re-Entry Draft. Players listed as available below could still opt out of the draft if they can come to terms on an agreement with their current club.
The news just went from bad to worse for Calen Carr.
The Houston Dynamo announced Wednesday that the injury Carr suffered in the second half of Sunday's MLS Cup final was a torn ACL in his left knee and he is expected to undergo surgery to repair it.Carr sustained the knock in the 57th minute of the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy this past Sunday when he collided with Galaxy centerback Omar Gonzalez, and the 30-year-old forward was immediately replaced by Macoumba Kandji.
That's one of the many emotions Houston Dynamo players and fans are experiencing after their 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy in the 2012 MLS Cup. While the scoreline looks a bit worse than last year's final, the Dynamo certainly were in the hunt to make David Beckham's last MLS game a disappointing one.
It wasn't looking good for the Los Angeles Galaxy entering the second half of the 2012 MLS Cup final.
With all the hoopla surrounding the game as David Beckham's farewell to MLS and the fact that the Galaxy were looking to repeat as champions, the Houston Dynamo threatened to crash the party in a huge way, as Calen Carr scored for Houston right before halftime.
This year's MLS final was a repeat of last year's final between LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamos, and it was to be David Beckham's last match for the LA Galaxy. Whatever one thinks of Beckham (a pretty boy, yes, but an outstanding footballer, fighter and representative for his country, whose career is one of the most interesting ever in football) undoubtedly Beckham has had a huge influence on
David Beckham and perhaps Landon Donovan got their fairytale ending. The LA Galaxy repeated as MLS Cup champions with a 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center on Saturday afternoon. After Calen Carr gave the visitors [...]
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In a match that saw the Montreal Impact eliminated from the playoff race, the Houston Dynamo failed to take advantage of an opportunity to put some distance between them and sixth-place Columbus Crew, as a 1-1 draw puts the Dynamo just two points ahead going into today's Columbus vs.
The Houston Dynamo crushed CD FAS at home and Municipal narrowly defeated Chorillo FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on September 20, 2012.
Houston Dynamo 4-0 CD FAS
The Dynamo moved closer towards a spot in the quarterfinals with a thorough victory at BBVA Compass Stadium. Summer transfer window signing Giles Barnes scored his goal as a Dynamo player with a 21st minute strike.
With the international break last week behind us, it's time for Kansas City to get back to league business for the final push for the playoffs. Kansas City is currently 3 points behind San Jose for the Supporters' Shield with 7 games left, and 3 points ahead of Chicago for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Sunday night our Chicago Fire return home to take on the third-place Houston Dynamo at Toyota
Park as they look to improve upon the insipid 4-2 loss in the nation's capital to D.C. United from
last Wednesday. Houston will be coming off a 1-1 draw in Thursday night's CONCACAF Champions League
game in Honduras and will try to improve their league standing after two disappointing home draws
against Columbus and Toronto.
After taking in the Dynamo's match against Toronto FC over the weekend and training with the
team this week, English midfielder Giles Barnes apparently liked what he saw. It also appears the
Dynamo liked what they saw from Barnes and have agreed to terms with the 24-year-old on a
As per usual, terms weren't released but if the Dynamo built this contract like others in the
past, this is a low risk, high reward situation for both sides.
In 2011 MLS instituted its own policy regarding concussions. Identifying when a player has suffered a concussion and guidelines for care can all be invaluable in getting a player back on the field safely. One of the first players to experience a concussion under these new rule was Calen Carr. I was lucky enough to get the chance to talk with Carr about the policy - and of course about that famous helmet.
Former New England Revolution star Steve Ralston scoredfor the White Team, but the Orange Team prevailed 6-4in the Brian Ching Testimonial Match the first such match in MLS history at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.
Ralston tallied in the 32nd minute, and helped set up the first goal of the game, which was scored by Calen Carr on the 8th minute.
The wait is over! The ballots have been submitted, counted, recounted, and are now here for your viewing pleasure. Dynamo Theory will announce the 2012 Creamsicles award winners one by one over the next several days, continuing with Best Goal Celebration.
We have a Creamsicles Storystream that will keep you updated with the entire list of award winners here.