Rivalry week in Major League Soccer lived up to some of the expectations we place on it. We had some wild games on Saturday and one blowout on Sunday to cap off the first week of April.
1. Rivalries bring out best and worst.Between the 4-4 battle in Portland, the 0-0 tussle in Kansas City and the other blowouts, the rivalries this past weekend brought out some of the best in these clubs and certainly some of the worst.
The New England Revolutionkick of their MLS campaign this weekend in Houston, where the perennially potent Dynamo await. The match is set to take place on Saturday at 8:30 pm EST at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The hosts, who lost to the eventual MLS Cup winners Sporting Kansas City last season in the Conference finals, are hoping to return to theMLS Cup Finalby the end of the season after missing out on last year's championshipmatchfor the first time in three years.
The Portland Timbers returned home to Providence Park to host the Houston Dynamo. After falling behind by two goals behind very uneven play, the Timbers rallied behind Lucas Melano, Diego Valeri and some good fortune to pull out a 3 to 2 win at Providence Park.
Houston Dynamo vs DC United: How to watch, lineups and more
Houston Dynamo vs DC United
In their fifteenth game of the MLS season the Dynamo host DC United on what they have deemed Star Wars night. The Dynamo are still sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference but have been looking better since Wade Barrett took over the head coaching reigns.
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Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas
THE TEXAS DERBY BABY! The Dynamo won round one of the Texas Derby on their home turf. If they win round two they will regain ownership of El Capitan. It won't be an easy outing for the Dynamo as they head to Frisco to play the number two team in the Western Conference.
With Alex Lima and Tyler Deric suspended, how do you want to see the Houston Dynamo lineup to take on Real Salt Lake?
The new-look Houston Dynamo that Owen Coyle wanted to feature last week never had a chance to shine given goalkeeper Tyler Deric's red card early in the match which forced the team to sit back and absorb pressure from Columbus Crew SC.
The LA Galaxy dominated the Houston Dynamo as they cruised to a 4-1 victory Friday night.
After giving up a last minute equalizer in their last game the Houston Dynamo were looking for three points on Friday night against the LA Galaxy. Outside of the first minute of the game the Dynamo spent the rest of the match on their heels as the Galaxy dominated the men in orange four goals to one.
Three keys for the Houston Dynamo in the first rivalry game of the season, against FC Dallas.
The Houston Dynamo proved to everyone they have goal-scoring ability with a 3-3 draw against the New England Revolution last week, but also showed considerable defensive weakness. The backline of Jalil Anibaba, David Horst, Raul Rodriguez and DaMarcus Beasley was a bit leaky throughout, but will have to tighten up in time for this match against FC Dallas, who will throw plenty of attacking talent at the Dynamo.
The Houston Dynamo bolstered their defensive depth by signing the versatile Jalil Anibaba
The offseason roller coaster continues as the Houston Dynamo announced the signing of defender Jalil Anibaba earlier today. Anibaba had played for the Chicago Fire, the Seattle Sounders, and most recently Sporting Kansas City.
The Portland Timbers hadn't played an MLS match since their 2 to 0 win over New England, but a draining USOC match with Seattle midweek that went into extra time gave concern for them as they returned to MLS league play in hosting the Houston Dynamo. With some adjustments to the starting eleven, the Timbers used solid defense and goals from Maximilano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez to give them a 2 to 0 win and their fourth consecutive victory in MLS play.
It wasn't perfect by any means, but DC United - playing a new 4132 formation - held the Houston Dynamo to few chances and capitalized twice at the other end to defeat the Texans 2-0 in the opening match of the Carolina Challenge Cup.
Yes, you read that headline correctly: D.C. United won a game of soccer.
The Houston Dynamo may have just found someone capable of filling the void left behind by centerback Bobby Boswell.
Less than a week after allowing Boswell to leave the club via Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Dynamo announced they acquired the rights to central defender David Horst from the Portland Timbers via a trade on Tuesday.
The Portland Timbers returned home after a lengthy absence from the friendly confines of JELD-WEN Field, hoping to reestablish the venue as one of the most difficult places for visitors to earn points. Despite losing two starters to injuries, Portland used a brace from Ryan Johnson to earn a 2 to 0 under a driving rain and a sellout crowd.
Good news! According to a press release issued yesterday, Portland Timbers defender David Horst is well on his way to recovery. According to the press release, he suffered a displaced tibial plateau fracture of his right leg, which I think we all saw from the multiple replays that ensued after it happened.
Days after the MLS Cup has been completed, the business of updating team rosters began with several clubs waiving players, extending contracts or exposing players to the Re-Entry Draft. Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Thursday, December 12, where Portland would have pick 17 of 19 in the first round.
The Portland Timbers started the process of determining their 2014 MLS roster by announcing several player moves to add to the 12 players that were already signed for 2014. While nine players will return after their options were picked up, four were not retained while the Timbers continue negotiations with six others to potentially add them to the roster.
We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in their 2 to 0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on April 6 at home. It was a very impressive effort, especially considering two starters had to be replaced with the match's first 30 minutes due to injury.
The Portland Timbers have announced further details about the status of defender David Horst and midfielder Diego Valeri after both suffered injuries in the Timbers' 2 to 0 win over Houston on April 8.
The leader for round 2 was Liver Plate, who scored 88 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $11.8), who wore the armband and scored 26 points with a goal and an assist. David Villa (NYC, $11.1) scored two goals and 15 points, while Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $10.4) scored 14 points on a goal and an assist.
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I called him prior to the surgery and gave him a bit of a pep talk. He is a fighter. He wants to be on the field. He loves this club. He fought hard to get healthy, to play, and thirteen minutes and he is out again.
What I told him was, "just keep doing what you do. You're good because you're a fighter and you've made it, really, to this level because of that.