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D.C. United squander chances, falter in second half in 2-0 defeat to Orlando City

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Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes took advantage of United's misfirings in front of goal

D.C. United had a chance to extend their unbeaten run away from home to four games, but instead fell 2-0 to Orlando City SC on Wednesday night in Florida. After squandering several chances of their own, United succumbed in the second half to a header from Cyle Larin, and a howler from Bill Hamid which handed Giles Barnes the final tally.

On MLS: Shea, Barnes should both benefit from blockbuster trade

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Brek Shea and Giles Barnes were both in need of a change of scenery, and both big-name players received that on Saturday night as Orlando City and the Vancouver Whitecaps swapped the players in a blockbuster trade just one week before the regular season was set to begin.

Shea's career in Orlando started strong under Adrian Heath, but injuries combined with a regime change in central Florida led to less playing time for the former Stoke City and FC Dallas man toward the back end of the 2016 season.

Orlando City trades Shea to Whitecaps in exchange for Barnes

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With less than a week remaining before the start of the MLS regular season, two teams got together for a blockbuster.

Orlando City has traded winger Brek Shea to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for forward Giles Barnes, the two teams announced on Saturday.

Best of MLS Week 34: Barnes, Harrison and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps dominated the Best of MLS for the last week of the regular season, while several rookies stepped up to lead their team to victory.

Here's a look at this weekend's Best of MLS

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

His time with the Vancouver Whitecaps hasn't always been easy, but Giles Barnes stepped up in a big way on Sunday.

It’s All Over; Portland Timbers Lose 4-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps to Finish Season

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No playoffs. No Cascadia Cup. No nothing.

The Portland Timbers came to Canada with their sights set on making the MLS Cup Playoffs and bringing back the Cascadia Cup; after their 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Timbers come home with nothing.

Things started going south early for the Timbers as the ‘Caps got on the board early, opening the scoring in only the 14th minute.

New York City FC

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC-THURSDAY

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We take a look at the upcoming Philadelphia-Orlando match. Here is a few things to watch when the teams take the field in central Florida.

Orlando open new football stadium with win but Kaka injured

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Miami (AFP) – Cyle Larin’s header in the 15th minute was enough to let Orlando City SC open their new stadium with a 1-0 victory over New York City FC Sunday on Major League Soccer’s opening weekend.

It wasn’t all good news for Orlando, however, as Larin’s header came minutes after Brazilian veteran Kaka limped off with a left hamstring injury.

Orlando open new football stadium with win but Kaka injured

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Miami (AFP) – Cyle Larin’s header in the 15th minute was enough to let Orlando City SC open their new stadium with a 1-0 victory over New York City FC Sunday on Major League Soccer’s opening weekend.

It wasn’t all good news for Orlando, however, as Larin’s header came minutes after Brazilian veteran Kaka limped off with a left hamstring injury.

Houston Dynamo

Giles Barnes joins Whitecaps after trade with Dynamo

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While Fabian Espindola's stay in Vancouver was brief to say the least, the Whitecaps appear to have found a more permanent option at striker to bolster the team's already dangerous attack.

The Whitecaps acquired forward Giles Barneson Saturday night from the Houston Dynamo in a trade that sent general allocation money and the right of first refusal for Costa Rican defender Keyner Brown to the latter.

Match Day 15: Houston Dynamo vs DC United

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DC United come to town to play the Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo are hoping to use the momentum from a big 4-0 USOC win to propel them past DC United. The Dynamo home game will be Star Wars night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Dynamo have struggled this season but things have been looking up since the departure of Owen Coyle.

Houston Dynamo vs DC United Preview: Dynamo ready to take on DCU

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Dynamo host DCU on Star Wars night.

The Houston Dynamo are hoping to use the momentum from a big 4-0 USOC win to propel them past DC United. The Dynamo home game will be Star Wars night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Dynamo have struggled this season but things have been looking up since the departure of Owen Coyle.

Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire Final Score: Dynamo fall against the Chicago Fire

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The Dynamo lose 1-0 on the road to the Chicago Fire.

Houston traveled to Chicago looking to get an important road win over the only team in the league with less points in the standings. When all was said and done it didn't work out that way for the Dynamo as they fell 1-0 to the Fire.

Things got off to a rough start for the Dynamo.

Strong second-half guides Dynamo past RSL

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The forecast wasn't friendly on Saturday night, so the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake had a couple of extra hours to prepare for one another.

Although it took over an hour for either side to break the deadlock, the Dynamo came away with an important 1-0 victory over their Western Conference opponent.

DT Rewind: Week of May 8

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It was a busy week for the Dynamo that ended with their Saturday match getting postponed.

Sunday

DT Rewind: Week of May 1

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City: Highlights

Monday

Three things from the Houston Dynamo's win against Sporting KC

Giles Barnes up for MLS Goal of the Week

Tuesday

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs.

Dynamo Film Session: Wenger secures 2-0 lead with first half blast

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Analyzing Andrew Wenger's screamer of a goal against Sporting KC.

There was some good and some bad for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. The only thing that matters, though, is that they got those all important three points. To make the postseason, they'll have to do that a lot more over the next few months.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo were stuck in a bit of a rough patch, but the Texas club will hope a statement win over Sporting Kansas City can serve as a sign of things to come.

Following a run of six games without a win, the Dynamo secured victory while also preserving a clean sheet in a 2-0 triumph over Sporting Kansas City.

Giles Barnes up for MLS Goal of the Week

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Giles Barnes is nominated for the MLS Goal of the Week.

Giles Barnes is nominated for the AT&T Goal of the Week for his one touch goal against Sporting Kansas City. The goal helped propel the Houston Dynamo to a 2-0 win on Saturday. Barnes is facing off against Juan Agudelo in the first round of voting.

Three things from the Houston Dynamo's win against Sporting KC

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Three things from the Dynamo's victory against Sporting KC.

There's still a long way to go for the Houston Dynamo, but there was noticeable progress shown in their statement 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City.

The Dynamo did a lot of things well. Erick Torres was very good at striker, Alex Lima was my MOTM in midfield, Giles Barnes was as lively as ever, and Agus was solid in central defense.

"We stood up, we were resolute," Coyle, Houston Dynamo after home win

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After a pair of tough losses on the road, the Dynamo returned to BBVA Compass Stadium to earn a solid 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City

For one half of soccer, the Dynamo showed what their offense is capable of in the final third with a pair of goals. For the other half, it showed a bit of moxie on the defensive front – shutting out one of the better teams in MLS's Western Conference.

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City Final Score: Dynamo win 2-0 over Brad Davis, SKC

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Dynamo get confidence building win over rival.

The major story heading into Saturday night's game was the return of Brad Davis, but the final story was the Houston Dynamo getting a long awaited and much needed win.

It was expected that the return of Brad Davis to play against his former club, the Houston Dynamo, would be the big story of the evening.

Dynamo Film Session: Leonel Miranda's goal almost helps the Dynamo earn a point vs. RSL

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Analyzing Leonel Miranda's goal in the second half of the Dynamo's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake.

The last few installments of Dynamo Film Session haven't been the brightest for Dynamo fans. Going back and analyzing the time when the Dynamo gave away a crucial late goal against the Sounders or that game when they decided not to play defense against LA probably didn't lift your spirits.

Houston Dynamo vs Columbus Crew Final Score: Early red card, PK doom Dynamo in Columbus

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Tyler Deric took down Kei Kamara inside the box in the 18th minute, earning a red card and awarding the Crew a successful PK. The goal was all the Crew needed for the 1-0 win.

A late tackle inside the box by Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric earned him a red card – and a penalty kick for the Columbus Crew.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Community player ratings form

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The Seattle Sounders may still be hanging out at the bottom of the Western Conference at the moment, but a tough road point should give the team some momentum as they head back to Seattle. The overall performance from the visiting squad wasn't great, but wasn't terrible. How did the individual players stack up in this one?

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Giles Barnes

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Sounders at Houston Dynamo, recap: Seattle steals road point

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Chad Marshall punishes Joe Willis in the 94th minute to level the game 1-1.

A frantic final few minutes gave Chad Marshall the opportunity the Seattle Sounders needed. Rather than suffer through another loss late goal earned Seattle a 1-1 draw. Houston Dynamo lead early due to a Giles Barnes goal in the 35th minute.

Pick the Lineup against the Seattle Sounders

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With players returning from injury there are plenty of options for the starting XI. Who do you want to see start?

The Houston Dynamo are hoping to rebound at home following a disappointing 1-0 defeat against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The game was separated by a dubious penalty kick call, but the potent Dynamo offense that had defined the season up to the game was nowhere to be found in Vancouver.

Dynamo Film Session: Analyzing Diego Fagundez's wonder goal

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In the opening day installment of Dynamo Film Session, we analyze Diego Fagundez's impressive volley from outside the box.

The Houston Dynamo showed plenty of promise in a 3-3 draw against the New England Revolution. I didn't have much hope going in, but they surprised me with more offensive talent than I expected.

In spite of draw Coyle calls Dynamo players "fantastic" in home opener

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Dynamo have victory within grasp in season opener, only to concede the equalizer on the last play of the match.

The 2015 MLS season was a rebuilding year for the Houston Dynamo. 2016 brought a new-look side that promised to be more technical on the ball and more proficient. For the 90 minutes, the Orange looked the part.

Know Thy Enemy: Three Questions with Derek Stowers of Dyanmo Theory

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With the MLS regular season kicking off later today, we chat with Derek Stowers of SBN's Houston Dyanmo blog, Dynamo Theory. Check out their article with our answers here.

TBM: The Houston attack has a lot of familiar names in it: Cristian Maidana, Erick Torres, Will Bruin, Giles Barnes.

Dynamo, Rapids play to 0-0 draw

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Neither team was able to get on the board in this scoreless Saturday night match.

The Houston Dynamo and the Colorado Rapids played to an underwhelming 0-0 tie on Saturday night.

The first half of the match between the two MLS teams was a bit of a boring one. Tyler Deric made two big saves to keep Colorado off the score board.

Houston Dynamo notch preseason win over San Jose Earthquakes

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The Houston Dynamo got a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2016 Desert Friendlies.

Unless you were hanging out in Arizona for the match chances are you missed the first eight minutes of the game due to streaming issues. Luckily, the first half was a quiet one on both sides of the ball.

Houston Dynamo tie Portland Timbers in first preseason match

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Dynamo, Timbers player to 1-1 draw in Arizona.

The first official preseason game for the Houston Dynamo is in the books and with it a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. Each half had entirely new starting XI's for both teams and different results in each half.

Giles Barnes wore the captain's armband as part of the starting XI for Houston.

Analyzing potential lineups and formations the Dynamo could use in 2016

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The acquisitions of Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger begs the question, What will the lineup look like?

After pulling off a trade with the Philadelphia Union for Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger earlier in the month, the Houston Dynamo set the tone for the offseason. They showed that creating more chances and getting more dynamic in the attack would a priority, as Maidana was among the league leaders in assists.

Portland Timbers unravel in conditions as Houston Dynamo post convincing 3 to 1 win

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The Portland Timbers had been hoping to build some momentum for their 2015 season during their recent three game road trip, and it started out well with a win in Montreal. The trend didn't continue, however, as the offense and defense had issues at points and Houston's dynamic duo of Will Bruin and Giles Barnes did the rest in a 3 to 1 win for the Dynamo.

The Rest

Manchester United wins EFL Cup, La Liga recap: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/27/17

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Links to start the week.

MLS News

Orlando City Acquires Giles Barnes from Vancouver for Brek Shea
Orlando City has traded Brek Shea to the Vancouver Whitecaps for midfielder Giles Barnes.

Reports: Salzburg forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen could join New York Red Bulls
Jesse Marsch has said he is hoping to secure another attacking player for RBNY.

Jamaica sees positives despite Copa America loss to Venezuela

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CHICAGO – Jamaica knew the importance ofitsCopa America Centenario opener on Sunday. Sharinga group withMexico and Uruguay, a win Sunday at Soldier Field seemed key to the hopesofJamaica orVenezuela.

Assistant coach Miguel Coley, standingin for red-carded manager Winfried Schaefer during the post-game press conference, called it the "toughest game in the group on a psychological level, both teams believe that we could have gotten three points.

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. the Seattle Sounders

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The Dynamo saw their lead created by a Giles Barnes wonder-goal erased by a stoppage time Chad Marshall goal.

Quick Thoughts:

1) The difference between the first half and the second half had to represent a shift in tactics. The Dynamo sat back to defend a 1-0 lead the entire second half and a lapse by the defense caused by a mounting Seattle attack led to the team dropping 2 needed points at home.

Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas finish preseason with 2-2 draw

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The Western Conference rivals end the Desert Diamond Cup with 2 goals a piece.

It was a fairly quite match between rival MLS clubs the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City. Each side scored two goals to end their time at the Desert Diamond Cup with a draw.

Kansas City got on the scoreboard first thanks to a set piece goal.

Sporting KC, Marin Agree to Terminate Contract, Kempin Recalled

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While the rest of the world was focused on the Department of Justice press conference about the charges in the FIFA corruption investigation, Sporting KC made a roster move that while surprising isn't wholly unexpected. The team announced today that they had come to terms with Luis Marin to mutually terminate his contract with the club.