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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dynamo saw their lead created by a Giles Barnes wonder-goal erased by a stoppage time Chad Marshall goal.
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.
In a largely forgettable game, the Revs beat the Dynamo 2-1.
Why was it so unremarkable? Mainly because it was a generally sloppy game, a game that raises the further question: Why was the level of play so subpar?
On the Revs' side, possibly because coach Jay Heaps made a calculated decision that, with his team already in the playoffs, he could afford to start four second-stringers (Patrick Mullins, Steve Neumann, Scott Caldwell, and Darrius Barnes), while resting starters (Jermaine Jones and Charlie Davies).
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.
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.