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Houston Dynamo 2, Minnesota United FC 2: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

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Quick thoughts and then tell us how the players did

At the beginning of the year I introduced a new way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of Player Ratings. After matches everyone will get a chance to submit how each player did on a scale of 1 to 10 which will be averaged out in a later article.

Houston Dynamo re-sign Jalil Anibaba, pick up contract options on five players

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The Houston Dynamo declined options on five players while picking up options on five players.

The time has come for Wilmer Cabrera to start turning the Houston Dynamo roster into his own roster. The Dynamo's new head coach and the front office have announced their first round of moves with the players who were on the 2016 roster.

Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders: How to watch, injuries and more

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Houston hope to avoid 3rd straight loss when they take on the Seattle Sounders on the road


Houston Dynamo vs the Seattle Sounders


The Houston Dynamo take on the Seattle Sounders on the road. You can check out our preview of the match here.


Century Link Field, Seattle, WA


Wednesday October 12th, 2016 9:30 PM CT

How to watch


650 AM

Univision Radio 1010 AM

Fan Lineups

The 4-2-3-1 formation was the overwhelming favorite at 54.

Houston Dynamo vs New York City FC: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston host NYCFC in this Friday night matchup.


Houston Dynamo vs New York City FC


Houston play New York who are already a lock for the MLS Playoffs. This game will be the NYCFC's first visit to Houston. The Dynamo are looking for their third straight win.


BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX


Friday, September 30 at 7 pm CT

How to watch


CBS Sports Radio 650 AM


Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. the San Jose Earthquakes

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The Dynamo lost to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 as defensive mistakes loomed large. Jalil Anibaba's goalkeeper appearance and Ricardo Clark's performance stood out.

Quick Thoughts:

1) Which game was worse: this one or the one at home against the LA Galaxy?

2) Defensive communication was awful and was made worse by poor defending and support from the midfield.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against Real Salt Lake

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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.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against Columbus Crew SC

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Who do you want to see in the starting XI for the Dynamo?

The Houston Dynamo are coming off a humiliating 4-1 loss to the LA Galaxy in a game where the Dynamo led by 1 inside the first minute, but had the Galaxy capitalize on defensive and midfield errors. The Dynamo will face off against Columbus Crew SC, the reigning runners-up to the MLS Cup currently sitting in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, and are hoping to turn their defensive woes around.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Were we at our best today? Probably not. Did we get a great result? Yes. So lets build off of that." -Herculez Gomez

They waited until the last possible moment, but the Seattle Sounders managed to will the ball in the goal to snatch a road point in Houston. The offense continues to sputter, but all goals (and points) count the same.

Dynamo Film Session: Rico Clark's rocket illustrates Dallas difficulties

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This installment of Dynamo Film Session analyzes Ricardo Clark's left-footed smash from the top of the box and how it showed FC Dallas's struggles.

When I found out that Fabian Castillo would be in the starting lineup for FC Dallas I was first surprised because all reports said he would miss at least two weeks, and after that I became worried for the safety of Jalil Anibaba's ankles.

Three keys to victory for the Dynamo against FC Dallas

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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.

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.

The Houston Dynamo Sign Defender Jalil Anibaba

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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.

MLS Ticker: Gordon, Sporting KC, and more

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While Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy may have the stars that draw the spotlight, the five-time MLS champions brought back an important option for the team's depth on Monday:

The Galaxy have agreed to re-sign forward Alan Gordon in 2016. The 34-year old veteran made 29 league appearances for the club last season, starting in seven matches and tallying 10 goals.

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New Contracts and Options Picked Up - Former SKC Wizards Update

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It's that time of year when MLS teams that are no longer in the playoffs announce their roster news for the offseason, the players that they have under contract for next season, those out of contract, those with options picked up and those with options declined. There's a lot of players on their way out.

Anibaba Signs with Houston - Former SKC Wizards Update

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MLS teams are continuing to build their roster for the 2016 MLS season. The Houston Dynamo have continued this process by signing former Sporting KC defender, Jalil Anibaba this week. Anibaba played just one season in KC and will likely be best remembered for his goal in stoppage time that tied the game 2-2 against the Philadelphia Union in a game KC would win 3-2.

Two Former KC Players Available in Re-Entry Draft - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The MLS offseason continues to move along as we approach Christmas. The second stage of the re-entry draft is scheduled to take place this Friday. While KC was busy in the first phase, selecting goalkeeper Alec Kann, both former KC players are available for selection still on Friday. Neither Jalil Anibaba or Chris Konopka were taken in the first stage and will now wait to see if they are selected in the second phase.

Philadelphia Union

Lahoud for Restrepo, notes from Curtin and Stewart teleconference, Lloyd the best, more

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SI's Brian Strauss reports Lahoud on loan to Cosmos as part of Restrepo deal. Curtin and Stewart on Union's draft plans. Carli Lloyd named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. More.

Postgame quotes: Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Brian Carroll, and Sebastien Le Toux.

Sporting KC Pull Off the Late Show, Get All 3 Points

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Sporting may not have deserved it tonight with their play on the field, but they walked out of Sporting Park tonight with their second straight win of the season thanks to two stoppage time goals to give them a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union. The game was book ended by goals as both the beginning and end saw the activity with the ball ending up in the net.

Casey negotiating, Curtin on losing Ribeiro, Madison a champion, more

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Casey wants to stay in Philly. Curtin on losing Ribeiro to Orlando. Darius Madison and Virginia national champs. Steffen Bundesliga move official. More

We hardly knew thee, Union Academy YNT call-ups, more Expansion Draft and transfer news

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Union get allocation money after Ribeiro selected in Expansion Draft. Union Academy players get US youth national team call-ups. More Expansion Draft, transfer, and other news.

Williams acknowledges pressure, league news ahead of Cup final, US-Netherlands friendly, more

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Entering final contract year, Sheanon Williams acknowledges pressure. MLS news ahead of Sunday's championship final. US to face Netherlands in June. More.

Game Thread: Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union

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CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
May 3, 2014
10:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Sounder At Heart
Starting XI
Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins Forward Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Le Toux
Brad Evans, Gonzalo Pineda, Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle Midfield Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira
DeAndre Yedlin, Djimi Traore, Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick Defense Ray Gaddis, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams
Stefan Frei Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Marcus Hahnemann, Zach Scott, Jalil Anibaba, Andy Rose, Marco Pappa, Chad Barrett, Kenny Cooper Bench Andre Blake, Austin Berry, Fabinho, Michael Lahoud, Leo Fernandes, Antoine Hoppenot, Conor Casey
Stats (Explained Here)

SuperDraft time, Valdes deal “verbally agreed,” more news

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The latest news before today's SuperDraft. Report says verbal agreement for Valdes loan to San Lorenzo reached. More news.

Seth Sinovic

Sporting KC Make Roster Moves

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Sporting Kansas City today announced roster moves for the end of the 2015 season. The team announced that they had declined the club option on defender Jalil Anibaba. Anibaba, who was acquired by Kansas City in the offseason in a deal with Orlando City that sent Aurelien Collin to the expansion club, played in 16 games for KC in 2015, starting 14 of them.

Season Review - Defenders - Once Again Injuries Plague the Back Line

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Continuing to work up from the back on our review of the Sporting Kansas City season, we reach the defense. You can read my review of the goalkeeper position here. Sporting's defense in 2015 suffered one of the main issues that plagued the team during their 2014 run. Injuries were a big issue for the team with Chance Myers, Ike Opara, and Seth Sinovic, all three considered starters, missed considerable time due to different injuries.


S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

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Jacob Peterson made his 250th appearance in all competitions in his MLS career.

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 29th in league play for KC, breaking his tie with Digital Takawira and Scott Sealy for 7th on that list.

Dwyer's goal was also his 33rd in all competitions, breaking his tie with Mo Johnston for 6th all time on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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In the 11th minute, Jalil Anibaba hit the 10,000 minute mark in MLS play in his career, he finished the game with 10,079 minutes played.

In the 39th minute, Roger Espinoza hit the 10,000 minute mark in all competitions while playing with Kansas City. He's the 22nd player to hit that mark for KC.

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Expansion Draft 2014 | Solo se llevaron a un Sounders

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El mediocampista Jalil ANIBABA fue el único jugador de los Seattle Sounders en ser seleccionado en el Expansion Draft que se realizó esta mañana entre los nuevos equipos de la [...]

Sporting Lose Zizzo in Expansion Draft, Pick Up Anibaba

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The MLS expansion draft is done, and Sporting KC pretty much made it out of the draft unscathed. The only player from Sporting KC that was selected in the draft was winger, Sal Zizzo, who had already had his option declined by the club. New York City FC took Zizzo with their 9th pick of the expansion draft.

Chicago Fire

Match Day 1: Title Defense Begins

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By the time KC takes the field tomorrow in Seattle against the Sounders to start the 2014 MLS season, it will have been just 91 days since Sporting KC lifted the 2013 MLS Cup. They were the last ones off the field in 2013 and will be one of the first teams back on it as they and the Sounders are the first game of the 2014 season.

Maths Apology: Why Dropping Arevalo Rios Was a Good Idea

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Miss me? (photo: ultra palermo.com)

OTF's Brian Battle looks at Chicago'sdecision not to pick up Arevalo Rios's contract, and tries to make sense of the math...

When Chicago Fire said goodbye to far-and-away their most seasoned and talented player late last year some fans cried foul, while others simply shrugged.

Backline Beef-up, Part Two: Yallop Adds Rookies and Vets

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Chicago's new soccer boss added five players this week in his quest to strengthen his club's greatest weakness. (photo: chicago-fire.com)

A look at what Chris Ritter, Marco Franco, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, and Patrick Ianni will bring to Chicago Fire's defense...

Last season, Chicago Fire shipped 52 goals, tied for third worst in Major League Soccer.

Major League Soccer

Fire acquire Palmer from RSL

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He might be best remembered as the guy the who missed the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City the MLS Cup last Saturday but the Fire acquired a solid role player in Lovel Palmer today. The well traveled Jamaican defender can play right back and holding midfield and should pose some competition for Jalil Anibaba.

Magee named MVP finalist, Forbes lists Fire as 8th most valuable MLS franchise

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MLS has named Mike Magee as one of the three finalists for the league's Most Valuable Player award. Voters made up of three categories (players, clubs, and media) determined that trio of Magee, Marco Di Vaio, and Robbie Keane were the top candidates for the honor. The winner will be announced on December 5, two days before the MLS Cup Final.

2013 MLS Award Finalist Unveiled

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Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2013 awards. The winners for each award will be revealed in the coming weeks.

You can see how I voted here.

2013 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)

AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalists

Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)
Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists*

Jalil Anibaba (Chicago Fire)
Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

The Rest

Okugo Loaned to USL Red Bulls 2 - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Amobi Okugo finally has a new club, at least for now. While Okugo has been training with the New York Red Bulls in hopes of earning a contract with the club while they suffer through injury issues, he'll instead be going to the club's USL side. Okugo, who was waived by KC is on a guaranteed contract with MLS, so while he's waived, he's still under contract.

Which team is the real Houston Dynamo?

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The Dynamo dropped back to back road games after a high scoring start to the season but which is the real Dynamo?

Fair or Foul?

Was it a foul or wasn't it? I have seen few (if any) arguments that the penalty that was awarded to the Whitecaps on Saturday night was the right call. Most felt that either it was questionable if Jalil Anibaba touched Masato Kudo and even more felt that Kudo had no chance at getting to the ball.

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.

Yallop may still be looking to deal - discusses the trade, draft, and DP's

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Frank Yallop addressed the trade of Jalil Anibaba this afternoon via conference call with reporters and also discussed a variety of topics including depth on the back line, additional moves heading into the season, the club's cap/budget situation, the draft, and his philosophy on landing a designated player.