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New Dynamo FO have admittedly embarked on a bigger rebuilding project than they originally anticipated, and the process will continue into the offseason as Ted Segal and Pat Onstad try to get Dynamo back on track. The Houston Dash continues its push to all-time highs and Dynamo 2 is looking to follow suit. As always, we thank you for following us and helping us to be one of the leaders in the coverage of this organization. We strive to provide quality content for people, by people. Sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered, Houston!
The Houston Dynamo were dealt on the road by LAFC 3-1 on Sunday night. Griffin Dorsey was called for an 8th-minute penalty in a controversial call early in the game and Carlos Vela would make sure they cashed in. Carlos Vela calmly hid the kick to give LAFC an early lead. In the 24th minute, Coco Carrasquilla sent a nice long ball that landed directly on Corey Baird’s foot. Baird had gotten behind the line and tapped it once on the approaching Maxime Crepeau and into the back of the net before anyone could really blink. Dynamo played well at times and had a decent 1st half, but ultimately LAFC were just too much to handle on the road. Help yourself to a great full match recap of a sour result, here.
The Houston Dash…. it’s the tweet. Your Houston Dash picked up three extremely crucial points on the road on Saturday night as they beat the Chicago Red Stars 1-0. The Dash set a new standard with their 9th win of the season, which ties the team record set in 2018. They also earned a team-record 6th road win to add to the growing accolades of the Dash hunting history. Ebony Salmon scored his 9th goal of the season in a streak of play in the 25th minute. Jane Campbell’s goal kick would find Maria Sanchez near midfield. Maria kicked it for Nichelle Prince on the right side where Prince was able to beat his defender and send a nice pass into a waiting Ebony Salmon. Salmon took two touches then absolutely crushed a shot that deflected before inevitably finding the back of the net. With that goal, Salmon is now two goals away from tying Dash’s all-time single-season record of 11 (Kealia Watt 2016) and tied for 5th in the NWSL standings. She was exactly what the Dash were looking for when the trade was announced earlier this season, and she continues to show off her offensive prowess in another quality performance. Jane Campbell was not much in demand but managed her sixth clean sheet of the season. The Dash defense protected the box extremely well against a dangerous Chicago team. A Mallory Pugh 77th-minute 20-yarder was the only save Jane had to make and it was easily handled. The Houston Dash will be back in action on September 24 for their last home game of the regular season against OL Regin. Check out our full match recap here.
Houston Dynamo 2 were at home against North Texas SC in front of the biggest crowd of the season as fans turned out in droves to cheer on their Dynamo 2 in the final home game of the regular season. The atmosphere was electrifying as excitement ran through the crowd. The music and the fans, like the heartbeat of this town, beating in unison to cheer Dynamo 2 on to victory and heading to the playoffs on a high note. The masses wouldn’t be disappointed at all as Dynamo 2 would take this one 2-0. Dynamo 2 have one of the most dangerous rosters in the league and continue to show their determination to fight for each other and lift this team to higher levels. With the midfield combination of Marcelo Palomino, Juan Castilla and Brooklyn Raines, this makes Dynamo 2 extremely difficult to deal with, and they look good and ready for a solid run in the playoffs. Palomino marked his side by leading the 7th goal of the season as Mr. Automatic returned to the board. Juan Castilla (The Hand that guides) scored his first goal of the year in the 67th minute. He had an extremely strong regular season, including 4 assists on the year (tied for most on the team). Our full match recap will be released on Tuesday along with our regularly scheduled Dynamo 2.
major league soccer
Orlando City eviscerated Toronto FC on Saturday 4-0 as Facundo Torres and the rest of Orlando enjoyed themselves. Torres put Orlando on the board early in the 9th minute and it really wasn’t close after that. 9, 26-year-old Austria Ercan Kara netted his 10th goal of the season in the 22nd minute, an own goal in the 47th and sub Tesho Akindele capped the blow with a goal just moments after taking the field in the 84th minute. . Orlando City held 44% of possession, showing their teeth in transition but only recorded a 0.95 xG to go along with their 4 goals (1 via OG). Toronto slips even lower in the standings to 13th with 34 points and Orlando gets some well-deserved breathing room in fifth with 45 points and five points over the threshold.
Atlanta United took on top of the table conference teammate Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon. Atlanta, having won its last two games before this one, has been looking to force its way into the playoff talk with the clock ticking. However, they were unable to capitalize on their 1.3 – 0.16 xG and 60 – 40 possession advantage over Philadelphia and this would end in a 0-0 stalemate. Philadelphia still rests comfortably in first place with 64 points (five points ahead of 2nd place Montreal) and Atlanta sits in eighth place, just outside the bubble and one point behind Columbus for that seventh spot. Columbus has two games in hand as of this writing.
Around the world
Southampton struggled as the youngsters fell 1-0 to Aston Villa on Friday afternoon. 21-year-old midfielder Jacob Ramsey found himself in the right place at the right time in the 41st minute to give Aston Villa everything they would need to put this one away. Southampton came out flat with the youngsters struggling to bring their normal worthwhile performances. Everton are next for the Saints and they will be looking for the right game to move the season in the right direction. There are tons of promising youngsters at Southampton, the next few seasons will be interesting to see with the new owner seemingly willing to back the club with decent financial backing compared to the last regime.
Tottenham played Leicester City in a dominating dismantling of the Foxes on Saturday morning 6-2. Youri Tielemans (6th minute penalty) and James Madison (41st minute) were able to catch a few for Leicester but the day belonged to Tottenham, and they would not have denied themselves. Spurs held less possession with 44% but they would settle for their time on the ball, putting 11 of 16 shots on target and registering a 2.19 xG compared to the Foxes putting just 7 of their 19 shots on target. Tielemans and Leicester City had the chance to take an early lead with a 5th-minute penalty, but Hugo Lloris slipped out of his shoes as he shot to his right and dug in the attempt in fine fashion. Unfortunately for Spurs fans, Hugo Lloris left his line early enough and it was an easy decision to give Leicester another try. Tielemans pulled back and this time there would be no mistake as he smashed it home to give Leicester the first lead. It was just ten years ago that Harry Kane was on loan at Leicester and today he would have the pleasure of opening the scoring against them in the 8th minute with one of those fine headers we all know too well. Dejan Kulusevski sent a clever cross into the box and Kane found himself all alone at the far post to nod his head, as he has done so many times in his career and Spurs were next to the plate and looking to to run. Antonio Conte made the decision to start Dejan Kulusevski on the left wing and give him a chance to show what kind of impact he could have. Eric Dier made 2 for Spurs in the 21st minute and he would come into the break all bound. Rodrigo Betancur started the 2nd half onslaught with a 47th minute goal to put Spurs ahead and they didn’t let it go. Prodigal son Heung-Min Son returned to his threatening league on Saturday when he came off the bench after a slow start to the season and destroyed Leicester’s defence. He scored a hat trick in just 31 minutes of play (73rd, 84th, 86th minutes) after failing in the previous 6 games.