Dynamo Travel To Take On Revenge-Minded Real Salt Lake, Leave With Share Of Points

The last two Dynamo games have been flashbacks of the misery of the 2010 season. It could be more of the same when the Dynamo travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake.

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Full Time: Dynamo Draw Against RSL, Leave Utah With Valuable Point

The Dynamo drew with Real Salt Lake 0-0 on Saturday night, bringing their away form to an fairly positive run of 3 draws in 4 away games. The match was a physical match, but neither team saw red, a remarkable feat given that this game has seen eight red cards in the past.

RSL looked the better of the two teams in the first half, forcing the Dynamo to defend early in the match, but were unable to convert any of their early chances. Houston came into the game as the first half progressed, with Will Bruin getting Houston’s best chance of the first half off a Brad Davis corner kick.

Salt Lake continued to press at the end of the first half, but no effort was able to beat Tally Hall, who looked fantastic on the night.

Neither team made any changes at halftime, but the action immediately picked up just a few minutes into the half. The Dynamo were first to nearly strike when Colin Clark carved apart the RSL defense, ripping in a left-footed shot that found the sidenetting of Nick Rimando’s goal. Off the resulting goal kick, Ned Grabovoy nearly scored RSL’s first goal of the game, but his one-time effort trickled past Hall’s post.

Just fifteen minutes late, both teams started looking towards their bench for the winner.

Andy Williams was brought in to the match in the 60th minute for midfielder Collen Warner. Williams immediately made his mark on the match creating space and a chance for Real Salt Lake.

Dominic Kinnear was next to make a move, bringing on Jamaican midfielder, JeVaughn Watson, for Colin Clark, and pulling a yellow-card carrying Will Bruin in favor of Sergio Koke.

Arturo Alvarez left the match a few minutes later, Jean Alexander. RSL head coach Jason Kreis made his final substitute a few minutes later, taking off Will Johnson in favor of Nelson Gonzalez.

The final substitute of the match was Jason Garey for Cam Weaver for the Houston Dynamo.

Despite all of the player and tactical moves, neither team was able to break the deadlock and the game ended 0-0. While the score may not impress, the Dynamo have to be happy to return to Houston with a share of the points and a clean sheet against one of the league’s best teams, especially given the team’s results over the past two weeks.

Check back here on Sunday for full match stats, highlights, quotes and more.


Sub: Jason Garey Enters For Cam Weaver

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made his final substitute of the night in the 88th minute when Jason Garey entered the match for Cam Weaver. Houston’s front two now consists of Sergio Koke and Jason Garey.


Sub: Will Johnson Take Off In Favor Of Nelson Gonzalez

RSL made its final substitute of the match when Coach Jason Kreis brought on Nelson Gonzalez to replace Will Johnson. That is RSL’s final sub, Houston still has one remaining.


Sub: Alvarez Exits For Alexandre

Real Salt Lake made its second substitute of the night in the 75th minute when Jean Alexandre entered the match for Arturo Alvarez.

Both teams have made two subs so at this point in the match.


Sub: Koke Comes On For Yellow-Card Carrying Bruin

Will Bruin left the match in the 68th minute, making way for Spanish forward Sergio Koke. Bruin was the more active of the two forwards tonight, but was carrying a yellow card in a match that has been very physical. Weaver was also likely left on due to his height and ability to win balls in the air.


Sub: Colin Clark Exits For JeVauhghn Watson

The Houston Dynamo made their first sub of the match in the 67th minute when midfielder JeVaughn Watson came into the game for Colin Clark. Watson has two assists in his last two games.


Chance: Bruin Shoots On Target, Right Into Rimando

Will Bruin created another Dynamo chance on goal when he found himself with space behind RSL’s back line and one-on-one with Nick Rimando, Nat Borchers stopped Bruin from getting a second shot on goal.


Sub: Williams On For Warner For RSL

Andy Williams was brought in to the match in the 60th minute for midfielder Collen Warner. Williams immediately made his mark on the match creating space and a chance for Real Salt Lake.


Chance(s): Both Teams Nearly Take Lead

In the span of 30 seconds, but the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake had chances on goal.

The first came from the Dynamo when Colin Clark took on RSL defense before firing a left-footed shot past the frame of goal and into the sidenetting.

RSL nearly scored off of the resulting goal kick but Ned Grabavoy’s one-time effort trickled past the Dynamo goal.


Half Time: All Even In Salt Lake, RSL 0 - 0 Dynamo

After 45 minutes of action in Utah, it is all square a 0-0 between Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo. Both teams have had a number of chances, RSL’s mostly coming in the first few and last few minutes of the half, and Houston’s coming off of set pieces in middle of the half.

The Dynamo have more or less returned to the line-up that was successful a few week’s ago after the tinkering from the past two matches, and that is already paying dividends.

A Few Quick Thoughts
Corey Ashe has looked very good at left back tonight for Houston. He clearly is Houston’s best option there and has played very well this season there. His runs tonight and passing have been pinpoint and his defending has been solid.

- Brad Davis apparently learned from his performance against Toronto FC; he has looked miles better and more active tonight. His service has been good and his movement, as well as play with Ashe, have made up the bulk of Houston’s offense. Is tonight the night for him to make it 7 assists on the season? Looks like it could be.

- Colin Clark, Lovel Palmer, and Geoff Cameron have been quiet so far. If Houston wants to win the match, these three players need to step up and create chances.

Stay here for more updates throughout the night and don’t forget to check out Dynamo Theory for Zach’s thoughts on the match.


Chance: Alvaro Saborio Heads Just Wide

Alvaro Saborio nearly opened his 2011 scoring account but his header went wide of Tally Hall’s post. The service for the header came off a great bit of skill from Arturo Alvarez.


Chance: Will Bruin Header Just Wide

Will Bruin managed a header following a Brad Davis corner kick in the 27th minute that just glanced past Nick Rimando’s post. It was Houston’s first real chance of the match.


Yellow Card: Russell Sees Yellow For Challenge From Behind

RSL defender Robbie Russell received the second yellow card of the match (RSL’s first) after a challenge from behind on Will Bruin.


Yellow Card: Bruin Receives First Yellow Of The Match

Will Bruin received the first yellow card of the match in the 25th minute after a challenge with RSL defender Jamison Olave. The call for a foul looked legitimate, but it was an extremely soft yellow card to show.


Line-Ups: Real Salt Lake Learn To Make Do Without Morales

Here’s Real Salt Lake’s line-up:

F: Alvarez
F: Saborio
M: Johnson
M: Warner
M: Beckerman
M: Brabavoy
D: Wingert
D: Borchers
D: Olave
D: Russell
GK: Rimando

Subs: Reynish, Alexandre, Beltran, Gil, Gonzalez, Schuler, Williams


Line-Ups: Dynamo Return To "If It Ain't Broke" Starting XI

After last week’s total mess of a starting line-up, the Dynamo return to the starting XI that worked just three weeks ago. Will Bruin and Cam Weaver start up top, and Corey Ashe returns to left back.

Here’s your full Dynamo line-up:

F: Cam Weaver
F: Will Bruin
LM: Brad Davis ©
CAM: Geoff Cameron
CDM: Lovel Palmer
RM: Colin Clark
LB: Corey Ashe
CB: Bobby Boswell
CB: Andre Hainault
RB: Hunter Freeman
GK: Tally Hall

Subs: Tyler Deric (GK), Sergio Koke, JeVaughn Watson, Mike Chabala, Jason Garey, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor


Dynamo Travel To Take On Revenge-Minded Real Salt Lake

The last two Dynamo games have been total flashbacks to the misery of the 2010 season.  Late goals, sloppy goals, no attack, missed passes, missed chances, and missed opportunities.  It could be more of the same when the Dynamo travel to Rio Tinto Stadium just outside of Salt Lake, Utah to take on Real Salt Lake.  

The Dynamo, again, will be forced to play without two of their starting players.  Brian Ching continues to be sidelined by a string of injuries, limiting to just a few minutes this season.  His current ailment is plantar fascitis which is expected to sideline him for another three weeks.  Danny Cruz will not travel with the team either, as he is still out with a knee injury.  Calen Carr, who has not featured for the Dynamo since being signed earlier this season is also out with a head injury.  

Real Salt Lake will also be forced to deal with their own injury issues after Javier Morales horror ankle fracture last weekend.  Paulo Jr. is also listed as questionable.  

It's hard to say which RSL team will see the field Saturday night.  After losing to Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions Final, Real Salt Lake has struggled to put together good result in Major League Soccer action.  Jason Kreis' team  lost to the Portland Timbers just days after the heartbreaking defeat to Monterrey, but was able to grind out a 1-0 victory against a 9-mine Chivas USA team this past weekend.  

Real Salt Lake has plenty on the line Saturday night.  A win would mean a lot of the team's confidence, and would also help them emotionally begin to move on after Morales' injury.  Also at stake is RSL's 28-game unbeaten streak (at home, against MLS opposition).  

"Our team looks at it as a challenge for us to go in there and put an end to that streak or to put in a good performance and get a good result," said forward Cam Weaver. "It's a challenge to a team that if you can break that streak, it's a good thing and that's how we have to view it."

"I think two weeks ago people were ready to crown us a contender, and now they don't know," said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. "But you have to keep concentrating on what you can do. So we're traveling for a reason. We're traveling to win this game."

Team Notes

  • The Dynamo have followed a six-game unbeaten run with back-to-back losses, their first losses since opening the season with a home defeat by Philadelphia. 
  • After conceding six goals in the opening seven games of the season, the Dynamo have now allowed four in their last two. 
  • "Some of these goals we're giving up are very soft, and it's something we need to identify," said Kinnear. "If a team scores good goals against us, you can accept that, but the way we gave up the first goal (in Toronto) is definitely our mistake." 
  • Je-Vaughn Watson has made back-to-back starts in the midfield and come away with an assist in each one. Spanish import Koke made his first MLS start in the loss at Toronto FC, starting up top in place of rookie Will Bruin
  • Geoff Cameron was also able to return to the lineup after missing the midweek game against Wednesday, returning to the center of midfield with Watson moving wide on the right. 
  • "We fought back and got that goal back and we pushed for the equalizer, which is a positive to take from the game," said fullback Andre Hainault. "But we've got to get better overall. 
  • The Dynamo will again be without striker Brian Ching as he is suffering from plantar fasciitis in his foot. After starting the season with a hamstring ailment, Ching made his only 2011 start against New York on April 2, but suffered a rib injury that then sidelined him for another three weeks.
  • The Houston Dynamo lost for a second consecutive match, falling 2-1 to Toronto FC at BMO Field. The Dynamo have 12 points from 9 games on the season, sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. 
  • In last week's loss to Toronto FC, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made three changes to the team that fell 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids at Robertson Stadium. Eddie Robinson came into the back four for Corey Ashe, Colin Clark into the midfield for Geoff Cameron, and Koke started up top for Will Bruin.
  • Last week's line-up looked like this: 4-4-2 with Tally Hall - Hunter Freeman (Corey Ashe 75), Eddie Robinson, Bobby Boswell (Colin Clark 75), Andre Hainault - Je-Vaughn Watson, Lovel Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis - Cam Weaver (Will Bruin 62). Koke.

Injury Report

Houston Dynamo - OUT: FW Calen Carr (concussion); MF Danny Cruz (R knee hyperextension); FW Brian Ching (L plantar fascitis)

Real Salt Lake - OUT: MF Javier Morales (L ankle fracture dislocation); QUESTIONABLE: FW Paulo Jr. (L hamstring strain)

Referee Information

  • REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Mark Declouet 
  • Salazar MLS Career: 128 games; FC/gm: 26.9; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 39; pens: 49

Project Houston Dynamo Starting XI

F: Will Bruin
F: Sergio Koke
LM: Brad Davis (C)
CAM: Geoff Cameron
CDM: Lovel Palmer 
RM: JeVaughn Watson
LB: Corey Ashe
CB: Bobby Boswell 
CB: Andre Hainault
RB: Hunter Freeman 
GK: Tally Hall

Tyler Deric (GK), Eddie RobinsonMike Chabala, Colin Clark, Jermaine Taylor, Cam Weaver, Alex Dixon

Feel free to check back here Saturday night for a live-stream or check out Dynamo Theory for Zach's game stream, thoughts, and more.

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