December 1, 2012 |
Landon Donovan hasn't decided yet whether the Major League Soccer Cup final on Saturday will be his last game with the Galaxy. But if that proves to be the case, he picked up a nice parting gift on his way out the door while giving the team and a record Home Depot Center crowd of 30,510 something by which to remember him. Because it was Donovan's penalty-kick goal in the 65th minute that snapped a tie and sent the Galaxy on the way to its second consecutive...
November 18, 2007 |
There is a bizarre theory making the rounds in Major League Soccer that Steve Nicol and Dominic Kinnear are successful because they are Scottish. It surfaced again this week, when both coaches were asked why Scotland produces so many top-rate managers. "Fish and chips and haggis," said Kinnear, who guided the Houston Dynamo to last year's MLS title and has his team back in today's final against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium in Washington.
November 19, 2007 |
WASHINGTON -- The Houston Dynamo became the first team in a decade to successfully defend the Major League Soccer title when it rallied to beat the New England Revolution, 2-1, in the final Sunday in front of 39,859 at RFK Stadium. Midfielder Dwayne De Rosario's header from about eight yards in the 74th minute capped Houston's comeback from a goal down at halftime.
September 17, 2007 |
The team that Frank Yallop built and Dominic Kinnear honed to a fine edge clinched a Major League Soccer playoff spot Sunday evening. The Houston Dynamo -- once known as the San Jose Earthquakes but now known as the defending MLS champions -- did so by rolling over the Galaxy, 3-1, in front of 25,217 at the Home Depot Center.
October 29, 2006 |
It's not much in the way of bulletin board material, but it's all that the Houston Dynamo has provided. "I don't think they have players who can sit and defend a lead," Dynamo forward Paul Dalglish said last week. "They're an attacking team." "They" are the players of Chivas USA, who need only a tie today against Houston to advance to Major League Soccer's Western Conference final.
May 8, 2010 |
In the lead-up to its game Saturday night, Chivas USA made much of the fact that its players would be wearing camouflage jerseys in honor of the U.S. armed forces. The jerseys obviously worked because the team's defense was invisible. The back line gave up two goals in the first 7 minutes 2 seconds en route to a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo that ended a three-game unbeaten run and kept Chivas in third place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. "I don't want to blame it on the two games this week, but I felt that we came out flat," Chivas USA Coach Martin Vasquez said.
October 26, 2009 |
It was when Dominic Oduro's shot in the 29th minute hit the back of the net Sunday afternoon that Chivas USA should have known it was all over. Oduro's first goal of the Major League Soccer season was also the Houston Dynamo's second of the game, and because it has been more than a year since Chivas last scored three goals in a game, Chivas was destined for defeat. To their credit, the Chivas players threw everything they had at Houston, but the Dynamo, MLS champion as recently as 2006 and 2007, ended up winning, 3-2, in Carson and will play the Seattle Sounders in the first round of the playoffs.
July 17, 2011 |
"Carmageddon" did nothing to stop Chivas USA fans from descending on Carson on Saturday night. By the time the teams hit the field at 7:30 p.m., most of the hysterical buildup had given way to the reality of mostly empty roads. Add free vuvuzelas and a special early entrance time to Chivas Town, and a sizeable crowd of around 14,000 showed up at the Home Depot Center eager to see the east's top team. So it was too bad the game provided so little excitement. Though both teams got their chances, Chivas and the New York Red Bulls mustered a 0-0 tie and only four total shots on goal, failing to reward fans who traveled against all recommendations.
March 10, 2012 |
It's probably not a good sign when a team, on the eve of its opening game, decides it would rather cover seats with a tarpaulin than try to fill them with fans. But in the case of Chivas USA, it could be a sign of compassion because, after two years in which it lost more games than any team in its conference, Chivas USA figures to be difficult to watch again this season. In the opener Sunday at the Home Depot Center, Chivas USA will face both the Houston Dynamo and gargantuan banners that will blot out a third of the stadium's 27,000 seats.