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The Houston Dynamo Continue Their UnBeaten Streak at Home

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

I AM biased, but it seems that the Houston Dynamo often fail to get the coverage that they deserve in the wider soccer community. This is one of the reasons I was eager to cover my team for MLSFemale.

It’s not just me – evidence continues to pile up that the Dynamo simply aren’t getting a lot of respect with this season’s efforts. Last week, super-fan Web Tilton called out MLS on Twitter with one of their recent snubs, when a review indicated that there were three undefeated teams, ignoring the Dynamo’s undefeated record.

Even among the soccer locals, the team’s successes are misrepresented. As the Team Manager for my stepson’s U14 Dynamo affiliate team, I am often asked to hype upcoming matches to team parents.

Last week, I got the usual request from a staff member with a Quick Facts section ahead of the purchase link “Dynamo – W4-L1-T0”. I responded back asking if he’d like me to correct his error in the record before sending the email out. Last week we were 3-0-1! While I’m sure it was a simple oversight, this mistake stung. How can local soccer professionals overlook our team’s success as easily as national pundits?

Continuing into last weekend’s matches, one my favorite MLS contributors, Laura Gomez, submitted an article about the Dynamo’s Saturday win. The title of the article sounded more like the Dynamo were gifted a favor with the halftime weather delay.
Weather delay gives Houston Dynamo chance to regroup for home win”

Called out for the slight on Twitter, Gomez indicated it was an editorial change to her original title. Perhaps the MLS editor didn’t understand that the delay applied to both the home team and the visiting San Jose Earthquakes?

My own coverage of Saturday’s Dynamo was challenging since my U14 team had their match at the same time as the Dynamo’s. Thanks to Univision, I was able to use my phone to stream the men in orange while keeping a close eye on my boys in orange.  My husband caught me in full soccer-parent-multitasking mode!

Keeping an eye on all the action. Video credit: Brian Lockridge

The Dynamo first team prevailed 2-1 over the Quakes on Saturday (my U14s didn’t fare as well). Fans missed Memo Rodriguez in the starting 11, as his connection with Alberth Elis has been one of the driving forces behind this season’s offensive success. Elis proved his versatility, however, as he paired with Mauro Manotas with nearly as much ease, scoring an amazing goal in the 52nd minute.

While the Quakes answered back a few minutes later, the Dynamo’s Tomas Martinez scored the game winner just behind that – making for a most exciting 8 minutes of play! The rest of the match was chippy with a number of fouls (called and not – for both sides), culminating in a red card to the Quake’s Lopez in the final minutes for a hard challenge to Captain Boniek Garcia.

The Dynamo continue their unbeaten streak (don’t forget, MLS!) and travel for their second road match of the season to face the LA Galaxy this Friday night.     

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Injuries don’t Sideline Houston Dynamo Momentum

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

The ghosts of injuries past are haunting the Houston Dynamo. Defender DaMarcus Beasley was uncharacteristically subbed out only 20 minutes into the team’s March 12 CCL away match against the Tigres. Nothing was said at the time, but the following week Beasley shared a picture on Instagram from a wheelchair after undergoing surgery. The Dynamo confirmed that he had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. This is an ongoing issue for the seemingly ageless captain, who had a similar procedure in 2016.

Another defender, Columbian Juan David Cabezas, missed much of last season due to a continuing hamstring issue. While his 2019 return helped forge a win in Dynamo’s Guatemalan CCL match, his injury was aggravated again and he has been on the Injury Report since then. He was tested this week with the Dynamo’s second team in the Rio Grande Valley so we hope to see a return soon.

Of course, new injuries are also appearing with Romell Quioto injuring his right knee training over the international break with Honduras. He posted a photo of his recovery on Twitter this week, saying that he is working hard to return.

The effect of injury strikes me particularly this week as I deal with one of my own. A slip off my deck stairs last week had me posting my own injury report online. I’ll have surgery on my broken foot this week and will be cast-bound for six weeks. I’ll either go crazy during the break or write some really good stuff, so stay tuned and share soccer memes with me on Twitter.  

Injuries aside, the Dynamo continue their fantastic start to this MLS season. After an early stretch of home matches, Houston remained undefeated and carried 7 points into their first away match this weekend. The Dynamo have an especially bad history away with the Colorado Rapids, not having won in Colorado in over a decade. That changed Saturday night as Alberth Elis repeatedly created magic in the box and the Dynamo triumphed over the Rapids 4-1. Elis had a hand in each goal scored – first with a well-timed pass to Memo Rodriguez in minute 4 and finally adding his own mark in the 67th minute.

What happened between was a misguided defensive effort by the Rapids. Attempting to defend in the box as Houston’s scorers pushed up, Elis was able to force two own-goals from the Rapids’ Sjöberg and Rosenberry. In the 81st minute, Houston’s Maynor Figueroa let his arms get away from him during an aerial challenge and a handball was called in the box. Kei Kamara was able to convert the penalty and save the Rapids from a shutout, but the damage was done. Elis earned the Man of the Match title…but some online fun may have been had at the Rapid’s expense…

@Dynamopix, Nigel Brooks, had his own candidate for Saturday’s Man of the Match

This is the best start to a season in Houston Dynamo history. The men in orange get another short break before coming home again to face San Jose on April 13. I’ll be the girl on the knee scooter trying to get players to sign my orange cast!

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The Houston Dynamo Take Blood, Sweat, and Points At Home

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

Top photo: MLSFemale photographer Leslie Chairez perfectly captures the moment before Alberth Elis (foreground) places the ball at Memo Rodriguez’s feet for a goal.

This weekend, the Houston Dynamo hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps, their second Canadian opponent in as many MLS pairings.

Image: Leslie Chairez // mlsfemale

Coming off a 1-0 loss in Mexico that took them out of the CONCACAF Champions League, the men in orange were surprisingly emboldened. Their showing at Estadio Universitario against Tigres was an improved effort to their first leg at home, and they showed a crowd of over 41,000 Tigres fans an impressive level of play. But Saturday, ready to focus squarely on the MLS competition (until Lamar Hunt kicks off in May), the Dynamo set their sights on the Whitecaps.

One of the most notable moments of the match came late in the 76th minute as a no-fault collision in the Whitecaps’ box led to Houston’s Mauro Manotas and Vancouver’s Andy Rose being treated for head injuries. Manotas received gauze and a head wrap, while Rose seemed to get the worst of it. He bled profusely and left the match under concussion protocol, having to be assisted off of the pitch.

The Whitecaps had used their last substitution moments before the collision and were forced to finish the match down a man. At the end of the match, as the coaches met briefly, the concern in Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera’s face was clear, and I’m sure that he was expressing hope for a full recovery for Rose.

Image: Leslie Chairez // mlsfemale

While the mid-60s temperatures bordered on cool for Houstonians, the weather is always a factor in these early matches when snow-accustomed teams migrate south to begin the MLS season each spring. There is simply no way for teams from the north to be fully prepared for the Houston environment. In addition to the heat, Houston’s annual spring pollen has recently draped the city in a layer of yellow, and allergy-related ailments are tough to push through.

The match was chilly early on as the cloud cover kept the sun at bay. By the half, most fans had shed their extra layers as the sun came out and gave the day a warmer summer feel. The rising heat index led to increasingly chippy play, lots of late cards, and other uncalled fouls for both sides.

Pollen on the lake and pollen footprints on the deck illustrate the extent to which the Houston area is blanketed with allergens this time of year. – Photos by Darbi Lockridge, from her back porch.

Cabrera’s lineup replaced one of his traditional three forward attackers with midfielder Memo Rodriguez, which I believe to be the key to the Dynamo’s continued offensive magic. Forward Alberth Elis scored his first goal of the season off a penalty and was instrumental with assists in the other two goals scored by Rodriguez. Memo’s brace held the Dynamo up to a 3-2 victory against the Whitecaps.

Their seven-point start to the 2019 season is the best on record for this team and could hearken the coming of a new dominance in the Western Conference for the Dynamo, which have often held an underdog status. After playing seven matches in under a month, the Dynamo and the fans are eager to recuperate through the break before meeting the Colorado Rapids in our first away match on March 30.

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