Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Houston aims for top of the West
by Ridge Mahoney, October 15th, 2007 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[TV PREVIEW] Houston has two road games to make up the four points separating it from Western Conference leader Chivas USA, which opened the door a crack by losing its first home game of the season Sunday to Colorado, 2-1. Houston's final home game of the season is this Sunday against Chivas USA at Home Depot Center. If the conference crown is to be doubt until then, the Dynamo need at least a point against Real Salt Lake on Monday.

REAL SALT LAKE (5-14-9) vs. HOUSTON (14-8-6)
Monday, 9 p.m. ET, Direct Kick


Houston has lost, 1-0, in Utah and won, 4-3, in Texas. If it ties Chivas USA on points, it wins the conference title and homefield advantage in the playoffs by the head-to-head tiebreaker.

A 2-1 loss to the Galaxy last week ended Houston's six-game unbeaten streak in league play. Nate Jaqua scored his seventh goal to move into a tie for the team lead with Joseph Ngwenya and Brian Ching, who are both probable for this match despite suffering from Achilles tendonitis and a lower back strain, respectively. Coach Dominic Kinnear will use them carefully, if at all, on the artificial Rice-Eccles surface.

This is just the second game of Ricardo Clark's nine-game suspension but perhaps just as worrying to Kinnear is the status of defenders Eddie Robinson, who is one caution short of his 11th of the season and third suspension, and Ryan Cochrane, one caution away from his first suspension.

Midfielder Richard Mulrooney can deputize for Clark but Kinnear is not so deep with experienced central defenders. Cautions against RSL will mandate suspensions in the season finale; cautions in the finale will be enforced in the playoffs.

Since losing to Chivas USA, 1-0, Aug. 26 on a Jesse Marsch goal, RSL has split its nine games: three wins, three losses, three ties. It lost to Chivas USA again last weekend, 3-2, as a Chris Brown equalizer and a late goal by rookie Robbie Findley, his seventh of the season, fell just short. Findley also scored in RSL's 1-0 win over the Dynamo Aug. 4.

Veteran defender Eddie Pope is retiring after this match, which is the 253rd MLS game of his career. He joined RSL in February, 2005 in a trade with the then-Metrostars, which had acquired him in 2002 from D.C. United. He helped D.C. win three MLS Cups (1996, 1997, 1999), a U.S. Open Cup (1996), and several international trophies.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
NWSL Weekend: Press out-duels Solo in Red Stars' win    
Christen Press scored two goals, including the stoppage-time golazo that was the winner, and added an ...
MLS Saturday: FC Dallas-Toronto FC, a game of two days    
Some games are a tale of two halves. FC Dallas-Toronto FC was a tale of two ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos draw sellout for shutout win    
The New York Cosmos a drew their largest home crowd since returning to the NASL in ...
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives