Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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
Midfield strength gives Dynamo edge
by Paul Kennedy, October 30th, 2013 8:42PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  houston dynamo, mls, montreal impact

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS PLAYOFFS: Houston-Montreal] The Houston Dynamo is actually looking forward to Thursday's extra game against Montreal (TV: NBCSN, 8:30 p.m. ET). Last year, it beat Chicago in the play-in game and went on to play in MLS Cup for the fourth time in seven seasons. This year, it opens at home against the Impact, which needed help from New York on the final day of the season to eliminate Chicago and avoid one of the worst collapses in MLS history.

Houston has the best record at home in MLS playoff history -- eight wins and one loss -- and will be favored against the Impact. After slumping badly in early September, the Dynamo went 4-1-2 over its last seven games and assured itself of a playoff berth Sunday with a 2-1 win at D.C. United

"I do feel like last year, the run that we made and that play-in game -- it did help us," Brad Davis told Goal.com after Sunday's D.C. game. "We were on a little bit of a roll at the end of the year."

Davis, a veteran of all eight seasons in Houston, heads the Dynamo midfield that also includes Honduran international Oscar Boniek Garcia, former U.S. World Cup player Ricardo Clark and second-year pro Warren Creavalle whose emergence allowed the Dynamo to trade Adam Moffat to Seattle.

Recent Form (last 5 games):
Houston: TWTLW
Montreal: LLLWL

Montreal has struggled in midfield. Brazilian Felipe has been inconsistent, and Patrice Bernier and Argentine Hernan Bernardello, who arrived in mid-season on a DP contract, have been in and out of the lineup with injuries.

Season Series:
June 19: Montreal 2 Houston 0
Aug. 24:
Montreal 5 Houston 0
Oct. 4:
Houston 1 Montreal 0

INJURIES. Montreal won the first two games of the season series with Houston -- at home -- with Alessandro Nesta in the lineup. But it lost the third game at Houston without the Italian center back. He's suffering from a sore calf, and if he can't go, it will be a big blow for the Impact. Left back Jeb Brovsky (broken toe) and Bernier (hip) are expected back after missing the season finale.

Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor has been ruled out for season the Dynamo after he underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Houston (Possible XI):
Goalkeeper:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
1 Tally Hall (USA/28)
Defenders:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
8 Kofi Sarkodie (USA/22)
32 Bobby Boswell (USA/30)
2 Eric Brunner (USA/27)
26 Corey Ashe (USA/27)
Midfielders:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
27 Oscar Boniek Garcia (Honduras/29)
5 Warren Creavalle (USA/23)
13 Ricardo Clark (USA/30)
11 Brad Davis (USA/31)
Forwards:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
23 Giles Barnes (England/25)
12 Will Bruin (USA/24)
Avg. Age: 26.9
 
Montreal (Possible XI):
Goalkeeper:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
1 Troy Perkins (USA/31)
Defenders:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
6 Hassoun Camara (France/29)
13 Matteo Ferrari (Italy/34)
55 Wandrille Lefevre (France/24)
5 Jeb Brovsky (USA/25)
Midfielders:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
8 Patrice Bernier (Canada/34)
21 Justin Mapp (USA/29)
23 Hernan Bernardello (Argentina/27)
7 Felipe (Brazil/23)
22 Davy Arnaud (USA/33)
Forward:
NO. PLAYER (COUNTRY/AGE)
9 Marco Di Vaio (Italy/37)
Avg. Age: 29.6


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Lloyd golazo ups her goal streak to seven games    
If there is one lesson NWSL opponents should have learned from the Women's World Cup, it's ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach on her future plans    
"I haven't made a decision about the Olympics next summer and I would have to make ...
USL Roundup: Board of Governors meets in Denver    
For the third straight year, the USL has held its annual midseason Board of Governors meeting ...
How does MLS All-Stars vs. Liga MX All-Stars sound?    
With Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game set to pit the MLS All-Stars against Tottenham at Dick's ...
TV Report: Gold Cup reaches more than 6.8 million viewers    
The Gold Cup final between Mexico and Jamaica was watched by 6 million viewers on Univision, ...
Donovan: 'I'm not going to be Mexico's next coach'    
Landon Donovan has always had a great sense of humor, and he's lost none of that ...
Video Pick: Houston's Miranda stands out with stylish finish    
On a week with 39 goals in nine games, there were lots to choose from for ...
Northwest Division teams dominate PDL All-League team    
Sounders FC U23 defender Jonathan Campbell, who was named to attend the U.S. Men's U23 College ...
What They're Saying: Osvaldo Alonso     
"This is a gift for me. When I come here, it was never to come back. ...
What They're Saying: Mexican federation president Decio de Maria    
"Our values, our principles, are above any result. In our profession, our industry, the matches are ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives