Dynamo hosted Vancouver on a pleasant evening where expectations were high for Houston considering last weeks’ thrashing of Atlanta. However, the Dynamo would find that the Canadian team was not as defensively weak as last weeks’ opponents. In fact, the Whitecaps produced the first goal when they were awarded a penalty in the twenty-seventh minute. Philippe Senderos was shown a yellow card for his reaction to the call and he would eventually be subbed off at halftime. Brek Shea would come off the bench to replace Marcel De Jong and this substitution would prove to be critical. Alberth Ellis drew the Dynamo level before the half when his convincing strike hit the back of the net.
Ellis was a threat to Vancouver every time he got a touch. He did very well to create chances for his team and looked solid in terms of fitness. Unfortunately, Shea ended up scoring shortly after the break. Despite having most of the possession and plenty of set pieces, Dynamo were unable to convert any of their chances. It must be said that Alphonso Davies and Kendall Watson were outstanding in terms of defense for the Whitecaps. Each player was able to deny Houston in the final third of the pitch and both looked relatively comfortable defusing each attempt on goal. It seems each cross Houston delivered was easily dealt with and there was no one present inside the box who could properly convert for the Dynamo. At the end of the day, I feel Senderos should have been left on the pitch because he might have caused problems for Vancouver considering how many corner kicks Houston had.
For the most part, the match between Mexico and Bosnia was a cagey affair. Both sides were ineffective in terms of finishing and neither side looked convincing in attack. The Bosnian team were very organized in the back but they could not connect a pass in the final third of the pitch. Mexico dominated possession most of the match and had more shots on goal. In the end, Ayala scored a header from a set piece during the second half and that goal decided the game.
Aimir Bekic was shown a red card at the 83rd minute. Jonathan Gonzalez was given his debut and got a chance to show what he is capable of. One day after FIFA approved his choice to play for the Mexican team, Osorio named him in the roster. From what I saw, he has legs to run for days and has plenty of confidence when he has the ball. Something tells me he is going to Russia and I am pleased he decided to play for a country that maximize his potential.
It is with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I announce that I will be leaving San Antonio in September. But fear not this is good news, as I have accepted a role at the USL as staff writer, so need to move to Tampa Bay. This is something I’m sure almost all of you saw, as I already made this announcement on twitter but this website allows me to be more wordy, and more emotional, so if you’ll indulge me there are some things I need to say.
Houston Dynamo had to play most of the second half with ten men but managed to hold on, getting a scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.
The red card came in the 65th minute after Dynamo midfielder Alex was issued two yellow cards in one minute. The first was a push on Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak, before earning his second yellow for a studs up challenge on Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman.
SAFC players celebrate Kris Tyrpak’s goal (Photo: Darren Abate/USL)
San Antonio FC was left frustrated again on Saturday night as a controversial penalty at the death gave Orange County SC a 1-1 draw at Toyota Field.
The penalty came in stoppage time, and was similar to the decision for San Antonio last week, although even more controversial. As Gustavo Villalobos appeared to run in to Michael Reed, who wasn’t stopping to block him but rather defending normally. But despite Villalobos initiating the contact, the referee pointed to the spot, allowing Jerry van Ewijk to step up and bury the penalty for the equalizer.
San Antonio FC has completed the signing of experienced Mexican-American forward Ever Guzman, the team announced on Friday afternoon.
Guzman is the first man with a FIFA title to be in the San Antonio FC squad, as he was a vital part of Mexico’s Under 17 World Cup winning squad in 2005. Guzman routinely came off the bench to score, managing four goals in the tournament, the second highest, including scoring the third goal in the final against Brazil.
Match Details: San Antonio FC v Orange County SC, Toyota Field, San Antonio, TX, Saturday August 5th 2017, 7:30pm
San Antonio FC Form: WDDDL
Orange County SC Form: LWWDW
MLS Commissioner, Don Garber (Photo: MLS)
As is traditional, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber gave a big interview at the MLS All Star Game on Wednesday night, and in it gave San Antonio Soccer fans cause for concern by not mentioning San Antonio by name, and suggesting that MLS would not expand further than 28 teams.
One thing that is always asked of Garber at any such fan Q&A event is expansion, and it came up very early, with the first several questions relating to it. That allowed Garber a chance to clarify the expansion plans, and to scare San Antonio soccer fans.
Houston Dynamo announced a unique ticketing system on Tuesday which will allow their ticket holders to upgrade their seats at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The new ticketing system comes through an agreement with ticketing platform PogoSeat which will allow the change. The system will now allow fans to upgrade their seats, even after they have entered the stadium.
Vancouver score their fourth (Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps)
FC Dallas had a shocking night on Saturday as they fell to a heavy 4-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps at Toyota Stadium .
The result was the first time that Vancouver managed to defeat FC Dallas in eight matches in Frisco, and did so in convincing fashion. It was also only the second time FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja had lost a match in July since joining the club.