Houston Dynamo US Open Cup run ends

Players contest for possession (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo’s 2017 US Open Cup campaign has come to an end as they fell to a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City in the Round of 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Kansas City opened the scoring just after the hour through a corner kick that Houston Dynamo failed to deal with adequately. Kevin Ellis headed the corner back across the face for Ike Opara, who was able to send the ball past the keeper for a vital goal.

With the US Open Cup being a knock out tournament Houston Dynamo was forced to push for an equalizer. That allowed a counter attack in stoppage time to give Kansas City the second goal Latif Blessing and Gerso Fernandes were able to break away allowing Blessing to set up Fernandes for a finish.

The first half was a tight 45 minutes as the two sides were cagey, given it was a knock out match that tense play was unsurprising. The best chance came in the 12th minute with a corner kick falling to Jimmy Medranda at the edge of the box but his effort went over the bar.

Just after the quarter hour Houston started to get some good chances and had a string of good opportunities. Alex managed to have two chances in less than a minute, both chances coming from outside the box, left footed strikes whistling over the bar.

Just after the Kansas City opener Houston Dynamo had a penalty shout turned down by the referee. Memo Rodriguez went down in the box after an apparent trip from Saad Abdul-Salaam but the referee disagreed and showed Rodriguez a yellow card for simulation.



Houston Dash Manage First Undefeated run of NWSL season

Houston Dash and Boston Breakers (Photo: Houston Dash)

Houston Dash have had their first draw of the season as they had their second straight match without a loss managing a scoreless draw against the Boston Breakers at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was also a second straight clean sheet for goalkeeper Jane Campbell who is keeping Australian Lydia Williams out of the side. It was also the first time this season Houston managed to pick up points in consecutive matches.

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FC Dallas Advance to US Open Cup Quarterfinals

FC Dallas gain possession (Photo: Colorado Rapids)

The defending champions, FC Dallas, has advanced to the US Open Cup Quarterfinals after they managed a 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night at Toyota Stadium.

Right before the break FC Dallas was able to open the scoring as some short passing saw Mauro Diaz brought down in the box by Bismark Boateng. That allowed Diaz to then dust himself off, step up and hit the penalty past Zac MacMath for the opener, giving Dallas a half-time lead.

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Kealia Ohai to miss Remainder of NWSL Season

Kealia Ohai in action for the Dash (Photo: Houston Dash)

The run of ACL injuries in the 2017 NWSL season continues with Houston Dash announcing on Monday that Kealia Ohai will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.

Ohai was injured in the second half of the match against Orlando Pride in Orlando on Saturday and on Monday the team reported the extent of the injury. Ohai has suffered a Grade 3 ACL sprain and a medial meniscus tear in her left knee.

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Houston TTI too strong for Athenians


Houston TTI celebrate their goal (Photo: Chris Hockman)

Houston TTI showed their skill and speed as they managed a second half come back to defeat San Antonio Athenians 3-1 at San Antonio FC on Sunday afternoon at Blossom Soccer Complex.

A good ball from Marlene Campa forced former Houston Dash goalkeeper Hayley Carter to come off her line. That allowed Allison Fahey to run on to the ball, rounding Carter and finishing it easily with an open net.

“I think that was Allison Fahey’s ability to read the play,” said Athenians head coach Vida Mohagheghpour, “She was just able to use her speed, I don’t think anyone saw her making that run.”

Houston TTI got a perfect start to the second half scoring in the 47th minute, catching Athenians off guard. Farida Machia was able to get on to the ball and shoot powerfully past the keeper to restore parity.

Houston TTI took the lead after the Athenians defense left far too much space for Jessica Booksby. That allowed her to control and then shoot past Lopez who was left with little help from her defense.

In the 82nd minute TTI sealed the match when a corner allowed them to play their corner play rushing back from the goal line. That allowed Cassidy Blanchard to get back and jump highest heading it across the face.

“That’s a play we see, it’s just about who can get up to that ball and clear it out, ideally the goalkeeper and sometimes it doesn’t work.” Said Mohagheghpour.

TTI had the bulk of the early chances and in the eighth minute they had a shout for a penalty as Jessica Booksby went down. That challenge was from Treena Ferguson but it was perfectly timed and all ball, the referee calling play on.

There was an interesting set piece delivery from TTI in the 16th minute when they had a corner, putting five on the goal line as it was taken. They then ran out like a field hockey corner but couldn’t get it in to the back of the net.

Rebecca Mays should have put Athenians 1-0 up in the 24th minute after a perfectly weighted ball was played to her from Allison Fahey. Galan’s touch was heavy, allowing TTI to get in the way and put it out for a corner.

Athenians got out of jail in the 29th minute when an error at the back allowed TTI in at goal, the initial deflection falling to Booksby. Booksby got a strong shot away but was denied by a phenomenal save from Gaby Lopez turning it on the bar, which allowed Athenians to clear.

“She had a really great game, regardless of the score, Lopez made a number of great saves.” said Mohagheghpour.

Lopez kept the match scoreless in the 40th minute when the defense left Brooksby wide open in the box. Brooksby shot but was denied by Lopez at full stretch to keep her side in front her second spectacular save of the half.

TTI should have taken the lead in the 55th minute when Jordan Jackson was given too much space after a poor challenge. That opened up the space for Jackson to take the shot but she curled it away from the goal.

In the 69th minute Lopez kept the match level through another stunning save, after the shot was put much too closely to her. Just two minutes later she was at it again as Lopez was at full stretch to make a save along the ground before smothering the rebound.

Katieann Lochte very nearly pulled a goal back for the Athenians in stoppage time as she found space on the edge of the area. She was denied by a strong save down low by Carter which kept it 3-1, the final score.

San Antonio FC Finally Lose First Match of the Season

Colorado Springs Switchbacks celebrate their goal (Photo: Colorado Springs Switchbacks)

San Antonio FC’s unbeaten start to the 2017 season came to an end at Weidner Field on Saturday, as they fell to Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-0 ending a 14 match unbeaten run.

“We have to respond after tonight…There were instances in the game that made it difficult but you can’t be more proud of the players. They kept working until the final whistle to get a tying goal but unfortunately we were unable to find it.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell.

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Entertaining Texas Derby ends in Score Draw

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A hard fought and entertaining Texas derby was played out on Houston with the series still looking for its first winner of 2017 as FC Dallas came back from a half-time deficit to force a scoreless draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night.

“I think it was a very good game,” said Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera, “it was hot and humid for everyone. Two good teams on the field, we went for the three points but they are a good team… As long as we don’t lose and we continue looking forward and looking to attack we have to be happy.”

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MLS Still Eager for Texan Expansion


Graphic courtesy MLS in SA

Major League Soccer (MLS) is certainly keen on adding a third team to Texas but that may not necessarily be in San Antonio, sources have revealed to San Antonio Soccer News.

San Antonio FC recently gave their presentation to MLS as part of the many expansion bids to the league, which was scarcely publicized by the club. As would be expected from an organization like Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SSE) the presentation to MLS was phenomenally polished, and made a very strong case for San Antonio’s inclusion in the league.

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