MLS Still Eager for Texan Expansion

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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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FC Dallas held in Vancouver

FC Dallas ended their lengthy streak of matches managing a point against Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first half FC Dallas didn’t waste much time getting the opening goal in the second half through Max Urruti. Maynor Figueroa sent a long ball from deep in his own half which Vancouver cleared, only for Urruti to steal possession and run past two defenders before slotting it home.

In the 75th minute a free-kick saw Vancouver draw back to level terms after Cristian Techera was fouled by Michael Barrios. Techera dusted himself off and stepped up, hitting the free-kick from 25 yards, after Fredy Motero ran over the ball.

It was a tight match and FC Dallas was showing some fatigue from their exertions throughout the week that Vancouver was able to capitalize on.

The only chance for FC Dallas in the first half was in just the 12th minute with some beautiful passing allowing Michael Barrios space on the wing. Barrios sent the ball in for Urruti who got a shot away which was well blocked by defender Tim Parker.

Vancouver had the only other chance of the half with two minutes to play in the first half through Roland Lemah. Lemah rose the highest, allowing him to get a header away but he couldn’t keep it down as it went over the bar.

Just four minutes after the equalizer, FC Dallas very nearly restored their lead as Barrios was able to create an opportunity. Barrios stole possession and sent the ball in for Mauro Diazo whose backheel allowed Tesho Akindele to set up Barrios again but his shot was blocked, forcing Dallas to settle for a point.

Stoppage Time Goal Stops Houston Getting First Road win

Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy fighting for possession (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo has continued their poor form on the road as they gave away a winning position in the fifth minute of stoppage time to be forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

It was a controversial coal in the 95th minute when Romain Alessandri put the ball in to the back of the net. The ball was crossed in from Bradford Jamieson but Alessandri appeared to be in an offside position when the cross came in, only for the assistant referee to keep the flag down.

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Texas Based Players set to Appear on International Duty

Photo: Houston Dynamo

With the FIFA international break taking place this week there are plenty of Texas based players who will not get a break as they head off to international duty with various national teams over the globe.

There are three Texas based players in the United States men’s squad on differing ends of their international careers. DaMarcus Beasley of Houston Dynamo is there along with two players from in-state rivals FC Dallas Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges. Both the FC Dallas players played in the USMNT friendly against Venezuela last week.

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Will Bruin Makes Dynamo pay as Seattle beat Houston

Will Bruin celebrates his goal (Photo: Seattle Sounders)

Houston Dynamo’s winless road run continued on Sunday night as they fell to a 1-0 loss against Seattle Sounders at Century Link Field.

It was a case of revenge for Will Bruin who scored the only goal of the match to get revenge over his former club. Cristian Roldan sent in a cross in to the box finding Bruin who scored thanks to a powerful header.

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Houston Dynamo Destroy RSL at Home

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While Houston Dynamo have the worst road record in Major League Soccer, they are unbeatable at home and showed why as they destroyed Real Salt Lake 5-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was a dominant performance from the Dynamo who got started early, taking charge of the match from the opening whistle. They opened the scoring in the third minute when Alex set up Mauto Manotas inside the box. Manotas shot but Schmidt stole possession only to clear the ball in to the back of his own net and give Houston the lead.

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Texan MLS Teams Combine for Charitable Auction Ahead of Derby

The items FC Dallas are auctioning (Photo: FC Dallas)

Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas have come together for some friendly competition all in the name of charity as the two teams are holding auctions ahead of the Texas Derby and the team that raises the most will gain $1000 for their team charity from the opposing team.

The two teams will be using the DASH Auction App with the auctions starting on Friday at noon and running through to the 80th minute of the match on Sunday. The two teams have created their own collection of items for fans to bid on and all the proceeds will also go to the respective charity.

Houston Dynamo have several autographed items, with a jersey signed by the whole team, an Alberth Elis signed game worn jersey and Tyler Deric signed gloves. There will also be a unique experience up for the bidding with a fan able to bid on a Starting 11 experience, the winner watching warmups from the pitch and taking part in the pre-match photo as if they were part of the starting 11.

FC Dallas are not being outdone, also giving out the same starting 11 experience for a fan and an autographed jersey. FC Dallas will also be giving away a signed ball, an his and hers package with two shirts, cups, and bags, the other unique item will be a ball used in the derby.

While the competition on the pitch will be fierce, both teams will no doubt be hoping that the fans come together and bid on these items to raise lots of money for their soccer charities.

Houston Dynamo Destroy Orlando City SC

Houston Dynamo celebrate another goal (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo came alive offensively demolishing Orlando City SC in a 4-0 win against the Florida club at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.

The win sees Houston Dynamo remain undefeated at home this season as they dominated this match, particularly in the second half. It was the first ever win for Houston against Orlando as they levelled the all-time series against the club.

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