Wednesday, May 16, 2007

MATCH DAY 6 PREVIEW: HOUSTON DYNAMO @ TORONTO FC

The thunderstorms that swept through the GTA last night claimed my match preview for the Houston match. I'll provide a brief summary below.

* All that rain last night will ensure a very slick pitch for the match this evening
* Rain is in the weather forecast for today and Saturday as well
* 1/5 of the Toronto FC's inaugural season will be completed by the end of the Houston match
* Former Toronto FC defender Richard Mulrooney played right back for Houston in their last match
* Kevin Goldthwaite the player Mulrooney was traded for has been a pleasant surprise for Toronto. He will want to show his old team it was a mistake to let him go
* Toronto Native Dwayne De Rosario leads the Houston midfield, with a talented group of players around him that have been together for several years. The midfield includes talented Ricardo Clark, Brian Mullan, and Brad Davis.
* Toronto is not the only team struggling scoring goals. Houston have only scored 4 goals in 5 MLS matches thus far (3 of the 4 goals came in their last match) Toronto has scored 3 goals in 5 games. The only players to have scored for Houston this season are American international striker Brian Ching, and De Rosario.
* Look out for speedy Joseph Ngwenya from Zimbabwe. Ngwenya should make his debut for the Dynamo after being traded from Columbus last week. He can be clever and extremely dangerous.
* Paul Dalglish, the son of Kenny Dalglish, is a striker for the Dynamo. He has been hampered by an ankle injury and may not play on Wednesday.
* Houston keeper Pat Onstad played for several Toronto professional teams including the Toronto Blizzard, Toronto Lynx and Toronto Rockets over the course of his long career.
* The Houston Dynamo have entered into an agreement to study the viability of building a soccer specific stadium with the City of Houston.

2 comments:

pate said...

Good luck against Houston tonight. I so wish I could watch the game. Or, better, be there for it -- you guys are doing a fantastic job of supporting your team.

Anonymous said...

rain or shine... we're there!!!