Revenge doesn't drive Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo will travel down a familiar path when they head to Los Angeles this Saturday for their second straight MLS Cup final and their fourth in the last seven years. They will once again play at the Home Depot Center against the LA Galaxy, who beat Houston 1-0 in last year's final.
“I don’t want to call it revenge,” forward Brian Ching said. “We want to go out there and win every time we step on the field. We feel like we had an opportunity to win, and we were extremely disappointed. We’re a team doesn’t take losses very well. We don’t expect to lose and it hurt last year.”
“We lost to them last year and that wasn’t a good feeling,” midfielder and team captain Brad Davis said. “It’s definitely a feeling that we don’t want to have again, that’s for sure. In the locker room after that game obviously was a downtime, but with having that opportunity last year, there is a little bit of fire still there that wants to go back and be victorious.”
“We respect L.A.,” defender Bobby Boswell said. “They’re a great team. They’ve got some wonderful players and they can do some great things but we’re a pretty hard working group ourselves and we’re going to try to make their night difficult and ruin their fun this year like they did for us last year.”
And at full strength, the Dynamo's chances of spoiling the Galaxy's night are better this year. Not only do they feel they are fielding a better team, but two key players who have been battling injuries -- midfielder Ricardo Clark (groin) and forward Calen Carr (hamstring) -- practiced with the team on Monday. Also, Houston is looking forward to having the services of midfielder Brad Davis who could not play in last year's MLS Cup final because of a torn right quadriceps muscle. Davis was one of three finalists for MLS MVP last year.
Saturday's match between Houston and Los Angeles is set for 3:30 p.m.