Dynamo Weekly: Previewing Dynamo-Galaxy
The Houston Dynamo return to the Home Depot Center Sunday, hoping for a vastly different outcome than their two previous trips to face the Los Angeles Galaxy – each of which ended with the hosts hoisting an MLS Cup.
There will be no David Beckham this time around for the Galaxy, who have enjoyed a solid (4-1-2, 14 points) start to the 2013 campaign. Like the Dynamo, Los Angeles currently sit tied for second in their conference.
“When the ball turns over they don’t wait - they go forward right away,” Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear told reporters this week when asked about LA. “It’s important that when the ball turns over, and it does quite a lot in a game of soccer, that organization-wise you have to be very smart and get pressure on the ball right away.”
Houston will be without Brad Davis Sunday as he serves a one-match suspension for a red card received last week against Colorado. Andrew Driver is the odds on favorite to take Davis’ spot on the left side of Houston’s midfield, an opportunity – and challenge – the British import will look to take full advantage of.
“He creates something for us almost every game – you only need to look at his stats to see that,” Driver said on a Friday afternoon appearance on SportsTalk Live. “If I get a chance to go into his position it is a game where I really need to step up and fill his boots as much as possible.”
Following Sunday’s match the Dynamo will travel cross-country to Washington, D.C. for a showdown with Eastern Conference foe D.C. United. That game, scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Wednesday night will be broadcast live on CSN.