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Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United: Your Running Commentary

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The Houston Dynamo will look to extend a five-match unbeaten streak against a D.C. United team looking to erase the taste of last week's 4-0 thrashing against New York in tonight's MLS match-up (8:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Dynamo will be without forward Brian Ching once again, but will be lead by midfielder Brad Davis. The playmaking winger heads an offense that hasn't quite been firing well in the run of play, but could have some success against a shaky D.C. United defense.

D.C. will look to counter with MLS scoring leader Charlie Davies, as well as in-form winger Chris Pontius, which may still not be enough to score on a Houston defense that has allowed just five goals in six matches.

If you will be watching tonight's match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

96 comments
  • Zach

    You may yawn but the MLS is going to have its work cut out for themselves the rest of the year with how they handle slide tackles.

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  • ericJ

    His leg didnt break because he played the ball and not the man. Zak’s leg broke because that was not the case.

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  • Dr.MonkeyArmy

    Second time I have seen Davies play this season, second time I have come away wholly unimpressed. Maybe it is because DC’s midfield is playing terribly, but it seems to me that he is just looking for a long ball. Not involved in the game at all. And his speed is not all the way back.

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  • Ben

    Yes, I missed that as well. The trevails of enjoying some Racer 5 while watching the game.

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  • Zach

    He did play the ball, totally agree. His leg didnt break because it wasnt planted at the time of impact. Its a slippery slope, thats my only point.

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  • Ben

    Well, I do think his involvement has to do with the terrible passing by dc, but I agree with the perception that his speed isn’t there yet. People need to remember that even the Brazilian defenders, who don’t lack for speed, looked nervous when Davies was running about in the Confed Cup. When MLS defenders aren’t as scared as the Brazilian defenders were, I think you can say the speed isn’t where it was.

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  • ericJ

    Not really. It should have been a yellow of course, but seeing as he won the ball *shrugs*.

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  • Ben

    Love it, Bear Republic is, in my opinion, one of the best breweries in the US right now. Hop Rod Rye, my goodness.

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  • Rob

    Hmm yeah they do good work. I personally love some Racer X though only can get that on tap.

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  • Brent McD

    very impressed with Watson showing good pace up and down the right flank, moving forward and also helping out on defense

    not enough time to really assess Koke, but his first few touches looked good

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  • Ben

    Racer X is pretty amazing. Also, it can get one in trouble, much like Dogfishhead 120.

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  • Rob

    Yeah man, gotta watch any craft brew or it can knock you out fast. However they are usually very tasty, unlike those corn and rice filled macros.

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  • Ben

    Well there are plenty of great crafts that are not heavy duty ipas, but yeah, I’ll take those forever and always over rice beer.

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  • Rob

    I know… Having a heavy duty stout fest tomorrow: Black Ops, Imperial Stout Trooper, 2010 Dark Lord, and whatever my friend brings so my mind is on that. Red Bulls, MMA, tasty brews, good food, and great company can’t wait.

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  • Citronomics

    Well that was a dreadful performance by DCU. Sloppy passing, beat to the ball or pushed off it too easily, and porous D. Kudos to Houston for taking advantage of DCU’s ineptitude and forwards burying their chances. Is it too early to start thinking about a summer spending spree for a centerback and attacking mid? Nope.

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  • Ben

    Good stuff, well I know two of them. I haven’t tried the Dark Lord yet; I need to get on that. Great stuff, I’m looking forward to some great beer and Red Bulls as well. Cheers to slipping into that deep sleep induced by great food, great beer, and a Red Bulls win.

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  • JoeW

    Not at all. With Mullen, several things were true:

    1. It was retaliation.
    2. He was out of control before he even went into the tackle.
    3. He fouled the player.
    4. He produced a serious injury.

    To compare that tackle with Mullen’s and argue that they’re comparable or that they’re close or that it’s a slippery slope shows a real lack of objectivity.

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  • irishapple21

    Well, DC, this is what happens when you hire Captain Caveman to be your head coach. When Olsen isn’t beating his kids, he’s running DCU into the ground. Maybe you should hire someone who could do a better job. Like a local AYSO coach.

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  • BenC

    It’s the “dancing bear” celebration he and Brad Davis debuted this game. It’s fitting. (Bruin=bear)

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  • Brit

    The Dynamo actually kept the ball really well IMO. In the first half, there was a particular sequence of 10-15 passes in a row which resulted in a Hamid save from a Bruin header on a beautiful cross from Freeman. They were also confident playing the ball along the back line all game, whereas a lot of MLS teams just hoof it as far as they can when it gets back there

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  • Dougs

    Houston is the new powerhouse! If they beat DC by multiple goals it must be a sign of there dominance…or DC is just not nearly as good as people thought they were.

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  • Scott A

    I might have to raise a toast to Metro with a Troegs Nugget Nectar myself. Or maybe some Steel Reserve😀

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  • Limey

    Jakovic is awful…Should have been red-carded after the Steve Z incident…. and McCarthy is more of a 4-3-3 Centre Mid.

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  • Rey

    DC is not as good….For all of the hype, Davies should have converted his best scoring chance on the header

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  • Brett

    He seems to be painfully average now. Not at all like the explosive presence he was prior to the crash. I’m not closing the book on him just yet though. For the moment, he’s got 3 or 4 guys ahead of him for his NT spot.

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