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Texian Army Tailgate for the 2010 MLS All-Star Game
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 pm, the best players in MLS take on Manchester United in the 2010 MLS All-Star Game!

This year the All-Star Game will be in Houston, and the Texian Army supporters group is organizing a tailgate at Reliant Stadium Blue Lot 22 where all fans can come out and hang out with other soccer fans. Whether you are a Dynamo/MLS fan, a fan of Man Utd, or are just looking to have some fun before the game, you're welcome to come enjoy the festivities.

Due to ridiculous exclusive beverage agreements at Reliant Stadium, the Texian Army All-Star Game Tailgate will be BYOB. The Texian Army will provide the tailgating area, entertainment, and tents for shade. There will be music, games, and likely a few pickup soccer games going on in the parking lot. In addition our tailgate will be near a soccer festival that will have restroom facilities.

So come out and have a great time before the game! Parking lots open at 3:00 pm, and parking in Blue Lots is $20. There is a light rail option that can be taken from many downtown locations as well. Hope to see you there!

WHAT: Texian Army All-Star Game Tailgate
WHERE: Blue Lot 22 (click for map)
WHEN: Wednesday, July 28 starting at 3:00 pm
COST: $0 (donations to help with our tailgate costs are greatly appreciated)
FACEBOOK: Click here for the Facebook Event for this tailgate
TWITTER: Follow @TexianArmy on Twitter

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Dynamo struggles continue
Monday, 12 July 2010
The good news? The Dynamo is now unbeaten in their last three MLS games. The bad news? Itís winless in six. An improved defensive performance and a Columbus team that seemed short on ideas were not enough to give the Orange the full three points at home as the two teams fought to a 0-0 draw.

Houstonís defenders werenít exactly flawless - some short back passes to Pat Onstad made for some nervy moments - the defense was largely effective most of the night. In fact, the clean sheet was the teamís first since May 22nd against DC United. Not only does that point to the troubles the backline has had, but also to the improvement that was made on the defensive side of the ball. Keeping the clean sheet was indicative of the improvement, the organization and positioning throughout most of the game gave fans hope that more strong defensive outings are to come.

Lovel Palmer and Robbie Rogers

Lovel Palmer and Richard Mulrooney were tasked with creating opportunities from the center of midfield. Both are great at stopping attacks as defensive mids, but still lack some of the requisite qualities to create a consistent offense.

Wide midfielders Danny Cruz and Corey Ashe provided plenty of pace and work rate, but neither seemed to consistently threaten the Columbus. Thatís not to say that the midfield didnít create chances for their team.

Starting forwards Brian Ching and Cam Weaver could have snared a goal for the home side.

In the first half, Weaver was left alone in the box but could only knock his free header harmlessly over the crossbar. In the second half the Dynamo had another close call in the 80th minute when he managed to break the offside trap, but his far post shot missed by inches.

Weaverís partner at forward missed an even better chance. When left back Gino Padula missed his interception of Chingís cross field pass to Cruz, the entire left side of the Columbus defense was exposed and Cruz took advantage. After reaching the end line, the second-year pro put in a cross that appeared to evade every Dynamo player until Ching popped up unmarked two yards from goal without a Crew player in sight. The angle was somewhat tight and the ball fell to the Hawaiianís weaker left foot Ė his miss was an absolute sitter and one he should have buried.

On to SuperLiga
The game against Columbus will be the last league game for a couple weeks as the club now focuses on on SuperLiga. Their first group match comes against old rivals Pachuca this Thursday night; followed by Chivas USA on Sunday, July 18; and Puebla next Wednesday, July 21. Each match will be held at Robertson Stadium with 7 p.m. start times.

A draw on the road
Tuesday, 06 July 2010
In their third game in six days, the Dynamo managed a 1-1 result against Toronto FC last Thursday. The draw was disappointing since a clear, legitimate goal was ruled out for offside and the team was unable to hold onto the lead in the gameís last 10 minutes.

With Brad Davis unavailable due to injury, the Houston starting lineup looked peculiar as Joseph Ngwenya was forced to play the uncustomary role of midfielder. The move also meant that Brian Mullan would start next to Brian Ching at forward Ė a position that he has played on occasion. The makeshift midfield battled well and had moments but were often overrun and they often gave away too much space to Torontoís marquee players Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman. However, the Redsí buildup often faltered at the final ball and the defense absorbed most of the pressure for most of the game. Neither team created many opportunities until late in the first half when Pat Onstad made a stellar save on a de Guzman shot from distance.

The tempo picked up in the second half and poor officiating kept the Dynamo from taking the lead. After running on to a ball from defender Bobby Boswell, Mullan beat his man, scoring past Torontoís goalie Stefan Frei. The linesman raised his flag for offside and replays showed proof to the contrary. In fact, Mullan was about 3 yards onside when the pass was initially played. Look for this linesman to get a call up for the 2014 World Cup.

Intensity increased a few minutes later as Ngwenya took issue with the whistle activity from Toronto FC and fisticuffs broke out Ė a lot of flailing and slapping without much contact. Once the dust settled, Ngwenya and de Guzman were shown straight reds, leaving each team down a man.

Captain Ching

In the 73rd minute, the Orange gained the lead they should have already had. Ching popped up to score off a Danny Cruz corner, giving the Hawaiian his third goal of the season. Midfielder Lovel Palmer nearly made it 2-0 mere minutes later with one of his patented bombs from outside the box but Frei made a tremendous save to keep the Reds in the game. With the match drawing to a close and Toronto increasing pressure on the Dynamo defense, Onstad made a spectacular save himself as he denied former teammate De Rosario the game-tying goal in the 83rd min.

Toronto would get their equalizer off the ensuing corner and Houstonís suspect defending would be the culprit yet again. A completely unmarked Dan Gargan crept in at the far post and headed the ball across the face of goal into the back of the net. While pushing hard for their second goal, all Toronto got was a second red.

In some ways, the 1-1 was not a satisfying result. Had the linesman not completely missed his offside call or if the Dynamo had not missed their defensive assignments on Torontoís corner, they may have won 2-1 or 1-0. But looking at the game in total, itís hard to say that Toronto didnít deserve a draw if for no other reason than that they looked more threatening for the majority of the game. And truth be told, the Dynamo defense absorbed a lot of pressure for the majority of the game as their midfield wasnít helping them out too much. A road win could have been the perfect tonic for the Dynamoís illness. The team and its fans should take heart from a road draw and an improved defensive performance.

The Men in Orange return to the field tonight as they take on Chivas USA in US Open Cup play at Robertson. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Their next regular season match is on Sat., July 10 against the Columbus Crew.

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