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TAtv: West Coast comes to town
Wednesday, 21 April 2010

You can also watch Texian Army TV on Youtube: 2010 - Ep 2 - West Coast comes to town

 
Dominance over Chivas USA continues
Monday, 19 April 2010
It’s getting to the point where Chivas USA should just save the time and money on airfare and forfeit its games in Houston and move on. An exquisite, all-around performance from the Dynamo left the LA-based team on the end of yet another beating at Robertson, 3-0, in front of nearly 15,000 fans.

Regardless of injuries and suspensions, the Men in Orange controlled the match from the opening kickoff and Chivas USA never looked likely to threaten the Dynamo at any point in the match.

A midfield that was run ragged by the LA Galaxy a week earlier dictated the pace of the game immediately in large part due to two players making their first starts of the season. Corey Ashe, who was forced to start at right mid as Brian Mullan was moved to striker for the game; and Lovel Palmer, in place of the injured Richard Mulrooney, immediately put their mark on the game. As Ashe’s pace and ability to cut into the middle of the field on his left foot threatened the Chivas defense, Palmer helped control the midfield and broke up any Chivas attack.

Geoff Cameron's Bunny Hop

In fact, it was the Jamaican Palmer who would get the first Dynamo shot on goal in the 8th minute; though his scuffed shot from 25 yards out posed Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton no problem.

A few minutes later, it was Ashe who took his chance as he beat US National Team member Jonathan Bornstein and narrowly missed Thornton’s left post. It wouldn’t take much longer for Ashe to get the Dynamo on the board.

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Dynamo look to rebound against Chivas USA
Thursday, 15 April 2010
The Dynamo will end their three-game home stand this Saturday when Chivas USA comes to town. For Houston, it’s a welcome opportunity to make amends for last week’s performance.

Anyone remember the 2006 Western Conference Semifinal that saw Houston clinch the series with a Brian Ching goal in added time and the subsequent bench-clearing brawl? How about the war of words between Dominic Kinnear and Preki after the 2007 regular season finale? Or the 4-0 pasting the Dynamo has put on Chivas not once, but twice (club records)?

While the games for the most part have been competitive and intense, Houston has by and large dominated Chivas. The Dynamo has lost only one regular season game to the LA-based side in its history and that was way back in 2006. Since then, the Dynamo has won 5, drawn 3, and held a +11 goal differential over Chivas. Most recently, the two teams played this preseason and should be fairly familiar with one another.

Paulo Nagamura and Brad Davis

Youth and experience
For the first time since 2006, a coach other than Preki will be leading Chivas. Martin Vazquez was hired in the offseason and in many ways, he’s the perfect for the team. As a player, Vazquez played for a number of teams in both Mexico and the US, even managing to become one of the few players to be capped by both countries’ national teams. While this is his first head coaching position, he has European coaching experience with Bayern Munich as an assistant and is familiar with the club culture and the unique characteristics of MLS. After claiming his first win last weekend against a hot Red Bull team, Vazquez will be looking to make it two in a row this week against Houston.

While results have been mixed thus far, Vazquez seems to have an emphasis on quick, attractive football that isn’t afraid to push forward. The problem for Vazquez has been getting Chivas to play his system for 90 minutes. His team also ranks as one of the youngest in the league, which doesn’t make grasping the new system any easier. Still, there is a lot of established talent on this team, not least of which are two potential US World Cup players. Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan not only bring much needed experience to a young team, they also bring talent. Kljestan will be asked to control the midfield against Houston and Bornstein will take every opportunity to get forward from his left back position and put pressure on the Houston defense. However, two of Chivas’ more important players will not be available, forward Maykel Galindo and veteran midfielder Ante Jazić sustained injuries.

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