Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pumas v. Dynamo - Live Blog

That's the match - 4-4 is the result. Dynamo can't complain.

Why does this moron keep calling Kamari Kamara??? Good save for Pumas, whatever.

Yep, he's coming on.

Looks like we'll be seeing DeRo tonight.

61 Min: Mulrooney on for Clark.

52nd Min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Waibel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This has been one exciting match and no matter the outcome, for the Dynamo to get 3 goals in the first half against Pumas in Mexico City, nothing to hang your head about.

End of First Half - Pumas 4 - 3 Dynamo

Stoppage Time Goal for Pumas.

2 minutes of stoppage time.

43 Min: Jaqua comes close to goal 4 for Dynamo, but misses.

42nd Min: Goal for Pumas, knotted up again

36th Min: Big save by Pat Onstad.

34 Min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kamara gets his second of the night on the penalty kick, 3-2 Dymamo!

33 Min: Penalty in the box, Dynamo get a penalty kick.

27th Min: Goal for Pumas, Juarez gets the rebound off the wall and puts it in the net.

26 Min: Yellow to Eddie Robinson, and FSC folks SHUT-UP.

23 Min: Brian Mullan is coming in for the injured Stuart Holden.

20th Min: Goal for Pumas (Lopez) even though a Dynamo player is down. Again we see the bias against U.S. teams when they travel south of the border.

Cameron had a beautiful cross to Kai on that goal. Kai has been a great addition for the Dynamo.

17th Min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kai Kamara gets goal #2 for the Dynamo!!!!

14th Min: Dynamo come close on a corner from Holden . . . he's the dead ball expert tonight since Davis didn't make the trip.

Actually, Onstad is starting in goal tonight, not Caig.

4th Minute: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAIBEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Match is underway, and with a starting temp of 59 degrees, the Dynamo have broken out the long sleeve shirts.

For the Dynamo:


Waibel - Boswell - Robinson - Barrett

Ashe - Clark - Holden - Cameron

Jaqua - Kamara

Let's hope the Dynamo make use of the heigh advantage.

The Dynamo are in Mexico City, and their third country in three matches. Stadium does not look that full, but then again this is a group stage match. Hmmm, FSC's music had a Miami Vice quality at the beginning.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Here he goes again . . .

Since the start of the 208-09 Serie A season, Jose Mourinho has really had a rocky relationship with the press and others within Serie A, some of which is discussed on the latest episode of World Soccer Wrap: Serie A (now available for free on iTunes). The latest controversy involving the Special One . . . He has now basically said that outside of Italy, Serie A is a very small league and he feels that Italians really don't care about the league's perception in the rest of the world. And more bizarre, he has accussed Italians of not being as in love with football as he had thought.


Despite all of his contributions to football, I really think Jose is a bit off base here. Jose, time for you to focus on what is happening on the pitch because off of the pitch, you're digging a big hole for yourself. I think you need to take some time to hit Latin America and South America where the football of the Spanish and Italian leagues is much preferred to that found in the EPL, the commercial entity that overshadows all other European leagues despite a product that isn't all that consistent.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dynamo Hurricane Relief Week

Here's the latest press release from the Dynamo:

HOUSTON, TX (Thursday, September 25, 2008) – The Houston Dynamo announced they will use their next three home matches to help the Houston area recover from Hurricane Ike with Dynamo Hurricane Relief Week.

To benefit recovery efforts, the Dynamo will honor local emergency workers, collect monetary donations and soccer equipment for local clubs, and conduct several Dynamo Charities fundraisers during their games October 12, October 15, and October 18. All proceeds will be distributed to Houston- and Galveston-area soccer clubs by the South Texas Youth Soccer Association on behalf of Dynamo Charities.

Before each game, the Dynamo Drive Series, presented by Infinity Insurance, will collect soccer equipment in conjunction with the U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback Program, the South Texas Youth Soccer Association, and MLS Works to benefit local teams affected by Hurricane Ike. The Dynamo will also set up donation centers around the stadium for each game. Donations may be made online via Dynamo Charities, beginning next week.

“It is our hope that by helping kids to return to the soccer fields, we can play a part in bringing things back to normal and adding something positive to those most negatively affected,” Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti said.

For the Sunday, October 12 game against D.C. United, presented by The Methodist Hospital System, the Dynamo will invite local first responders to participate in an on-field ceremony. All Dynamo proceeds from on-site parking will benefit youth soccer teams, as will proceeds from an auction for jerseys worn in that night’s game. The Methodist Hospital System will be on hand conducting a blood drive.

On Wednesday, October 15, when the Dynamo host the San Jose Earthquakes in a game postponed from September 20 by Hurricane Ike, the Dynamo will offer free tickets to children aged 14 and under and $10 tickets to adults for the 8:00 p.m. match, presented by Bud Light. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go toward helping local soccer clubs affected by the hurricane.

When the Dynamo host the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, presented by Amigo Energy, the Dynamo will hold an on-field presentation to announce their contribution to hurricane relief efforts.

Currently in first place in the MLS Western Conference, the Dynamo (10-5-9, 39 points) will return to action on Saturday, September 27, with an afternoon road contest against Toronto FC. Houston’s next home game is a CONCACAF Champions League game against San Francisco F.C. on October 7. For more information, please log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CONCACAF Champions League Match Rescheduled

The Dynamo home match against CD Luis Angel Firpo that was postponed due to Hurricane Ike has been rescheduled for November 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Tickets with the original date will be honored at the gate.

As I type this, the Dynamo are in the 25th minute of their match at Estadio Rod Carew against San Francisco FC in Panama City, Panama.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Match Day 3 in Serie A

Both Roma and A.C. Milan picked up their first wins of the season this weekend. Roma kept a clean sheet against Reggina with a 3-0 victory on Saturday and Milan took on undefeated Lazio on Sunday evening and came away with a 4-1 win. Atalanta sufferred its first lost, Fiorentina beat Bologna, and Lecce picked up another point. More about this week in Serie A can be heard on World Soccer Wrap and World Soccer Wrap: Serie A.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Update III

Power has been restored to World Soccer Wrap's Houston Bureau, finally.

The Dynamo v. San Jose match has been moved to October 15, with a 8:00 p.m. local time start. The CONCACAF Champions League match from Wednesday will be rescheduled.

Robertson Stadium, home of the Dynamo has been utilized as a FEMA Point of Distribution a/k/a a POD. Today Coach Dominic Kinnear and several Dynamo Players volunteered at the POD and handed out ice, food, water, etc. to Houston residents affected by Hurricane Ike.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Update II

This weekend's Dynamo v. San Jose match has been postponed.

Still no power at World Soccer Wrap's Houston Bureau.


Taking advantage of some free wi-fi right now. We survived the storm, no serious damage, but still without power.

Houston Dynamo were going to play the San Jose Earthquakes at Robertson stadium on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. - free admission for children and first responders, with ticket proceeds going to support a youth soccer program that was damaged by Ike. Last I heard though the Mayor of Houston was putting pressure on everyone to post-pone events scheduled for Saturday.

The CONCACAF Champions League match that was scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for October 15.

That's all for now as my battery runs down.

Friday, September 12, 2008

This Weekend

Hi folks, not sure if there will be a new episode of World Soccer Wrap: Serie A this weekend. We in Houston are preparing for the arrival of Ike, which will likely knock out my power supply. We'll see if I'm up and running again by Sunday, but I doubt it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Live from Houston - Dynamo v. Wizards

Nate Jaqua is the Amigo Energy Man of the Match, as well as the World Soccer Wrap Man of the Match.

That's the match, Dynamo win 3 - 0 over KC, not the KC team we saw in the playoffs last year, that's for sure.

2 minutes of stoppage time.

89th Min. - Over 14,000 in attendance today and many are headed to the A/C in their cars.

87th Min. - GOAL! this one for KC, by Davy Arnaud. No assist.

85th Min. - Three straight corners for Dynamo, but no result on those set pieces. KC finally cleared it.

83rd Min. - Jaqua out and Cameron in for Houston. Good game for Jaqua, great to have him back. Kai just had a nice run, but no goal.

70th Min - Ashe in and Davis out for Dynamo. Wolff out and Gomez in for Kansas City.

68th Min, - GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nate Jaqua gets his second goal of the match, Waibel gets the assist - it's now Dynamo 3 - 0 Wizards.

59th Min. - Yellow card to KC's Carlos Marinelli.

54th Min. - GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nate Jaqua, with assists to Holden and Kamara.

Second half is underway in Houston. Went down to see the Texian Army, give them credit, it's hot out there folks.

That's Half-Time. Dynamo 1 - 0 Wizards.

1 Minute of stoppage time.

That was Kai's first assist in the MLS.

Tony Caig in goal. Onstad, DeRo, Clark, and Ching all off on national call-ups. US barely beat Cuba last night.

About 90 degrees here today, sunny. But, thankfully, the humidity is low.

28th Min - GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brad Davis, assist to Kai Kamara. Great unselfish play for Kamara gettin the ball back to Davis.

Real Salt Lake had a draw with L.A. Galaxy last night.

A couple good saves by Tony Caig and some good offensive chances for the Dynamo so far.

Kai Kamara starting up front with Nate Jaqua.

It's the 23rd min., took some time to get the computer booted up, but nothing has happened so far. Still Nil - Nil.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CCL - Revolution v. Joe Public

Wow, it's the 49th minute and this match and tie are down. Joe Public came into tonight's match with 2-1 agg. lead. Now they are up 3-0 at Foxboro, that's a 5-1 agg. with three of those as away goals.

Congratulations to Joe Public for advancing to the group stage.

Tickets for Dynamo v. Galaxy go on Sale

Individual tickets for the Dynamo v. Galaxy match on October 18, 2008 at Robertson Stadium go on sale Wednesday Sept. 3, 2008.

For more info, go to: