Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rachel Daly's brace leads Houston to 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC

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By Robert H Kelly
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PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY (August 11, 2018) With a brace by Rachel Daly (shown right, No. 3), the Houston Dash picked up their sixth win of the season with a 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC on Saturday Night. The 2,126 fans in attendance at Yurcak Field saw Daly score her first goal in the match in the seventh minute, off a corner kick from Kealia Ohai. Sky Blue evened the score 57 minutes later on a Madison Tiernan goal, with Daly securing the brace in the 73rd minute from a penalty kick. The two scores pushes the defender's total to nine in 2018 and ranks her fourth in the NWSL. Three players are ahead of her with 10 each.

The next game for Houston is a Friday, August 17 match against the Washington Spirit. The Dash and Spirit have met twice previously this season; with Houston coming out on top in both matches; on May 27, Houston secured a 3-2 at home, along with a 1-0 road win on July 21.






Wednesday, August 08, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Post Oak Little League heads to Williamsport and LLWS

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By Robert H Kelly
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WACO, TEXAS (August 8, 2018)  Post Oak Little League (Houston, Texas) is headed to Williamsport, PA and the Little League Word Series with an 8-0 win over Tulsa National LL. Post Oak outscored their opponents in Waco (at the regional) 43-5.

Post Oak became Texas East champion for the first time in Post Oak’s 62 year history and advanced to the Waco Regional. The team is made up of Parrish Facciponte, Ethan Goldstein, Andy Guy, Matthew Hedrick, Richie Klosek, George Kugle, Justin Michaelis, Carter Pitts, Kaleb Rook, Ryan Selvaggi, Andrew Stover, Cade West, and Charlie Wylie 

The Little League World Series will kick off on August 16.

PVAMU football reaches midpoint of training camp

From PVAMU Athletics Communications 

PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS (August 8, 2018) Like sands in the hour glass, time continues to move forward as the Prairie View A&M University football team has reached the midpoint of 2018 Training Camp.

Coverage of Panthers Training Camp on pvpanthers.com is sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. Texas Farm Bureau Members can receive free tickets to Panther home athletics contests by showing proof of membership at the PVAMU Ticket Office. Panther Nation can visit the local Texas Farm Bureau Agent in Waller to become a member today.

Having reported to camp approximately two weeks ago, and with the August 25 season opener at Rice approximately 2 1/2 weeks away, first-year head coach Eric Dooley likes the way his roster is shaping up. 

“We have a lot of guys who want to work and are will to fight through adversity,”  “They understand that’s it hot. They understand that everyone is sore, as we’ve had a lot of practices, but they are laying it on the line and showing a lot of effort. I’m pleased with those guys who are really pushing through and sacrificing.”

Gameday is steadily approaching. Positions on the roster and depth chart battles continue daily. As camp pushes on, Dooley continues to look and establish a roster which will compete for 60 minutes in every play of every game.

Dooley added, 

“I like this point of camp. This lets me know who I can go to war with right now in a good way, who I can go into battle with on gameday, who’s now going to turn away from the challenge, and who’s going to be ready to play.  I like the fact I can see guys fighting through it. I know it’s tough on them, but I know no other way but to be tough on them.”

The Panthers will practice Thursday at 9 a.m.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Houston Dash host "Meet the Team" night for season ticket holders

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 6, 2018) Pitch 25, the brainchild of Brian Ching of Houston Dynamo fame, hosted the Houston Dash’s annual Meet the Team event for season ticket holders on Monday night. Against the backdrop of an indoor mini-soccer field, fans could interact with their favorite Dash players. They had stations for autographs, a chance for kids to play soccer with professional players, as well as stations for photos.

The entire roster was on hand including the Dash coaching staff. Allysha Chapman stole the show with her picture posing ability and was having a great time interacting with the young kids that were there. Eddie Robinson, assistant coach for the Dash, was milling about speaking with season ticket holders and having a blast at this family friendly event.

The Dash are back in action on Saturday, August 11th when they travel to play their former teammate Carli Lloyd and FC Sky Blue. That game starts at 6:00 P.M. and will be broadcast on the NWSL’s website. The Dash need to win this game to keep them in the hunt for a coveted playoff spot.

Sam Houston looks to return to NCAA FCS playoffs in 2018

SHSU may have to face James Madison and North Dakota State in possible 2018 playoff run.

The Sam Houston State Bearkats
hope to continue their winning ways in 2018.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 6, 2018) With the 2018 Southland Conference football season kicking off in just over three weeks, the objective of every member school will to be win the conference title and advance to the NCAA Division 1 Championships playoffs

Sam Houston State is picked to win the Southland Conference in 2018. The Bearkats earned 10 first-place votes and 187 points to nab the top spot. If Sam Houston State does advance into the playoffs, there are two teams they will have to face, somewhere in the bracket, that have given them fits over the years. Those
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two teams are the James Madison Dukes and the North Dakota State Bison. These two teams battled for the national title in 2017, with the No. 2 Bison downing the No. 1 Dukes 17-13 in at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on January 6, 2017.


The Bearkats have faced both the Bison and the Dukes in past playoff appearances; with the latest coming in 2017. In the semi-final game on December 15, North Dakota State gave Sam Houston their second defeat of the season, with a 55-13 effort, knocking them out of the playoffs. The Bearkats have made 11 appearances in the playoffs, including a 2016 run, where they advanced to the semi-finals; dropping a 65-7 decision to James Madison. The Dukes when on to win the national championship with a 28-14 win over No. 13 Youngtown State.
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Sam Houston is returning 14 starters from 2017, including seven on each side of the ball. Seven players were named to the preseason All-Southland team, including five on the first team. They kickoff their season on Saturday, September 8 against Prairie View A&M. James Madison is picked as the favorite in the Colonial Athletic Association, receiving 21 of 24 first-place votes. JMU had won a program and CAA-record 26 straight games between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, which ranks second all-time in FCS history.

North Dakota State returns 13 starters from their 2017 team that won the national title. The Bison have won six FCS championship in the last seven years and are a favorite to win in 2018. In fact, The North Dakota State in ranked No. 1 in final FCS Coaches poll (January 9, 2018), followed by James Madison and Sam Houston State. In the STATS FCS Top 25 ranking (August 6, 2018), SDSU is ranked first, JMU is second, with SHSU placing fourth.

The previous two years, James Madison and North Dakota State ended Sam Houston State's playoff run. If history is any indication of things to come, the Bearkats will likely face one of these two teams in the 2018 playoffs.

Latsko's solo goal not enough for Houston Dash to overcome Utah Royals; drop 2-1 decision

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 5, 2018) The Houston Dash finally broke their 2018 scoring drought against Utah Royals FC on Sunday evening. Forward Veronica Latsko did what she has done twice previously this season. However, the goal was not enough, as the Dash dropped a 2-1 decision to Utah at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Midfielder Sophia Huerta, in a display of pure athleticism, got possession of the ball and aptly kicked it to Latsko, who headed it past goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart in the 41st minute for the score. “Oh my goodness, I was so incredibly tired on that goal." stated Latsko. "Pretty much, it was all (MF) Sofia (Huerta). She’s incredible and an amazing player who can target any player with an amazing ball, and I saw the perfect ball coming in and I was just like, ‘Please just go into the back of the net,’ and it did. So really, I didn’t have to do much; I just had to head it.”

 It was the third goal of the season for the rookie, who played her college soccer at the University of Virginia. She was selected by the Dash as the 38th overall selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. Huerta's assist was her third as a member of the Dash. She has two additional assists in 2018, as a member of the Chicago Red Stars.

Houston head coach Vera Pauw stated after the game:


“I am very, very disappointed, because again we gave it away ourselves, and if we would of won here, then it would of been a logical result – if we don’t make those mistakes, then we would of been three points away from the playoffs, so I’m really disappointed. If we don’t make mistakes, we win. It’s now four games that we have given away, that is 12 points. We have given it away ourselves, and that’s with little mistakes and huge mistakes, and every time the same mistakes, and at a professional level you cannot do that – you will not make the playoffs.”


Both the Royals' scores came in the second half. Christian Press scored in the 77th minute, followed seven minutes later with a Katie Stingel goal. 

The win pushes Utah into sixth place with 25 points. Houston drops to seventh place with 23 points. The North Carolina Courage lead the NWSL with 49 points, followed by Seattle and Orlando, each with 30 points. After tonight's match, the Dash have five games remaining on their schedule, with their next match occurring on Saturday, August 11 at Sky Blue FC. Houston and Sky Blue have met once this season, on May 5, with the Dash coming out on top 3-2

They will return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday, August 17 to host the Washington Spirit. In two previous meetings this season, the Dash came out on top; a 3-2 decision on May 27 and a 1-0 win on July 21.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Houston Dash, Utah Royals face off in Sunday evening contest

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 5, 2018)  On a humid Sunday evening in Houston, the Houston Dash (6-5-7, 23 points) host the Utah Royals (5-7-6, 22 points) at BBVA Compass Stadium in a crucial NWSL match up. The match will also serves as the inaugural Salute to Women Veterans' night, hosted by Sasol. Utah is yet to concede a goal to the Dash through their first two meetings in 2018. On March 31, the two squads battled to a scoreless draw, with their second meeting on May 19, resulting in a 1-0 win for the Royals.

Houston has scored in nine consecutive games this season, which is a franchise record. The last time the Dash were held scoreless was the March 31 loss to Utah. The Royals have just one of their last seven games (four losses and two draws) and have been held scoreless five time during that stretch. They are currently in seventh place in the NWSL standings, one spot behind Houston.

The Dash will look to forward Kealia Ohai for her continued success in 2018. The 24-year-old has converted 19.1% of her shots this season, including blocks, which ranks her third in the league among players with at least four goals this season.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CDT in Houston.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Houston Dynamo drops 1-0 decision to Kansas City in red-card laden match

Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera
was ejected from the match at halftime for
"irresponsible conduct."
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By Jennifer Edwards
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 4, 2018) The Houston Dynamo hosted Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. The meeting was the third match of the season for the two teams and lived up to the promise of the tight scoring, hard fought game. Sporting Kansas City controlled the ball 61% of the match compared to the Dynamo’s 39%. Unfortunately, neither team had the opportunity to get into a rhythm they wanted due to fouls and cards being issued. Both teams exhibited strong defensive plays that kept the game to a low score. The match saw some milestones including Sporting Kansas City’s 16 year-old Gianluca Busio who made his MLS debut on July 28th. Unfortunately the game was also filled with yellow and red cards as well as the ejection of Dynamo head coach, Wilmer Cabrera.

A red card was shown in the fourth minute to Dynamo centerback, Alejandro Fuenmayor, who jumped to head the ball at the same time as Sporting Kansas City’s Gianluca Busio. The card was given for the hit between Busio’s shoulder blades. This card lead to a yellow being issued to Dynamo’s Alberth Elis for arguing the red card that was previously issued. Immediately after these cards, Dynamo goalkeeper, Joe Willis made a tremendous save in the goal box to keep the game scoreless leading into halftime.

After halftime concluded the players and coaches returned to the pitch minus Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera, who was ejected for “irresponsible behavior” when speaking with the fourth official in the tunnel leading into the halftime break. Cabrera was quoted after the match,

“This is the second time we came over here to play, and we get really strange circumstances. I cannot make any assessment about how we performed because we cannot perform in those circumstances. Right now what I would like is to go home and think how to prepare for the next game to see that at some point it’s going to be normal for us to come to our own home and to try to play the game because we want to play and we are not there. This is a game of contact - high-level contact. But anyway, I got dismissed too in the tunnel, [and then] when I was coming down to the tunnel at the end of the game I saw two of my players with red cards also. I don't know what happened, to be honest with you. I spoke with my players, and they told me what happened. Anyway, right now, we’re against the wall, and because we are against the wall I am not going to make any comment about anything else and to be honest with you it’s just difficult to make assessments with the guys playing with 10 men against 11 for that amount of time. So, it was a great effort, and now we have to come back to make a recovery to think that hopefully on Wednesday we can play a normal game.”

Assistant head coach Michael Dellarusso assumed coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the game. The game took on an air of frustration from both sides as they jockeyed to swing the momentum to their way. That was not going to be the case for either team. Goalkeeper Joe Willis was issued a yellow card for arguing with the on-field referee over the missed call on Elis. This frustration lead to Sporting Kansas City scoring the only goal of the night off the foot of Diego Rubio in the 74th minute. Once that goal was scored, a collective 5 cards were issued; 3 yellows and 2 reds. Yellow cards were issued to SKC’s Diego Rubio and the Dynamo’s Ronaldo Pena and Leonardo. Red cards were issued in stoppage time to the Dynamo’s Darwin Ceren for putting hands on a SKC player. Consequently, chaos reigned on both sides resulting a pushing, shoving and shouting match between the two teams and Alberth Elis received the final red card of the night. In the press conference following the game Wilmer Cabrera said, “You cannot let that happen” when he was asked about Ceren’s and Elis’ actions.Cabrera also stated his team is, “against the wall” regarding the Dynamo’s potential playoff spot. 

This creates a jam for the Dynamo, as now Elis is suspended for the next game for excessive yellow cards and still must serve the red card suspension. He will serve the red card suspension alongside Ceren and Fuenmayor. The Dynamo return to action at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday, August 8 in the semi-final of the U.S. Open Cup against Los Angeles FC.




Friday, August 03, 2018

Houston Dynamo to face old rival; Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night

Houston and Kansas City last faced each
other on  July 18 during the U.S. Open Cup.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 3, 2018) The Houston Dynamo will square off against their long time rival, Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, August 4, at BBCA Compass Stadium with a scheduled 8 p.m. CDT kickoff. Houston looks to capture the 2018 season series against Kansas City, with each team winning one game in the first two meetings. The Dynamo are four points out of a MLS playoff spot with 13 games remaining to play in 2018. The rivalry between the two teams includes five playoff meetings and five matches in U.S. Open Cup action.

TexSport Publications Special Correspondent for Soccer, Jennifer Edwards (shown left), will be on hand to report on all the action live from BBVA Compass Stadium. Jennifer has followed soccer extensively at all levels from age group and high school, to the professional level, including the national teams and World Cup level. You can follow Jennifer's live game commentary on Twitter at @JenCris38.

Houston Dash FW Rachel Daly named to NWSL Team of the Month

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 4, 2018)  Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly (number 3, shown right) was named to the NWSL Team of the Month for July by the NWSL Media Association, the league announced earlier today. 

The forward earned the honor after scoring three goals in the month, including two game-winners, leading the Dash to a 2-2-0 mark in July. This was the third time Daly has been named to the Team of the Month this season after key performances in March and May. The Harrogate, England is the first Dash player to earn the award more than once in the same season since it was first handed out at the beginning of the 2017 season. 

The striker scored two goals in a 3-1 victory over the Orlando Pride on July 11. FW Kealia Ohai sparked a fast break that lead to Daly's first goal of the evening after she beat Pride GK Ashlyn Harris with a curling shot to the inside of the far post. The third-year veteran then scored the game-winning goal minutes into the second half. After her effort was cleared by Harris, Daly followed up on the rebound and struck the ball mid-air to beat the Pride goalkeeper at the near post.  

Daly scored her second game-winning goal of the month in Houston's 1-0 victory over the Washington Spirit at the Maryland SoccerPlex on July 22. MF Sofia Huerta found the forward inside the box in the third minute of the game and Daly reached the ball just before a lunging effort from Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe for the only goal of the game.  

With the three goals in July, Daly has now scored seven times in 2018, surpassing her previous single-season career high of five set last season.  

Daly, Huerta, Ohai and the Dash return to league play on Sunday as they host Christen Press, Becky Sauerbrunn and Utah Royals FC in the club's inaugural Salute to Women Veterans game, presented by Sasol.   

A special Salute to Women Veterans ticket package is available and includes one ticket to the game as well as a $5 donation to Trauma to Triumph - The W.A.V.E. Campaign, aimed at supporting homeless women veterans in Texas, for only $19. For tickets and additional information, visit HoustonDashSoccer.com/Salute

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Houston Dynamo to Appeal Tomás Martínez Red Card Decision

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Martínez was given a red card in the 59th minute against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night

From Houston Dynamo Press Release

HOUSTON (July 26, 2018) The Houston Dynamo have requested an appeal of the red card issued to midfielder Tomás Martínez (shown left) for serious foul play in the 59th minute of Wednesday’s match against the Philadelphia Union (VIDEO).

The Dynamo went down a man in their match against the Union after Martínez was sent off following a Video Review. After initially whistling for a goal kick after Martínez attempted to put a shot on target, the referee reviewed footage on the pitchside monitor and determined Martínez had committed serious foul play that endangered the safety of the opponent.

The appeal has been supported by the Major League Soccer Players Association.

An independent three-member panel comprised of one member of US Soccer, one member of the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization will oversee the review of any player appeal.

If the appeal is upheld, the red card punishment will be rescinded, the Houston Dynamo will retain their two appeals for the 2018 season, and Martínez will be eligible to Saturday’s match against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park at 10:00 p.m. CDT. If the appeal is rejected, Martínez will serve a one-match suspension on Saturday against the Timbers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Houston Dynamo drop 3-1 decision to Philadelphia in head-scratcher game

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By Jennifer Edwards
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 25, 2018) Beneath the full moon at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Houston Dynamo lost a hotly contested game against the Philadelphia Union, 3-1. The first half of the game saw the Dynamo offense frustrate the Union’s defense and nine minutes into the game Mauro Manotas score his 10th goal in as many games. Most of the first half of play was focused on the Philadelphia goalbox with seven shots on goal to the Union’s one. In the 33rd minute a goal scored by Union player Alejandro Bedoya, went under review and ruled it as a good goal. After this goal, the Union started showing sparks of life in the offense with a few fantastic saves by the Dynamo goalkeeper, Joe Willis, kept the game 1-1 going into halftime.

In the second half of the game, the Dynamo’s game started unraveling, leaving everyone in the stadium scratching their heads and wondering what they were seeing. A yellow card was issued to the Union’s Mark McKenzie in the 53rd minute.  In a fantastic drive down the field in the 58th minute, Tomas Martinez (shown above right) set up for a goal when the on-field referee blew the whistle, halting play and issued Martinez a red card for “serious foul play”. The play was reviewed by the VAR, (Video Assistant Referee), and the issued red card stood.  In watching the playback, Tomas stepped on a Union players foot. In the press conference following the game, Houston head coach Wilmer Cabrera stated, “none of us on the field knew what happened,....I haven’t seen anything like that in my life.” He went on to state that the game was, “out of control, out of control of discipline.” When Martinez questioned the red card, no one could give him an answer. When Oscar Boniek Garcia, the Dynamo captain, questioned the referee, there was no answer. When Cabrera questioned the call to the fourth official on the sideline there was no answer. The fans also expressed their displeasure of the call loudly and only continued to get louder by letting the on-field referee know that they didn’t appreciate his officiating. An additional yellow card was issued to the Union’s number 17, C. J. Sapong. After the 60th minute the game was no longer controlled by the Dynamo. The Union scored in the 70th minute by on a goal by Cory Burke and in the 96th minute by Fabrice-Jean Picault. The goal by Picault was the result of the yellow card issued to the Dynamo’s, Alejandro Fuenmayor, which created a goal kick for Picault.

The game ended in a 3-1 loss by the Dynamo. There was a grand total of five yellow cards and one red card issued between the twp teams during the course of the game. The Dynamo are back in action against the Portland Timbers in Portland on Saturday, June 28 with a 7:30 p.m. CST kickoff. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Houston, Dallas battle to draw in first game of Texas Derby

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 21, 2018) The Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas battled to a one-all draw in the first game of the annual Texas Derby at BBVA Compass Stadium. The draw pushed Houston's record to 7-6-6 (27 points) for the season, with Dallas posting a 11-3-6 (39 points) in 2018.

It took Dallas less than a minute; actually about 45 seconds, to score. Right after the kickoff, Dallas took control of the ball, with the play ending up in front of the Houston net. Defender Matt Hedges took possession and "drilled" it past goalkeeper Joe Willis, who was named the Dynamo "Man of the Match." It was the first goal of the season for the 27-year-old team captain, who was selected by Dallas as their first pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
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Houston answered the Dallas goal in true orange and white fashion, in the eighth minute, when Mauro Manotos (shown left) headed the ball into the nest, for his tenth goal of the season. The assist was credited to Romell Quioto. It was the Honduran's 11th assist of 2018. The rest of the first half saw both squads aggressively attacking each other's defense; attempting to put an additional goal on the board. In an attempt to get an advantage, Dallas substituted, in the 25th minute, Tesio Akindele for Santiago Mosquera. It was the Canadian's eighth appearance in 2018 for Dallas, with seven of those appearances coming as a substitution. Dallas got close to taking the lead in the 36th minute, but was denied as a result of a vital tackle in the box by captain DeMarcus Beasley.

The crowd got a bit aggressive early in the second half when Houston was cited for a infraction and Dallas was awarded a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. Midfielder Roland Lemah took the PK, which was immediately blocked by Willis. Houston got the ball on the counter attack and scored off an assist by Beasley and kick from inside the box by Mauro Manotas. A review of the goal was ordered and it was determined the Houston forward was off-sides; disallowing the goal.


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Houston head coach Wilmer Cabrera (shown right) talked about the game in his post-game press conference.


“I think in the first half, we were again, we went out, and we were sleeping in set pieces, even though we talked, we practiced, and we mentioned that set pieces are really important, and we lost our mark right there, and 1-0 in the first minute. So, again tough, but our reaction was quick and well done, but after we tied, we stopped playing the game that we have to play. We stopped playing, and I spoke with the guys during halftime, we stopped running, we stopped attacking, we stopped winning the ball. We let them control the game; we let them pass the ball, we let them move the ball, then we had to run. Fortunately, they didn’t score, and in the second half, we made some adjustments, in our movements, I think we were much better. We went out to try to look for the second goal. Despite that we receive a penalty, I didn’t see the penalty, to be honest with you. We scored a goal, and VAR disallowed it. I don’t know if it was a goal or not. I think it was a much even game in the second half where we showed fire, we showed that we wanted to win and we showed more desire, and I have to take the second half, I don’t take the first half. The first half I didn’t feel comfortable the way we played, the second half we played much better, we played how the way you have to play at these types of derbies, these types of games against a good team, and a team that was resting for a week, and of course. No doubt the guys made a great day for, despite that we have to play on Wednesday, and we played today, we knew at some point, we had to see guys traveling with the heat, and the humidity, but they fought, they tried their best. We couldn’t win, but I think it’s important to finish strong showing that we want to win at home and sometimes we’re going to win, and sometimes we’re going to lose; and sometimes we’re going to tie, that’s for sure because that’s the game. At least we showed in the second half that we are hungry and this is our home.”

The next game in the Texas Derby, which determines the possession of El Capitan, will be on August 23 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The rubber-game will occur on September 1 at Toyota Stadium.   

Houston Dash, Washington Spirit match postponed

From: Houston Dash Press Release
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Tonight’s Houston Dash match at the Washington Spirit has been postponed to 9 a.m. CDT on Sunday morning due to poor field conditions as a result of heavy rain all day at the Maryland SoccerPlex. 
The match was originally scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. CDT this evening. The referees, in consultation with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the teams, made the decision that the field was deemed to be unplayable on Saturday evening.

Friday, July 20, 2018

America de Cali downs Atletico Nacional by penalty kicks in pre-season friendly.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 20, 2018) After battling for 90-plus minutes in regulation and the score at one-all, America de Cali downed Atletico Nacional, five penalty kicks to four to take the Clasico Colombiano at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The pre-season match was the kickoff event for Columbia Fest Houston.

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The match saw spirited play, and the 7,000-plus spectators in attendance were not disappointed in both teams play. The first half was a give-and-take affair, which much back-and-forth action. The view of the fans in the seats was very involved for the Columbia soccer fans. Despite a lack of scoring in the first 45-plus minutes, both teams remained focus going into the locker room at half.

In the second half, the ball finally found the back of the net when Cristian Dajone, who entered the game in the second half, knocked the ball past goalkeeper Cristian Vargas in the 56th minute for the first score of the game. America took a 1-0 lead. Nacional rebounded and tied the score in the 73rd minute with a right foot to left post penalty kick by Gustavo Torres. After the end of regulation, penalty kicks went into play, with Cali outscoring Natcional 5-4 for the win. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fighting Cancer takes down Godspeed 26-6 in UFFL Ultimate Final

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 19, 2018) The 2018 football season got an early start on Friday evening, when the American Flag Football League Ultimate Final came to Houston, with $1,000,000 on the line. Fighting Cancer, who blew through the America's Championship bracket with a 35-26 win over The Money Team on July 14, to face Godspeed, who won the Pro Championship by taking down Ocho 28-12, to advanced to the final.
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Fighting Cancer, who was made up of talented amateurs, former college and arena football players, faced off against Godspeed, who fielded a team of former NFL players and Olympians.  The game, which kicked off at 7:30 p.m. CD at BBVA Compass Stadium, saw a great deal of action, but little scoring in the first 30 minutes of play. Fighting Cancer score a six-point touchdown and one-point conversion right before the half to take a 7-0 lead into the locker room.

The second half saw increased scoring, as the amateurs tacked on 19 additional points to take the game, the league's Ultimate Title. Godspeed finally got on the scoreboard with a six-point touchdown with under three minutes in the game. The game ended with Fighting Cancer downing Godspeed 26-6.

The stadium was a rainbow of jerseys; NFL, college, high school, and Pop Warner league. It did not matter where you look among the orange colored seats of BBVA Compass Stadium, Every fan was within two-to-three feet of another fan in some sort of football apparel. A compete season, with possible expansion, is planned for 2019.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Busy week of July 15-21 coming at BBVA Compass Stadium

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 15, 2018). The week of July 15-21 will be a busy time at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium. Four events will be held on four consecutive days, beginning on July 18. On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo will host Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. CDT. Kansas City is the defending U.S. Open champion, taking their fourth title last year (2017). Their previous titles were in 2002, 2012, and 2015. U.S. Open Cup  is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S.

On Thursday, July 19, the AFFL U.S. Open of Football Ultimate Final will be held. The final game will pit Godspeed against Fighting Cancer, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CDT. The 7-on-7 tournament promises high-scoring offensive fireworks with non-stop action.

Friday, July 20 will see Atletico Nacional and America de Cali play a friendly soccer match in the grand opening event off the Colombian Fest in Houston, with kickoff at 8 p.m. CDT.

The four days of events will conclude on Saturday July 21 with the Houston Dynamo hosting FC Dallas in the first of the three-game series of the Texas Derby, with an 8 p.m. CDT start.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Houston Dynamo secures three-goal shutout against Minnesota United FC

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 7, 2018) Two goals by Phillipe Senderos (shown left) , in the 36th and 52nd minute, gave lead for the Houston Dynamo to take a 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday, July 7 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The win was the 150th regular-season victory in Dynamo history and extended their home unbeaten streak to six consecutive league matches and eight in a row across all competitions.

On the eighth Houston shot of the contest, Senderos tallied his third goal of the season. The score was the third of his career for the Geneva, Switzerland native. He added his second goal seven minutes into the second half to give the Geneva, Switzerland native his first career brace in Major League Soccer. Sanderson became the second Dynamo defender to score two goals in a single game since Craig Waibel did so 13 years ago, on October 14, 2016, against Colorado.

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Alberth Elis (No. 17, shown right) scored his ninth goal of the season, when he connected in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. It was then forward’s 20th goal in all competitions for the Dynamo this season. He is the ninth player in Dynamo history to score 19 or more goals.

In four previous matches against Minnesota, the Dynamo has come out on top once, a 2-1 win on September 20, 2017 at home. Their first two meetings ended in draws; a 2-2 decision on April 15, 2017 and a scoreless ending on July 19, 2017. The only loss for Houston came earlier this, on April 28, 2018, when Houston fell 2-1 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The win extended the Dynamo’s home unbeaten streak to consecutive MLS matches, in addition to eight in a row across all competitive matches. It also improved their record to 7-6-4 on the season and their 2018 home record to 6-2-1.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Portland dashes by Houston 3-1

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By Lou Roesch
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 22, 2018) Christine Sinclair playing in her 100 NWSL match for the Portland Thorns FC (shown right) celebrated with a goal an assist to lead PTFC to a 3-1 win over the Houston Dash. Portland, in fourth place, and coming off a loss in Chicago wanted to make a statement here in Houston where they have never lost. Portland secured the three points and slowed down a Houston team that was starting three new faces with minimal training time together.

“I think every game is important now, every game is important,” said Portland head coach Mark Parsons following the match, "but this one and every game after will be crucial. I think we thrive in the biggest games and this was a big one for us give our schedule coming up. We have been performing well on the road and we wanted to grab a few more points on the road and we did that tonight.”

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Portland got on the board early as Tobin Heath (shown left) scored in the ninth minute of play. Sinclair played a quick one two in midfield with Ellie Carpenter and found herself running at the Dash defense. Crnogorcevic dummied the ball to allow Heath through and the midfielder made no mistake, passing the ball into the net with the outside of her boot at Jane Campbell’s near post.

Although PTFC would allow the equalizer just three minutes later to Sofia Huerta, goalkeeper Adrianna Franch in her first game back would clamp down allowing nothing the rest of the way.

Portland got the go ahead goal in the 33rd minute. Once again it was Sinclair who got things started playing a ball down the line to former Dash defender Meghan Klingenberg. The defender’s cross found Crngorcevic whose first attempt was blocked by Campbell but the rebound came right back to her and a slow motion header found the back of the net for a 2-1 lead. Sinclair would finish Houston off with her league leading seventh goal of the season in the 83rd minute.

“We showed great character and great discipline and commitment to a hard task to keep Houston quiet,” concluded Parsons. “To score three goals away from home is exceptional scoring especially in a hard place against a Vera coached team is very hard. She has done a great job here. So I am proud of the group and now we have to refresh for a big one on Wednesday.”

Portland (5-4-4, 19 points) welcomes winless Sky Blue to Providence Park on Wednesday June 27. Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Head Coach Vera Pauw, Houston Dash: Post-Game Presser Jun 22, 2018


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Sofia Huerta scores solo goal for Houston Dash in 3-1 loss to Portland Thorns

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 22, 2018) It only took 12 minutes for newcomer Sofia Huerta (shown left) to make her presence known to the Houston Dash fans at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday evening. The 26-year-old midfielder, who was acquired, via a trade, from the Chicago Red Stars four days ago,  scored her first goal as a member for the Dash in Houston's 3-1 loss to the Portland Thorns on Friday evening.

Huerta, who was traded along with Taylor Comeau to the Dash, scored 22 goals and tallied 11 assists in 74 appearances for the Red Stars since entering the league in 2015. The lone goal was not enough for Houston to down the Thorne, who scored the first goal of the match in the ninth minute by Tobin Heath. It was the second goal of the season for the 20-year-old, who has 133 caps for the United States Women's National Team. After the Dash tied the score in the twelfth minute on Huerta's score, and stoppage for a hydration break (30th minute), Ana Crongorcevic put the Thorns again up by one, in the 33rd minute, on a header inside the box. Her first attempt was rejected by Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell, but the second-try rebound header found the mark. Portland added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute on an assist by Tyler Lussi.


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Head coach Vera Pauw (shown right), talked about the Dash coming off a 19-day break from competition, "Of course Portland had a game last week, but I don’t find that as an excuse because we had a scrimmage last week, apart from the three new players and the national team players coming back and they fell into a team who for two and a half weeks have been going with the game plan, but we know that and every team has that situation, so that is not an excuse.”

The game was the debut for Huerta, wearing the orange, sky blue and black of the Dash, who played three full seasons and 11 games in 2018 for the Red Stars. She earned her seventh cap for the USWNT on June 12 in a 2-1 win over China. She stated after the game, "I felt fine coming in, I just think that it was an unfortunate week with the rain and being unable to train some days, so I think that it messed with some stuff, but I think that we can only go forward from here. It’s a younger team and we’re just going to keep coming together as we keep having practices."

Houston is currently in seventh place in the nine-team league; with  three wins, five draws, and five loses (14 points). They will next face the Orlando Pride on Wednesday, June 27. The Pride are in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the league, with 19 points and posting a record of five wins, four draws, and three losses.