Just saw a Tweet from Jose de Jesus Ortiz that said that former U-19 England International Giles Barnes is on trial with Houston Dynamo. Here's the Tweet: @OrtizKicks: Former England starlet Giles Barnes is getting a look with Dynamo this week. The midfielder was Derby County's Theo Walcott-type at 19. And here is his Wiki page. I saw him walking with Chris Canetti before the game, though at the time I had no idea who he was. Thoughts?
As Stephen Goff reported earlier today, DC United traded Danny Cruz to Philadelphia, and as you can see from this excerpt of Danny's Wikipedia page (since, unfortunately, altered), not everyone was happy about this. Personally, I think this is something wonderful, like ill-considered Tweets, the gifts that the Internet just keeps on giving us.
This image courtesy Dom's Disciples' Nigel Brooks from training today. Ricardo Clark is back where he belongs, in Orange. What a sight!
This image of Oscar Boniek Garcia was released by the Dynamo this morning. My first reaction: Wow, does he look young. This picture and others here, are making this happy man very old.
Leave it to Nigel Brooks, photographer extraordinaire and Dom's Disciple abbot, to summarize things. Here's his 1,000 words.
OK, everyone, Brad Davis showed up for us and now it's time for us to show up for him. Vote for his goal to be MLS' Goal of the Week. The video at this link here showcases the five contenders this week, and I think the true winner is clearly an Orange one. As I'm writing this, Lee Nguyen's is winning? I'm sorry, but a New England Revolution player just cannot beat a Houston Dynamo player, can he? What kind of bizarro, topsy-turvy universe allows THAT to happen? This aggression must not stand. Vote here. Vote early. Vote often.
Chris Baldwin wrote a wonderful piece on CultureMap (link here) about how BBVA Compass Stadium has turned a Dynamo ticket into THE hot ticket in Houston-town these days, mentioning a list of celebrities both local and national who were there on Saturday. And with the team potentially starting the season with five sell-outs or near-sellouts, I see nothing to argue against what Baldwin wrote, recognizing as he does what we have known all along, the Houston Dynamo are painting the town Orange. Here's my favorite quote from the piece: At a soccer game . . . The game, the event in all of Houston. On a day when the Art Car Parade rolls through H-Town, one of the most beautiful Saturdays we're likely to see in a long while (maybe till October), there is no doubt what's the toughest ticket in town. There is only one place to be, only one phrase that can cause envy, and it's "I'm at the Dynamo game." No, wait, here's my favorite excerpt: The Dynamo's new stadium is not dominated by a scoreboard (a la Cowboys Stadium). It's not dominated by quirks (a la the hill in center field, or the home run train at Minute Maid Park). It's dominated by the action on the field. I encourage you to read the whole piece.
How great would it be to have something like this at or around BBVA Compass Stadium? Destroying the essence of our soon-to-be-departed foe. Houston Dynamo concessions people (or at least food trucks serving crowds in the immediate environment), let's get on it! Stadium flavor: Hex the Next "you might have stabbed a few pretzels into a giant, jersey-wearing voodoo doll doughnut ... or maybe you smashed it with your fist." If Portland can do it...