National team call-ups
While no Dynamo players were called up for the USMNT or their youth teams, Houston does have several players who are going to be missing time for international duty. Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido have been called up to the Honduran national team for Gold Cup qualifying. Honduras is participating in a two-leg playoff taking place on March 25 and 29. The pair will be gone until the team's April 4 match against Seattle.
Giles Barnes and Jermaine Taylor have both been called up by the Jamaican national team. They will be playing Venezuela and Cuba on March 27 and March 30. Taylor has been a regular for the Reggae Boyz while this will be Barnes' first call up for the team after filing his switch from England to Jamacia.
@dynamotheory yes all done and dusted— Giles Barnes (@GilesBarnesReal) March 22, 2015
What does this mean for the Dynamo? It means that they will be without four of their starting players on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. The team saw several players leave the field injured in their road game against the Galaxy this past weekend. DaMarcus Beasley left the LA game early with a hamstring injury while Ricardo Clark left the game with a chest injury. Last season depth was a major problem for the Dynamo and this weekend will be the first time we see that depth really tested.
Owen Coyle hasn't been afraid to make changes to his starting lineup. In each of the teams three games he has rolled out a different starting lineup. Will Bruin got the start in week 1 but week 2 saw Leonel Miranda get the start in his place. Last Saturday, Nathan Sturgis started over both Miranda and Bruin. Raul Rodriguez has been out with an injury and David Horst has started in his place the last two weeks.
Saturday's game will be a real test of what the players on the Dynamo bench have in the tank and what Coyle can bring out in them. Luckily, Colorado has been pretty lackluster thus far sitting at 8th place in the Western Conference with two points.
TYLER DERIC WON SAVE OF THE WEEK
GUYS HE ACTUALLY WON!!!
We all knew he SHOULD have won but we also all know that SotW is more of a popularity contest than a true barometer for the best save each week.
Deric won with 50.66% of the total vote easily blowing the other nominees out of the water.
You go Tyler.