Dominic Kinnear returned to Houston last Tuesday in his first appearance at BBVA Compass Stadium with his new club the San Jose Earthquakes where he bested his former club, our Houston Dynamo, 1-0 off a set piece goal. The Dynamo had advantages in many statistical categories, like in their previous match against FC Dallas, but failed to score and leaked in what head coach Owen Coyle called a "soft goal". The exclamation point to the game was Giles Barnes's missed penalty kick.
The starting lineup featured Will Bruin's return to the bench, Alex Lopez's start at LM, and Brad Davis playing in a CAM/2nd striker role. Oscar Boniek Garcia also made his return to the starting lineup at RM and he helped draw the penalty kick that could have equalized the match in the 2nd half.
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Owen Coyle's Starting XI
The Fan Selected Squad was remarkably similar to Owen Coyle's starting group, though it was nearly quite different. The 4-5-1 formation won by a single vote while Horst and Taylor were both a few votes apart (Taylor won that race) for starting CB next to RR. Alex Lopez was slotted into the center attacking midfield (CAM) role with Clark and Garrido backing him.
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Fan Selected Starting XI against the San Jose Earthquakes
The Dynamo are searching for answers and Coyle is seeing what sticks and what doesn't like Davis at CAM and Alex Lopez at LM. He also pulled the rug from under the 4-4-2 as a reaction to SKC's and FCD's goal-fests that they had on us which may have been premature, but he reverted back to his early season favored 4-5-1. The Houston Dynamo head to Canada for a nationally televised game against Toronto FC this Sunday - a short turnaround from our loss on Tuesday. Toronto boasts the attacking threats of Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, Robbie Findley, and Michael Bradley. Tired legs, traditionally poor showings in Canada, and recent poor form don't forecast an easy time for the Dynamo north of the border. The injury report still lists Nathan Sturgis as out due to his shoulder dislocation against Dallas, so expect Luis Garrido and Ricardo Clark to still pair together in central midfield.
So who do you want in your starting XI against Toronto FC? Do you stay the course or change it up? Let us know and feel free to comment below about your choices.
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