Hearts Out To Houston
I would be remiss not to begin my article expressing my concern and love to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. I’ve been writing for Dynamo Theory since 2014 and consider Houston one of my adopted cities. Click HERE to donate to the Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Monarchs March Past RGV
Kyle Murphy opened the scoring for the Toros against the Western Conference leading Real Monarchs SLC. He quickly struck a ball into the top corner in the 5th minute. Unfortunately, RGV couldn’t hold the lead for even 15 minutes. Daniel Haber scored one of the USL’s Goal of the Week candidates, curling a shot from outside the box past Borja Angoitia. Right before the break, Sebastian Velasquez made a great individual run and pushed one past Angoitia.
RGVFC couldn’t level things up in the second half and lost possession overall in the match.
Dynamo Theory’s Man of the Match Kyle Murphy: The former Clemson Tiger scored his club leading fifth goal of the season. He’s been active as the lone striker and could lock down that spot primarily moving forward.
Eric Bird: The two way star had 63 touches and tallied three key passes.
Borja Angoitia: Despite allowing two goals, the Spanish keeper came up with some big stops to keep the match close.
Borja’s message to the people of Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey:
“Just want to say that everyone is behind them, that this reunited everyone more than ever, and everyone will continue to help in any way possible and continue to pray for them.”
The Good Guys: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (7-11-6)
RGVFC has played well in both matches against Real Monarchs, but came away with 2-1 losses in both. They will return home for a midweek matchup against Portland Timbers 2 that will also serve as a fundraiser and charitable effort to assist those involved with Hurricane Harvey.
Kyle Murphy has looked good up top for the Toros and should be given a chance to continue starting there. I’d love to see Christian Lucatero and Camilo Monroy, if he’s healthy, this week. They both possess creativity moving forward, something the club is lacking right now.
Francisco Pungo is a wildly intriguing prospect still. He has good pace, size, and skills, but hasn’t broken through on the scoresheet yet. He could be due for a goal over this double match week.
The Bad Guys: Portland Timbers (2-18-3), LA Galaxy 2 (6-13-4)
Timbers 2 still sit in the cellar of the Western Conference. They’ve lost three straight matches. Their last win came at the end of July against the Toros. T2 will be looking for their second win away from home this year in tonight’s matchup.
Los Dos find themselves directly behind RGVFC in the Western Conference standings. The clubs have met twice already this season. The first matchup ended with a 1-1 draw at H-E-B Park, followed by another visit to South Texas, this time a 1-0 win for Los Dos. Justin Dhillon leads the team with six goals.
The Dirty Details:
TONIGHT at 7pm CDT vs. Portland Timbers 2
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Sunday, 9/3 at 8:30 CDT vs LA Galaxy 2
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