2007 Record: 15-8-7 (2nd in West)
Coach: Dominic Kinnear (3rd Year)
Key Players: Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario, Wade Barrett, Pat Onstad
Key Pickups: Bobby Boswell (from D.C. United)
Key Losses: Joseph Ngwenya (to SK Austria Karnten), Nate Jacqua (to SCR Altach)
2008 Outlook: Excellent
Wow, did San Jose get screwed or what?
The Earthquakes return to the league this year, and have actually acquired a decent core of players for their (second) inaugural game. Meanwhile, the talent that San Jose used to root for has collected back to back MLS Cups. Same thing happened to poor, desperate Cleveland Browns fans who had Art Modell take that team to Baltimore, slap a new logo on their helmets then make them horrifyingly watch as the “Ravens” won the 2000 Super Bowl.
At least San Jose got two championships before the Dynamo skipped town. The crazy thing is, the core of those championship teams (2001 & 2003: Wade Barrett, Eddie Robinson, Richard Mulrooney, Dwayne De Rosario; 2003: Brian Ching, Brian Mullan, Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel) is still intact in Houston and is, as expected, still thriving.
Though he may not be the most technically skilled midfielder in the league, Dwayne De Rosario is the best field general in the MLS. The addition of Boswell makes the league’s best defense even better. Onstad is still strong in the net, and despite some losses up top, the Dynamos still have a great mix of veterans (Ching, De Rosario) and youth (Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis) to dominate their competition offensively.
The only big problem is lack of depth at the top. But, rumors have indicated the Houston front office is interested in acquiring foreign talent to assist Ching. If they can provide the crafty veteran with some help, the Dynamo will roll.
Maybe even roll to both the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Cup by the end of next year. With a smothering defense, Onstad in the net, and De Rosario controlling the flow of the game, the Dynamo need to only score one or two goals a game to win most nights.
Let’s just say, other teams should be worried. Houston has everything going for it “de” wise: (1) De Rosario, (2) Defense, (3) Destiny (this is a franchise that has never lost an MLS Cup), and maybe ambiguously macho boxer/publisher/promoter/reality star/golden boy/singer/author/model Oscar De La Hoya (who is reported to be in negotiations to acquire the team). Looks like only good things are on the horizon for the Dynamo.
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