Looking at 2010: Houston Dynamo

Looking at 2010: Houston Dynamo

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 11, 2010
  • 12 Comments
  • Andrew Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Brian Mullan, Cam Weaver, Daniel Cruz, Dominic Kinnear, Dominic Oduro, Dwayne De Rosario, Geoff Cameron, Houston Dynamo, Luis Angel Landin, Major League Soccer, Pat Onstad, Ricardo Clark, Richard Mulrooney, Stuart Holden, Wade Barrett

Brian Ching will be called to lead the Dynamo yet again. (Getty Images)

The 2010 season presents a challenge for Dominic Kinnear and the Houston Dynamo. First of all their top two stars from a year ago are now gone to Europe. Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark left a big hole in the midfield and some would even argue that the club is still recovering from the trade of Dwayne de Rosario from last winter.

Today we take a gander at where they are right now going into the new year. So far the Dynamo have shifted some players around drafted a couple guys that may never see time on the field and for the most part done very little in terms of player movement this winter. We’ve actually heard more news surrounding this club’s potential stadium deal than new players joining the roster this winter.

Let’s take a look at who the Dynamo have and where they still need to go before the new season starts next month.

Keepers:

Who they have: Pat Onstad, Tally Hall, and Tyler Deric.

Notes: As long as Onstad remains healthy this isn’t an area of concern for Kinnear. Big thing will the the development of Deric who has to be in some way the future keeper of this club. My bet is they will loan out Deric this season to a USSF Division II club or even a USL-2 club. They have to get him some playing time to get any sort of progression out of their first academy signing.

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Defense:

Who they have: Bobby Boswell, Eddie Robinson, Ryan Cochrane, Craig Waibel, Mike Chabala, Wade Barrett, and Andrew Hainault.

Notes: Getting a healthy Robinson back this season should be a big thing for the Dynamo. This group will still be solid with all the talent they still have in the back. One thing though will be getting some depth and some youth here.

I still believe if this group stays healthy they won’t have too many issues this season. I kind of see Kinnear trading for a defender to add depth at some point this season.

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Midfield:

Who they have: Kevin Harmse, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Daniel Cruz, Erik Ustruck, Richard Mulrooney, Brian Mullan, Corey Ashe, Samuel Appiah, and David Walker.

Notes: Big change here will be seeing Cameron slide into the midfield. Honestly from knowing Cameron and seeing him play he’s probably better suited for the midfield than in the defense anyways. Houston will be looking for him to really step it up this season and carry the load in the midfield. Thankfully he does have some quality offensive players like Brad Davis to help out in the assist department.

Big thing here will be if guys like Ashe can step up play on the wings. If Houston’s wing play is weak this season so will their offense. Ashe, Davis, and Cameron have to step it up in order to keep the Dynamo near the top in the west.

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Forwards:

Who they have: Brian Ching, Dominic Oduro, Luis Angel Landin, and Cam Weaver.

Notes: We know this, Ching will have to carry the load once again…that is if Landin doesn’t finally step up and play to his DP status. Those are two guys that will have to score the goals this season we know that but don’t sleep on Oduro or Weaver here. Oduro and his speed along with Weaver’s size are big parts to this groups offensive output. How Kinnear uses them this season will be key.

Landin, Weaver and Oduro will likely have to step up production though if Ching does make it to South Africa with the USMNT this summer. Should any dip in goals happen while Ching is gone this club will be in trouble.

More than likely we’ll see a trade for this group though at some point in the season. It seems like once a year Kinnear makes a trade for a striker within the league. I look for that to happen yet again this season towards the middle part of summer.

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Overall:

The questions always surround this club each year about their offense and where it will come from. Now the question will be can they improve from losing two important players in their midfield. They can replace one with Cameron and they’ll get away with guys like Mulrooney filling in for Clark but will that be enough? I honestly doubt it.

Funny thing is we always doubt something with this club each year and yet they still show up when it matters. Kinnear knows what he is doing more than most coaches in this league do. He works his system well and always knows how to find the right parts for it. They won’t be flashy this year but they’ll get by. I think adding a couple more parts in the midfield on the wings and maybe a defender or two in the back for depth purposes will suit them well.

  • brianzygo

    The sense here in Houston is that Cameron is being called upon to fill the void left by Clark, not the one left by Holden.

  • Makes sense…who's gonna fill the hole left by Holden then? Davis? Mullan? Some guy none of us are talking about?

  • brianzygo

    Last Saturday, Davis slide into that role during the first half of the scrimmage, but they've brought in 4 midfielders to look at, the bulk of their two draft picks are midfielders, and they've brought in a kid from the Academy who is a midfielder, so, I think they're still weighing their options there.

    If Cam stays healthy, he could bring a good number of goals to the Dynamo this season.

  • Yeah, I always thought Cam was a good move for them last year (when he is 100%). I heard a little bit about this academy kid, could possibly be some potential there.

  • John Parker

    Do you think Landin could be a candidate for a quasi GBS second year? Houston didn't seem to know what to do with him…they were sending balls into space for him to run onto instead of playing to his feet. With a training camp and a full year, he might not play up to DP status, but he could be useful

  • Rex

    There is no replacing Onstad, but Tally Hall has looked like the best back-up in the league. I hope he gets more games this year.

    I disagree on Cameron. He was an average sub off the bench in the midfield two years ago (good for a rookie but average in general). He was a good CB last year. Now everyone thinks he is going to leap into the midfield and replace Clark? I don’t see him meeting these high expectations this year. The sky is the limit for him at CB but in the midfield he’s just a average player with good range and speed going forward but poor with the ball at his feet.

    Landin will be average this year. If Odero learns to finish and Cameron stays healthy, Landin will be the #4 and only play with Ching goes to the world cup.

    Other teams are signing big players over the last few years and the Dynamo have only LOST big players over the last few years. Only thing that has kept us in it is our defense and they all just got a year older.

  • brianzygo

    The sense here in Houston is that Cameron is being called upon to fill the void left by Clark, not the one left by Holden.

  • Makes sense…who's gonna fill the hole left by Holden then? Davis? Mullan? Some guy none of us are talking about?

  • brianzygo

    Last Saturday, Davis slide into that role during the first half of the scrimmage, but they've brought in 4 midfielders to look at, the bulk of their two draft picks are midfielders, and they've brought in a kid from the Academy who is a midfielder, so, I think they're still weighing their options there.

    If Cam stays healthy, he could bring a good number of goals to the Dynamo this season.

  • Yeah, I always thought Cam was a good move for them last year (when he is 100%). I heard a little bit about this academy kid, could possibly be some potential there.

  • John Parker

    Do you think Landin could be a candidate for a quasi GBS second year? Houston didn't seem to know what to do with him…they were sending balls into space for him to run onto instead of playing to his feet. With a training camp and a full year, he might not play up to DP status, but he could be useful

  • Rex

    There is no replacing Onstad, but Tally Hall has looked like the best back-up in the league. I hope he gets more games this year.

    I disagree on Cameron. He was an average sub off the bench in the midfield two years ago (good for a rookie but average in general). He was a good CB last year. Now everyone thinks he is going to leap into the midfield and replace Clark? I don’t see him meeting these high expectations this year. The sky is the limit for him at CB but in the midfield he’s just a average player with good range and speed going forward but poor with the ball at his feet.

    Landin will be average this year. If Odero learns to finish and Cameron stays healthy, Landin will be the #4 and only play with Ching goes to the world cup.

    Other teams are signing big players over the last few years and the Dynamo have only LOST big players over the last few years. Only thing that has kept us in it is our defense and they all just got a year older.