Based on the volume of games many teams around the world use a “rotation policy” with a stable of strikers.
At Manchester United the stable of strikers Sir Alex Ferguson can pull from includes Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov.
In the case of the Dynamo it is no different when it came to options. This past weekend, head coach Dominic Kinnear used four strikers.
Brian Ching and Will Bruin handled the majority of the minutes and did have their chances despite not scoring.
Late additions up front leaned towards the pace and movement of Calen Carr and Macoumba Kandji who came on against fatiguing defenders.
The Dynamo also have the option of Cam Weaver and draft choice Colin Rolfe.
Here is what Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear has to say about his core of strikers during my interview with him on Sports Talk 790:
“I don’t think you can settle on two. It is a long season and I think if you just say only two guys are playing here, if something goes on injury or suspension wise then I think your lack of focus and concentration on the other guys maybe is not where it should be. We have quite a few good strikers on our books right now. I have confidence in every single one of those guys. We used four the other day, we’ll probably keep using four. It’s the one area I do frequently substitute and change things up so it’s important that everyone gets their fair crack. There will be times guys will get a good run of games but I still think it is important everyone stays involved.”
Competition at this position, and different qualities in Kinnear’s stable of strikers will make this interesting. One thing is for sure, form, volume of games, injury, suspension, and fit for an opponent all comes in to play when the lineup card is filled out. One way to stay in the lineup is to score goals. Based on pre-season Will Bruin has looked the sharpest so it is no surprise that he had a number of chances against Chivas USA. Brian Ching can still use his experience and knowledge to get opportunities and looked dangerous while hitting the post. Calen Carr was a timely substitution off the bench and provided some longer deeper runs looking for the ball behind the Chivas USA defense. He also kept his play simple while checking back into midfield to help the team keep possession. He almost pulled off some great combination play at the top of the box via the give n go but was denied by the solid play of Dan Kennedy in goal.
Along with Kandji, the Dynamo all of a sudden became a much quicker and faster team in the later stages.
Join former Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson and I for the call of the Dynamo at San Jose from ATT Park this weekend on Fox Sports Houston Plus.