Sure it is cliche that games are won and lost in midfield but if you peruse the Dynamo roster you will find that this is where the depth and backbone of the team lies.
With the addition of Honduran Boniek Garcia last year the midfield has found depth, flexibility, additional ethic and toughness plus more ideas. Lets take a look:
The incumbent set piece specialist has been outstanding the last few years after a re-dedication to his game through fitness and diet. He is a Dynamo original and now has found the perfect foil in Boniek Garcia who helps to take attention and focus off him.
He comes off two years of his highest total of minutes, 28 assists and even more importantly got on the score sheet 8 times last year based on getting central even more.
What more can you say about one of the most definitive signings in Dynamo history.
His addition has brought tactical flexibility to the squad plus his ability to break opponents down off the dribble has brought unpredictability to the Dynamo attack.
His incessant smile and fun loving commitment to the game is contagious to players and fans alike.
What also must be pointed out is how quickly he adapted to MLS plus his responsibility and professionalism leads the way.
Can be used in a variety of ways and can certainly bring width to the Dynamo attack.
Injury slowed “Braveheart” at one point last year but he recovered to provide important play. Generally the deep lying axis in front of the back four, Moffat is expected to retrieve the ball and get it to those that can make the game.
Not to say that he can’t provide the threat from distance as he is goal dangerous.
Don’t forget his wonderful pass to Calen Carr in the MLS Cup final.
Being paired with Ricardo Clark enhances his game.
The World Cup veteran was the perfect response to Geoff Cameron moving to Stoke last year and now will have a full pre-season behind him going into 2013.
It will be interesting to see how Clark adjusts and plays against certain opponents.
He has been encouraged to play closer to strikers and we are seeing this pre-season as well.
Clark still covers ground wonderfully and remains a big piece to 2013.
The Dynamo link to the EPL has had a full pre-season barring some time off due to a shoulder injury but this is a telling year for him.
Does he continue to show flashes of great play like a long range goal in the Concacaf Champions League, and a key assist against DC in the playoffs? OR does he truly push to be a regular?
Alot will come down to his desire to be a two way player that manager Dominic Kinnear demands. He truly does tease with some great individual plays but the friendly Englishman remains a big piece to me in success this year.
The Dynamo connection to the beautiful game in Brazil possesses a skill set of smooth and effortlessness that any athlete would desire.
Still, last year was a disappointment and Camargo must wrap his arms around being a more pivotal figure for this team.
Does he want it? That is the question I want to see answered. It will be tough to crack the starting lineup but that has to be the goal!
Opportunity will abound with Gold Cup and national team call ups that likely will take away Boniek Garcia, Brad Davis and Ricardo Clark.
Is this the year it is “game on” for Camargo?
Not too much coming out on the new signing but he has played over 140 games for Hearts in Scotland. At only 25 he is a good signing for the Dynamo on paper.
Being left sided certainly is a good thing and his game seems to bring the want to take people on.
Having players of breakdown capability like Boniek Garcia, Brad Davis, Giles Barnes, and Driver bring unpredictability that is needed out of the Dynamo midfield.
Driver finds his way to Houston as JeVaughan Watson was moved to FC Dallas.
Warren Creavalle-Creavalle is versatile and certainly can be moved in a variety of positions in midfield if needed. A year where he pushes to get more playing time.
Brian Ownby- Instant energy comes in the form of Ownby whose desire is infectious.
Alex Dixon- Limited playing time and a need to produce. Can’t live off a spectacular goal against Colorado two years ago. Can he make a break-through?
Depth lies in the Dynamo midfield and it will be essential that Giles Barnes, Luiz Camargo and now Andrew Driver step up to produce valuable playing time during various junctures in the season.
The Dynamo midfield looks primed to bring alot of excitement in 2013.
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