With a salary cap of 2.8 million in MLS it is difficult to achieve depth in squad’s but that is exactly what the Dynamo have done of late based on results and the duel challenge of playing in MLS and the Concacaf Champions League.
Yes, it is a bit of a juggling act but the real trick is creating depth, competition, and confidence in an entire roster.
That is what the Dynamo have for the moment if you take a snapshot of the last few games. Wednesday in El Salvador the Dynamo got a 3-1 win over a less than impressive FAS in their first Champions League match using not often heard names this year like Sarkodie, Weaver, Deric, and Sturgis.
Others like Colin Clark and JeVaughan Watson who were starters earlier in the year got back on the field.
Alot falls in the favor of the Dynamo tonight against Toronto FC:
1.) Expect 9-10 CHANGES in the Dynamo lineup from FAS as they were able to rest players like Andre Hainault, Jermaine Taylor, Cory Ashe, Tally Hall, Boniek Garcia, Mac Kandji and others. Some did not even travel to El Salvador.
2.) SYSTEM CHANGE- Kinnear went to a 4-4-2 in El Salvador wisely to spotlight his twin strikers of Brian Ching and Cam Weaver in the aerial game against a smaller Central American opponent. The results came early with both Ching and Weaver scoring goals.
Tonight the Dynamo will move back into their 4-3-3 with fresh players.
3.) TFC is last in the Eastern Conference and struggles to play complete games. Danny Koevermans who scored twice against the Dynamo back on June 20 in the 3-3 draw at BBVA is out with a knee injury.
Eric Hassli has been acquired from Vancouver and will be the deep lying striker and will look to combine with the talented Luis Silva.
One real question remains as to what TFC manager Paul Mariner will do with his lineup based on the fact that they have a very important Champions League match on Tuesday against Santos. This could play in the Dynamo favor as they are so far out of the MLS playoff picture.
4.) Will RICO start?
Ricardo Clark was slated to start Wednesday but came up with an ankle injury. Providing he passes a fitness test one would assume he gets the start tonight in place of Adam Moffat who played Wednesday.
Clark did train recently.
5.) CONFIDENT START/FIRST GOAL
The Dynamo players should be raring to go at BBVA Compass Stadium and a first goal could certainly play on the frail minds of TFC who are not exactly your comeback type team.
Then again this is MLS.
Catch the game on Fox Sports Houston as Eddie Robinson and I have the call at 7:30! Better yet get your butt in a seat at BBVA Compass and tape the game if you like.
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