Dynamo midfielder Danny Cruz is only 21 years of age and grew up playing hockey and American football.
In fact, Cruz used to play soccer strictly to stay fit for the other sports.
Cruz became more serious about soccer after a trip to Italy as a college player. Playing at UNLV, Cruz would then sign a Generation Adidas contract playing with the Houston Dynamo and represented the United States at the under 20 Fifa World Cup in Egypt.
In 2009 Cruz appeared 6 times for the Dynamo playing only 107 minutes. In 2010, Cruz appeared 25 times for the Dynamo, fourteen of those in a starting role. He registered 2 goals and 2 assists.
Cruz along with Dynamo Mike Chabala recently were apart of the tv show “Made” on MTV.
In my talks with Cruz he has mentioned the desire to be more unpredictable and continue to grow the technical side of his game. Cruz right now is in a battle with Cory Ashe to be a starter on opening day against the Philadelphia Union.
GDavis: There is no doubt that the Dynamo have brought in wide midfielder Colin Clark from Colorado to improve the depth wide in midfield. How does a player feel when you see the club make a move like this?
Danny Cruz: It’s never a good thing when a club brings in a players that plays your position. He’s (Clark) a good young player.
He has been trying to help me. Yes, there is competition but were all trying to get better. It’s a business and it makes me want to work harder.
*Note: Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark is currently recovering from two ACL surgeries and is not expected to be available early in the season.
GDavis: Are there any specific areas of your game that you are more focused on improving in pre-season?
Danny Cruz: I’m trying to work on playing in the middle of the field as opposed to just being a guy out by the touchline. That is a part of my game that I am working on.
Adding that to my game will make me better and unpredictable.
GDavis: The first thing that one realizes looking at the Dynamo this year is youth and improvement of overall team speed and athleticism. What is it like being a part of this group? How is it different from last year in your mind?
Danny Cruz: We have gotten quicker and younger. We still have good older guys who are leaders like Chinger (Brian Ching), Brad Davis, Eddie Robinson and Bobby Boswell.
The tone is quick and younger.
GDavis: With the opening game of the year getting closer against Philadelphia are you getting more excited?
Danny Cruz: I am excited to get into the regular season and begin to re-deem ourselves. It’s good to be home in our opener in front of our own fans!!!
GAMES TO KEEP AN EYE ON THIS WEEKEND
Monterrey Derby: This one is not far from Houston. Tigres and Rayados will square off in a battle for city bragging rights.
Tigres is 4-1-1, 13pts and face defending champions Rayados who are led by Chupete Humberto Suazo.
Rayados are beginning to find form and this will be the 93rd meeting between these clubs. U.S. international
Jonathan Bornstein looks set to start as a holding midfielder for Tigres, don’t miss this passionate affair.
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