You could have not scripted this better.
The Dynamo are only one point behind New York in the Eastern Conference for the top spot.
The Dynamo going on a run, a four game winning streak has positioned these coming two games against New York as a showcase in the Eastern Conference.
With Thierry Henry, Ken Cooper Jr., and Tim Cahill coming into town fans would be remiss to not show up to BBVA Compass Stadium this Friday night and the game is close to being a sell-out at this moment.
The Dynamo are coming off a very professional road win at Toronto 2-0 and are the most in form team in the league.
The real key’s to the turn around clearly has been a system change and the acquisition of DP Boniek Garcia.
Moving from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 has brought protection in the middle of the field to the two Dynamo center backs Bobby Boswell and now Jermaine Taylor.
This has been one of the keys with the system change from a defensive perspective.
Prior to this the Dynamo midfield was being cut through like butter, the four set struggled against team’s with five in midfield.
It clearly left the back four exposed and consistently opponents were breaking through a suspect midfield.
Now with three central midfield players in a diamond in front of the center back’s the middle of the field has been shored up and the backs have been protected wonderfully.
The Dynamo re-claimed their collective defending nature and Dominic Kinnear has to be credited with making the change. Flexibility at the right time from a coach is vital.
The system is flexible because the two strikers up front in wide positions can easily drop deeper in midfield and turn the set-up into a 4-5-1 which at times in every game it morphs into.
The system has benefitted individuals like Mac Kandji, Calen Carr. Kandji has flourished out wide in this system and has morphed into a more dangerous and influential player.
Carr is making plays, scoring goals to go along with his movement and mobility that influences opponents.
Brad Davis has adjusted in latter games wonderfully to playing in a more central role.
No one can deny the quality he has brought having played every minute of every game.
His professionalism is contagious, he has lifted performance of those around him and is a top player game in and game out for the Dynamo.
What I believe he has also brought is increased competition amongst the team, flexibility in terms of personnel and tactics for a coach.
Simply, that is what happens and should happen when you acquire a player of this stature.
OLYMPICS CLOSE TO KNOCK OUT STAGE
Womens final group games are tomorrow while the men will wrap up on Wednesday. Quarterfinals begin for the women on Friday and the men on Saturday.
Have you been interested in the Olympic soccer or not? Tell me why or why not?