Giles Barnes – Fans Want To See Me Entertain

Glenn Davis sits down with Houston Dynamo attacker Giles Barnes

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We have done a few interviews this preseason and you have come back with an incredible fitness level. Your preseason was wonderful. Did something just go off in your head because I believe you can be a top star in the league. When did the light bulb go off?

After every season I always evaluate where can I improve my game and be better. One thing that came to my mind was my fitness level. Obviously when you do that, you get stronger, quicker and more powerful. You are able to last longer. My fitness level is feeling really good so I am ready to go.

Fifteen to twenty goals this season, is that the target for the season.

I have set a number. You hit the nail on the head, it is somewhere around that. I always want to improve my numbers from last year so I’ll be headed that way hopefully.

You have a brother, Marcus, only 17 years of age. He has recently played for the under 21 Southampton on their youth system. Tell us about the progression on your brother.

They have embraced him over there in Southampton. They really like him as a player. He had a little injury which has kept him out for a while but right now he is the youth top goal scorer at the moment. He is still seventeen so he has a lot to learn yet.

For the whole interview with Giles Barnes, you can find it below:

Geoff Cameron – Manchester United’s Intimidation Factor Is Gone

Glenn Davis is joined by former Dynamo defender and current Stoke City player Geoff Cameron.

Lets talk about the historic win for Stoke City over Manchester United. You played a huge part in it playing right back for the Potters. This had to be a remarkable moment not only for you personally, but also for the club.

Ya it was huge. Things have not been going our way this season with the red card against Sunderland, unlucky bounces , creating chances and then not putting the ball in the back of the net. We are playing so much better than we were last year. It has been short of getting results. It’s been very frustrating as a team. Mark Hughes said to us this past weekend that this was an opportunity for us to stick together and fight for one another. When you are on the same pitch as Mata, Van Persie, and Rooney you know you are going to be in for a long day. We did an excellent job defending and ya know we walked away with a 2-1 result.

What was the face of manager Mark Hughes like in the locker room after the game because I know this had to mean so much to him personally being a former Manchester United player?

I think it was just more about relief or about damn time. We have been waiting for one of these results to come. We have been so unfortunate. Our last game against Liverpool we come back to tie the game then they get a penalty to get the 4th and go ahead goal. We were just like not again. Things have not been going our way whether its referee or unlucky bounces. Finally we put it all together this game, the fans been behind us supporting us like crazy, and we are a tough team to beat at home. So, he is just was so relieved and excited for us guys to get that win.

You played against Manchester United last year, is it a different team now? Do they seem more vulnerable now?

I think it is more of confidence in a way. The fact that Sir Alex Ferguson is gone, the aura they had with him, and the intimidation factor is gone maybe has something to do with that. They were fortunate last year winning the league with things going their way but a lot of their big players are getting older and there was some talk in the media this past off season that they were going to move them. Not having Ferguson around there is difficult. They have the same group of guys but it is the other teams in the league that are stepping it up which is making it that much tougher.

To hear the full 20 minute interview with Geoff Cameron, you can listen to it here:

Chris Klein – Complacency In The MLS Is Something We Cannot Have

On this week’s show of Soccer Matters, Glenn kicks it with Chris Klein, former MLS player now president of the LA Galaxy.

Long time Chris, glad to hear your voice and glad to see you so successful not only as a player but also off the field. Talk about the challenge getting the opportunity and sort of finding your way to the management side because a lot of things have to change for an individual when that happens.

Sure, I think athletes in general, soccer players are certainly no different when its time to walk away from the game since we were kids. You know our lives don’t change a whole lot from the time we are 5, 6, 7 until it’s time to retire. To make the decision to walk away and to really identify something that I was really passionate about in the other end of the business if you will in soccer. To get an opportunity with AEG and the Galaxy is something that I am thankful for, but it is a challenge and it is a learning curve and a lot of the same things you have as an athlete you can take to this side and its starts with an understanding that you have a lot to learn.

Chris Klein only 38 years of age, from St. Louis, Missouri and now the president of the LA Galaxy. Did you have to pinch yourself when you first got into the management side about this transition and the opportunity that lied in front of you?

Not really, as I said I am thankful for the opportunity but as I got on into my career, I had an understanding of what I wanted to do. I was heavily involved with our players association and the business side of the MLS. As players, especially in MLS, we are charged with growing the game in this country. It’s like as you said in the open, I started close to the beginning of our league and it would never of got to this point about support from the league, support from the players, and the incredible ownership that we have, so to pinch myself I am not sure but I am definitely thankful to be here.

Do we have to be careful to stay grounded and rooted with this incredible infrastructure? A lot of players coming into the league know nothing but good infrastructure as the game was very different in the 80s and 90s. Do we have to be careful not to get comfortable and remain hungry in growing, promoting, and marketing this league? I’m specifically talking about players as well.

Ya there is no question, I don’t know that anyone that understands how far we’ve come have to be extremely proud of what we done in less than 20 years of having the league in this country. However when you put it into context and everyone watches the world’s game now. When you put it into that context, I think that we all understand we have a long way to go. We are gaining ground, we have a model that works. We an understanding of what we need to do as the game continues to grow. I don’t think anyone here will tell you that we made it. Complacency is something we definitely cannot have. There are many areas where we can continue to improve on an individual club basis and the league as a whole.

Do you feel you have a corporate responsibility to put a team on the field that sort of reflects the city of Los Angeles?

It’s interesting that you say that, absolutely. I think when we look at our city, our team has to reflect our city. Our city is known as Hollywood, but also known as a trendy and multicultural city. Our roster reflects that. We do feel a responsibility to have a little bit of glitz and glamour. It started with David Beckham. Then it went back to Landon Donovan, Coby jones, and Alexi Lalas. At the end of day, our city come and support teams that win. That’s always what it is about, winning and being successful on the field.

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Weekend Watch List: July 12-14th

In this week’s preview, it’s an ode to Gold Cup, MLS, and FIFA U-20 World Cup. Cheers!

Must Watch Games:
*USA vs. Cuba

**Saturday, July 13th at 2:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer (Coverage starts at 2:00 pm)
***After blasting 6 goals past Guatemala in a friendly on last Friday and burning Belize for another 6 in their Gold Cup opener Tuesday, the U.S. look to continue their hot, high scoring run against Cuba on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Tuesday night’s match saw Chris Wondolowski pick up a new superstition after scoring a first-half hat trick with his last name spelled wrong on his jersey as well as Landon Donovan reach yet another landmark, becoming the first U.S. player to score over 50 goals and 50 assists all-time. Puebla’s Michael Orozco Fiscal and former Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden also got on the score sheet, a fine achievement for Holden who has capped off his return to the national team in excellent fashion, coming on as a sub in the last 2 matches and making a big impact each time. After holding their own in the first half, Cuba spent the second half of their opener subbing in as a punching bag for Costa Rica, losing 3-0.

*Martinique vs. Mexico
**Sunday, July 14th at 5:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer (Coverage starts at 4:30 pm)
***Mexico finally broke their losing streak Thursday night after a Raúl Jiménez header just before half and a second half penalty by Marco Fabián hoisted El Tri 2-0 over Canada. The young Canadian side seemed to stick with Mexico for the first 40 minutes of the game until the goal by Jiménez opened up the game and allowed Mexico to hold up the ball more and create more chances. The introduction of Miguel Layún at right back proved to be a great move from the start, as Layún was a terror up and down the right side all night. “Chepo” de la Torre will most likely stick with the same line up from Thursday night going into Sunday’s final group game show down with Martinique who sit tied with Mexico on 3 points. While Mexico was shocked by Panama in their opener, Martinique was the side doing the shocking in their opener, with a late 93’ goal from Fabrice Reuperne lifting them over Canada. However, their Cinderella story was short lived as Panama dispatched Martinique 1-0 on Thursday, putting the Panamanians through to the knockout round while setting up the showdown match up between the always favored Mexico and the underdog Martinique.

*Honduras vs. El Salvador
**Friday, July 12th at 6:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer (Coverage starts at 5:30 pm)
***In what is going to be one of the most intriguing matchups of Group B, favorites Honduras will battle a very feisty El Salvador who are coming off an entertaining 2-2 draw with Trinidad & Tobago on Monday. Rodolfo Zelaya had a brilliant game with his brace keeping the El Salvadorans in the match. Meanwhile Honduras kicked off their group play beating Haiti 2-0 off of goals from Rony Martínez and Marvin Chavez. While the possession remained steadily even for both teams throughout the match, Honduras came out with the majority of the shots, failing to capitalize on several great chances. El Salvador will definitely look to put a lot of pressure on the Hondurans so their failure to finish in the final third may come back and haunt them this game.

*France U-20 vs. Uruguay U-20
**Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 pm CST on ESPN (Coverage starts at 12:45 pm)
***Well, as always, this FIFA U-20 World Cup has been an exciting one! After defeating Ghana 2-1 in the semifinals, France has advanced to face Uruguay, who shattered our Cinderella team Iraq’s dreams after a 1-1 draw saw the South American team advance 7-6 via penalties. Now this final is yet another stage to showcase some of the most exciting up-and-coming world football talents. Players to watch include Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Arsenal’s new recruit Yaya Sanogo for France, while AS Roma’s Nicolas Lopez and newly signed Manchester United full back Guillermo Varela are players to keep an eye on for Uruguay.

*New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo
**Saturday, July 13th at 6:30 pm CST on KPRC Local 2
***Houston fans finally were able to breathe out a sigh of relief after the Dynamo’s dreadful winless streak was snapped last Saturday with a 1-0 win over Philadelphia at BBVA Compass Stadium. Now the Dynamo travel to New England who, after a streaky start to the season, have begun to gain momentum. The Revs beat the Dynamo at home in May 2-0 thanks to goals from 18-year-old Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo following a double ejection of the Dynamo’s Bobby Boswell and New England’s Dimitry Imbongo Boele for fighting in the first half.

Honorable Mention:
*FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake

**Saturday, July 13th at 8:00 pm CST on TWC Sports
***The two top teams in the Western Conference are facing off on Saturday as the top of the table Real Salt Lake host a struggling FC Dallas side who, despite jumping out to a fast start, are winless since May. Even though they are missing 4 players out on international duty in the Gold Cup, Real Salt Lake have been on cruise control, unbeaten in their last 7 league games.

*Ghana U-20 vs. Iraq U-20
**Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 am CST on ESPN2 (Coverage starts at 9:45 am)
***After brilliant runs to the semifinals respectively, both Ghana and Iraq must settle for fighting for a third place medal in Istanbul on Saturday. While they may not be battling for the World championship title, both teams have provided some of the most entertaining football of the tournament and are certainly worth watching over breakfast Saturday.

*D.C. United vs. Chivas del Guadalajara
**Friday, July 12th at 7:00 pm CST on ESPN2
***While D.C. United have struggled through the first half of the 2013 MLS season, they will face Liga MX side Chivas del Guadalajara on Friday night in a friendly as Chivas look to prepare for their upcoming 2013 Apertura season. Anytime we you can get a Liga MX-MLS matchup, it is definitely something to keep an eye on! Also, another incentive to watch, the game will be called by our very own Glenn Davis alongside Taylor Twellman.

Also, check out the other Gold Cup games coming up:
*Friday, July 12th
**Trinidad and Tobago vs. Haiti at 6:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer

*Saturday, July 13th
**Costa Rica vs. Belize at 5:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer

*Sunday, July 14th
**Panama vs. Canada at 2:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer

*Monday, July 15th
**El Salvador vs. Haiti at 6:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston
**Honduras vs. Trinidad and Tobago at 8:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston

*Tuesday, July 16th
**Cuba vs. Belize at 4:30 pm CST on Fox Soccer
**United States vs. Costa Rica at 7:00 pm CST on Fox Soccer

Written by Cari Gelal

Coach’s Corner: A Chat with NYRB’s Mike Petke

On this week’s Soccer Matters show, Glenn chatted with former player and current head coach of the New York Red Bulls Mike Petke about his first season in charge at Red Bull Arena.

GD: Mike, tell me how prepared you were when you get told all of the sudden that you were going to be the head coach of the New York Red Bulls?
MP: [laughs] To be quite honest with you, I don’t think you’re ever prepared when you’re not wholly expecting something, I don’t think you’re ever prepared for something of this magnitude, but it was one of those things that was an instantaneous “yes”. It’s a club that I’ve been with for so long and it was an honor to be asked and I literally got straight to work the second they asked me.

GD: I’ve got to think that, being an East coast guy and being at that club, all the way back to the Metro Stars, I’ve got to think there’s a burning desire in you to help the professional game also elevate itself on the East coast.
MP: Of course! You know, this is the one thing I’ve said over and over again, I’m not a journeyman that ended up managing a team in MLS, this is the club that I’ve been with for over 10 years and the club that, of course, I want to succeed above everything else. So it was a conversation with Andy [Roxburgh, Sporting Director] to make sure that everyone was on board from the management and the owner right down to Gerard Houllier the Global Sporting Director right to Andy Roxburgh, to make sure everyone was on board with this because the last thing I want to do is come in and throw a wrench into anything. I want this club to succeed more than I want to have a job as the Red Bull’s head coach, so everything lined up in place and yes we want this to be a successful organization.

GD: Now I figure, Mike, that the endgame for you always one day was to become a head coach, right?
MP: Yeah, honestly early on in my career it wasn’t a calling, but instantaneously as I came to the end of my playing career the last couple years I became very intrigued with [coaching] and did my studying and did some extra coaching on the side while I was still playing and it was something I obviously fell in love with. To leave the field as a player and jump right on staff as an assistant coach and learn a lot and be involved on that other side of the coin was invaluable to me.

GD: The instant you get this job, you’ve got designated players, you’ve got personalities, you’ve got egos of people like Thierry Henry, other monster players like Tim Cahill. How important was it for you to gain the confidence of those guys and was that easy, was that difficult? Is it a daily thing? What is it?
MP: Well, I mean first people have to understand that I’ve been around those guys, Thierry as a player,I was still playing when he came on board, and then both Thierry and Tim when I was an assistant coach on the staff, so the respect level was there on both sides, from me to them and from them to me. They know exactly what make me tick, they know who I am as a person and vice versa, I know all about them as well. But, of course, every day with players of that magnitude and personality and where they’ve been around the world, it’s a give and take in a way. They want to win, they’re competitive people, but it also trickles down to other players we have on the team, American players like Dax McCarty, for instance, you know, he’s somebody who is very demanding of himself and of his teammates as well. When you stand in front of 27-28 players and you try to dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s” everyday it becomes a challenge, to be honest with you, with all those personalities. Like I said, it all comes down to the roots of me, that they know what makes me tick and they know who I am as a person before I was their coach, so that’s a great help and a good balance there.

GD: So Mike, it’s a lot of dealing with individuals differently, right? Some guys you might have to massage a little bit more, some guys might need the closed-door riot act a little bit, it’s a mix of stuff, right?
MP: Absolutely. You hit the nail right on the head. Some guys, you need to put the arm around, that’s what makes them tick and some guys don’t respond to yelling but some guys do. I was always the guy who, since I was in high school, I really thrived on coaches getting in my face, that’s just who I was. But I’ve played with countless players and there are countless players on this team who are the direct opposite and it’s about figuring that out as quick as you can to motivate each one to get the most out of each player.

GD: Take us into the mind set of Thierry Henry and what it’s like to manage such an outstanding soccer talent. What are maybe some of the challenges with him, if there are any. Give us a little behind-the-scenes insight for my listeners.
MP: Well, someone like Thierry Henry, its amazing because all the conversations I’ve had with him as an assistant coach, deep conversations about where he’s come from and what he expects from himself and from his teammates, it’s amazing that at the end of the day, all Thierry wants to be happy is a game plan and to know that things are being done right. He’s the type of person that if you stand before him as a coach and you lay out a game plan, even if he doesn’t agree with it, the fact that you laid something out and there’s a plan in place and you have a way to get that plan across to the players, he will follow it. That’s really all he wants. It’s amazing to me that somebody who has won everything in the world, from a World Cup, EPL, Spanish Liga title, European cups, that really, still at this age and after accomplishing that much and now coming to MLS that he still wants what he did as a kid and that is just a game plan and that’s refreshing to me. Obviously at the end of the day, he’s been everywhere, he’s won everything, and he’s such an accomplished soccer player, and it’s amazing in practice everyday to see him still in the warm up when we are doing stride outs or something, to see him pushing it as hard as he can. It’s very easy for me to turn to a young American kid and say ‘Look at Thierry Henry over there, I mean, he’s doing it so there’s no reason you should not be giving your all right now, you should not be coming into practice and giving it everything you’ve have’.

GD: Yeah, on one hand we may be saying ‘Boy there are real challenges coaching a man like that’ but on the other hand ‘Boy what an asset it is and what an amazing opportunity that you’re working with this guy as a head coach’.
MP: Of course. It’s been great so far. There are always going to be ups and downs, like every coach has, but at the end of the day I know that he wants what I want, which is to be successful with his club. The same with Tim Cahill. The same with Juninho. There are some rough patches you go through, a bad performance or a bad training or two, and these guys are so demanding that it really gets to them, it will literally ruin their day and put them in a bad mood. But I would rather have someone like that who could get a little crazy sometimes than someone who just brushes it off, who as soon as they are in their car just go and get a coffee and are not thinking about it. I want people who care and that’s the people who I have.

GD: I like that. How about those three guys when it comes to working with the younger players. Are they patient with them? Maybe a rookie who is just coming into the league that is obviously going to make some mistakes, is going to be learning daily, how is their patience with them and do you see those guys reaching out and trying to help those players?
MP: Listen, at the end of the day, I would label them all very helpful with the young guys, but there are fluctuating circumstances throughout the year. I mean I can’t expect someone like Thierry to be patient every second of every day. In practice, again, with how competitive he is. Being that certain things come second nature to him where other things we are working on with these young guys. But overall, at the end of the day, Thierry, Tim, and Juninho are all great leaders, they’re great with the young guys. Just today alone, after practice, Thierry had two young guys out and they were doing crossing and finishing. Tim is usually that guy as well, rallying the young guys together and Juninho, in his own way as well, we get his experience and sharing with [the younger guys]. But like I said, it is fluctuating sometimes because you can’t expect them all the time to be that patient.

GD: Now I expect that everyone is expecting Tim Cahill back and the like of Jamison Olave. You guys had a tough game, you went down a man in Philadelphia. That was a tough night and now Sunday night is a big night for you guys to respond.
MP: Yeah, it was a tough circumstance in Philadelphia. Ironically, with 10 guys in the second half, I felt like at times we played some of our best soccer. If you had a chance to go back over the tape and look at the chances we created, the possession that we filled out from the back with Thierry dropping, being a man down, we just couldn’t translate it into a goal though we had our opportunities. But yeah, everyone in sport know that the most important action is the next one and that’s this Sunday night coming up and its a team, the Dynamo, that have proven over the last few years now to be one of the best teams in the league every year. It’s going to be a very difficult game for us.

GD: How different a Dynamo team is this one in your eyes? With the addition of Boniek Garcia last year and this year Scottish winger Andrew Driver, its a different Dynamo team, isn’t it?
MP: Yeah, but the thing is with the Dynamos and the Salt Lakes, I guess you could say over the last 3-4 years, and Bruce Arena and the Galaxy, no matter who they have every year, the one thing that I love about those teams and those coaches is that they have a system, and they get their players to adapt to their system and the way they want to play. So you could blink your eye and there could be 5 new players but they are still working as hard as any team in the league and they still have the quality and they still play the same system, and it’s been very successful for them. So yeah they have some new players and yeah they have players out, but they are a very dangerous team, they are a very similar team that they’ve always been and even though that might sound like they’re predictable when I’m saying that, but not in the least bit with the quality they have with Brad Davis and [Ricardo] Clark, also [Bobby] Boswell in the back and, like you said, Andrew Driver, the new addition. All these guys are game-changers in their own right.

GD: Mike, the managers sometimes overcomplicate it. Do you catch yourself sometimes saying ‘I have to simplify this, I know where I’m trying to go but maybe I need to just simplify this, in what I am trying to express to my team’ whether it’s purpose of play or the identifying of the specific individual role for a player?
MP: I have that conversation with myself every single day at practice! It’s like a roller coaster. Sometimes I’m saying I’m talking too much on something and then 10 minutes later it’s I didn’t talk enough on this but that’s how I feel I am going to improve as a coach. As soon as I got named it was a thousand things in my mind in front of me about what I want to do but then slowly over the weeks it was narrowing down to like you said, simplifying things. This is how I want to play and we are far from the finished product. Everybody says that I inherited a team but part of it is a rebuilding year because of where we came from and the attitude that was in place the last couple of years. I had to readjust a lot of things and I’m still in the process of doing that. But yeah, especially as a young new coach such as myself there is never second guessing but there is a bit of ‘did I do enough or did I do too much?’ talk constantly.

Q&A Danny Cruz Houston Dynamo / Monterrey vs. Tigres is a can’t miss game this weekend in the Mexican Football League

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!!!


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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Dynamo vs. San Jose preview….get your tickets at FIESTA ticketmaster or

We can talk all we want about the history of these two teams and all the threads of commonality until we are blue in the face but the reality is that these teams need points and they need them now. Don’t even consider a single point as victory, three points or bust at Robertson Stadium especially for the Dynamo who have only eight games to go. San Jose still has 10 left. It is the first meeting of the year between these two teams.
Both are coming off losses, the Dynamo 3-0 to Colorado and San Jose 2-0 at New York. In New York, San Jose did have road chances despite the fact that they are depleted through injury and suspension coming into Sunday’s match against the Dynamo. Here are a few thoughts:

CAMERON TO MIDFIELD?- Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear has always felt the best spot for Geoff Cameron is in midfield and with Lovel Palmer unavailable and Anthony Obodai hurting, there seems to be little question that Cameron will be patrolling the midfield for the Dynamo with Eddie Robinson most likely coming into center back to partner Bobby Boswell. Only concern with this change could be the pace of Cornell Glen who got chances against New York and outside of finishing brought a dangerous overall game. Glen has only one goal on the year but got himself into good goal-scoring positions against the Red Bulls only to not deliver. Lets hope his break out game is not against the Dynamo.

LOVEL PALMER is playing for Jamaica and based on comments in the press from Dominic Kinnear he is not to pleased about it. Who can blame him during a year where he has been hard pressed to put his top players out together. Then again, you can’t blame Palmer, what player does not want to represent his country? Comes at a bad time though especially when it is a friendly match. The player is torn between two teams and these are the situations that drive coaches crazy .

SAN JOSE WALKING WOUNDED include the following: Ike Opara, Joe Cannon, Andre Luiz, Ramiro Corrales, while both Ryan Johnson (international duty for Jamaica with Palmer) and Bobby Convey (suspended) are not available. This team has 6-7 starters out but could get minutes tonight from Eduardo who has spent time playing in Europe with Basel in Switzerland.

DEBUT OF GEOVANNI…He scored some brilliant goals for Hull City in the English Premier League and all indications have him starting up front against the Dynamo with Cornell Glenn. He is dangerous during the run of play, skillful with the ability to change a game with a ball at his feet and serious off free-kicks. The Brazilian is 30 years of age and under contract through the rest of the season. The Quakes and Geovanni will then decide what the future will hold. By the way, he had to leave San Jose to get his paperwork sorted out and then walked across the border with San Jose Communications head Jed Mettee due to the long line of cars in Tijuana, Mexico.

TACTICS…Shuffled lineups make it difficult to predict consistent tendencies but for sure like always the Dynamo will press and be aggressive at home. If Geoff Cameron plays in midfield he will need to be the best player for the Dynamo on this evening. Brad Davis should return and needs to be impactful and come up with creative moments not just off set pieces but during the run of the play. Brian Ching is listed as doubtful which leaves Cam Weaver, Joseph Ngwenya and Dominic Oduro vying to be the main goal scoring threat.
Can the Dynamo get behind the San Jose midfield and test center-backs Brandon McDonald and Jason Hernandez who like to sit deep on goalkeeper Jon Busch?
If Geovanni starts one thinks it would be up front….does he get paired with Chris Wondoloski or Cornell Glen. Wondoloski could be moved to midfield despit the fact that he leads the team with 8 goals.
Arturo Alvarez, Cornell Glen, Geovanni are the main danger men for San Jose. Control them and you control the game. Will the Quakes invite the Dynamo in and look to hit them Dynamo on the counter through the above trio. No one could fault the Quakes if they play this way as the Dynamo have had huge trouble breaking down compact defenses.

FIELD…No telling what the surface of Robertson Stadium will look like today after UH college football game vs. Texas State last night . How will this affect the game?

MILESTONES….Dynamo players with milestone games played:

Richard Mulrooney- 280th game
Brian Mullan-250th game
Brad Davis- 215th game
Bobby Boswell-160th game
Eddie Robinson- 160th game

Great numbers from players that have had outstanding careers!!

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