A few weeks back we wrote about the deepest midfield in MLS – and we circled the Houston Dynamo.
A few folks from Real Salt Lake took umbrage. And, yes, the men of Utah have a midfield that is deep, talented and wonderfully balanced in terms of age. Several skilled veterans are sitting alongside some remarkably promising youngsters.
But Houston has depth and experience. The proof was there last night at the Home Depot Center.
The team’s top man, Brad Davis, was out due to suspension. No matter, because the Dynamo’s Scottish winger, who has looked so impressive at every opportunity this year was there to fill the gap.
Andrew Driver (pictured) looks like a man who could start at most MLS teams. He comes off the bench for Houston when everyone is healthy and available.
As for last night, Driver was available to drive one past LA Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. That was the only goal (in a 1-0 Dynamo victory) against a team still missing DP striker Robbie Keane and left back Todd Dunivant, and it was the one that helped Houston overturn a recent history of setback inside the Home Depot Center. (The Dynamo has seen its season end at the building in Carson three of the last four years.)
The other talking point here is Landon Donovan, who missed another penalty kick. More on that later. For now, the highlights of last night’s match in Southern California.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.