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Dynamo, Dash reschedule weekend games due to Hurricane Harvey

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Ahead of the impending landfall of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash have both rescheduled matches that were set to take place this weekend.

Hurricane Harvey is reportedly bringing upwards of three feet of rain and heavy winds to the Southeast Texas area, and travel around Houston and areas along the Gulf Coast are expected to be difficult.

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“Under the circumstances, the clear and obvious decision is to reschedule these matches. The most important thing is the safety of our community,” said Dynamo and Dash president Chris Canetti. “I appreciate the support of MLS, NWSL, Sporting Kansas City and the North Carolina Courage in working through this difficult situation with us. On behalf of the Dynamo, Dash and BBVA Compass Stadium, we wish for everyone’s utmost safety and security throughout the storm.”

The Dynamo were set to take on Sporting KC while the Dash were to face the North Carolina Courage. The Dynamo’s match has been rescheduled to October 11. There’s no rescheduled date for the Dash’s match.

MLS Wednesday roundup: Wild Texas derby, TFC remains dominant

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As the Major League Soccer regular season hits its most critical juncture, teams in both conferences are scrambling for points.

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Wednesday night was no different as seven matches took place across the league.

A crazy affair in Texas ended 3-3 as FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo after two late goals from Erick “Cubo” Torres pulled out the draw for the visitors. Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers crept closer to the top of the Western Conference with a narrow victory over the struggling Colorado Rapids.

In the East, it’s much of the same for Toronto FC, who continue to be MLS’ most dominant club. Greg Vanney’s side is now unbeaten in its last eight matches, and currently holds a seven-point advantage at the top of the Eastern Conference.

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D.C. United will take wins however they can get them, and Ben Olsen’s group picked up their seventh of the season on Wednesday after Michael Parkhurt’s own goal proved to be the difference against Atlanta United. D.C. has managed to sweep all three matches against the MLS newcomers in 2017.

Here’s the full rundown of scores from Wednesday’s MLS action.

Columbus Crew 2-0 LA Galaxy
D.C. United 1-0 Atlanta United
FC Dallas 3-3 Houston Dynamo
Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union
Real Salt Lake 4-0 San Jose Earthquakes
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Seattle Sounders
Portland Timbers 2-1 Colorado Rapids

Rescheduled Yankees game moves NYCFC-Houston to Connecticut

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A rescheduled New York Yankees game is moving New York City FC to Connecticut.

Relax, it’s only for a day.

NYCFC will entertain the Houston Dynamo at Rentschler Field at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 instead of their regular home of Yankee Stadium.

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The club will offer tickets to another match to current ticket holders, and will also discount tickets to the game in East Hartford for fans who hold tickets to the Yankee Stadium game and want to travel for the Dynamo match (More info here, if you are in either of those camps).

This is the third of three scheduled seasons NYCFC will play at Yankee Stadium, and it doesn’t look like it’ll find a new home any time soon.

Given the everyday nature of Major League Baseball, it’s surprising there have not been more conflicts for NYCFC. We just remain hopeful for the day we can watch NYC’s star-studded roster play on a bigger home field.

Dynamo sign veteran European defender Philippe Senderos

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The Houston Dynamo have certainly exceeded expectations in 2017, and the Western Conference side doesn’t plan on relinquishing its new-found power.

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On Monday, the club announced the signing of veteran Swiss defender Philippe Senderos, who most recently appeared for Scottish side Rangers in 2016/17.

The terms of the deal for the 32-year-old were not released at the time of the club’s announcement.

Senderos made a name for himself in Europe, spending time with major English clubs like Arsenal and Fulham, while also spending brief stints at AC Milan and Valencia.

Despite the Dynamo’s current standing in the West — second place — the club has conceded the sixth-most goals in the conference (32).

MLS Snapshot: FCD lose 4-0 at home; HOU fight back to draw POR

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FC Dallas 0-4 Vancouver Whitecaps

The game in 100 words (or less): Every team in MLS has one or two games each season where absolutely everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps appears to have been the giant hiccup of FC Dallas’ 2017 season. Oscar Pareja’s side entered the contest, which they played with 10 men for the final half-hour, first in the Western Conference; they now sit second, two points back of Sporting Kansas City. Carlos Gruezo got himself sent off in the 59th minute with FCD already 2-0 down after Bernie Ibini-Isei’s opener and the first of two goals for Fredy Montero on the night. Montero added his second eight minutes after Gruezo’s dismissal, and Nicolas Mezquida delivered the dagger seven minutes from full-time. The victory sees Vancouver climb over the Seattle Sounders and into fifth in the West, now just one point back of the Portland Timbers (with three games in hand) for fourth.

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Three moments that mattered

18′ — Ibini-Isei finishes far post for 1-0 — It wasn’t the best-struck ball ever, but you can’t score if you don’t shoot. (Also, Jesse Gonzalez has to do better than this.)

49′ — Montero converts from the spot for 2-0 — Montero beats Gonzalez to score his first of the night.

67′ — Montero beats Gonzalez with ages to pick his spot — If you give a poached this kind of time inside the box, he’s going to make you pay.

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Man of the match: Fredy Montero

Goalscorers: Ibini-Isei (18′), Montero (49′ – PK, 67′), Mezquida (83′)


Houston Dynamo 2-2 Portland Timbers

The game in 100 words (or less): The Portland Timbers led twice, on the road to the Houston Dynamo, but coughed up the lead on both occasions en route to a 2-2 draw on Saturday. It’s a common theme for Portland, who’ve been their own worst enemy when defending a lead this season. Yet again, it was set-piece defending that was their undoing and cost them what would have been two massive road points. Diego Valeri scored the Timbers’ opener and assisted on their second, but saw his contributions negated thanks to goals scored by Mauro Manotas and Juan Cabezas. The point is enough, however, to keep Portland ahead of Vancouver and the Seattle Sounders (for the time being), in fourth in the West. Houston remain third, but fail to capitalize on FCD’s defeat and go second in the West; the gap to Sporting KC is now three points.

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Three Four moments that mattered

13′ — Valeri sidesteps a challenge, slams home for 1-0 — The speed and fluidity with which Valeri collects the ball, evades the on-rushing defender, and explodes into space before applying the finish…

37′ — Manotas pounces on a loose ball, makes it 1-1 — Jake Gleeson didn’t get enough behind his punch, and the ball wound off free atop the six-yard box, where Manotas was waiting.

43′ — Blanco slots it past Deric for 2-1 — Valeri’s cross eluded Fanendo Adi, but Blanco arrived at the perfect moment to hit it low and hard past Tyler Deric for a 2-1 lead.

81′ — Cabezas scores with his cabeza for 2-2 — Portland struggling with set-piece defending… now, where have we heard that one before?

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Man of the match: Diego Valeri

Goalscorers: Valeri (13′), Manotas (37′), Blanco (43′), Cabezas (81′)