The Dynamo played their first-ever European adversary Wednesday night at Robertson Stadium, and they came out on the losing end, 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League. The score wasn't as important to the Orange as was the opportunity to see some new talent against a quality foe.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear rested veterans like Brad Davis and Brian Ching for an opportunity to observe perspective talent, such as trialist Bjorn Lindemann, and youngsters Francisco Navas Cobo, Josue Soto and Alex Dixon. The one player Kinnear couldn't gauge was Costa Rican trialist Alvaro Sanchez.
"It was hard to judge Alvaro, because he didn't play," Kinnear said after the game. "He looked good sitting down." Sanchez didn't get playing time against Bolton because he reportedly had blisters on his foot so large that he couldn't put on his cleats. Some foreigners can't handle the H-Town heat -- pansies.
As for the rest of the players... "I thought we did okay," Kinnear added. "We had some really good moments, then we had some moments where we let ourselves down. We could have scored a couple of goals at the end, we were pressing forward. Some of the younger guys came in and gave us a bit of energy, so overall I was happy with the attitude tonight."
For some of the younger players like forward Will Bruin, seeing a professional EPL defense was daunting. "They have some big center backs, that's for sure."
4 Dynamo players named to 2011 MLS All-Star Game Major League Soccer announced earlier this week that All-Star coach Hans Backe (New York Red Bulls) named four Dynamo players to his roster. Midfielders Davis and Geoff Cameron, defender Corey Ashe and goalkeeper Tally Hall will travel to New York after Saturday's match to take on Manchester United.
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This is the fourth All-Star appearance for Davis, and his second against Manchester United. Last year, Davis hit the cross bar in MLS's "midsummer classic" at Reliant Stadium. This year, he relishes another shot at the Red Devils at Red Bull Arena.
"Getting to play Manchester United again is not something you get to do every day," Davis told Hair Balls. "I'm really looking forward to it.
The four Dynamo players is the most from any club in MLS, which Davis feels is a testament to how good the club is -- regardless of record.
"I don't think we've gotten some of the results that we should have. We're in the position where I don't feel our team should be. I think we're better than where we're at, I really do feel that way. It's good to see other coaches looking around the league and recognizing a few players from our club."