2006 record: 11-8-13 – 46 points (2nd in West)
-- MLS Cup champions.
Key additions: -none-
Key losses: Adrian Serioux (FC Dallas)
In their first year since relocating from San Jose, the Houston Dynamo captured the 2006 MLS Cup. Apparently, head coach Dominic Kinnear feels the team is strong enough, as no major acquisitions were made by the men in orange this off-season. Houston reportedly even turned down a blank check from AEG to go after a Designated Player.
Returning to the squad are perennial Goal of the Year nominee Dwayne De Rosario, Hawaii’s favorite son Brian Ching, and Kenny’s kid Paul Daglish, as well as veteran ‘keeper Pat Onstad. The core of the team remains untouched – Adrian Serioux is the only notable departure (expansion draft, then FC Dallas) – but with almost every other team in the West making big moves, Houston may find themselves left in the dust.
The Dynamo will struggle to make the playoffs this year in a crowded Western Conference and will be battling for the last playoff spot up through the final week of the season. I predict they will just sneak in at the last minute, and could make some noise in the playoffs if everything clicks at the right time again.
TJ's projected finish: 5th in Western Conference, 8th overall.