If you wanted to sum up the chances that the Houston Dynamo leave tonight’s MLS match in Seattle with 3 points all you would have say is “Brad Davis & Brian Ching.” Watching the video of all the goals scored between these two sides and you see a lot of Brian Ching goals & Davis is usually getting the assist, not to mention a few goals himself.
Contain Brad Davis & mark Brian Ching. Osvaldo Alonso & Brad Evans will most likely be in the CM, they will probably be the two Sounders who see the most of Davis. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado will probably get most of the man marking duties against Ching. Jeff Parke & Hurtado are both large central defenders, but Ching, no shrinking violet himself, only needs to catch his defender off balance for a moment before he shoots. Ching doesn’t waste time or touches when he has an opportunity to score.
The Sounders have a more diverse offensive attack, no offense to Cam Weaver, but the Dynamo don’t have players sitting on their bench who can score a hat trick like David Estrada or Eddie Johnson. Houston is a very good side and has built a rivalry after several memorable meetings in MLS, US Open Cup, & MLS Playoffs. There are several players who have played for both sides, Patrick Ianni, Nate Jaqua, and Brian Ching; Tally Hall GK is a Puget Sound local product.