After New York's shock defeat to Chivas, first place in the Eastern Conference is up for grabs in Texas. Zach Woosley of the Dynamo Theory answered our questions on Tally Hall, Will Bruin, and Houston's attack, ahead of the big tilt down at Robertson Stadium this evening.
1) Tally Hall has been in the headlines for both phenomenal saves and blunders. How is the keeper's form coming into this match?
Tally has made some mistakes at times this season, but it's nothing more than you'd expect from a keeper playing his first season as the the starter in goal. There will be some bumps in the road, but what's important is that Hall has learned from every mistake and continues to improve every match. He's fresh off a clean sheet at Real Salt Lake and his defense is in fantastic form right now. No reason to believe Hall won't be in top form for Saturday.
2) Will Bruin gained a lot of attention after his hat-trick against D.C. Was that match an anomaly or has the rookie played similarly throughout the whole season?
Bruin hasn't always been able to finish his chances like he did against DC United, but that performance was definitely no anomaly. Bruin was forced in to a starting role with the repeated injuries to Brian Ching and has impressed everyone with his work rate and ability. Even when he doesn't start, he's shown to able to help change a game in a sub role late as well. Trading up to get Bruin was easily the best draft moved ever made by the Dynamo.
3) Dom Kinnear has said that he's gonna take the game to the Red Bulls? What type of attack should New York expect?
The Dynamo will look to use a possession-based attack that has served them well in several matches this season. In the first match, New York was able to control the game and pepper Tally Hall with shots. Look for Houston to try to keep hold of the ball and try to stymie the Red Bulls attack by keeping the ball away from them as much as possible.