Last Season Finish: 7th
Top Scorer: Geoff Cameron, Brian Ching, Will Bruin, Bobby Boswell (5)
In: Nathan Sturgis, Colin Rolfe, Macoumba Kandji, Brian Ching (Lost in Expansion Draft, but traded back to Houston from Montreal)
Out: Carlo Costly, Danny Cruz
The runner up to the 2011 MLS Cup may only have finished 7th overall and 2nd in the Eastern Conference, but had a strong surge of form through the playoffs. The Dynamo put in a strong team effort, but without Brad Davis in the lineup they struggled to keep possession and did not have the threat on dead ball situations that they do with Davis (left footed Beckham) in the starting XI. Seen through their lack of a solid goal scorer with 2 forwards and 2 defenders each scoring 5 goals through the season and only 2 players that saw at least one minute did not score at least one goal. That’s scoring from many different angles. That does leave one area to improve upon though. The Houston Dynamo’s leading scorer over the past 4 years has not scored over 10 goals in a single season, In 2008 Brian Ching scored 13 goals (that was when Dwayne De Rosario was still on the Dynamo). This is the season for a second forward to take control of a starting spot along side the target forward Brian Ching. Will Bruin did well last year, but was offended for being snubbed for the various Olympics camps that have occurred recently. He should turn that anger into goals this season otherwise one of NCAA’s leading scorers Colin Rolfe will be given the chance to step up to the task of banging in goals. With the signing of Kandji, i imagine initially he will be given the start along side Ching, but both strikers work better as the number 9 as opposed to the 2nd choice support striker. Overall, Houston should have no problem making the playoffs this season even though the forwards will be swapped more often then any other forward tandem of MLS teams.