In the middle of a stretch that includes four-straight weeknight games (first time in MLS history?), we asked three questions to Zach Woosley of SB Nation's Houston Dynamo blog Dynamo Theory.
B&RU: Houston's leading goalscorer is Bobby Boswell, with two goals. If the Dynamo are to have success this year, where will the goals come from?
DT: The goals will come, the only reason Boswell is leading the team is thanks to a combination of missed chances and him being in the right place on set pieces. The Dynamo are a bit thin up front thanks to injuries, but it's going to get better. Sergio Koke is coming and there's a real feeling that goals are going to come with him. If Will Bruin and Cam Weaver were playing poorly, instead of just missing some good chances, I'd be concerned. Instead, I feel like as the season goes on, the goal scoring will improve and the Dynamo will be fine up front.
B&RU: Do you expect newly signed Spanish forward Sergio Koke to play, and if so, what should D.C. United expect from him?
DT: Hard to say if Koke will play on Friday. He was at practice today but he's been out of matches for a week or two so it make take him a little time to get full fitness back. I do think he'll be on the bench and if the coaches are comfortable with where he's at, he could certainly be used a sub. Foreign players take varying amounts of time to adjust to MLS, but there is something about Koke that makes you think he's not going to accept a long adjustment period. I absolutely believe he's going to score goals in MLS...but maybe not quite yet.
B&RU: We haven't heard much from Brian Ching this season. Is he about to retire and become United's newest assistant coach?
DT: Ching has struggled first with a hamstring injury and then a rib injury. For 45 minutes against New York Red Bulls, Ching was excellent, looking like the player Houston fans are used to seeing on the field. Then Bouna Coundoul's knee sidelined him again. Ching is not ready to retire but the injury problems are mounting so that concern is out there, but Ching believes he's not done yet and if Koke can get acclimated quickly, it will take some pressure off him to rush back from injury. As for becoming an assistant coach at DC, I'm not sure Ching has enough body hair to properly fit on Ben Olsen's staff.