Youngster Zach Steinberger relishing new life at Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo selected midfielder Zach Steinberger as their eight pick during the MLS Soccer SuperDraft on January 15 and he’s since enjoyed the early stages of life as a professional soccer player.

He was previously the captain and lead scorer for the Michigan Bucks PDL team and then participated in the MLS combine on December 31.

The 22-year-old told Dynamo TV, “It’s a dream come true, I’ve been watching the MLS since I was a little kid. I had season tickets to the LA Galaxy when I was eight years old, so to come out here and play with guys who I’ve watched since that age like Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley, guys like that who I’ve looked up to for so long – it’s surreal still.

“I think it really kind of settled in for me when I took to the field for the first time, but it’s been a pretty amazing experience.”

DaMarcus Beasley in particular has helped Steinberger to feel at home during his first few training sessions and took him “under his wing.”

“The leadership in this team is second to none. The experience the guys have and the veterans taking the younger guys under their wing has definitely been prevalent throughout the entire week here.

“It’s a great team dynamic and the leadership is definitely not missing. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start my professional career.”

Will Zach Steinberger be a hit at Houston Dynamo?

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2014 MLS Season Review: Houston Dynamo

Eastern Conference Final Position: 8th

Review

They started the season with a flyer, beating New England 4-0 at home but struggled without Brad Davis during the World Cup and never challenged for a playoff spot.

Best Moment

Signing DaMarcus Beasley – World Cup star Beasley joining Houston was a signal that the Dynamo can still attract marquee signings.

Worst Moment

Mark Sherrod’s injury – Just twelve minutes into the D.C United game, Sherrod went down and the forward’s season was over. We’re hoping to see him fully fit in 2015.

Player of the Year

Brad Davis was the main man and the leader of the pack. They missed his influence massively while he was at the World Cup in Brazil.

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Biggest Win

Houston Dynamo 4-0 New England Revolution (March 9 2014)

Biggest Defeat

New York Red Bulls 4-0 Houston Dynamo (April 23 2014)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

Houston needs to strengthen defensively; possibly another midfielder in the draft, someone who can learn from Brad Davis so they can form a core to build around.

Takeaways from Kansas City’s first win in six over the Dynamo

Houston Dynamo slumped to their fourth straight loss on Friday night as Sporting Kansas City won 2-0 to end their run of five games without a win.

Both teams were coming off the back of poor performances recently and we have collected a few things we can take from the encounter on Friday night.

1. Giles Barnes still hasn’t made enough impact

It has been a while since the English were excited by the future-star Barnes and he has yet to make a significant impact in MLS.

Being one of their main players has come at a hardship for Barnes, as he has struggled to find his ideal position.

Barnes has all the potential to succeed but he has yet to provide reason to suggest he can consistently perform.

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2. Dynamo’s diabolical defending

The Dynamo have now conceded ten goals in four games and have failed to score in each of those games too.

This is very worrying times and they will need to change something quickly.

They failed to read the clever runs of Dom Dwyer and it left them extremely exposed.

A new signing may spark a bit of life into this dire defensive unit.

3. Dom Dwyer the Difference

Once again the Englishman was the spearhead for the SKC attack and proved extremely dangerous from any position within the Houston half.

Take note that he was playing against the worst team in the league in terms of form at the moment, yet he will still feel good to get back to scoring as he had failed to score in the previous two matches.

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Could Brede Hangeland be an MLS star?

Following his release from Fulham, could Brede Hangeland make a move to Major League Soccer this summer?

Brede Hangeland is now a free agent, after having his contract at Fulham cancelled a year early by manager Felix Magath as they prepare for life in the second-tier of English football.

Hangeland, who has American connections due to being born in Houston Texas, got to choose whether he would play for the American national team or Norway. He elected to go with Norway and he is now the current captain of the side.

Although he has never won any honours in his six-and-a-half year spell in England, the 32-year-old was runner up in Fulham’s Europa League adventure in the 2009-2010 season after being defeated by Atletico Madrid in extra time.

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Hangeland would be a very good signing for Houston Dynamo, not just because he was born in Houston, but he made 272 appearances in for the West London club and was a mainstay in the back four, following his arrival from Copenhagen in 2008, under former coach and current England manager Roy Hodgson.

The big centre-back is dominant in the air and is a very talented defender. He would undoubtedly shore up any defence in Major League Soccer, but will also be linked with plenty of top European clubs.

His arrival at somewhere like Houston would add much needed experience at the back, as the Dynamo are currently on a run of back to back 3-0 defeats, in losses at the San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids.

With one designated player spot left, Dynamo would be crazy not to try and entice the giant centre-back to make the move back to his hometown.

Would Hangeland make the move to MLS?