CALVIN MILLER - Thursday, April 18, 2013
Dominic Kinnear and the Houston Dynamo do not feel any extra pressure for Saturday's game against Toronto FC, despite being winless on the road.
After losses in Dallas and Portland the team will travel to Toronto relaxed and looking to get their first win of the season away from Houston.
"There always is [a sense of urgency]," Kinnear, said after practice on Thursday. "Not to get the first road win, but just to get the next win."
During the practice the team seemed relaxed and positive a day before making the trip to Toronto.
"I mean everyone is concentrating on home versus road, but to be honest I couldn't care less," Kinnear added. "You just want to try and win every game you play."
Meanwhile, Dynamo midfielder, Boniek García, resumed practice since suffering an Achilles injury that caused him to miss games against the Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire.
"I think that what we've been doing this week is emphasize protecting the ball, try and specify our options towards the goal, and be consistent when we are in front of goal," García stated [translated from Spanish to English].
García is still questionable for the game, but he hopes to be able to play on Saturday.
One of the Dynamo's most consistent attackers so far this season, midfielder Giles Barnes, also looked calm and focused at practice heading in to his first game in Toronto.
Barnes did not seem too focused on the competition, but rather focused on his own game when preparing for Saturday's match.
"I don't do anything special, really [to prepare] for games," said Barnes on preparing for Toronto FC. "I just do myself, you know."
Forward Robert Earnshaw will enter the game for Toronto as the leading goal scorer in MLS so far this season and figures to be a major factor on Saturday.
"He shows that he doesn't need too many chances to get a goal, not to mention a shot on goal," coach Kinnear said about Earnshaw.
"For me, they're dangerous on set pieces," Kinnear added. "With the addition of Justin Braun up front, they put balls in the box a little bit earlier, which you have to contend with."