Most teams would be happy to have one World Cup caliber player on their team but not the Houston Dynamo. They not only had one in captain Brad Davis but two 2014 World Cup players with fellow Honduran World Cup midfielder Oscar boniek-Garcia wearing the orange and white but even that wasn't enough. Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti and head coach Dominic Kinnear were looking for more when the opportunity presented itself. Within a span of 48 hours not only did they improve the team but they did it by adding two more 2014 World Cup players in DeMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido, a testament to the respect players and opposition teams have for the Dynamo and their organizational knack for winning.
At last week's introduction the United State's only soccer player to appear in four World Cups was excited about playing in Houston.
Very excited to be here. Very excited to continue the chapter in my career. I'm really excited to be here," said Beasley to the assembled media.
Then came the announcement and more excitement days later with the addition of 23 year old holding midfielder Luis Garrido, a starter for the Honduras 2014 World Cup squad.
The two teamed up with Dynamo captain Brad Davis and fellow Honduran World Cup midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia on Thursday for a media day retrospective look back at their month in Brazil and a look forward to the final 14 games of the season here in the MLS.
Together the four presented one message, to take the confidence and intensity from playing at the highest level in the world back to a team that has lost its way since winning 1-0 over the L.A. Galaxy on May 17, 2014.
Brad Davis: "Most of all I would say it's confidence that you get from the experience of playing at that high of a level. Each game is different, it doesn't matter who you're playing but you do bring confidence back from a World Cup and you try to bring that to within the group. You try and come back and play hard and play well and hopefully the team can feed off of the confidence we bring to them, that's the biggest part.”
DaMarcus Beasley: "Just what Brad said. You bring back the confidence from playing at that level. Hopefully the guys get excited seeing that and that picks up their game too.
Oscar Boniek-Garcia (through a translator): "We have to be well physically and mentally. You have to translate all that into the level you play here because the game is so intense here that you have to work harder to maintain it."
Luis Garrido (through a translator): "The intensity. Just take the intensity that you play with over there and translate it to the games over here. It's extremely important in making sure that we play with the same intensity."
Add in Ricardo Clark, Jermaine Taylor, Tally Hall, Omar Cummings, and Will Bruin who have all seen national team experience with their respective countries and suddenly the Houston Dynamo are fielding a team of players that have matched skills against some of the best competition in the world but without chemistry as Davis notes the talent and experience is all for naught.
"“We are confident but we can’t be over confident," stressed Davis. "These guys in here are all great players but just because DaMarcus comes or Luis comes doesn't mean we are automatically in the finals. We still have to figure out a way to win together."
Sunday evening the two newcomers and the rest of the Dynamo will have their first opportunity to show how far that chemistry has developed in a return to action against Eastern Conference foe DC United. Houston sitting six points out of the final playoff berth had its way with DCU last season winning all three matches by an aggregate score of 8-1 but DCU turned the tables in the team's first meeting of 2014 winning 2-0 on May 21st.
Sunday's match is slated for a 7:00 p.m.CDT kick-off.