The reasons for the Dynamo's turnaround this season are plentiful. They include improvements in coaching, tactics and talent. There also is one intangible aspect that has the attention of Seattle Sounders FC coach Brian Schmetzer – belief. When Schmetzer brings his team to Houston for Tuesday's first leg of the Western Conference finals, he'll face an opponent much different from the one the Sounders faced last season when nothing seemed to go right for the last-place Dynamo.
Dynamo defender Adolfo Machado always will fondly remember watching Roman Torres score the winning penalty for Seattle Sounders FC in the 2016 MLS Cup Final. Next week, though, a subplot to Machado's mission will be to make sure Torres does not have an opportunity to do it again. Machado and Torres play on the same back line for the Panama national team. Last month, they celebrated together after Torres scored late against Mexico to help Panama clinch a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Dynamo forward Erick Torres placed third in the voting for the league's Comeback Player of the Year Award that was announced on Wednesday. Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Clint Dempsey, a Texas native, won the award after recovering from a heart ailment that forced him to miss the end of the 2016 season. Torres scored a club-record 14 goals this year after not scoring any in his first two seasons in Houston.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".