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Dynamo goalie Tyler Deric glad to be back in action

A handful of times throughout the last hour of Tuesday’s training session, Tyler Deric punched the turf and grunted after each goal he let in.

That is usually a bad thing. But in Deric’s case, the fact he was out there at all is positive.

The Dynamo’s expected starting goalkeeper suffered an abdominal strain during the preseason and has not played in any of the four matches. In fact, he has not trained fully since the regular season began. He has been limited to individual work on the side and lots of time in the training room.

Deric said it is a great feeling to be back in action, even if he did let in a few more than he would have liked.

“Physically, I feel fine,” he said. “Now I am getting those final touches of timing, technique, distances and reading the game. I have to iron out those aspects. I don’t think you’re ever happy giving up goals if you’re coming back from injury or if you’re already healthy.”

Deric’s availability for Sunday’s home game against Seattle is doubtful. The Dynamo do not feel like they lose much — if anything — at the position with Joe Willis in the lineup. Willis has saved an MLS-high 21 shots.

A week off has helped the Dynamo get healthy. Captain Giles Barnes (hamstring) trained fully on Tuesday. The midfielder has not played since the March 12 game against FC Dallas.

Midfielder Collen Warner has recovered from a hamstring injury and is working on his fitness. Midfielder Abdoulie Mansally suffered a concussion against Vancouver on March 26. Those symptoms have gone away, and he trained Tuesday.

“We look as though we’re going to have a similar squad available to us that we had against Dallas,” coach Owen Coyle said.

Toros scrimmage ends in draw
The Dynamo hosted its USL affiliate, Rio Grand Valley FC, in a scrimmage last week at Houston Sports Park. The game ended 3-3.

Mauro Manotas scored twice and Sheanon Williams once for the Dynamo. Dynamo draft pick T.J. Casner scored two goals on free kicks for the Toros.

Vancouver’s Kudo suspended

Vancouver forward Masato Kudo was suspended for one game and fined for simulation/embellishment in the March 26 game against the Dynamo.

The referee whistled Dynamo defender Jalil Anibaba for a foul in the box and awarded the Whitecaps a penalty kick when he saw Kudo fake a fall. Pedro Morales converted the penalty kick for the lone goal in Vancouver’s victory.

“We don’t want that in our game,” Coyle said after the suspension was announced. “If somebody beats you, then you’re beat fair and square. We want everything to be with the correct sporting integrity. That goes against the principles of the game and everything we stand for.

Corey Roepken is a freelance writer

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