Dynamo Confidence Staggered by New York

Houston found no consolidation in the Eastern Conference in home loss
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, September 09, 2013

Orange Republic – column on Houston Dynamo & the Houston area soccer scene.

HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo has extended its negative streak after several tough away matches.

And New York Red Bull confirmed their superiority through a devastating offensive attack in the 2nd half of the game and obtained its 1st victory 4-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

After an even match in the 1st half, the Dynamo regretted a few goal opportunities to lead the game and also to gain the confidence needed to confront a powerful team. Houston's strikers are still having difficulties to find the net and the opponents are making them to pay their mistakes.

This time, the New York team deployed their destructive arsenal and scored 3 amazing goals in the 2nd half commanded by Thierry Henry, who is not as fast as he used to be, but his talent can be seen every time the French touches the ball and create opportunities for their teammates.

ANALYSIS: In the last 4 games, the Dynamo has had trouble resisting their opponents until the final whistle. During the 1st half, the Dynamo showed the team was able to defend and comeback after Eric Alexander goal in the 14th minute. The equalizer came in charge by the Oranges with the participation of the Honduran player Alex Lopez, who chipped outside the foot and Jason Johnson slipped it home for his 1st MLS goal, and 1st  assist for Lopez, respectively.

Houston’s efforts to get a good result were vanished in the opening minutes of the 2nd half when Henry dribbled the middle of the defense and slotted it past Tally Hall. In this occasion, Alexander, Henry, Jonny Steele and Lloyd Sam shattered the Orange defense where some players were put in the spot. For example, Will Bruin has been criticized in the last games by missing several goal chances.

However, the Dynamo are looking forward to make some changes and give the opportunity to other talented players who are able to offer other alternatives such as Chabala, Johnson, Lopez and the return of Brian Ching. In addition, it is a matter of concern that the Dynamo has received 12 goals in the last four games, so the defense training needs to be done.

POSITIVE: Alex Lopez and Jason Johnson showed their skills.

NEGATIVE The defense is conceding too many goals and the forwarders are missing crucial opportunities.

NEXT UP: September 14 – Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo, PPL Park, Chester, Pa. 7:30 p.m. EST, MLS Live.

David RUIZ

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