Houston Leaves Playoff Qualification in Suspense

The Dynamo ticket to playoffs will be decided in the last match of the season
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, October 21, 2013

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

HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo playoff aspirations are strained by the powerful New York Red Bulls 3-0 at the BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Orange did not find the right strategy to crack the New York strategy over the year and they accumulated three losses in the last three matches. Once again, Dynamo strikers were not accurate toward Red Bulls goalie.

Houston Dynamo began the match terribly by allowing a goal in only 10 seconds by the Australian player Tim Cahill, which sentenced the game to early for the visitor team. Stunned by the goal, the Houston Dynamo tried to comeback in the game but most of it they chased the ball and missed some chances right front the goal.

RBNY’s Dax McCarty was certainly the man of the match. He controlled the ball and neutralized Houston on multiple occasions.

The Dynamo started losing the game and even though they controlled the ball in the first half, finding no reward affected the players in the motivational aspect for two reasons.

The first element is that you are playing with one of the best teams of the league and in past occasions the Red Bulls won with a broad difference.

Secondly, the New England Revolution won and the Dynamo needed to get a favorable score. Moreover, the Red Bulls took advantage of the Dynamo necessity to get the three points and in the last 20 minutes of the game they closed the game 0-3 with a circumstantial goal scored by Ibrahim Sekagya.

The Dynamo's chances for the playoffs are still open, but the team is forced to win over DC United or contemplating a set of results in other matches such as Chicago Fire, and New England Revolution.

But Houston in general was incapable to overcome the early goal, flat offense and defense showed mentally unprepared.

NEXT UP: October 24 – CCL: Houston Dynamo vs. Arabe Unido, Estadio Armando Dely Valdes, Panama. 6 p.m. EST, TBD.

David RUIZ

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