Dynamo Catches Up

Omar Cummings leads the Dynamo to stop New York Red Bulls dominance
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, November 04, 2013

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

HOUSTON – The Dynamo found the formula to resist Red Bull New York’s dominance in the regular season. The Orange equalized the game 2-2 with a goal in stoppage time by substitute Omar Cummings at the BBVA Compass Stadium.

This came after the Dynamo lost the three games in regular season against the first place of the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls.

It is usual to say that playoffs are played differently than regular season, but it was difficult to predict a surprise with such dominance that not only is superior as a team, but also mentally speaking. In previous matches, the Dynamo seemed intimidated by NY and their stars such as Thierry Henry, Peguy Luyindula, Tim Cahill, among others. Proof of that is that last game these two teams played, the Dynamo conceded a goal in 10 seconds and even more the team did not get on and the result was awful 3-0.

Considering this, an equalizer fortalices the Dynamo motivation toward the second leg although the task is not that easy. The Dynamo has not found consistency for over the regular season; the team performance is like day and night. Particularly, in the last playoff match against Montreal Impact, the team seemed strong in every line, starting with goalkeeper Tally Hall until the criticized Will Bruin, who had a wonderful night with two goals.

In contrast, one more time the Dynamo showed his flaws in the first half, in which the team generated scarcely goal attempts and received 2 goals. The New York Red Bulls controlled the ball in the first time and the Dynamo played the way they wanted, Peguy Luyindula and Dax McCarty neutralized any offensive play by Giles Barnes, Ricardo Clark and Brad Davis.

More importantly, the Dynamo showed determination to come back in the game until the very last minute. The red card to Jamison Olave was crucial to control the ball and to knock on Luis Robles’ door in numerous occasions.

Also, the Houston assistants read the match very well and the substitutions helped the team to equalize the game, especially Omar Cummings, who was inactive after for a year and became the hero in stoppage time. Equally, the Oranges need to confront the next match with bravery and to find that consistency and commitment of the key players.

NEXT UP: November 6 – MLS playoffs: Red Bull New York vs. Houston Dynamo, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 8 p.m. EST, MSG Network, Univision, MLS Live, NBCSN.

David RUIZ

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