Bittersweet Draw for the Dynamo

Houston can't get past the visiting Chicago Fire
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, July 29, 2013

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

The Houston Dynamo could not make the 3rd win streak work after a solid, 2-0 winning performance in a mid-week match against Stoke City.

The Dynamo, motivated for the presentation against the Stoke City FC, tied in a physical battle with a 1-1 against Chicago Fire on Saturday at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Tally Hall and Paolo Tornaghi – Both had a superb night keeping their goals safe from many goal attempts. However, the Dynamo goalkeeper has been an important element for the team with several important saves, helping the team to keep adding points.

ANALYSIS: Keep fighting, because Kinnear’s strategy is working.

And Cam Weaver is back.

The first half of the match started with several goal chances for the Dynamo. The Fire was in big trouble with the corner kicks and headers. Moreover, Bobby Boswell had an opportunity to score the 1st goal of the game, but the referee Ricardo Salazar sanctioned the play as an offside.

Consequently, Houston identified Chicago’s weakness and in the 61st minute, Weaver scored with a great played started by Boniek Garcia in the midfield and followed with a sprint by Brad Davis. Weaver’s goal is a boost of motivation for him and for the team as his last goal was in May of 2011.

After scoring a delightful goal, the Dynamo has shown overconfidence. Again, 2 minutes later the visitor team took advantage of a ball complicated by Corey Ashe to give Chicago a goal scored by Mike Magee.

With the draw, Dynamo has complicated the playoff picture and occupies the 6th place with 30 points in the Eastern Conference right below of the New England Revolution. For Chicago the result is not so bad because they got 1 point with their closest rival in the standings. ­

POSITIVE: Weaver scored.

NEGATIVE: Andrew Driver and Giles Barnes were substituted with injuries both of them.

Next week, The Dynamo is playing at home against the Columbus Crew, which team occupies the 7th place in the Eastern Conference. This match is crucial for the Dynamo aspiration to get in the playoffs.

Prediction: The numbers of the Columbus Crew are not promising with 4 losses in the last 5 games. On the other hand, the Dynamo has 1 loss in the last 5 games. So I would say the Dynamo wins the game.

NEXT UP: August 17 – Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders, BBVA Compass, Houston. 9 p.m. EST, ESPN2.

David RUIZ

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Globe trotter and World Cup historian, recent recipient of a master’s degree and international soccer blogger. From age 2, David has always been a soccer fan, enthusiast and now a seasoned connoisseur. He is followed on Twitter by important sportscasters.