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Galaxy's three second-half goals too much for Houston in Cup final
Dynamo fall in Cup final
Petrescu officiated May 26 match between Dynamo and Galaxy
PRO names Petrescu as head referee in MLS Cup
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Team president reflects on journey to MLS Cup, promising future that lies ahead
Canetti's Corner - November 22
Welcome to edition No. 37 of my blog on HoustonDynamo.com.
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I was on the flight back from LA yesterday with some mixed emotions: I'm disappointed that we are not bringing the MLS Cup back to Houston, but I am very proud of the season.
Memorable 2011 brought plenty of thrills, but loss in final still sting Houston
Solace hard to come by
Life does go on, even after a devastating defeat. Following Sunday’s 1-0 loss in the MLS Cup final to the LA Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo were trying their best to see it that way.
“This is a tough pill to swallow,” defender Corey Ashe said shortly after the match. “I think many of us will focus on this game for a while.”
Houston's inability to control tempo limits chances in MLS Cup final
Dynamo never get handle
One of the keys to the Houston Dynamo’s run to the MLS Cup final was their ability to take the game to their opponent. Home or away, in minute one or 90, the Dynamo have been able to grip the pace of the game and dictate how it was played. In Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy in the final, that was not the case.
“We were a little bit slow, but we were getting it forward,” Houston head man Dominic Kinnear said in the postgame press conference. “We just weren’t clearing our lines fast enough for me.”
MCL strain slows Dynamo defender in 2nd half of MLS Cup loss
Cameron battled through injury
For a team already playing without its best player in MVP finalist Brad Davis, it was an injury along the back line that was the turning point of MLS Cup 2011.
In the 31st minute on Sunday night, Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron battled for a ball in the box with Galaxy forward Adam Cristman. With Cameron falling backward, the LA striker clipped him on the play, resulting in an injury for the Houston star that left its mark on the match.
Houston prepared to play without MVP, but his presence was missed
Davis sorely missed
Davis sorely missed
As the seconds ticked away in the Houston Dynamo's 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy in MLS Cup 2011 on Sunday night, it was tough not to look at the visitors’ bench to see team MVP Brad Davis in sweats and wonder, “What if?”
What if Houston's MVP had not been hurt? What if the LA Galaxy defense had been unable to dominate the tempo of the game? What if the Dynamo had generated more set-piece chances and had Davis there to deliver?