MLS Regular Season
It's been four weeks since the Dynamo jumped up to the No. 2 spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Since then, the club has gone 0-2-2, and although they came home with four points in their first two CONCACAF Champions League road matches, they have been unable to maintain their earlier form in league play. Last week, the Dynamo were placed in the fifth spot in the weekly rankings. This week, following Houston's 3-1 loss at the Chicago Fire, the Dynamo were placed ninth. Here is what the writers at MLSsoccer.com had to say about the Dynamo:
It would be understandable if Dynamo players were disappointed following Sunday's 3-1 loss vs. the Chicago Fire. The team is now on a four-game winless streak after not losing a match in eight straight. In only a month, the team has gone from first place in the Eastern Conference to a tie for fourth place with D.C. United and the Montreal Impact nipping at the heels. However, following Sunday night's match, the focus for Dynamo players was not on the match that just happened, but on the match that lies ahead.
Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear
On the first half:
“Well, we gave away two goals, let’s be honest. Anytime you present a team with a couple gifts, it makes you chase the game. Two bad giveaways, two goals, and Chicago was more than happy to take those chances.”
On the match:
That was not the start the Houston Dynamo were looking for. Nothing went right for the Dynamo in the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s 3-1 loss away to the Chicago Fire, as they gave up goals in the 1st and 19th minutes, both sparked by poor giveaways in the midfield.
“We made big mistakes and they took advantage of the mistakes we made,” head coach Dominic Kinnear told MLSsoccer.com. “We were 2-0 down in the first 20 minutes of the game. We gave up two early goals and that was the story of the game.”
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — A first-minute goal from Patrick Nyarko and a stoppage-time blast from Alex punctuated the Chicago Fire’s 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park on Sunday evening.
Daniel Paladini scored the other goal for the Fire, while second-half sub Brian Ching made it interesting, striking his first goal for the Dynamo since July 28.
A point of emphasis for the Houston Dynamo this year has been getting off to quick starts.
Considering Chicago’s tendency to play tough defense late at home, achieving that quick start could be their key to success Sunday in a match against the Fire (6 pm CT; Galavision) that has major playoff implications.
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire
Sunday, September 2, 6 p.m. CT
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Houston leads 6-3-4
Galavision - 6 p.m. (Click here to view channel guide)
SportsTalk 790 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.