MLS Regular Season

04 September 1:43 pm

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:

Dynamo use short memory to prepare for Real Salt Lake

Players put Fire game behind them, focus on Thursday's match vs. RSL
Short Memory
Dynamo prep for RSL
HoustonDynamo.com

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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.

Postgame Quotes: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

Houston players turn attention to Thursday's match vs. RSL
Postgame Quotes: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

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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:

Houston's Kinnear: Two early mistakes did us in

Dynamo unable to recover from first-half goals
Houston's Kinnear: Two early mistakes did us in
MLSsoccer.com

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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.”

VIDEO: Brian Ching scores his fifth goal of the season

Veteran striker heads home corner kick from Brad Davis
VIDEO: Brian Ching scores his fifth goal of the season

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VIDEO: Fire 3, Dynamo 1

Watch full highlights from Sunday's loss at Toyota Park
VIDEO: Fire 3, Dynamo 1
Match Highlights

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Early strikes power Fire past road-weary Dynamo

Late charge for Houston comes up short at Toyota Park
Dynamo fall 3-1
Game Recap
MLSsoccer.com

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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.

Fast start the goal for Dynamo in huge match vs. Fire

Houston looking for max points in road conference battle
Fast start the goal for Dynamo in huge match vs. Fire
MLSsoccer.com

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.

Match Preview: Dynamo at Chicago

Playoff implications on the line as Houston closes season series Sunday night vs. the Fire
Preview: Dynamo at Chicago
Match Preview

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire
Sunday, September 2, 6 p.m. CT
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Houston leads 6-3-4

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Galavision - 6 p.m. (Click here to view channel guide)
SportsTalk 790 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.

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