MLS Regular Season
There will be some new names on the lineup card Dominic Kinnear fills out Thursday night.
When the Houston Dynamo head coach makes his selections to face Real Salt Lake, he will have to replace several starters and contributors due to international call-ups or injuries.
Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake
Thursday, September 6, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston leads 8-3-5
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Forgive Houston Dynamo players if they are simply not in a great mood right now. A four-game winless streak at a critical time of the season, after all, can do that to a team.
Two days after dropping a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Fire, the Dynamo went through an intense training session where player’s tolerance of poor play was at a minimum. The message sent during the session was simple: The team's recent play has not been good enough.
When it came time to decide on his next career track, MLS offered Giles Barnes a stage he could not resist.
The former English youth international and EPL midfielder signed with the Houston Dynamo last week despite European interest. What attracted the 24-year-old to MLS? It was a chance to show what he can do in a league that is becoming a legitimate option for young internationals.
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.”