MLS Regular Season
Houston Dynamo fell to a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution Sunday night at
Robertson Stadium, with New England’s Kheli Dube scoring a game-winning goal at
Robertson Stadium for the third consecutive year despite the Dynamo’s heavy
edge in chances and shots on goal. New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth
made six saves to earn the win for the Revolution. The match included a
combined seven yellow cards and two red cards between the teams.
The Houston Dynamo’s 2010 season has begun to act a bit like a broken record: Poor finishing, defensive miscues, and disappointing results have undone them when at times they’ve played well enough to deserve something out of the match.
Sunday night’s 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution was the team’s 15th loss on the year, and the story has to be getting a little old for head coach Dominic Kinnear and the players.
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This article appeared in the October 10, 2010 issue of the Houston Dynamo Gameday Magazine.
Andrew Hainault does not get a lot
of attention for his role with the Dynamo. In fact, his name was mispronounced
‘Hay-nalt’ by team staff, broadcasters, and fans until he brought it up for
correction late last season. Now that everybody knows the accurate pronunciation
(‘Hay-no’), he has set about making himself a regular.
The Houston Dynamo hope to build on their recent positive performances on Sunday night while seeking their first-ever victory against the New England Revolution at Robertson Stadium.
“In the last month, we’ve put some good performances together and have been punished in the back for some mistakes,” said Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad. “For the most part, if we keep performing like that, the results will come.”
Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad continues to be bothered by an injury to his hand, but the veteran netminder was still in practice on Friday morning and looks set to start again in goal for Houston against the New England Revolution on Sunday.
“I am coming along pretty good,” Onstad said earlier this week. “It’s been a long season, and I’ve never felt 100 percent healthy, but there are three games left, and I want to play in each of them and hopefully get some results.”
The situation may have changed for perennial powers New England and Houston ahead of Sunday night's clash, but the relationship between the two sides has not.
Both traditional heavyweights have fallen on hard times this season as the inevitable life cycle of professional sports caught up to perhaps the two most consistently successful MLS clubs of the past decade. Even though both clubs have chopped and changed much of their personnel since the glory days, the two sides still compete with an earnestness that betrays their epic MLS Cup tussles in 2006 and 2007.
The Houston Dynamo will look to add to their two-game unbeaten streak when they take on the New England Revolution Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. at Robertson Stadium. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Dynamo will be playing with a pink ball and will give away pink hats to the first 5,000 fans.
The 2010 season has been short of satisfactory for a Dynamo squad used to competing for championships. But even with a season full of on-field disappointments, Dynamo players have continued to serve as positive role models and leave their mark
on the Houston
community. This past Monday, construction began on The House That Ching Built,
a joint venture between Dynamo forward Brian Ching, Dynamo Charities, MLS
W.O.R.K.S., and Houston Habitat for Humanity.
Dynamo (7-14-6, 27 points, seventh in Western Conference) vs.
New England Revolution (7-15-5, 26 points, seventh in Eastern Conference)
Sunday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
All-time record: New England leads 5-2-5 (5-1-3 regular season)