MLS Regular Season
To say that the Houston Dynamo’s 3-0 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday was
a setback is an understatement. But
when you examine how the loss - which snapped a four-game unbeaten streak - happened, it is even easier to understand the
frustration felt in the Dynamo locker room after the game.
The plays that led to Houston’s undoing had an all-too-familiar feel.
Defensive misplays, opponents taking advantage of their opportunities,
and a red-card ejection were the main culprits in the loss. Those are
three issues the team has battled throughout the season.
The proverbial wheels fell off after the 30-minute mark for
the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, as a 3-0 loss at Chivas USA extended the team’s road woes.
“We didn’t play well,” Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear told reporters
matter-of-factly after the match. “I’m not going to make any excuses.
We didn’t play well, and when you don’t play well, you’re going to lose
more than you win.”
Justin Braun scored his second hat trick of the year as Chivas USA defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-0 in front of 11,013 at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night. The victory marked the first time that Chivas USA had defeated the Dynamo in league play since August 26, 2006, snapping a 12-game regular season winless streak against Dominic Kinnear's men and extending the Goats' unbeaten streak in league play to five straight.
Justin Braun struck for a hat trick as Chivas USA downed the Houston Dynamo 3-0
Saturday night in southern California. With the loss, Houston dropped from
ninth place to 11th place in the overall MLS standings. The Dynamo return to
action next Saturday night, hosting the Seattle Sounders at Robertson Stadium.
Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA
Saturday, July 23, 9:30 p.m. CT
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
All-time record: Houston Dynamo lead 10-3-6 (9-1-5 regular season)
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On Thursday, the Houston Dynamo acquired midfielder Adam Moffat and allocation money from the Portland Timbers for defender Mike Chabala and mifielder Lovel Palmer. With the Dynamo playing in California this weekend, Moffat flew straight to Los Angeles to meet his new teammates. After his first training session with his new club, HoustonDynamo.com sat down with the Scottish midfielder.
After traveling from Houston on Thursday, the Dynamo trained at the Home Depot Center this morning, working out at Toro Stadium, the track and field facility located near the soccer stadium. The 19 players went through a fairly typical workout for about two hours ahead of Saturday's match against Chivas USA.
A day after announcing a trade for midfielder Adam Moffat, reports
surfaced out of Honduras that the Houston Dynamo are closing in on
another long sought-after target: Honduran international and Olimpia
right winger Oscar Boniek García.
According to Honduran news outlet La Tribuna, the Dynamo have
been in negotiations with Olimpia about García’s services and the
deal rests on the approval of Olimpia president Rafael Ferrari. The Washington Post also reported on Friday that the Dynamo put a discovery claim on García.
After a mid-week match against Bolton Wanderers, the Dynamo
return to MLS play on Saturday against a team in a very similar situation to head
coach Dominic Kinnear’s group.
The Houston Dynamo completed their first transaction in the transfer window period by trading defender Mike Chabala, midfielder Lovel Palmer and an international roster spot to the Portland Timbers for midfielder Adam Moffat and allocation money.
The trade gives Houston a hard-working midfielder head coach Dominic Kinnear has wanted for more than a year. It also brings them increased financial flexibility.