MLS Regular Season
You know all the numbers that have defined the Dynamo's season.
2 - shots on goal over the past three games
270 - minutes since the last Dynamo goal
8 - number of times the Dynamo have been shut out this season
88 - number of days since the last win over an MLS opponent
35 - number of goals allowed (most since Houston allowed 40 in 2006)
But through all the ups and downs of this season, there is reason to be optimistic that the Dynamo can regain form and make a late-season push for a playoff spot.
Whether out of necessity or a desire to mix things up, Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear rolled the dice against the New England Revolution, moving Geoff Cameron back into central defense. Though the team still ended up on the losing end, Houston’s overall performance improved somewhat as Cameron played well out of the back.
“I thought he did OK,” Kinnear said. “He looked comfortable back there and stepped into the play and read some balls like he did last year, so, all in all, he had a good night.”
Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear faces an interesting dilemma in selecting a goalkeeper this weekend. Pat Onstad hopes to be at full health less than two weeks after surgery in Germany, while Tally Hall has made eight straight competitive starts, 10 out of 12 in all competitions, and 12 out of 15 including friendlies.
We spotted the above photograph at a Dynamo training session recently and thought Tally might be trying to make some sort of statement, but it turned out to be something else entirely.
Welcome to edition No. 15 of my weekly blog. It appears on the new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday.
I hope everyone is doing well. The
blog is back after a one-week hiatus. Sorry for missing last week. I was out of
the office for a few days.
Houston Dynamo saw their winless streak extended to 10 consecutive Major League
Soccer games Saturday night, falling 1-0 to the New England Revolution on the
road at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. It was the Dynamo’s
third straight loss in all competitions, each by shutout.
The score of the New England-Houston match may say that the Dynamo fell 1-0, but the Houston players will gladly argue the point.
“I don’t think they are a particularly good team, and I don’t think they played particularly well,” said Dynamo forward Brian Ching. “I thought we should have at least got a point out of that, but they get a little bit lucky on that with a guy shooting and it going right to another guy and a good finish.”
HIGHLIGHTS: New England 1, Houston 0
When the Houston Dynamo travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution Saturday night, they recognize that both teams have a lot of work to do: If they hope to make a run to the playoffs, they have to start now.
The Houston Dynamo have been keeping their training staff very busy, with several players likely out or game-time decisions against New England this weekend.
“From the first game, we’ve picked up injuries like Eddie Robinson’s, and we’ve been patching things together all season,” said midfielder Lovel Palmer. “It’s tough, but we just have to go out and grind out three points.”
The 2010 Houston Dynamo may take a page out of the 2009 Dynamo playbook in an attempt to jumpstart the team’s season. At practice Thursday, 2009 MLS Best XI defender Geoff Cameron was splitting time with defenders Bobby Boswell and Eddie Robinson in the center of the Dynamo defense.
“We will look at it,” head coach Dominic Kinnear said of moving the recently recovered Cameron into the back four. “We have some banged-up center backs right now, and we have to put our best team on the field. If that means Geoff goes back to center back, then that is what we will do.”