Dynamo 0, Chicago Fire 2 - postgame notes

Stats and notes from Saturday's game

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Photo Credit: 
Courtesy Nigel Brooks

The Houston Dynamo suffered their first road loss of
the season Saturday night, falling 2-0 to the Chicago Fire at Toyota
Park in Bridgeview, Ill., to drop to 2-2-1. Houston’s injury woes
continued, as midfielder Geoff Cameron was forced to leave the game in
the 30th minute due to a right knee injury. It was the fourth time in
five games Houston used a first-half sub due to injury.

The loss broke a five-game Houston winning streak
against Chicago and marked the first time the Dynamo have ever lost at
Toyota Park (3-1-1).

Despite playing against a stiff wind and being heavily
outshot in the first half, the Dynamo almost got through the half
scoreless but gave up a goal two minutes into first-half stoppage time
when Baggio Husidic headed in the rebound of a long-range shot from Tim
Ward.

After Houston tested Chicago goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra
with two close-range headers in the 57th minute, Chicago put the game
away 10 minutes later when Patrick Nyarko dribbled to the right endline
and cut the ball back for Peter Lowry, who used his chest to redirect
the ball past Pat Onstad.

Houston midfielder Danny Cruz and Chicago defender
Krzysztof Krol were issued red cards in the final 10 minutes for
separate incidents.

Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad made a season-high four
saves, including theh 650th save of his MLS regular season career.

One day after his 32nd birthday, forward Brian Mullan
became the second player in Dynamo history to make 150 starts for the
club in all competitions, joining goalkeeper Pat Onstad. Mullan also
made the 215th start of his MLS career in Saturday’s game.

Midfielder Brad Davis appeared in his 200th MLS game,
and defender Eddie Robinson played in his 145th career MLS game.
Defender Mike Chabala made his 35th career appearance for the Dynamo in
all competitions and the 20th of his MLS career.

Saturday was the Dynamo's first multi-goal road loss in
regular season play since August 24, 2008. All seven road losses in 2009
came by one goal.

Next Game: Saturday, May 1, vs. Kansas City Wizards,
7:30 p.m., Robertson Stadium

Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear

On the match:

“Give credit to Chicago.  They played well –made it
difficult for us.  Don’t think we responded consistently enough in the
game to get something out of it.  Better second half than the first; I
think we have to give credit where credit is due, but I think also we
really didn’t help ourselves out tonight either.”

On responding with more energy in the second half:

“I think we came out of the locker room a little bit
better.  After the Fire’s goal in the first half, we could have sulked. 
But we came out to the field playing better, moving the ball better, we
created a chance early and gained some momentum but then as the game
goes on we were chasing a little bit.”

Houston Dynamo Forward Dominic Oduro

On the match:

“It’s really disappointing.   We were expecting a hard
game against a good team but unfortunately we didn’t really compete
very well, the way we wanted to.  We’ll just go back and review the
whole game and see where it went wrong, and hopefully we can fix it.”

On what to take away from the match:

“You always want to win but we went down today and
that’s not the end of it.  We’re a good team.  I’m positive we’ll come
out of it.  We’ll get up and work it out. “

On the lack of energy during the match:

“The first half was really bad.  We wanted to start
the second half giving our all.  I thought we did pretty well at the
start of the second half.  At the end of the day, the Fire played well. 
That’s all you can say.”

On the weather conditions:

“The conditions were a factor but that means you have
to respond to them.  Irrespective of the weather, you still have to give
110 per cent.  Today we were on the downside and the Fire played well. 

Houston Dynamo Midfielder Corey Ashe

On the atypical Dynamo match:

“It was a little unfortunate, especially to give up a
goal right before half time.  Pretty frustrating.  Didn’t come out today
playing like we’re capable of playing.  We really didn’t [look like our
normal selves].  I don’t know if it was the weather.  Chicago is a good
team, take nothing away from them.  They came out, they were
organized.”

On the importance of getting results on the road:

“Honestly it’s the same thing when you’re home.  You
just want to get points.  Other teams are constantly putting the
pressure on you, so rather you are home or away, it’s imperative to get
at least a point.  It was a little unfortunate, we thought we could come
in here after last week’s good performance, and at least steal a
point.   We were a little unfortunate.”

On the multiple cautions and ejections in the second
half:

“Yea, it’s just frustration.  I think as the game goes
on, guys lose their heads and I think that was evident today.  Whether
the red card was justified or not, I don’t know, I didn’t see it but tempers were high.  We’re a
competitive team and we hate to lose.  Maybe we went about it the wrong
way.  Hindsight is twenty-twenty.