Defense lets Houston down in USOC loss

Kinnear: "Some of our guys didn't want to play"


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Joseph Musarra/Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo defense continued to unravel Tuesday night, giving up three poor goals and numerous quality scoring chances as Chivas USA ousted Houston from
the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“Credit to them, they probably deserved to win this game,” coach Dominic
Kinnear said after the match. “I think they wanted to play and some of our guys
did not want to, and it showed.”

While there was plenty of blame to go around, the main culprit remained the
same: the defense. Justin Braun’s first goal came from a set piece
where he was left unmarked; the Chivas striker’s second came when he split two
defenders late in the game. In between, there were several turnovers that
resulted in either shots on goal or one-on-ones with Dynamo goalkeeper Tally

“You give that many opportunities to a good team like Chivas, and they punish
you,” said midfielder Richard Mulrooney. “We gave up a chance in
the first 20 seconds of the game. If we don’t learn from our mistakes then, they
were going to punish us at some point, and they did five minutes later on a [set
piece]. When you don’t defend well, you get punished, and we [were punished]

However, to pin the loss solely on the defense would be unfair, as the rest
of the team struggled as well throughout the night.

“Everyone who played tonight could have done better, including myself,” said
forward Cam
. “We gave the ball away cheaply too many times, myself included. I
thought we got the ball into good positions, but the final ball was poor, and we
had a couple of defensive breakdowns that cost us some goals, but we only put
one in the net and we expect to do better at home.”

Chivas USA broke two streaks on the night, winning for the first time at
Robertson Stadium and getting a victory after failing to win in 11 consecutive
games against Houston. The Dynamo will now have to succeed against a red-hot Columbus Crew on Saturday if
they want to post their first victory over an MLS opponent since May 22.

“It's gone now, and we have got to try to forget about it,” noted Weaver of
the loss. “[We have] to try to move on, regroup in training and keep pushing

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