Missed opportunities cost Dynamo a win

Houston still unable to string two victories in a row this season

For the seventh time this season, the Houston Dynamo were unable to
string together two consecutive victories in MLS play as they tied the
Philadelphia Union 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the draw, Houston continued
to build upon its improved play over the last several matches. In games past, Houston’s defense crumbled as
it conceded late winners, but against United last weekend and the Union on Saturday, it was the Dynamo
controlling the play in the second half.

“I think they are a little
frustrated in the locker room right now,” Dynamo head coach Dominic
Kinnear said. “I think at the end of the game,
we had a couple chances that we let slip away.”

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Houston may not have played its best
in the first half, but speedster Dominic Oduro seemed to cause the Union
defense fits with his pace. However, the Dynamo were unable to convert through Oduro, and instead it was defender Andrew Hainault who scored
his first goal of the year off a rebound from a Brad Davis shot on goal. 

“I think it might have
been a tale of two halves,” noted Kinnear. “They had more possession in the first half, but we still broke well and
created some problems in the second half.” 

Defensively,
Houston had both its good moments and bad moments. The Dynamo's central pairing of Ryan Cochrane
and Adrian Serioux struggled at times in dealing with direct play from clearances
and goal kicks. However, the lone goal
conceded was more the result of an incredible first touch and finish by
Sebastien Le Toux than any fault of the defense.

Despite Le Toux’s
equalizer, Houston had a fantastic chance for a late winner. A pinpoint Corey Ashe cross found second
half substitute Cam Weaver wide open from six yards out, but his header clanked
off the crossbar. 

“I think at the end
there, with Cam Weaver’s chance, I think maybe if we play that one back again,
you get a goal out of it,” Kinnear said. 

Overall, Houston players were not too
disappointed with a road point against a team that had been fighting, at least for most
of the match, for its playoff survival.

“It was hard-fought,” Dynamo forward Brian
Ching said. “I thought it was a competitive
game ... I think we did OK. The atmosphere tonight was fantastic, and the fans were good, and I think
they got to see a good game.”

Dwain
Capodice
is a contributor to
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