Dynamo looking for consistency

Houston tries to rediscover "winning menality"; could Ching return?

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Last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to San Jose extended what has proven a very tough five weeks for the Houston Dynamo. 

After controlling the run of play in the first half, the Dynamo failed
to match the home team’s energy in the second 45, ultimately conceding
two gut-wrenching goals. Houston’s inability to sustain its first-half
play continues to be an Achilles heel for Dominic Kinnear’s men.

“Overall, it wasn’t a good performance,” said midfielder Danny Cruz, who
made his first start since April 23 after missing time due to injury. “I think we started the game real
well, and if we could’ve gotten an early goal, the game’s completely
different. Then we came out in the second half a little down, and it cost
us. They got a goal, and then we were chasing the rest of the game.”

Being consistent and keeping concentration for a full 90 minutes is
something the Dynamo have talked about at length during their winless
streak, which now stands at seven matches. 

“We’ve got to get back into a winning mentality, and it’s hard to do
sometimes,” Geoff Cameron said. “It’s much easier to get into a losing
mentality, and that’s something you don’t want to become a habit. So
we’ll have to do all the little things to get back on the winning side.”

Cameron in familiar territory
Kinnear shuffled his lineup Saturday night, moving Cameron to center
back to deal with the loss of Jermaine Taylor and Andre Hainault to
international duty. A 2009 MLS Best XI selection, Cameron did not
disappoint, making several athletic plays in the back and a standout
attacking run down the middle that was a goalkeeper save away from
giving the Dynamo a first-half lead.

“I felt comfortable alongside Bobby [Boswell], and I think we’re a good
tandem,” Cameron said. “But saying that, the result wasn’t there, and
we’ve got to take it upon ourselves as a team and get on a winning
streak.”

Ching returns to training
Monday’s training marked the first time that forward Brian Ching has
participated in full workouts in more than a month. He made it through
training without any setbacks, and with the team struggling right now,
his return could provide a lift for the Dynamo.

“It’s good to have him back on the field,” Kinnear said. “In finishing
[drills] at the end, he was very solid in front of the net. Now it’s
just [about] him feeling good and being able to train this week so he
can be available for Saturday.”

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on twitter at @Dynamoexaminer.