Frustration growing as streak reaches 7

With limited depth, Dynamo fizzle in second half

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GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 0, SAN JOSE 2

The Houston Dynamo started the month of June the same way they started the month of May: with a disappointing loss.

And if this month goes according to the same script as last month —
not a single win over a four-week stretch — Dominic Kinnear’s men will
find themselves out of the playoff picture very, very quickly.

“I was a little bit stunned, because we knew some of the results of
[Saturday’s] games was a chance for us to pick up some points,” Kinnear
said after Saturday’s 2-0 loss at San Jose. “The first half was a good
show of attitude and determination. The second half was one of those
where the first 20 minutes, it was a different attitude, and it was
disappointing.”

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Houston’s winless streak has now reached seven straight games and
has seen the Dynamo slide from the top of the Eastern Conference to a logjam
in the middle. But more worrying is that they have shown complacency in
stretches and, according to Kinnear, a lack of intensity that is coming
back to bite them in the rear.

Worse yet, Saturday’s loss opened up a tough two-week stretch in
which the Dynamo will be without three starters who are missing on
international duty, and a host of injuries that are still limiting
Houston’s depth.

Center backs Jermaine Taylor and Andre Hainault are with their
national teams for the Gold Cup, which prompted Kinnear to move
midfielder Geoff Cameron back to his center back spot against
the Earthquakes and shift Brad Davis back into the central midfield.
Further injuries and suspensions are stretching Kinnear’s depth to no
end as the team continues to search for another attacking player. The result Saturday night came from a thin lineup that was not able to keep up momentum for 90 minutes.

In the second half, the Dynamo lacked the ferocity they brought in the first 45, as well as
the lack of ideas. The defense began to relax — which allowed San Jose
to open the game’s scoring in the 69th minute — while the offense
sputtered. The result was another game in which the Dynamo failed to
grab points and one that sends them back to Houston angry.

According to forward Cam Weaver, the frustration in the Houston
locker room is growing with each result, and every player is taking it
hard.

“Yeah, everyone,” the big striker told MLSsoccer.com. “It’s a team
thing. Each person’s got to take part of the blame. We’ve got to go back
to work this week and try to find that fighting spirit again.”