Dynamo trying to maintain confidence

Davis ties club appearance record in 3-0 road loss

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

To say that the Houston Dynamo’s 3-0 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday was
a setback is an understatement. But
when you examine how the loss - which snapped a four-game unbeaten streak - happened, it is even easier to understand the
frustration felt in the Dynamo locker room after the game.

The plays that led to Houston’s undoing had an all-too-familiar feel.
Defensive misplays, opponents taking advantage of their opportunities,
and a red-card ejection were the main culprits in the loss. Those are
three issues the team has battled throughout the season.

“We made the same mistakes, and then it's another goal — two shots, two
goals,” said defender Andre Hainault when talking about the first-half
goals. “We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot tonight, so [it's]
frustrating.”

When asked what the missing ingredient was for Houston to consistency, All-Star midfielder Brad Davis needed just one word.

“Confidence," he told MLSsoccer.com. "Right now, I think that’s the biggest thing.”

If confidence is the issue, Houston has a short timeframe to find its confidence ahead of a tough two-game stretch, at home to the Seattle Sounders
on Saturday and then away to the first-place Philadelphia Union the following
weekend.

"[We need to] try and forget this as soon as possible but realize the
mistakes that we made,” Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “[We
need to] understand that we have a good team in Seattle coming to our
place, and we have to be ready to play them."

Seeing red again
A week after both Colin Clark and Brian Ching were ejected in a 1-1
draw against Sporting Kansas City, Je-Vaughn Watson was given his
walking papers in the 70th minute after fouling Nick LaBrocca twice. The
ejection left the Dynamo, already in a two-goal hole, to fight
the last 20 minutes at a numerical disadvantage.

"You want to have your squad available — it's a tough season,” Kinnear
said. “So when guys are not here for any reason it's tough. When they're
not here because of suspension, it sticks out."

Now Houston will face Seattle without Watson in central midfield, which
could leave an opening for newly acquired Adam Moffat to get his first
start or force a move of Davis to the center to pair with Geoff
Cameron
.

Davis reaches milestone
Ahead of his fourth All-Star appearance, Davis hit a franchise
milestone Saturday night when he tied Brian Mullan for the most
appearances in a Dynamo uniform in all competitions with 184. Davis will
likely claim the top spot on Saturday when the Dynamo host the Seattle
Sounders.

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