Dynamo unable to explain inconsistency

Houston frustrated to surrender hat trick to Chivas USA's Braun

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The proverbial wheels fell off after the 30-minute mark for
the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, as a 3-0 loss at Chivas USA extended the team’s road woes.

“We didn’t play well,” Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear told reporters
matter-of-factly after the match. “I’m not going to make any excuses.
We didn’t play well, and when you don’t play well, you’re going to lose
more than you win.”

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 0, CHIVAS USA 3

The game looked to be an even battle early. Both sides traded possession
and scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes. Then Chivas started
to take control of the possession and press Houston.

Just past the half-hour mark, defensive lapses started to catch up to
the Dynamo. On both of Chivas USA striker Justin Braun’s first-half
goals, the defense was caught out of position. And although replays
showed Braun was likely offside on the second goal, Houston allowed
Chivas’ attack time and space on the ball to serve up opportunities. With Braun breaking out of a prolonged scoring funk, the Dynamo paid full price for their mistakes.

"The first goal took the wind out of our sails tonight, and we didn’t come
back from it,” Kinnear said. “Obviously going down to 10 men being down 2-0
and trying get back in it, the game was tough.”

It was the second week in a row the Dynamo ended the match at less than
full strength — Je-Vaughn Watson was shown a second yellow card in the
70th minute, putting Houston at the disadvantage. With the defensive woes, Watson’s ejection, and an attack stuck in
neutral for much of the night — the Dynamo generated seven shots and put
only three on target — Houston could not capitalize on a good run of
recent form. 

“It’s very [frustrating],” midfielder Brad Davis told MLSsoccer.com
when asked about Houston’s inability to put good performances together
week in and week out. “It’s hard to put the feelings into words right
now. We’re upset because we train well and do well together, and then in
games, we get out there and it all falls apart.”

The loss ends Houston’s four-game unbeaten streak and gives the Dynamo a
record of 0-4-6 away from home. With the season entering the home
stretch, the Dynamo are left to once again ponder how they can change
their fortunes.

“It’s been a bit of a tough go this year,” Davis said. “It’s up to us
to dig ourselves out of the hole we’ve put ourselves in. We need to come
out and show fight and show pride and turn it around real quick if we
want to do anything.”

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