Dynamo block out distractions in Columbus

Dynamo say their focus won't be bothered by absences, flight delay

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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo’s list of distractions is lengthy heading into
Wednesday night’s match against the Columbus Crew (6:30 p.m., KHOU 11.2, FOX Sports Houston, KPRC 950, La Ranchera 850).

Houston will be without starting forward Carlo Costly and perhaps
Brian Ching as well. The club is still seeking its first road win of the
season, and, while in the midst of a playoff race, they are seeking to
bounce back from two straight losses.

And it certainly didn’t help that the team got stuck in Kansas City
International Airport for more than 10 hours, forcing them to fly
directly to Columbus rather than returning home to Houston as planned.

“Luckily it happened on Sunday, so we’ve had a couple of days in
Columbus,” Dynamo forward Cam Weaver said. “We’ve had time to regroup
and get our legs moving again, but it’s definitely not ideal with all
the travel problems. But we’re professionals, and we’ve had a couple of
days to regroup and get going here in Columbus.”

In Columbus since late Sunday night, the Dynamo have spent their time
training and trying to make the best of a tough situation. Despite all
the distractions, Houston is looking to employ a tunnel-vision approach
to help get back on track at Crew Stadium.

“Right now, we’re focused on this game,” Weaver said. “It’s obvious
we haven’t won on the road, and I think we need to put a lot into the
game to come out from the first whistle with a good attitude and energy.
... If we have the right mindset, hopefully we can get a good
performance and get a result.”

The Dynamo know very well what they can expect from their host. Columbus
beat the Dynamo at Robertson Stadium 2-0 on July 18 and has been great
at home this year with an 8-2-4 record.

Despite Columbus’ recent defensive form – the Crew have allowed
10 goals in their last two games – the Dynamo are well aware of how stingy the Columbus defense, anchored by Will Hesmer and Chad Marshall, can be. The defensive
ability, combined with offensive prowess, make Columbus a tough out
for any team making the trip to Crew Stadium. Blocking out the distractions on the tough road trip will be worth
it, though, if the can get a positive result to keep them on track for
the postseason.

“We still control our fate,” said rookie forward Will Bruin. “Everything’s still in
our hands, and that’s what we want coming down the stretch. We don’t have
to depend on other teams; we need to go out and focus on our results.
The last two haven’t gone our way, but we still control our own destiny.”

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com.