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Three Things We Learned: Houston Dynamo 3, Columbus Crew SC 1

1. Underestimate this team at your peril.

After tonight’s performance, it will be tough to think any team in Major League Soccer will look at the Houston Dynamo as easy pickings. This team is not messing around and, as players themselves have said, they are going attack and look for the win from the first minute.

They have the technical ability to play short and long, they can press forward, they can score on set pieces and they have a defense they can rely on. And as mentioned last week, they have depth to keep them firing through 90 minutes.

So far they’ve picked up all six points in their first two matches of the season, with no signs of slowing down. As they continue winning they will get more respect but, in case you haven’t heard, this is a completely different team than last year’s Dynamo.

2. The defense will be disappointed not to get the shutout.

Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera expressed midweek that one thing he would like the defense to improve on is to not allow a goal. While a difficult task against a strong collection of attackers from Columbus, the Dynamo defense were less than a minute away from finishing with a zero on the scoreboard.

The late goal from Ola Kamara—which looked as if it may have been offside—was nothing more that consolation for Crew SC as the Dynamo had the victory secured at that point with a 3-0 lead. It does, however, serve as a reminder that while their form is good, the season is still young and there is room to continue improving.

3. Looking good at home.

The Dynamo have made playing at BBVA Compass Stadium very difficult, at least in their first two matches. In both matches, the Dynamo took the lead and suffocated opposing defenses with their forward play. With five of their next eight games also at home, the Dynamo have a great opportunity to continue their fast start and amass points early on.

The Dynamo will now take a slight break from their home schedule and head to Portland for their first road match of the season next Saturday. Houston hasn't been good on the road in recent years, and coincidentally hasn't made the playoffs the past three seasons. That's more of a reason why the more points they can collect at home, the better.

And if the Dynamo can translate their good form on the road, this team will be even scarier to play against.