It's was tough loss to take for the Dynamo on Wednesday night in New York. After fighting back from another first half deficit, a late foul allowed Juan Pablo Angel to fire home a free kick from 35-yards out that cruelly took a deserved point away from Houston. The loss breaks the win/loss trend that the team had been in since April 1st and with only one match left before the World Cup break to get some momentum. That task won't be easy though with a cross-country trip to face the Galaxy only three days away.
Thanks for nothing schedule makers.
Here's what Dominic Kinnear had to say after the match:
"We worked our way back in it in the second half. Pat [Onstad] made some good saves to keep us close. Then we created a silly foul, and we don’t have the smarts enough to realize that one guy is shooting. So we’re disappointed with the result, and sometimes the way you lose makes it even worse."
Kinnear's thoughts on the importance of the next match:
"It’s Wednesday, we just lost a tough game here. I think we’ll let this one sink in, and then we’ll start thinking about Los Angeles. The next game after something like this is important."
More pointed and strong words from team captain Brian Ching:
"Just a lack of concentration, a lack of confidence, I think. I think as a team, we’re kind of unsure about ourselves right now, and you saw that at the end of the game. I think two years ago, we close that game out pretty easily. You look at the way this year is going, we’re making mistakes because of a lack of confidence. I think after we scored our goal, we took our foot off the gas and were unsure. They’re the home team, and they took it to us. Disappointing, extremely. But hats off to Juan Pablo [Angel] for putting a great ball into the back of the net."
"I think in the first half, we really didn’t come out and perform, but in the second half we turned things around. [It felt] a little unfair, but you make your own luck, and right now we’re not helping ourselves. We have an extremely difficult game coming up, pretty much our third game of this week against a team in the league that’s only given up two goals. If we go into the game the same way, we’re in for a rude awakening. So it’s our job to step up and be men and start taking accountability for our actions and start playing like men."