COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 21: Brian Ching #25 of the Houston Dynamo controls the ball against the Columbus Crew on April 21, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ching had a goal for Houston in a 2-2 tie with Columbus. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Dynamo have played five MLS matches in 2012, all on the road. They have 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss, for a total of eight points, good enough for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. If the playoffs started today, the Dynamo would be out...but they don't start today. There are still two matches until the home opener in the brand spankin' new BBVA Compass Stadium, but no matter what happens in those 180 minutes of soccer, things are looking good for Houston.
Sure they probably should have won the Crew match, they might of won the Fire match if the weather hadn't interfered, but you know what? That's alright.
Sporting Kansas City opened 2011 with nine matches on the road waiting for their stadium to open. By the time they reached June 9th and their first home match of the season, they had six points. They went on to lose to the Dynamo in the conference final. Houston will have seven matches on the road before opening their new home on May 12th...they already have the previously mentioned eight points and could have a maximum of 15. That's alright.
Last season Houston struggled to do much of anything consistently well until the second half of the season when Luiz Camargo arrived and Geoff Cameron moved back in to the defense. This season, the offense is starting to click in April and despite a couple shaky spots, the defense has looked strong, only giving up goals from ridiculous shots or some bad luck...and that's alright.
After wondering if Will Bruin and Brian Ching could be the right strike combo for the Dynamo, the two have been on fire the last two matches. Bruin has two goals and an assist, while Ching has a goal and an assist. Both assists were for the other player...and that's alright.
So basically, things are alright in Houston at the moment. It's a long season and expect some more adjustments come the summer transfer window.
Oh yeah, Brad Davis has missed the last two games and the offense has arguably been better despite the midfield not being as effective. Just wait until he gets back.