At the halfway point on the 2012 MLS season, the Houston Dynamo sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 6-5-6. If the season ended today, that's good enough for a playoff spot. Of course, it would mean an extra game, but it would still be the postseason.
The Dynamo are nine points behind DC United for the top spot in the conference, four points behind the Chicago Fire for the next position in the table (which only proves what a wasted opportunity Tuesday night was). Considering the up and down nature of their play so far this year, it's not a bad place to be. I doubt any fan is completely thrilled with the performance so far, but at the same time, it could be worse...*cough* FC Dallas *cough*.
Houston is 4-0-3 at home, 2-5-3 on the road. They've scored 22 goals and allowed 24 for a -2 goal differential. That's not a great statistic but it's also greatly affected by a couple bad games.
Considering the season opening road trip and the defensive struggles, I think the Dynamo are in a pretty solid spot. Boniek Garcia is here and settling with the team, the Geoff Cameron situation will be worked out one way or another this month and we've still got a lot of home matches left this season. Plus, the little matter of the CONCACAF Champions League on the horizon as well.
So far, so good. Could it better? Absolutely, but we all know that March through June is not the time to be playing your best soccer. If the Dynamo want to make another run this season, it will be because the second half of the season is better than the first half. Can they do it? I think so, but we'll find out.
So I ask you Dynamo fans and readers, what are your feelings about the first half of the 2012 season?