Aug 10, 2012; Harrison, NJ, USA; Houston Dynamo players huddle against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
The Dynamo fell 2-0 at Red Bull Arena to the New York Red Bulls, ending Houston's five match winning streak and dropping them back to second place in the East for the moment. Goals from Markus Holgersson and Jan Gunnar Solli were the difference, that and the Dynamo's inability to convert their chances.
Between Corey Ashe slamming a shot off the crossbar, Macoumba Kandji's pair of dreadful misses and Ching mis-heading a sitter, there were plenty of "rip your hair out moments". That said, it wasn't all bad tonight for the Dynamo. The defense, led by Jermaine Taylor (the MOTM in my opinion) was stout with the exception of the Holgersson goal and they had their chances on the attack, as I described above.
Ricardo Clark made his first appearance in a Dynamo jersey since 2009, replacing Adam Moffat in the 75th minute. Rico was lively in 15 minutes of play, making some good runs and imposing his physical nature of Kenny Cooper and Rafa Marquez.
Moffat was once again not great, in fact, he conspired with Corey Ashe to allow the Red Bulls to get their first goal. Moffat completely failed to mark Tim Cahill on a cross from Roy Miller, which allowed the Aussie designated player to head the ball down right in front of Holgersson who'd been left alone by Ashe. Just a messy defensive moment that possibly cost the Dynamo a point. Considering how good they defended the other 89 minutes of the match, this foul-up was extra frustrating.
The second goal was total bullhockey since Thierry Henry was several kilometers offside before sending an easy pass to Solli who put his shot home. If only MLS had competent officiating.
So, this one stinks but it's not the end of the world. The Dynamo still need to sharpen their game away from BBVA Compass Stadium but they hardly played bad tonight. We all knew this would be a tough match and a loss isn't the end of the world. There's plenty to pick apart though and lots for the team to learn from this week in training.
We'll break this one down more in the coming days, but for now lets hear your thoughts and reactions to tonight's loss in New York.