10 quick observations about this one:
1) While we all wanted to see a win, a road point is probably just fine in the long run.
2) At least the Dynamo earned a shutout.
3) The offense found a way to get shots on target; they just couldn't get them passed the keeper...or the post.
4) Bruin had the best and worst shots of the game.
5) Barnes looked comfortable on the ball in a withdrawn forward/attacking midfield role.
6) Horst was awesome.
7) Clark was also awesome.
8) Hall nearly leaked a goal because of his distribution, but it was avoided.
9) 2nd yellow cards should not be given for time wasting.
10) Injuries and suspensions are not ever fun, but especially not during busy schedules.
Houston Dynamo Player Ratings:
Tally Hall (6) - Hall was rarely tested by the Union, but Hall has clearly been working on becoming more vocal with his defenders as he commanded those ahead of him very well. Hall did have a bit of a shaky moment when he played a short ball to Ricardo Clark who was not aware of the pass which resulted in a missed opportunity for the Union.
Kofi Sarkodie (6) -When was the last time a player saw a red card for time wasting? I can't remember either. Sarkodie did well with his tackling including his first yellow card which was a smart tactical foul, but he struggled to make good runs up the field.
Jermaine Taylor (6) - Jermaine Taylor played his best game of the year for the Dynamo. Specifically his positioning and communication looked much sharper. Taylor even prevented a Conor Casey goal by being in the right place at the right time as Hall was nowhere near the ball or goal on the play. He also covered well for other defenders that were either up the field or out of position, but his passing from the back still needs work.
David Horst, MotM, (7.5) - Horst returned to action after serving his suspension and repelled every effort that was thrown at him. I'm talking about crucial tackles to stop streaking players in dangerous spots and heading out everything that is within his arms reach. He also nearly saw the back of the net had Ricardo Clark not been there to stop it.
Corey Ashe (5.5) - Ashe's distribution seemed off as he turned the ball over more than a few times, and his service seemed lacking. His work on the other end of the ball was strong and he was not often caught out of position.
Ricardo Clark (7.5) - Clark nearly got my man of the match nod because of how influential he was on both sides of the ball. Clark is our Michael Bradley and I'll be happy to call him General...or something more original, but regardless Clark was once again the man. He intercepted passes that would have led to breakaways, he made great tackles (except for his that he got carded for), his passing led to great chances, and he took a couple of on target shots himself.
Andrew Driver (6) - Driver looked comfortable on the left side of the field and he made a few good runs while helping spread out Philly's defense. He also covered well on defense when he needed to, but he failed to really produce quality chances, both for himself and for others, on offense. He went off the field early due to injury and we're all hoping he'll be back soon because of a very busy upcoming schedule.
Oscar Boniek Garcia (6.5) - Boniek provided plenty of spark on offense with his usual flare of dribbling abilities, but his passing accuracy dropped my jaw the most. He showed how well he could pass in tight spaces without turning the ball over - linking regularly with Giles Barnes and showed how accurately he could play the long ball and switch the field. His creativity wasn't enough though, as the Dynamo failed to find the net.
Tony Cascio (4.5) - Cascio had a fairly quiet night against the Union, but he did manage a few opportunities going forward in the first half. Aside from a few of these chances, he turned the ball over too often and did not link well moving up the field with Sarkodie.
Giles Barnes (6) - How many times do I have to keep saying "Barnes had a great game, but failed to find the net"? What I liked most about Barnes's performance was how he created shots for others. He was very calm on the ball, stepped aside to dodge opponents, and then would squeeze a pass through to someone open. He just looked very comfortable with the ball and he did not seemed rushed which is what we really need up top.
Will Bruin (5) - "Somebody move that post!" - Glenn Davis. That was the Dynamo's best chance on goal and it was Will Bruin's shot that crashed into the post which was much better than another attempt of his which looked more like a field goal in football. Bruin started the game off playing fairly well, as he created space for others by pulling defenders with his movements, but he gave the ball to the keeper too easily more than once, and his passing remains...well not good.
Warren Creavalle (5) - Creavalle almost never saw the ball. I think Eddie Robinson commented that he had been on the field for 10 minutes before he even had his first touch of the ball. That's not entirely his fault, but still he didn't make a huge impact on this one.
Omar Cummings (5.5) - Cummings made one very good run at the goal, but shortly after he came on the Dynamo went down a man so most of the match he spent defending.
Servando Carrasco (-) - Came on late for Ricardo Clark and didn't see enough time to get a complete rating.
Coach Dominic Kinnear (6.5) - A draw was not how we wanted to see the losing streak end, but a point on the road is far from a bad thing. Kinnear's men came out very strong in the first half as they controlled the midfield. The Dynamo had more shots on goal, but the same offensive problems still remain. Kinnear has a lot of work to do in order to manage his side for a busy schedule.