If you have followed the Dynamo for any length of time you know you shouldn't hope for much when the team goes on the road. Playing anywhere outside the city of Houston and you're hoping for a single point, if that. If the team returns from the road with three points then they have exceeded expectations in the best way possible.
The Dynamo played on the road over the weekend beating Chivas USA 4-1 thanks in part to a brace from Giles Barnes. Of course Chivas is a team that has only managed six points in the nine games they have played so far this season. The win is the first for the Dynamo on the road this season having already lost four and tied one away game.
When the Dynamo set out for their three straight road games earlier this season, they expected the team would bring back 3 or 4 points out of the possible 9, but nothing more. They didn't dare hope for the full nine points. The team managed just one point when they drew 0-0 with the Philadelphia Union. While disappointed to not get more points fans for the most part just shrugged and said 'Well we don't play well on the road'.
Fans are right, we don't play well on the road. Last season the Dynamo lost eight road games and tied five times. The worst road loss coming at the hands of the Montreal Impact to the tune of 5-0. Fans have accepted poor road form because when the team comes home to the orange colored confines of BBVA Compass Stadium, they give them what they want - wins. But now the team seems to be losing some of its home magic, the road games are becoming more critical.
Ending the season fighting to get into the playoffs happens because the team doesn't get the job done on the road. Maybe fans need to stop dismissing road losses as what the team does and start demanding more from the team.
Start demanding three points on the road.