Nobody does the road draw quite like the Houston Dynamo. After an all-together awful first half, Houston was better in the second half but still were unable to generate anything resembling a dangerous attack from the run of play. Meanwhile on the other end of the pitch, Tally Hall was once again the star making several highlight reel saves and single-handedly carrying the Dynamo on his back...no doubt his shoulders are tired tonight.
As usual though, Hall was forced to be the man thanks to more shaky defending and a lack of offensive creativity from the midfield and forwards. If you've been following the team this season and reading my match reports, you're probably thinking I'm just copying and pasting a previous game's report...but I'm not. If anything, it's a ridiculous struggle to find different ways to write about the same turn of events in every match.
Let me point out that while there were some defensive gaffes, the overall performance by Ashe, Hainault, Taylor and Sarkodie was very strong and should be the first choice group for the time being. I still expect to see Freeman play though in lieu of Sarkodie against teams with less dangerous speed but we are finally starting to see Sarkodie's potential translate in to on the field performance.
Brian Ching and Will Bruin were largely ineffective tonight, but I blame the midfield's inability to control possession and get the ball forward for that. Then again, the few times someone did get a ball through in to the box, the intended target was unable to reach it or a step behind. Basically, we need a true attacking midfielder...but we already knew that. Je-Vaughan Watson showed moments of creativity but despite his speed, there were large portions f the match where he disappeared from play and offered nothing to the offense.
I don't want to be disappointed by points on the road but when you're not winning games at home and you realistically should have scored a goal or two, it's hard not to be.