During his post match press conference, Dominic Kinnear made an interesting statement.
"We started out slow and we said before the game that we really needed to meet their pressure and energy early on. I think we came out a little bit, not doing that and paid for it."
Whatever the players came out of the locker room thinking on Saturday, it wasn't about playing soccer, at least not at first. The Dynamo have looked bad many times during games this season, but I'm struggling to think of a 25 minute or so stretch where they looked more disinterested in the game than on Saturday. Kinnear went on to say that they woke up a bit and played better until Carlo Costly's red card, which while true doesn't make up for the fact that they put themselves in to a hole they never could climb out of.
Whose job is it to get the team ready leaving the locker room?
Surely most of the responsibility lays on the shoulders of the coaches to say the right things and get the guys in the correct state of mind. So what the hell is going on in that locker room? Kinnear stated clearly that he told his team they needed to meet SKC's energy and pressure and the players didn't do it. Are they not listening anymore?
Really talented teams can often survive sleepwalking through part of a match but the Dynamo are not that type of team. We've seen what they can accomplish when they are focused and motivated, but that was not a motivated squad of Saturday, not in the least.
Let's be honest here, the Dynamo's roller coaster season comes down to an apparent lack of leadership at any level. The coaches are reaching the players consistently and the veterans on the team don't appear to be knocking some heads together to make sure the team is focused and on-board with what the coaches are trying to accomplish. I really don't know what more to say that this team is an absolute mess right now.
Enough of that for the moment though, time to rail against our boneheaded Honduran striker.
Costly's idiotic red card in the 64th minute ended any chance the Dynamo had of salvaging a result and the worst part about the play is you knew it was coming. Costly missed several great chances on goal and as the frustration mounted, the poor decision making kicked in. He got away with a dumb challenge minutes before his studs-up assault on Chance Meyers and I even mentioned on Twitter that the red card was coming...I hate being right.
I say a couple people on Twitter say the card was wrong, I couldn't bring myself to respond. Even the most orange tinted glasses couldn't ignore that if Meyer's leg was more firmly planted, he would of had his leg broken by Costly. It was a disgusting tackle and has no place in the game.
There's no excuse for it, it was lack of discipline, pure and simple. I won't mind one bit if the Dynamo send this guy packing after the season because the last thing they need is an undisciplined hothead running around of the field putting them in bad situations because he can't control his temper. A good player realizes his team is fighting to get back a goal and understands that getting sent off for a straight red won't help that situation. Costly's tackle was a selfish move by a selfish player that didn't give a damn about the big picture and only wanted to take out his frustration at not being able to finish his scoring chances.
The Dynamo still remain winless on the road with three chance left this season to avoid the defeated away season. With trips to Columbus, Dallas and Portland left, I'm not optimistic about getting a win away from Robertson in 2011. Despite all that, if the playoffs started today, the Dynamo would be in...which is completely ridiculous. Yay parity.