Well, another game and another match left unsatisfied (and more importantly winless). The Houston Dynamo couldn't finish their chances this past Saturday evening and their match against Toronto FC ended in a lackluster draw.
Look at the bright side, at least a new home unbeaten streak has begun.
This was a match that I wasn't able to see or attend due to a wedding and turns out nearly the entire staff had previous engagements so the recap is a bit late. And with that being said, I'm left with the highlights and statistics to base my thoughts off.
With the draw, the Dynamo are now winless in their last six matches. That streak dates back to May when Houston got two consecutive road victories and appeared to be headed for the top of the Eastern Conference. Oh how times have certainly changed from then to now.
In these last six games are two home losses (Sporting Kansas City, New England), two road draws and a loss in Montreal (the Eastern Conference leaders).
The most evident thing about the recent scorelines though isn't necessarily the results; it's simply the lack of scoring.
Houston has only scored two goals in their last six matches.
Unfortunately for the Dynamo, Saturday night saw those struggles continue with missed chances once again.
I know that Will Bruin had a couple of chances that missed the mark and as our "star" forward, his name is being talked about more than anyone.
Last season, Bruin was a beast (aside from that rough stretch after the formation change), scoring 16 goals in all competitions (12 in the regular season alone). This season you'd obviously expect more from the young forward, but four goals in fifteen games isn't exactly turning heads.
Overall, the Dynamo dominated possession (67%), had more open play crosses (24-15), corner kicks (11-6), and shots (13-10). Additionally, Houston had an 80% passing accuracy compared to only 66% from Toronto. Those stats tell me Houston's passing was there and there were offensive opportunities, so it's disappointing that nothing could come of it.
The draw leaves the Dynamo in the middle of a very crowded Eastern Conference. Houston (6-5-5) currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points.
Next up for the Dynamo is a road match with the New York Red Bulls (7-6-4) who are in third in the East with 25 points.
Sitting below the Dynamo in the Eastern Conference are the Columbus Crew (20 points), New England Revolution (20 points), and the Chicago Fire (18 points). All of those teams are within five points of Houston, and New England and Chicago specifically are both on a bit of a hot streak in terms of results.
Scoring Summary: None
Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe; Andrew Driver, Warren Creavalle (Omar Cummings 74), Ricardo Clark (Adam Moffat 89), Brad Davis; Giles Barnes (Cam Weaver 60), Will Bruin
Substitutes not used: Tyler Deric, Eric Brunner, Mike Chabala, Brian Ching
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Will Bruin 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Will Bruin 2); FOULS: 12 (Will Bruin 2, Giles Barnes 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Brad Davis 1, Giles Barnes 1); CORNER KICKS: 11 (Brad Davis 11); SAVES: 3 (Tally Hall 3)
Toronto FC: Joe Bendik; Ryan Richter, Doneil Henry, Steven Caldwell, Darren O'Dea; Jonathan Osorio, Jeremy Hall, Matias Laba, Bobby Convey (Darel Russell 80); Robert Earnshaw (Danny Koevermans 77), Luis Silva (Jeremy Brockie 59)
Substitutes not used: Gale Agbossoumonde, Quillan Roberts, Ashtone Morgan, Reggie Lambe
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Robert Earnshaw 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Robert Earnshaw 1, Jeremy Brockie, Danny Koevermans 1); FOULS: 15 (Jonathan Osorio 3); OFFSIDE: 3 (Robert Earnshaw 3); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Bobby Convey 4) SAVES: 4 (Joe Bendik 4)
Misconduct Summary: None
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry, Colin Arblaster
4th Official: Matthew Foerster