After the Dynamo's 1-1 draw against the visiting Seattle Sounders, forward Will Bruin summed up the mood of the players and staff in just two words.
For the second time in three home matches this season, the Dynamo conceded the equalizer on the last play of the match. Sounders forward Oalex Anderson, in a last second chance, sent a low cross down the goal-line that bounced off Dynamo defender Raul Rodriguez's foot – right to a waiting Chad Marshall, who pounced on the ball for the game-tying goal.
The Dynamo again failed to bring home three points at BBVA Compass Stadium. In their home opener, the Dynamo conceded the equalizer in the last second to the New England Revolution.
"It's tough to swallow," said Dynamo defender DeMarcus Beasley. "For me, you can't keep saying its bad luck if it always happens. Something's not right with us – if it's the mentality of our team or whatever. But we have to make this thing right, because we can't keep going out like this."
The Dynamo did show some grit against one of the better possession-oriented teams in the league. The Orange took the game to the Sounders in the first half. Some key stops by Sounders keeper Stefan Frei kept the game level for the first 30 minutes.
In the 35 minute, Giles Barnes – who made his return to the lineup from a hamstring injury – chipped a shot in over Frei to give the Dynamo the lead.
Although Seattle was won the possession battle on Sunday, they were restricted to taking shots from outside the box – rarely troubling Dynamo keeper Joe Willis. The Sounders switched to more attacking formation late in the game, forcing Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle to sub out Barnes for David Rocha.
Still, Marshall's stoppage time equalizer sealed the Dynamo's fate.
Aside from the home opener, the Dynamo also had a 3-2 lead at Red Bull Arena, before allowing two goals in the final 15 minutes to the New York Red Bulls. There's a silver-lining to Sunday's heartbreak; the Dynamo have to quickly forget the Sounders and focus on their next game five days later against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"The good thing about it is we got a quick turnaround," Beasley said. "A quick turnaround on Friday, another game at home. We're playing with the big boys – LA. If you can't get up for that game, then you shouldn't be playing football."