Houston traveled to Chicago looking to get an important road win over the only team in the league with less points in the standings. When all was said and done it didn't work out that way for the Dynamo as they fell 1-0 to the Fire.
Things got off to a rough start for the Dynamo. Will Bruin was able to put the ball in the back of the net a few minutes into the game but it was called back on account of a handball from Giles Barnes. The Fire took the ball right to the other end of the field and scored. Arturo Alvarez got past DaMarcus Beasley and Tyler Deric with ease as he put the Fire up in the third minute of the game.
In the 13th minute, Beasley was subbed off for what was later reported as an illness. Jalil Anibaba came on in his place. Fire had several more chances in the first half, but the Dynamo were able to keep them from pulling another one back. Andrew Wenger was the only Dynamo player to come close to scoring in the first but he couldn't keep it on target.
Tyler Deric was called to action as soon as the second half got under way as he made several saves against Gilberto. Owen Coyle opted to sub Bruin off for Leo Miranda in the 55th minute in hopes of spreading the field and give the Dynamo more options.
Wenger put together a good chance for the Dynamo as his cross found the head of Agus. Unfortunately, the ball headed over the goal instead of into it. The arrival of Manotas on the field saw the Dynamo offense start to make gains on the field. But it came to be too little too late at the Dynamo fell 1-0 on the road to Chicago.
This time around they managed to dominate possession controlling the ball over 62% over the game. However, they allowed Chicago 20 shots to their 10.
Losing against the worst team in the league was not a good sign of things to come for the Dynamo. They continue to struggle on the road and run hot-and-cold at home. Tuesday, the Dynamo have their annual Charities Cup match at BBVA Compass Stadium before heading to Canada to play the Whitecaps on Saturday.
Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) May 21, 2016
Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) May 21, 2016
13' SUB: Jalil Anibaba replaces DaMarcus Beasley, who was down for the last couple of minutes being looked at by the training staff.— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) May 21, 2016
55' SUB: Leonel Miranda on for Will Bruin. Giles Barnes moves up top. 0-1. #CHIvHOU— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) May 21, 2016
65' SUB: Mauro Manotas on for Chaco Maidana. #CHIvHOU— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) May 21, 2016
Toronto FC (@torontofc) May 21, 2016