My job as contributing writer for Dynamo Theory has been made easy this season, thanks in part to the Houston Dynamo. The 2016 MLS season has been played out like a broken record for the home side at BBVA Compass Stadium - take a lead into stoppage time, and surrender the equalizer on the last play of the match.
The one's who suffer the most are the fans, who are left devoid of a free Jumbo Jack from Jack In The Box that's promised with a ticket stub after Dynamo home wins.
The Dynamo team, as a whole, are left stunned after another 1-1 home draw to the Seattle Sounders.
"Frustration that I can't really explain at this point," Dynamo midfielder Andrew Wenger said. "We played really good for 90 minutes, then there's one or two mistakes at the very end that they do well with, and that's that."
After a series of deflections and blocked shots in the 75 minute, Will Bruin found Wenger on the top right of the box. After a couple of touches, Wenger shot a goal, beating Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei for the 1-0 Dynamo lead.
But as has been the case too ofter this season, Seattle loaded the box up in the dying seconds, and Nicolas Lodeiro was able to equalize for the Sounders.
The Dynamo currently sit in last place in the Western Conference with 25 points; seven points behind the Portland Timbers for the sixth and last playoff spot. With only nine league matches remaining, the Dynamo know it's time to look in the mirror and figure out how they want the season to finish out.'
"Maybe it is foregone conclusion that we won't make the playoffs; but if that's the case, I know which way I want the season to go," Dynamo head coach Wade Barrett said. "I want us to fight and scrap for every single point, for every single minute."
Added Wenger, "we've been through this position before, and we're going to keep striving to get it right; whether it's this year or building for the future. As shitty as that is to say, we have to look forward to something and get better for something because this isn't getting it done."
The Dynamo - who did win their first road game of the season last Friday in San Jose - look to finish with seven points out of a possible nine in a three game stretch this Saturday against Dallas.
"We have a game on Saturday and that's, for me, the best remedy," Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis told Dynamo Theory after the match. "You have no choice but to forget about this game and look forward to playing against Dallas."
Whether or not the Dynamo make the playoffs, there is one wrong they can make right on Saturday - the recapturing of El Capitán. The prized replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon has been in the possession of FC Dallas for the past three years. The Dynamo lead the Texas Derby this year 1-0-1, and Saturday's match is the last meeting between the two this year. The Dynamo only need a draw or a win at BBVA to bring El Capitán back to Houston for the first time since 2012.