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Dynamo 3, Crew SC 1: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

Rate the Dynamo players’ performances in the 3-1 win over Crew SC

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Last week I introduced a way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of how Player Ratings will be done by voting on how they thought players did shortly after the match. These ratings would be tallied up and averaged to see how we all feel the players performed in matches. As I said last week, when you rate players keep in mind some perspective. Players that score 1 goal don’t necessarily merit a perfect 10. How I rated players in the past was that it was very difficult to reach a 10, and very difficult to reach a 1. Usually players fall in the middle as single mistakes or achievements should cause a player’s score to rise or fall, but the entire game should not be overlooked (how well a player passes, tackled, and so on) and should be considered as well.

Quick Thoughts about the Game:

1) The Dynamo played a much more complete game compared to their opener against Seattle which is definitely a step in the right direction. The team is 2-0 and has beaten the reigning MLS Cup champs and then beat a team that it should have beaten the following week. Coach Wilmer Cabrera also utilized his substitutions better than he had last week which put players in their more familiar positions rather than putting them in uncomfortable areas (Andrew Wenger is not a CM).

2) Goals, Goals, Goals. This team will be full of them, or at least has so far this season. The way that the team presses and can catch players out of position after a turnover is great, but more importantly, they’re also putting their shots away. Romell Quioto continues to impress with how he takes on defenses and how he finishes, but this was hands down Cubo Torres’s best showing as a member of the Houston Dynamo. I spoke about my concern about set pieces on The Peel, but in 2 games we have 2 goals with Cubo scoring a direct free kick against Seattle, and Alex Lima providing an assist on a corner kick. I’m not completely sold on Alex being a primary set piece taker, but he’s winning me over.

3) The defense needs to be more composed. It took a stoppage time goal to erase the Dynamo clean sheet, but that goal was coming and could have been scored at least twice before. Great goalkeeping and a few Columbus players unaware of the ball falling to them kept them from chipping away at Houston’s lead, but the defense needs to do better to prevent some of those nervous moments.

4) This is looking like one of the fastest transitioning teams around and everyone is hungry for more goals. In one instance Crew SC nearly had a goal and within seconds the ball had fallen to Andrew Wenger who played a gorgeous long pass which nearly led to another goal. The team definitely has a style and everyone – substitutes included, seem to get it.

Rate the Players: