Another road game, another road loss. The Dynamo fell on the road for the sixth time in seven tries as they dropped more points in Seattle late Sunday night, losing 1-0 to the Sounders on a 69th-minute Will Bruin header.
Playing a 4-3-3 with Alberth Elis on the bench, the Dynamo started the game sitting deep and continued to pack it in and concede possession throughout as Seattle racked up passes in the final third, sparking some halftime twitter banter:
Seattle, without Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris due to international duty, spent much of the time working the ball around before finally completing a long switch and trying to cross it to Bruin, who desperately wanted a goal against his former team. They almost got an accidental goal in the first half when Joevin Jones mishit a cross and forced Tyler Deric into a leaping, top-hand save.
The Dynamo mustered a couple of half chances on the other end, but even with the entrance of Elis relatively early in the second half, they never genuinely tested Stefan Frei.
Mauro Manotas started on the wing again, with Andrew Wenger opposite him and Cubo Torres up top. Elis came on for Torres and, in an interesting development, played up top and kept Manotas stunted to the wing. This change was unable to spark the visitors, who have yet to pick up a point outside of Texas so far this season.
The game became another example of the Dynamo being unable to come up with consistent, meditated possession, and showed their need for more efficient off-the-ball movement. This tweet sums up their passing difficulties pretty well:
Oh maybe I'll pass it back and try passing out the back... oh maybe I should just launch it forward and hope for the best. (dynamo thoughts)— Tony Rubio (@RubioSoccer35) June 5, 2017
Wilmer Cabrera will have a long time to figure this out, as the Dynamo are off during the international break until June 14th, when they face North Carolina FC in the US Open Cup in Cary, North Carolina. Their next MLS game is on the 17th, on the road in LA.