Saturday the Dynamo return to BBVA Compass Stadium looking to turn things around after a disappointing 2-2 draw DC United two weeks ago. Instead the Dynamo sunk further as they lost 0-2 to the visiting New England Revolution. In spite of a strong Dynamo attack throughout the game they weren’t able to find the back of the net and to further complicate their night DaMarcus Beasley was issued his career first red card.
The Dynamo got off to a hot start with Alberth Elis looking dangerous in front of goal. New England looked unable to slow down El Panteria but a final shot to score eluded him. In large part thanks to his efforts the men in orange had four corners within the first six minutes of the game.
Mauro Manotas had a great chance in front of goal with only one defender and the goal keeper near him in the 7th minute of the game but instead of taking the shot choose to cross the ball to Andrew Wenger. But his pass sent the ball behind Wenger and it rolled out of play.
The tide turned suddenly in the 15th minute when New England scored on a breakaway. Darwin Ceren gave up the ball down on New England’s end of the field allowing for New England to take off on the counterattack. Once in the box Cristian Penilla sent a low cross to Teal Bunbury who took a shot as Chris Seitz dove to try and grab the ball. Just like that Houston were down 0-1 at home.
Things went from bad to worse for the Dynamo in the 35th minute when they found themselves down to 10 men for the duration of the game. New England created a turnover and got out on a breakaway once again. DaMarcus Beasley caught up to Penilla who went down as the two players tangled up. The defender was shown a straight red for denial of obvious goal scoring opportunity. Claude Dienla took the resulting free kick but it went off the crossbar as the 0-1 score continued to hold.
The Dynamo didn’t let up, however, as they continued to make their way into the final third. They continued to be plagued by their own inability to finish passes. Elis crossed the ball into Manotas who went up in the air to try and get it but was unable to connect with it.
The second half got off to a quieter start than the first half. Still the Dynamo continued to find chances.
It looked like Elis would finally get the Dynamo on the scoreboard in the 63’ but once again Revs goal keeper Matt Turner was there to deny him. Romell Quioto came on two minutes later showing that the team had no intention of letting up on offense.
The move quickly backfired, Penilla displayed some fancy footwork to slow Machado and put himself at a better angle to get a cross off. Once he found his angle Penilla got his shot off and the ball hit the back of the net to double the Revs lead.
After the goal there was little the Dynamo did to try and get back in the game. After Elis was subbed out of the game the team only had a couple chances as the game wound down. They finished the game with 15 shots but were unable to finish any of the shots to score a goal or the three needed for a win. For much of the game they looked like the better team on the field but the red card and opposing goals took the bite out of them. The loss is the second game that the team has lost at home this season.
The Dynamo are off next weekend, but return to action on April 14 on the road against San Jose.