For the first time this season the Dynamo are dealing with back to back losses after losing on Saturday to the Montreal Impact. The Dynamo are in the middle of a five games in fifteen days run and it was a quick turnaround for the Dynamo after their Wednesday loss to Real Salt Lake. Montreal went into the game just nine points so far this season, putting them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The Dynamo were without a number of their usual starters for the game in Canada. Defender Adolfo Machado has departed for the World Cup while Alejandro Fuenmayor was serving the second game of his two game suspension that was handed down by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for a play in their game against New York City FC. However, it was the injury list that really whittled down the players available to Wilmer Cabrera. A.J. DeLaGarza, Philippe Senderos, George Malki, Dylan Remick, Darwin Ceren, Jared Watts, and Juan David Cabezas were all out for the game with various injuries. Andrew Wenger, while still available, has been dealing with a leg injury since the NYCFC game which has reduced his playing time. This meant that Cabrera had to dig deep to fill out a starting XI to go against Montreal.
The two teams looked pretty evenly matched for much of the game with the Dynamo looking more defensively minded than their usual attack. The attacking players struggled to create rhythm often times making too many passes allowing the Montreal defense time to break up the play.
It took just one first half goal for Montreal to lock up the win over the Dynamo. In the 44th minute goal keeper Joe Willis made the stop on a shot from Montreal. The ball fell to DaMarcus Beasley who cleared the ball right to Montreal’s Samuel Piette. Piette passed the ball to Jeisson Vargas at the edge of the box. The shot from Vargas went over a rising Willis to make it 1-0, Montreal.
The Dynamo managed just four shots in the first half and only had two more shots in the second half. Montreal also finished the game with just six shots with a lone shot in the second half.
The Dynamo play on Wednesday night against the NTX Rayados in the US Open Cup. They will return to MLS action on Saturday, June 9 against the Colorado Rapids before MLS goes on break for the World Cup.
Tonight's starting XI: Willis; Lundkvist, K. Garcia, Leonardo, Beasley ©; Bird, Gil, B. García; Alvarez, Elis, Rodriguez#MTLvHOU #ForeverOrange pic.twitter.com/gEHKvENELJ— #VoteDynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 2, 2018
XI Bleu-blanc-noir v @HoustonDynamo— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) June 2, 2018
@985Sports & @TSN690#IMFC | #MTLvHOU pic.twitter.com/fkGPLT1XrG
58' SUB: Romell Quioto into the game, taking over for Arturo Alvarez. #MTLvHOU pic.twitter.com/vfjiNGx3oW— #VoteDynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 3, 2018
62' SUB : Krolicki IN - OUT Vargas#IMFC | #MTLvHOU pic.twitter.com/htoIYEpG8w— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) June 3, 2018
63' Mauro Manotas replaces Luis Gil.— #VoteDynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 3, 2018
Our regular front three of Elis, Manotas, Quioto on the field now chasing a goal. #MTLvHOU pic.twitter.com/0crsd7s3zo
75' SUB : Silva IN - OUT Jackson-Hamel #IMFC | #MTLvHOU pic.twitter.com/1srvusd4uZ— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) June 3, 2018
80' SUB: Tomás Martínez enters for Alberth Elis, still trailing by a goal. #MTLvHOU pic.twitter.com/QRm94G9WdY— #VoteDynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 3, 2018