The Houston Dynamo have lost two of their last two games on the road with the latest loss coming to the Montreal Impact by a score of 0-1. The real issue for the Dynamo in this game was injuries and replacement players trying to step up, but also that there was a lack of urgency on the offensive side of the ball.
Quick Thoughts about the Game:
1) With so many players injured Wilmer Cabrera had to play many players that had extended minutes in Sandy, Utah last Wednesday and he also got some players that hadn’t seen much with the club this season. The result was a lot of tired legs that likely led to a lack of urgency to support the offense and turnovers due to inexperience and a lack of chemistry with the first team. Eric Bird playing as the deepest midfielder showed some of his inexperience as the need for a Juan David Cabezas or a Darwin Cerén who provide so much at preventing counter attacks and getting the ball out quickly to the playmakers. That position is one of the most important roles for this team to work on both ends, and Bird just needs a little more time to acclimate himself to it.
2) Kevin Garcia has been criticized as a right back earlier this year, but he really showed up playing as a center back against the Impact. He had 6 tackles, a blocked shot inside the 18 yard box, and he had a pair of intercepted passes. He also looked comfortable in the position for most of the game. On the goal, he did have a poor header, but DaMarcus Beasley cleared the ball right to Montreal and there wasn’t any midfield there to try and win the ball.
3) Romell Quioto provided a spark off the bench with his creativity. Memo Rodríguez, Arturo Álvarez, and Luis Gil never looked quite as comfortable pushing up the field to support Alberth Elis who at times looked like he was on an island. Quioto provided pace on the left wing and he looked to drive down the line to goal and send in passes inside the box. It was better, but there just wasn’t a lot of support for Quioto either.
4) Losing back-to-back games is tough and both games appeared winnable matches. The circumstances of the injuries is really unfortunate, but the Dynamo will get a break soon enough to heal up. Following this week’s US Open Cup match and the weekend’s game against the Colorado Rapids at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo will get some time off from competition while the World Cup begins. Hopefully that time will help some of our players get healthy and fresh. There’s a lot of season left and the Dynamo are just outside of a playoff position.