The scrimmages are over and with January closed out, it’s all eyes on the desert. The Houston Dynamo are in need of a strong showing considering there will be 10 other MLS squads competing from Feb 2-23, 2019 in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. Although it’s still preseason, the Houston Dynamo need to show they are making progress on in game backline defense.
Over the last two seasons we have seen the Houston Dynamo’s proclivity to put the ball in the back of the net. Now it is time that not only can he build a prolific offense but a stingy defense as well. No longer is it enough to average 1.7 goals per game when your 4-3-3 defense is surrendering the same. No longer does the fan base care how many goals we are scoring if we are not winning. Cabrera needs to find balance between his offense and defense.
In 2018, the team gave up 30 second half goals. Nearly half (13) came after the 75th minute with 6 in stoppage time. When trailing at the half, the team lost 60% of the time despite the team scoring 16 of the franchise’s 28 second half goals in the final quarter of play and stoppage time. When winning or tied at the half, Houston has lost 9 of 22 matches. Even worse when the team was tied or losing at any point in the second half, their record was two wins and a tie against 13 losses. The Dynamo clearly are not a come from behind team at this point in franchise history and the defense is going to have to step up if they are to return to the playoffs.
Take it from the legendary coach “Bear” Bryant,” Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.” The 2019 Mobile Mini Sun Cup is the first step on the road to a solid defense. It begins Wednesday night (February 6) against the Minnesota United. Kick-off is slated for 7PM CDT.