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The Houston Dynamo’s Road Woes Continue in Cincinnati

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

Not that long ago, the Houston Dynamo gave the hometown crowd a play-off worthy performance against the Red Bulls. This was especially necessary as they had just come off a rash of road losses that left fans dejected.

Houston players didn’t even have time to celebrate the win, as they immediately got back on the road to Cincinnati. This was expected to be an easy reintroduction to road points, as Cincy sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The road woes returned with tenacity, however, as the Dynamo fell to FC Cincinnati 3-2 on Saturday night.  

Photo credit: Houston Dynamo Twitter

Sometimes I worry that my articles are more prophetic than observation. Recently, I have discussed the Dynamo’s propensity to allow setbacks that effect their play and highlighted that the team must stop placing their success on one key player’s shoulders. These two factors certainly came together to play their parts in Houston’s loss.

Cincinnati came out swinging with several hard knocks against the Dynamo in the first five minutes. Challenges during these early moments are unlikely to draw cards out of referees, but are most adept at lighting the pilots of the Houston tempers.

The Dynamo respond to the rough play, and Alberth Elis earns his first yellow less than 20 minutes into the match with defensive enforcer Cabezas earning another just five minutes later. With Houston’s focus rattled, the goals started. Cincy scored twice before the first half was done, and the Dynamo faced the familiar foe of being shut out on the road. 

Another factor in the Dynamo’s struggle was the absence of Maynor Figueroa, the Honduran clutch defender. Unavailable due to a red card, his absence shook the back line. The Dynamo have depth in that center back position, but they seem to be lost any time that Figueroa is out of the lineup. This is an issue that Wilmer Cabrera has got to find a way to turn around within his squad – the loss of one player should absolutely not mean a loss for the team.

Houston did stage a comeback in the last half hour. A combination in the 57th minute was Houston’s first good chance at Cincinnati’s net. The Dynamo conceded one more goal – an embarrassing nutmeg on keeper Joe Willis in the 61st minute – but then the team came alive.

Romell Quioto scored the Dynamo’s first goal with a penalty in the 79th minute, and the intense pressure of Alberth Elis panicked a defender into an own goal in the 81st. In the end, Houston couldn’t find the equalizer and left all points in Cincy. Had Willis maintained the 2-0 lead or had Houston played longer at their potential, the day may have gone differently. 

Fans of the Houston Dynamo get brilliance in flashes. At home, we often get a full match and other times it’s just a few moments on the road. The potential is there, but the coaching staff must continue to demand consistency and accountability from the entire team.

The Houston Dynamo come home again on Friday night to defend their unbeaten record in BBVA Stadium against LAFC. 

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Injuries don’t Sideline Houston Dynamo Momentum

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

The ghosts of injuries past are haunting the Houston Dynamo. Defender DaMarcus Beasley was uncharacteristically subbed out only 20 minutes into the team’s March 12 CCL away match against the Tigres. Nothing was said at the time, but the following week Beasley shared a picture on Instagram from a wheelchair after undergoing surgery. The Dynamo confirmed that he had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. This is an ongoing issue for the seemingly ageless captain, who had a similar procedure in 2016.

Another defender, Columbian Juan David Cabezas, missed much of last season due to a continuing hamstring issue. While his 2019 return helped forge a win in Dynamo’s Guatemalan CCL match, his injury was aggravated again and he has been on the Injury Report since then. He was tested this week with the Dynamo’s second team in the Rio Grande Valley so we hope to see a return soon.

Of course, new injuries are also appearing with Romell Quioto injuring his right knee training over the international break with Honduras. He posted a photo of his recovery on Twitter this week, saying that he is working hard to return.

The effect of injury strikes me particularly this week as I deal with one of my own. A slip off my deck stairs last week had me posting my own injury report online. I’ll have surgery on my broken foot this week and will be cast-bound for six weeks. I’ll either go crazy during the break or write some really good stuff, so stay tuned and share soccer memes with me on Twitter.  

Injuries aside, the Dynamo continue their fantastic start to this MLS season. After an early stretch of home matches, Houston remained undefeated and carried 7 points into their first away match this weekend. The Dynamo have an especially bad history away with the Colorado Rapids, not having won in Colorado in over a decade. That changed Saturday night as Alberth Elis repeatedly created magic in the box and the Dynamo triumphed over the Rapids 4-1. Elis had a hand in each goal scored – first with a well-timed pass to Memo Rodriguez in minute 4 and finally adding his own mark in the 67th minute.

What happened between was a misguided defensive effort by the Rapids. Attempting to defend in the box as Houston’s scorers pushed up, Elis was able to force two own-goals from the Rapids’ Sjöberg and Rosenberry. In the 81st minute, Houston’s Maynor Figueroa let his arms get away from him during an aerial challenge and a handball was called in the box. Kei Kamara was able to convert the penalty and save the Rapids from a shutout, but the damage was done. Elis earned the Man of the Match title…but some online fun may have been had at the Rapid’s expense…

@Dynamopix, Nigel Brooks, had his own candidate for Saturday’s Man of the Match

This is the best start to a season in Houston Dynamo history. The men in orange get another short break before coming home again to face San Jose on April 13. I’ll be the girl on the knee scooter trying to get players to sign my orange cast!

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For the Houston Dynamo, It’s Time

Official Houston Dynamo Reporter

By Darbi Lockridge // @sonchyenne

The off-season for the Houston Dynamo seemed short, especially for a team that didn’t make the MLS playoffs. In November, the Dynamo hired a new President of Business Operations, John Walker. He came in ready to listen to fans and made both bold and genuine gestures to prove that he truly wanted to hear from us.

However, his commitment to this process took time. The organizational changes seemed to push back a lot of the typical off-season fluff that carries us through the fallow time. Rumors of kit sponsors, signings and other potential moves sat pending for days and weeks. As off-season became pre-season, at least one fan assumed they missed the kit launch and hit up the team store for a new jersey—only to be informed that it hadn’t yet been unveiled.

For the team, our pre-season was wrought with inconsistencies—wins, losses, red cards, and Coach Wilmer Cabrera’s continuing habit of changing lineups and even player positions for every match. We have a great mix of veteran and young players with experience all over the globe, but fans are never sure who will turn up or where.

But our first test came this week when the Houston Dynamo met Guastatoya in Guatemala for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL). Our starters were the token Cabrera expected surprise. Still, as a group of nearly 50 supporters met in a bar across the street from our stadium, we were primed for the match, ready for anything, and hungry for victory.

What came next was every soccer fan’s dream. My family has an often-repeated line that we found on Twitter last year. In response to a tweet by Andrew Wiebe about fouls against MLS teams in last year’s CCL, @andrewsorg responded, “Do you even #CONCACAF, bro?” This has become our shorthand in rough matches to remind us that the beautiful game comes along with grit and guts, that fouls happen, and that the real match comes when the teams want a victory and fight hard for it.

And, yes, we CONCACAFed. We fought hard, and our defense was relentless, never backing down from Guastatoya’s advances. Our offense found a fluidity that challenged past the Guatemalans’ defense. The teams were scoreless through the 80th minute, and Dynamo fans held their collective breath.

In the 2018 MLS season, we repeatedly lost matches in the final 10 minutes when our defense failed to hold. The 2019 season hints at an end to that curse, however, as we earned a corner just past the 80 minute mark. Romell Quioto sent a high ball to the top of the box that our veteran captain, DaMarcus Beasley, read perfectly. With his weaker right foot, Beasley loosed an absolute rocket through a field of players, sinking a goal.

The Dynamo held on to their 1-0 lead through those last moments, so we meet Guastatoya at home next week with one away goal and a win secured.

And that new orange kit will be unveiled just in time.

Featured image: Sean Ringrose, with permission.

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