Houston Dynamo fall apart in 4-1 loss

Friday night’s game at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas between the hometown Houston Dynamo and MLS powerhouse L.A. Galaxy was a game of firsts that resulted in a disappointing and demoralizing 4-1 loss.

First, Houston scored in the opening minute of play off the first set piece of the night.  A perfectly placed David Horst header past Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe had fans of the Orange on their feet before they had even settled comfortably into their seats.

Three minutes later, the Dynamo gave it back (that’s not a first) amid a collective groan from the Houston faithful.  Gio dos Santos of Mexico signed shortly with the Galaxy after the Cubo’s arrival last July in Houston.  Dos Santos scored twice on Friday night while Houston’s Mexican international secured his first playing time since March 19th when he came on in the 85th minute of a road loss to the New York Red Bulls.

Trailing 3-1 at the half, it was the first time this season that Houston had trailed at the half when scoring first in a match this season.  Goals by Baggio Husidic in the 21st minute and dos Santo’s second goal in the 31st minute created the two goal deficit at the half.  Dos Santos’ brace was the first this season against Houston at home.  They had surrendered another to Felipe in the same 4-3 road loss in which Cubo made his 2016 debut.  It was the first contest this season in which the Dynamo had surrendered three goals in a half and marked the first Houston trailed by more than a goal this season.

Four minutes into the second half, Gyasi Zardes scored the fourth goal of the match for the Galaxy marking, the first time that a team had it that mark on the Dynamo’s home pitch in 2016.  Down by three goals, it would be the largest come from behind challenge that Owen Coyle’s team had faced and one which they would make up.

In the 57th minute, the Dynamo subbed in a trio of players that included Boniek Garcia, Leonel Miranda and Cubo, marking the first time in as long as anyone following Houston soccer can recall such a maneuver.  It was a move L.A. coach Bruce Arena called clever.  The Cubo sub nearly paid dividends in the 65th when the Houston forward from a nearly impossible angle banged one off the post.

In the end all of the firsts after the first minute of play went for all the wrong reasons in a season that is quickly falling apart for the (1-3-2) Houston Dynamo.