Houston Dynamo midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored in the 20th minute and Tyler Deric came up big between the pipes as Houston picked up its first road point of the 2016 MLS season. In the team’s first game since Owen Coyle’s resignation, the team recorded a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
More important perhaps than the draw itself was how the team looked as the Houston Dynamo embarked on life after Coyle.
The first noticeable difference was Will Bruin back in the starting line-up. Although the fifth year veteran did not score, it wasn’t evident that he was playing with a renewed sense of perhaps shall we say relief. No longer was the merry go around of start, sit, sub controlling his production. The departure of Coyle could mean new life for Bruin. Houston fans know that number 12 can score and score in bunches and that is what they will need going forward. Under Coyle, the “Dancing Bear” never really appeared to know where he stood.
Mauro Manotas subbed on in the 61st minute and nearly had the go ahead goal as he banged a header off the crossbar from six yards out. The Columbian forward had three of the team’s eight shots in barely 30 minutes of play.
The biggest thing fans were able to see was a team that was loose and confident. The stress of past games was not evident even after Octavio Rivera’s equalizer for Vancouver in the 52nd minute.
“Games like this, to give up a goal in the second half kind of early,we usually just go down,” said Beasley following the match. These kind of games, this kind of season, we usually lose those games but we stayed true to our tactics and we stayed true to our game plan.”
Wade Barrett, the former Dynamo captain and an assistant coach since 2010 in the organization was on the bench for Houston calling the shots for the first time officially despite the organization not having yet officially naming him the interim coach. Barrett’s first starting eleven mirrored what many think it should be especially on the backline with Raul Rodriguez and David Horst in the middle. Horst by the way just missed as he forced Vancouver keeper David Ousted to tip his header over the top of the net with barely four minutes left in regulation.
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Tyler Deric came up with saves when his team needed their number one keeper the most. No saves were bigger then the two in the final quarter of play. First, Deric stopped Cristian Techura with a brillant parry before taking away a dangerous servicce into the box from Kekuta Manneh. It was a series of stops the team has been needing with a game on the line.
Houston has a short turn around as they travel to in-state rival FC Dallas for a key match that may tell all of us something about the make-up and direction of this team. The June 2nd kick-off is set for 8:00p.m. CDT.