No one is saying it but everyone is thinking it. I hope next year doesn't turn out like this. This being another 2-1 loss for Houston late Sunday night in Seattle. The ninth time Houston has dropped a score this season by that count not to mention losing in the final 20 minutes.
The bright side on Sunday night was the first half play of Houston. The carried over the momentum of their stunning mid-week win over LAFC. They played like the team everyone thinks they can be but has trouble sustaining. If a Dynamo match were 70 minutes instead of 9o minutes, the team would be at the top of the MLS Western Conference. Nearly game in and game out, head coach Paulo Nagamura ha to come out and say "Hey look I think we played a solid first half and then comes the but.
It appeared for awhile that the Houston Dynamo would leave Seattle with a road point, something they have been much better at this season. Just two minutes after Dynamo keeper Steve Clark stopped a penalty kick attempt from Nicolas Lodeiro, Fredy Montero found the back of the net for the go ahead goal. Another disappointing event in a season of disappointments.
A win for Houston would have at least kept hope alive considering San Jose won their match over Vancouver and Sporting Kansas City fought to a 2-2 draw. Although mired in the Western Conference cellar, the Dynamo are still in a battle to climb out. San Jose and Sporting Kansas City are both just a point ahead with SKC coming to town.
Houston faces off against SKC on Saturday September 10 at PNC Stadium with an opportunity to leap frog them in the standings. Three of the Dynamo's final five are at home so with a possible nine points there, they can build some momentum for 2023.