Change can be good when things aren't going your way. Houston Dynamo captain Tim Parker sat down with the Houston media and discussed the change in head coaches and what it might mean for the team.
Tim Parker's arrival in Houston heralded what many thought would be a change in the Houston Dynamo soccer fortunes. His style of play, intensity, and tenacity reminded many of former Houston Dynamo center back Bobby Boswell. Unfortunately, all the new personnel changes and injuries have not changed the outcome on the pitch. On Monday, general manager Pat Onstad announced the departure of head coach Paulo Nagamura and now Parker and the team are charged with moving forward.
Parker acknowledged that he feels a little bit more responsibility for Nagamura's leaving and the team's performance having been the team captain for much of the season.
"I definitely feel responsible in probably a little bit more ways than some other guys do because I was captain of the team for most of the year," began Parker. "Whenever someone gets fired and results aren't going your way, I think it feels a little bit more heavy on my shoulders because I consider myself a leader in that locker room.”
Houston's biggest problem has been the failure to close out games. Having allowed a significant number of late goals impacted the record of the team and was key in leading up to the coaching change. Parker agrees that results are what makes the difference.
"I think that there were just little moments here and there, lack of focus a little bit, stuff like that, that led to goals against or moments that got away from us that obviously changed the games," continued Parker. "Just the moments in games that we didn't really take advantage of and we weren't able to harness in and to realize to gain those points."
The Dynamo according to Parker have the attributes to be like the 2018 side he helped lead to the Supporters Shield while in New York. It's why he's excited about what can still be here in Houston even after two disappointing seasons for him.
“Yeah, that 2018 team was definitely special," said Parker. "I think one thing that that team had that I think I would love to try to implement here, and hopefully it'll come with time and belief, is just the belief to win. Go into every game and think that you can win that game, because those are some of the most important things is that that kind of belief, and I think that we've had that a lot of the year throughout the year this year, but it's just that continued competitiveness to know that you can be in any game, especially in this league. I think it hasn't been the most ideal two years in terms of results and playoffs and that kind of based stuff. But I do think that there's plenty of brighter days ahead and I'm really looking forward to helping this club and doing all that I can for the Club in order to get back to the playoffs and the winning ways"
Nagamura never lost the clubhouse according Parker. It's a very fine line between winning and losing. Houston's team captain believes the change in leadership will be good for the team moving forward. Only time will tell if he is right and it all begins on Saturday night.
Kick-off against Sporting Kansas City at PNC Stadium is set for 8:30pm CT.