The Houston Dynamo suffered one of the ugliest defeats in team history on Saturday night. The loss to the Eastern Conference leader Philadelphia was not totally unexpected but an embarrassing 6-0 thrashing was.
Houston had been given a 43% chance of pulling out a draw or an upset win but not many anticipated the annihilation that was to come. The Dynamo had played better away from PNC Stadium this season so an opportunity to do something no other MLS team had done, namely beat the Union at home was not an impossibility. Apparently, someone forgot to tell Philadelphia.
The Union came out strong from the opening whistle and wasted little opening the scoring in the 23rd minute. It was 3-0 and all but over by halftime but just in case, the Dynamo had hopes of a comeback, Union forward Mikael Uhre squashed that idea scoring his second goal of the match in the 48th minute.
Following the match midfielder Hector Herrera reiterated that this is not a quick fix but also one in which the players will not quit trying in their quest to put a winnig product on the pitch.
“The team is upset, we are embarrassed by today’s performance, by the final score," began Herrera's analysis of the effort. "There is no other way to look at this. I believe that we can overcome this by remaining united and working as a unit. I still believe in this project, in my teammates and in then technical staff. The project I signed up for was not just for a month, that is how long I’ve been with the team. This is project is about the next three and a half years, and I believe that we can accomplish our goals during that time. I will admit that we have work to do, individually, as a team and as a club. We have to work, move forward and with that we will start to see the progress everyone is looking for.”
Houston faces a three game losing streak if they can't find road points in Vancouver on Friday. Since tying FC Dallas in Herrera's debut before an energized fanbase, Houston has been outscored 12-4. Vancouver has drawn in their last three home matches so there is hope that the Dynamo can get back on the positive side earn back some fans before the All-Star break.
“There are truly no words that will quell their (the fan's) anger," continued Herrera. "We feel the same, we are embarrassed. We are embarrassed because we represent the club, the fans – who are always behind us, our families, hour children, our people. This is difficult. We have to lift our head and work harder to give them the joy they deserve. This is about bringing joy to them, our families, everyone who works for the club and of course, us as a team.”