Execution has been the Achilles heel of the Houston Dynamo in 2022. Once again, the inability to find the back of the net cost them three points in a home match they needed to win. In front of just 15, 223 fans, the Dynamo's 2-1 loss to Western Conference foe Minnesota United FC left them rueing the what ifs again.
Houston out played, out shot and out possessed the visiting Loons on Saturday night at PNC Stadium and yet still lost the match. The first goal of the match defined exactly what Dynamo defender Adam Lundvkist said earlier in the week about mistakes. Franco Fragapane found himself behind the Dynamo in the first minute of first half stoppage time and dribble by goalkeeper Steve Clark for one nil halftime lead.
“Tonight it was mistakes that lead (to conceding goals)," reiterated Dynamo head coach Paulo Nagamura assessing the match. "Very common in our games, that we commit mistakes and teams capitalize on our mistakes. That’s what has been happening especially in our home games and when you are chasing the game you have to commit more numbers forward and you leave yourself a little bit more exposed. It plays right into Minnesota’s game, that it’s a transition game."
Minnesota added a second goal in the 72nd minute before Fafa Picault pulled one back for Houston but it was too little too late.
The frustration from Nagamura was etched on his face and in his tone as he delivered the truth about his team at this point in the season.
"When we play at home many think that things will be easier. We are very passive. That needs to be changed urgently. We don't do at home what our rivals do to us when we play away," concluded Nagamura.
Houston returns to action on Saturday, July 30 on the road against the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Union. Kick-off is slated for 6:30pm.