After a week of hearing how excited the team was to get back to winning, the Houston Dynamo FC dropped a 2-0 decision at DC United. The loss was the third consecutive in this latest run of disappointments after Houston had won three of its first four matches to start the season.
Houston had a chance to strike first in the 24th minute as Darwin Quintero gathered in a ball off DCU keeper Bill Hamid. Quintero got around both keeper and his defender but his bad angle shot was knocked out of danger by Steve Birnbaum. That was baout as close as Houston would come.
The Dynamo continue to be plagued by slow starts and a willingness to sit back and defend with the occasional counter. Once again, it allowed DCU to push the attack and in the 35th minute they dented the back of the net. A Julian Gressel corner found Greek striker Taxi Fountas rushing into the box unopposed. His soft chip from just inside the 18 surprised just about everyone on the pitch including Houston keeper Steve Clark.
With the lead and pushing for more, DC United doubled the lead eight minutes later when Fountas completed his brace. A service into the box found Fountas all alone on the backside with Clark at his mercy. The DCU designated player did what all good goal scorers do; he buried it in the back of the net. The Dynamo have a goal differential of minus four in their last three MLS outings.
On a rain soaked AUdi Field, DC United returned to its winning ways as they improved to 2-1 under new head coach Chad Ashton. The three points moved the Black and Red (4W-0D-5L) into the 10th spot in the eastern Conference. Meanwhile Houston continues to skid. to 3-3-4 and is eighth in the Western Conference.
Next up for Houston is San Antonio FC on Wednesday night U.S. Open Cup action before the Dynamo return to MLS action against Nashville on Saturday May 14th.