It didn't matter that the Houston Dynamo were playing a mid-afternoon match or that Corey Baird scored his first goal of the season, they still found a way to lose late, It's been the story of the season for Houston being unable to close out a match.
"It was pretty apparent that for 80 minutes we’re a very strong team, and we have to get over the finish line. It's too many times this season that we've gotten to the end of a game, played absolutely fantastic and given away the lead."
Defender Griffin Dorsey's description of the final minutes of the match said it all. Houston has lost eight games this season by a score of 2-1. In those eight games, they have surrendered 10 second half goals including eight in the final 20 minutes of play. It gets worse. Five goals have come with 10 minutes or less to play and four with six minutes left in regulation. The have given up two in the final three minutes of play and two in stoppage time.
The Dynamo deserved a better fate. Corey Baird gave them the second half momentum they needed as he scored his only goal of the season in first half stoppage time. Baird took a diagonal ball fro Dorsey, chested it down and beat the Minnesota keeper at the far post.
"I'm pretty sure it started with (FW) Fafa (Picault), a great recognition that the right side was open," explained Dorsey.. He played the ball, I touched it forward and just saw (FW) Corey (Baird) running. It was a great run from Corey and a great finish as well."
The Dynamo will have another quick turnaround as the host LAFC at PNC Stadium on Wednesday night August 31st. LAFC comes in averaging more than two goals a game. Saturday marked the 15th time this season Houston has allowed two or more goals in a match culminating in a record of 1W-13L-1D.
"I think everyone just has to look internally, myself included. Everyone just has to look internally and figure out ways that we can get better, individually and as a collective. Me personally, just look inward and figure out what more I can do in that game. The whole team needs to be doing that and I think that is something that we can do to help get us over the finish line," concluded Dorsey.