The Houston Dynamo travel to DC United on Saturday looking to get their season back on track. After losing two close decisions to in-state rivals FC Dallas and Austin FC, the men in orange are looking to right the ship. There is no shortage of optimism.
Midfielder Coco Carrasquilla said “The team is motivated, especially after these last two games. I would say the team is very eager to turn things around and get another victory. This is very important. We have been working hard this week. We want to win."
The sentiments of Coco echoed those of head coach Paulo Nagamura. "There is an improvement with the play of the group, that means that we are (competitive) in every game. In the last two games, we lost by one goal, but if you analyze all the games that we've had this year, you can say that we are in there. We could have tied, or we could have won, it would not be an unfair result. I give credit to our players, they are fighting, they are being disciplined and most importantly they are playing better than they have in the past."
Houston is facing a DC United side that has nothing to lose. With a new coach roaming the sideline, they are out to impress Chad Ashton and keep the Dynamo reeling. "It's difficult comment on this because when any team changes coaches, the players are fired up. They see it as a new opportunity to show the new coach that they deserve to play, there's always extra motivation there. From our scouts, and our homework studying this team, they are a good team. It's pretty similar to what I said when we played San Jose. They are a good team, this early in the season - it doesn't reflect what kind of team they really are. They have a lot of quality players on that squad, we are going to have to match up to their intensity and their work from the beginning. They are going to be motivated to show the new coach that they deserve to be playing. We also need to do better defensively and offensively in order to grab a result on the road," said Nagamura.
Houston will have to come out with an energy they were lacking just six days ago on their home turf. They will have to play a full 90 minutes something the men in orange have found difficult to do this season. If Houston can win this game and become a solid road team, something they have not been ever in franchise history they have time to save the season before it gets to far gone.