Sporting Kansas City comes to PNC Stadium Saturday night to face a Houston Dynamo side playing with something to prove. They not only lost their only match to Kansas City this season on the road but now they have a new coaching staff to impress.
Houston lost 1-0 on the road to SKC in the second match of the season. The lone goal coming in the 60th minute and beginning a trend of second half goals that would eventually sink the Dynamo season and lead to the departure of former head coach Paulo Nagamura. Midfielder Matias Vera who played in that match and has featured in 26 games this season shared his thoughts on the changes and what's ahead for the Houston Dynamo.
“Beyond the players who arrived, the most important thing is what the club wants to do, try to find an idea, a way, generate a process that in a few years will lead us to be one of the best teams in the league. That is the most important thing, the cultural change that is desired," said Vera. "The players are here today, maybe not tomorrow.”
Change comes to every team and what you do with that change is what ultimately defines your success or failures. For Houston and partly because of the mediocrity over the last nine seasons, change was expected to fix everything instantaneously. It doesn't and it didn't. They added ten new players over the course of the season trying to find that elusive path to success on the pitch. Now another moment presents itself to the club as they try to impress and showcase what the future could look like comes on Saturday night.
“We are in the process of changing the mentality that, perhaps, was lost due to the lack of positive results," continued Vera. "It is not easy, everything takes time, we are on that journey. For us, the most important thing is to end up giving a good image in these five remaining games."
The Dynamo at 6-11-5 have a new opportunity to make a good first impression for the interim head coach Kenny Bundy and begin the process of winning back the fans. A win by Houston would leapfrog them over SKC who sit just one point ahead of the Dynamo. The moment for Houston is now.
“We all have a certain responsibility, like any work group, each one has a role, I think we all fell short, and we all could have given a little more," concluded Vera. "Talking about what happened doesn't make sense anymore, it's past, we can't change it, we can only focus on the rest of the season and try to do what's best for the Houston Dynamo."