The Houston Dynamo FC suffered a tough home loss on Wednesday night to a strong Seattle Sounders side and now have their eyes set on the L. A. Galaxy. The Sunday match ends a 10 day flurry of games for El Naranja. The loss illuminated the inconsistency that Houston is still searching for game in and game out.
Houston was coming off a stirring 2 nil win over Nashville SC against whom they had played down a man for the better part of an hour. On Wednesday night, Coco Carrasquilla drew his second yellow of the match early in the second half forcing Houston to play down a man for the second straight match.
It was another match of missed opportunities for the Dynamo as they had multiple chances in the opening 45 to put the ball in the back of the net. The missed opportunities left head coach Paulo Nagamura shaking his head.
"We were not on the same page with the defending piece in the first half. The movement, urgency, and relentless that we
had against Nashville to score off the ball and to be more dangerous - we were missing that."
Now its on to L.A. and a match against the fourth place Western Conference foe. With six wins already on the season and four at home, Houston will have its hands full in the 35th all-time meeting between these two clubs. The series at 12-12-10 could not be more even. L.A. holds a 6-4-5 edge against Houston at home.
Houston not only has had a difficult time coming out ready to play this season but they continue to give up late goals and have yet to score this season after the hour mark. Add to that, the team will be without both Carrasquilla because of card accumulation and Adam Lundkvist due to a previous game red card against Nashville SC. All this makes for a very tough match-up for a team that seldom wins on the road.
Having said all that, this may be Houston's opportunity to win against the Galaxy a team they have not beaten in their last four tries. On the flip side, they do have three draws. The Galaxy have just two wins and two draws in their last five matches. It will be a difficult task for Houston but pulling at least a point is doable.