The Houston Dynamo a poor road team over the course of their franchise history took another step towards redemption on Sunday night. They traveled to Nashville and snapped Nashville's six game unbeaten streak, kept Hany Muhktar off the board and won their fourth road game of the year.
All this may not seem like much but for a team that was anchored to the bottom of the Western Conference table for much of the second half of the season, it's huge. They dropped their coach with five games to play and now have everyone playing armchair general manager.
Since the installation of Kenny Bundy as the interim head coach, the team has come alive. Bundy has done what other interim coaches like Wade Barrett and Davey Arnaud could not. He has the Houston Dynamo playing like their talent says they are capable of playing, Why now?
The answer is simple. First the Best XI barring an exception here or there has been on the pitch game in and game out. The starting lineup has seen little change and second staff preparation has dramatically improved.
“That's the understatement of the night," began Bundy following the match." It is difficult place to play. Right? This was, this is another environment that as a player and as a coach you want to be a part of. I couldn't be more proud of the guys. That's a character win. That's a character and a statement win against a really, really good team. It's just what I said to them, it was really simple. I don't think this gets enough credit, but the work of the staff throughout the week, because there's a lot that goes into what happens when there's a coaching change, and the staff has to do different things, and they're working with someone that's maybe a bit different. The plan that we put in place was executed tonight to a tee. There was nothing that we saw that we hadn't prepared for. Obviously disappointed to not get a clean sheet, but at the same time, look, that's a very, very good team. I'm just so happy for the guys.”
Sebastian Ferreria who had not found the back of the net in six straight matches found it not only twice but both within ten minutes of each other in the opening 45 minutes. When Sebas scores at least one goal, the team's record is 6W-1D-4L. All four losses were by one goal and in three of the four losses the final was 2-1 with his being the lone Dynamo tally. When Ferreria scores, good things happen.
Houston returns home for its final match of 2022 facing the L.A. Galaxy on October 9th. Kick-off is set for 4:00pm CT.