Houston's soccer weekend equates to a win, a loss and a draw
The Houston Dynamo, the Dynamo Dos and the Houston Dash all had a chance to bring some excitement to the Houston soccer scene this past weekend. Only the Houston dash delivered while the Dos came loss and the Dynamo were blown out. Here's how it all went down.
We''ll start with the bad news and that's putting it nicely. The Philadelphia Union did not show any love in the City of Brotherly Love to the Houston Dynamo. The 6-0 win by the Union was the second time in the last three home matches that Philadelphia scored six or more goals. Houston had entered looking to defeat the Eastern Conference leaders who were unbeaten at home. The Dynamo left and by their own admission from the coach to the players described the game as an embarrassment and did not try to deflect any anger criticism, or blame from the fan base.
“This is a difficult one to swallow, but bottom line we lost to a better team. Credit to Philadelphia. We were not good on the day, but in all aspects the Union was better than us. Defensively, offensively. All I can say after this game, we have to apologize to the fans and make sure this will not happen again.” Paulo Nagamura Dynamo HC
The Houston Dynamo will have a chance at redemption as the road trip continues against the Vancouver Whitecaps whom they now trail by two points in the Western Conference table. Kick-off is slated for 9:30pm CT Friday night from BC Place.
The Dynamo Dos went to PK's in a Vancouver in search of an extra road point following the 2-2 draw at the end of regulation. The draw was disappointing as Houston had the lead twice and conceded the game tying marker in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time. Papa N'Doye and Marcelo Palomino found the back of the net for Houston. Houston returns to AVEVA for a home match against Sporting Kansas City 2 on August 7th. SKC 2 defeated the Dos 1-0 on June 11, 2022 at PNC Stadium. Houston remains fourth in the overall standings two points clear of in-state rival North Texas SC.
The Houston Dash put on another scoring display on the road at Red Bull Arena against Gotham FC. Gotham drew the first strike just minutes into the match. Houston then scored four unanswered including two within a minute of each from Sophie Schmidt and Ebony Salmon. The Dash have now won two straight under new interim head coach Juan Carlos Amoros. Houston travels from the east coast to the west coast for a Pacific Northwest battle with the OL Reign on Sunday August 7th.
“It's just building our confidence, I think slowly, but surely we're starting to see and actually believe that we're not just a team that gets lucky and grits out wins," described midfielder Shea Groom about her teammates. "We're a team that comes in and we score four, five goals a game. We are hard competitors to compete against."