You wouldn't be too surprised if the Houston Dynamo already had their bags packed for the offseason. Listening to team captain Tim Parker and Matias Vera, you might think the Dynamo were preparing for a playoff game instead of the offseason.
Houston has been trying to put their best foot forward since Paulo Nagamura and the Dynamo parted ways. Interim head coach Kenny Bundy has been trying hard to instill energy, confidence, trust, and respect back into the team. His job was to build momentum heading into 2023.
Parker described to the media the effect Bundy has had over the last five games to knock this team out of complacency mode.
"Kenny's (Bundy) done a really good job," described Parker. "He's done a good job in terms of coming in, bringing energy, making things very simple, getting to the point, and certain details on certain aspects and stuff like that. He's been very clear and precise in terms of how he wants to see things and what he wants and expects from us. That's been portrayed on the field."
On Sunday, Houston has an opportunity to play the role of spoiler in the L.A. Galaxy's quest for three points and a home playoffs game. They face this game like they have the last four.
"I expect them to come out and they obviously want to play that playoff game at home," continued Parker. "So, we're going to see a lot of the best of what they got. I think for us to prepare for that the way we have this week has been really good. We've had a lot of good training sessions. We're looking forward to the tough test."
Midfielder Matias Vera echoed Parker's statement.
It is a tough team, it has great players that we must face and have a good performance, we have been analyzing it, detailing what its characteristics are, what we have to manage in the game, then we will try to implement what we have been working on and try to stay with the victory,” echoed Veras.
As fans file into PNC Stadium on Sunday afternoon, they expect to watch their team extend their streak over L.A. on Decision Day. Houston's final game of 2022 will be the prelude of things to come in 2023.