The Houston Dynamo; a changed team
The Houston Dynamo are a different team. When Paulo Nagamura and the Dynamo parted ways four games ago, the Dynamo were in the middle of whirlwind of failures. Now 27 days later, they are a different team.
On Sunday evening, they took down Nashville SC for the second time this season this time by a 2-1 score. This game on the heels of a 3-1 loss in their last outing, the only blemish in Kenny Bundy's run as the interim head coach.
Home or away, the Houston Dynamo have come out playing hardnosed, fast paced controlled soccer. They have wasted little time adapting to Bundy and his energetic, organized style of the greatest game on grass.
In Nashville they faced a team unbeaten in their last six matches. They faced a team that had allowed just three goals in their last five games while scoring a dozen. They faced Hany Muhktar who had a goal or assist in Nashville's last 10 home games. They faced a team they had defeated 2-0 on May 15, 2022 when they played down a man for more than an hour.
Houston came in knowing that few respected them and many looked past them and together with Bundy's ability to energize and a desire to regain a measure of respect, the Dynamo became a team on a mission.
On Sunday, the Houston Dynamo became the only team to sweep a regular season series from Nashville. Sebastian Ferreria ended a six game scoreless streak notching a brace in the win. A 29th minute penalty kick gave Houston the early lead. He doubled the score 10 minutes later following an intercepted ball by Darwin Quintero.
The Dynamo's fourth road win of the season and the most since 2012 give Bundy a record of 2W-1D-1L with one to play with the interim tag in place. General manager Pat Onstad asked for momentum for 2023 when he replaced Nagamura on September 5th. Bundy has delivered that and more.
Houston returns home for its final match of 2022 on Sunday October 9th at PNC Stadium. Kick-off is set for 4:00pm CT.