The Houston Dynamo return home this week to host the Chicago Fire at PNC Stadium. El Naranja fell on the road to Orlando in the MLS restart following the FIFA break. Despite posting a 5W - 3D -7L record to begin 2022, there are at least three reasons to be excited about this team as summer heats up.
Ferreira is playing like a star
The biggest offseason signing in Houston Dynamo FC history is playing as expected. Known simply as Sebas, the 24 year old has been finding the back of the net warranting a lot of the opposition's attention. With goals in consecutive matches, Ferreira now has seven on the season. His accuracy in front of the net is something forwards dream about. Four of his last seven shots have been on frame and two have rippled the nets. Over his 14 appearances, he has ripped 27 shots with 12 on target and seven getting past the keeper. He has earned Player of the Week and Goal of the Week honors in 2022 as well. This is why owner Ted Segal approved paying him the big bucks and he is earning every penny.
"Coco" Carrasquilla brings energy to the pitch
You might think that Adalberto "Coco" Carrasquilla is the energizer bunny. On the pitch, he seems to touch the ball on every possession in some way, shape, or form. Carrasquilla, a much sought after player even at 22 years old, was obtained by Houston in early August of 2021. Since then he has played so well that Houston has already bought out his loan from La Liga's FC Cartagena. His passing accuracy of 93% in defensive third is one of the best on the team and he delivers in the offensive third with 74% of his passes finding the foot of a teammate. Overall his passing rate is 82% while his long passes forward connect at a 59% rate. For his performance on May 14 where he scored a goal, led the team with 12 recoveries, won nine of ten duels etc.etc. he was named to the MLS Team of the Week. His performance will only continue to grow more exciting with Hector Herrera's arrival.
Zeca added to the backline
Jose Carlos Cracco Neto better known as Zeca may have been a little slow in getting on to the pitch but now that he has arrived, the Houston Dynamo are better for it. SInce making his first MLS start on May 7th against DC United, he has not missed a start and is averaging 87 plus minutes per match. Playing outside back, Zeca gives Houston a steady defender opposite Adam Lundkvist. The Brazilian is averaging 76% pass completion rate getting the ball out of the defensive third. He gives much of his credit to midfielder Darwin Quintero.
"He helps me a lot with my movement on the field," shared Zeca following Saturday night's loss in Orlando. "We are getting to know each other very well in training and you can see that on the field of play. He can definitely raise the level of those around him."
With the addition of Hector Herrera arriving on July 9th, the Houston Dynamo may soon be the hottest ticket in Major League Soccer.