On Tuesday night, the Houston Dynamo gave interim head coach Kenny Bundy his first win in Major League Soccer. The 3-1 win over the New England Revolution was indicative of what Bundy has done at each stop throughout his career both on and off the pitch.
Bundy's teams have always balanced a relentless offense with a stifling defense. Against New England the first team demonstrated the expected balance. They put 11 of 21 shots on target finding the back of the net three time. It was their third highest shot total this season and the most they have put on goal in 2022. The goals scored marked just the third time they have scored more than two goals in a match. On the defensive side, they surrendered 16 attempts but only five found their way to Houston keeper Steve Clark.
Discipline has returned to the team. The team has not been whistled for an offside since Bundy took over. The team has more shots on target and goals scored in two games under Bundy then they had in the three games combined prior to his takeover. Discipline and execution define wins and losses.
“We want this to be a miserable place to come," Bundy continued explaining. "Right? We want this to be awful. We want people to see it on the schedule and go ‘Ugh, I’m not looking forward to that.’ That was part of the message as well. Who is going to be grittier. Who is going to do the nastier things. Which by that I mean, who is going to make the extra run? Who is going to be the person that makes the extra tackle? Part of our plan was to move them with the ball. We wanted them to suffer. We wanted them, in their system, to have to shift side-to-side and really try to fatigue them and they bought it. They bought into it and they did it and they executed it and they got three points.”
With three games left, Houston fans will see if this trend continues as Houston heads to LAFC this Saturday night in California. Kick-off is set for 9:30pm CT.