With the Houston Dynamo struggling to find a consistent offense, it's always fun to play armchair coach and GM. In this case, we look at possible scenarios for what could be the most productive front line for the Houston Dynamo.
Combo # 1 - Sebastian Ferreria, Thor Uhlfarrson, Darwin Quintero
This grouping gives the Houston Dynamo its most productive trio for a variety of reasons. Quintero is key to any trio of Houston Dynamo forwards. DQ Jr. is just one season removed from his league leading 12 assist campaign for Houston. Over the course of his five MLS seasons, he has 38 goals and 35 assists. The man knows how to distribute and when the opportunity presents itself, he knows how to finish. Ferreria and Uhlfarrson know how to move without the ball. Both know how to find space and both have proven they know how to finish. Between the three of them, they have accounted for 18 of the Dynamo's 28 goals plus seven assists.
Combo # 2 - Beto Avila, Tyler Pasher, Sebastian Ferreria
Ferreria produces (seven goals) thus the highest signing in Dynamo history is in on all three combinations. Tyler Pasher has not received much playing time but when he has not only has he shown he can stretch defenses but he can put the ball on net. He has been lauded as putting keepers in dangerous positions with goal attempts. Forcing the play down the wing with Pasher and Avila's speed and playmaking ability would produce three new dynamics. First , it would stretch defenses wide. With the defense stretched and not jammed in the box, it opens more space for Ferreria to work. Finally, it give Hector Herrera the opportunity show Dynamo fans some of his ball skill and creative passing genius that drew the Houston brain trust to sign him.
Combo # 3 - Beto Avila, Sebastian Ferreria, Thor Uhlfarrson
Understanding that Quintero is no longer able to play three games in a week like he once did is the impetus behind this combination up top. Avila, Ferreria and Uhlfarrson give you three dynamic young player who can stretch defenses every which way but loose. Avila, in his moments, in the Open Cup featured pretty well. he has five goals and a couple of assists in his MLS Next Pro matches. The 21 year old has the ability to play wide while Ferreria and Uhlfarrson draw traffic inside opening space for Avila to maneuver. It would be an unusual move for Dynamo head coach Paulo Nagamure to make however maybe this is just the thing Houston needs to bring energy to the pitch offensively. Three potential offensive machines in the prime of their career displaying their scoring prowess the likes of which Houston has never witnessed.
Overall, Houston doesn't have a lot to work with since players like Corey Baird, Thiago Fernandes and the quickly aging Fafa Picault have not done much offensively. These three combos could make for some interesting conversation not too mention some very interesting opportunities for more offense. The good thing is that Nagamura is not adverse to trying new things or putting young players on the pitch so maybe just maybe one of these combos could be the answer.