Houston not dominant, but content with victory

HOUSTON -- The Houston Dynamo did what was necessary and not much more as they defeated Miami FC 1-0 in the third round of the US Open Cup.

“Mission accomplished. We are in the quarterfinals,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “We were hoping for a more dominant performance, but they sat back and made it hard and the wet field made it difficult to play over the top, but I am happy.”

“Credit to our guys,” said defender Eddie Robinson. “These are hard games to play. You have teams that, for the most part, you’ve never seen before. [And we had] a lot of guys that haven’t played a lot of first-team minutes this year.”

The only negative on the night would be the knee injury suffered by forward Luis Angel Landin in the 39th minute. Landín, who may have twisted his knee, was replaced by Mike Chabala in the first half.

“Tomorrow, they are going to run some tests so we will see what happens, but I hope it’s nothing serious,” said Landín. “I felt a twist, that’s why I didn’t want to continue. I hope and I expect that it’s nothing serious.”

With Landín playing out of position at attacking midfield in the first half, the team was not very fluid in offense. Lovel Palmer’s insertion into the attacking midfield spot after halftime provided a spark and the team’s ball movement improved dramatically and it was no surprise to see him score the eventual game winner in the 81st minute.

“[I] would like to see more goals, but [I'm] are happy with the win,” said Kinnear. “I don't know if we thought in the first half it was going to be too easy or we were not hungry enough, but I thought we were much better in the second half.”

Defensively, the Dynamo played well for both halves despite seldom playing a three man backline. Craig Waibel, Eddie Robinson and Ryan Cochrane or Mike Chabala, who each played a half, did a good job limiting the Miami FC attack. While Houston keeper Tally Hall made seven saves on the night, none of the saves were too threatening.

“We couldn’t find much of [an offensive] rhythm throughout the game, but the three defenders locked it down and made it pretty easy for me,” said Hall. “All my saves were off pace shots that they didn’t have a lot of time on, so I have to hand it to [the defenders], as I didn’t see anything that was too crazy.”

While it wasn’t the most beautiful of games, Houston advance to play the winner of the Austin and Chivas USA match later tonight. For a team that has been struggling in MLS play as of late, tonight’s victory can be a positive step in the right direction.

“This was always going to be tough, as [Miami] want to prove that they can play here,” Palmer said. “We have to gain confidence from these games -- since we are not winning games in the MLS -- to go into games like Thursday’s (against Toronto FC) and be confident and know that we can come out victorious.”

Dwain Capodice is a contributor to MLSsoccer.com. Questions or comments can be sent via email to dwaincapodice@gmail.com.

HOUSTON, Texas – The Houston Dynamo did what was necessary
and not much more as they defeated Miami FC 1-0 in the 3rd round of
the US Open Cup. 

 

“Mission accomplished. We are in the quarterfinals,” said
head coach Dominic Kinnear. “We were hoping for a more dominant performance,
but they sat back and made it hard and the wet field made it difficult to play
over the top, but I am happy.”

 

Credit
to our guys,” said defender Eddie Robinson. “These are hard games to play. You
have teams that, for the most part, you’ve never seen before. [And we had] a
lot of guys that haven’t played a lot of first-team minutes this year.”

 

The
only negative on the night would be the knee injury suffered by forward Luis
Angel Landin in the 39th minute. Landín, who may have twisted his
knee, was replaced by Mike Chabala in the first half.  

 

“Tomorrow,
they are going to run some tests so we will see what happens, but I hope it’s
nothing serious,” said Landín. “I felt a twist, that’s why I didn’t want to
continue. I hope and I expect that it’s nothing serious.”

 

With
Landín playing out of position at attacking midfield in the first half, the team
was not very fluid in offense. Lovel Palmer’s insertion into the attacking
midfield spot after halftime provided a spark and the team’s ball movement
improved dramatically and it was no surprise to see him score the eventual game
winner in the 81st minute. 

“You
would like to see more goals, but you are happy with the win,” said Kinnear. “I
don't know if we thought in the first half it was going to be too easy or we
were not hungry enough, but I thought we were much better in the second half.”

 

Defensively,
the Dynamo played well for both halves despite seldom playing a three man
backline. Craig Waibel, Eddie Robinson and Ryan Cochrane or Mike Chabala, who
each played a half, did a good job limiting the Miami FC attack. While Houston
keeper Tally Hall made seven saves on the night, none of the saves were too
threatening. 

 

“We
couldn’t find much of [an offensive] rhythm throughout the game, but the three
defenders locked it down and made it pretty easy for me,” said Hall. “All my
saves were off pace shots that they didn’t have a lot of time on, so I have to
hand it to [the defenders], as I didn’t see anything that was too crazy.”

 

While
it wasn’t the most beautiful of games, Houston advance to play the winner of
the Austin and Chivas USA match later tonight. For a team that has been
struggling in MLS play as of late, tonight’s victory can be a positive step in
the right direction.   

 

“This
was always going to be tough, as [Miami] want to prove that they can play
here,” Palmer said. “We have to gain confidence from these games -- since we
are not winning games in the MLS -- to go into games like Thursday’s (against
Toronto FC) and be confident and know that we can come out victorious.”

 

Dwain
Capodice
is a contributor to MLSsoccer.com. 
Questions or Comments can be sent via email to
dwaincapodice@gmail.com.


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