HOUSTON – After Saturday night’s loss to the New England Revolution, the frustration for Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear was plain to see.
A week after dropping their first game at home in two years, Houston were outplayed by a Revolution team that had scored just six goals all season before suffering a 2-0 defeat at BBVA Compass Stadium.
After the loss to their Eastern Conference foes, the Dynamo were left to stew on a night where nothing went right.
“I’m very disappointed with the way we played tonight,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “You need to tackle people running with the ball and you need to have good, smart possession around the box. That is what we failed to do.”
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Kinnear’s description was short and simple and drove home the totality of the night’s miscues.
Houston were never able to get things going in their favor. The Dynamo struggled to create chances early on and when the chances came late they failed to convert. Add in a special play from Diego Fagundez and a miscue on Ricardo Clark’s own goal and you have the recipe for a loss.
“Just a disjointed effort,” goalkeeper Tally Hall said. “I think we were giving everything we had but we weren’t working smart. You’re not going to win a lot of games if you’re not working smart. It feels terrible right now. I don’t often remember feeling this bad after a game.”
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Houston’s struggles were made worse as they lost both starting center backs in the first 40 minutes of the game. Jermaine Taylor lasted just 10 minutes before leaving with a shoulder injury and Bobby Boswell was given a red card in the 40th minute for an apparent head butt on Dimitry Imbongo, who was also ejected following the late first-half scuffle.
“I thought the referee handled it pretty well,” Kinnear said. “In that situation, I did not see anything. I just came in and watched the replay at halftime and I think the referee handled it well.”
While both teams played an hour with 10 men, Houston were the side that failed to respond and now have to bounce back from a home loss for the second consecutive week.
“Performances like this, let’s call them an opportunity to see what can fundamentally go completely wrong,” Hall said. “Then we fix that as we look forward.”