HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo fell to Los Angeles Football Club 3-1 and saw their undefeated streak at BBVA Stadium end Friday night.
The Dynamo haven’t posted good away game results, with most of their points coming from home matches. The home matches are helping keep them in playoff contention and what started off as a promising home game for the Dynamo against LAFC turned into a nightmare for the Houston team.
“The first half, we were very good and we had enough chance to put the game away and we didn’t do it and with this type of teams that have quality, you have to take advantage of the opportunity. We created some many and we couldn’t finish,” Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera said.
Cabrera used his first choice lineup against LAFC and pushed be dominant to start the game. The first fan roar at BBVA Stadium came after a Dynamo shot in the first few seconds of the match hit the post, but that set the tone for the first half.
Two more shots were off target for the Dynamo – until the second minute when midfielder Tomas Martinez passed the ball to forward Romell Quito, who had no problem fooling LAFC defense. Quito took his time and shot a left-footer from the left side of the box into the back of the net.
“It was a very difficult match for us, we knew that it would be, but now we have to turn the page and think about what comes next. I am happy that I scored because I’ve scored in two consecutive games and that’s important,” Quito said after the match.
In the 25th minute, Dynamo fans were screaming “goal” when Alberth Elis controlled the ball and took out the LAFC goalie, but at the last minute he couldn’t connect with the ball and LAFC defender Mohamed El-Munir kicked the ball out to avoid giving up the goal.
As the first half was winding down, LAFC attacking forward Adama Diomande saw a goal opportunity and with no Dynamo players close to him, easily lifted himself off the grounded and headed the ball by the second post, scoring the equalizer for this team in the 47th minute.
“I think each individual in the team needs to look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves if they are giving everything they can to the team and what they can do better myself included,” Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis said.
Minutes after the second half began, Diomande got a pass inside the box and, with the assistance of Lee Nguyen, took a right-footed shot from the center of the box scoring in the 48th minute of the game putting the visiting team up 2-1.
All the missed opportunities the Dynamo had in the first half came back to haunt them for the rest of the game. Houston did not have the same intensity as it in the first 45 minutes and the Dynamo seemed frustrated unable they were unable to get a clear shot at goal to equalize the match.
” I think we did a really good job in the first half pressuring the ball and winning the ball, we were aggressive all over the field. I think we should have done a little bit better just finishing our chances and then probably done a better job stopping their attacks,” Adam Lundqvist said after the match.
As the Dynamo fought to find a goal, they left open pockets and once again the LAFC took advantage. In the 87th minute, LAFC forward Diego Rossi chipped the ball over Willis and scored the final goal of the match.
The Dynamo will have to re-evaluate their performance and regroup before hitting the road. Last year, Houston missed the playoffs due to a lack of road points.
“The thing we got to do is take the small pieces we did well and then bring them into the next game, into the next challenge. One thing is for sure we will never stop working and never stop trying to improve. Just keep our head and look forward,” Lundqvist said.
Houston will now get on the road for back-to-back away games. First, the Dynamo will face Atlanta United on Wednesday. Next, they will travel to play at Toronto FC on Saturday.