Houston – Although the Houston Dynamo dominated their game Wednesday against the Portland Timbers, they made one mistake and lost two points because of it.
But the Dynamo sill are undefeated at home and in fourth place in the Western Conference. Here’s some takeaways from the Wednesday match as the Dynamo prepare to host D.C. United at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
Final play issues
There were at least five extremely close calls on attack for the Dynamo – plays that made fans scream out in disbelief because the ball didn’t end up in the back of the net.
Attempt after attempt, the Dynamo had opportunities. From a weak kick, to a powerful shot that sent the ball over the net, the goalie stopping the shot and the goal getting called back — right when it seemed Houston would score, something happened.
“We need to continue practicing. So the chances are there, the problem is that sometimes we kick it a little bit out of the target or the goalkeeper saves it,” Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera said.“We cannot lose control and we cannot get desperate with that situation, but we need to be sure that we don’t make mistakes.”
Manotas scoring streak
Was it heartbreaking to play well, have control of the game and end up with a tie? Yes. But on a positive note, La Naranja is still unbeaten at home with five wins and two ties and Colombian striker Mauro Manotas said he’s developed a scoring streak against Portland. He has faced the Timbers seven times, and seven times he has scored on them.
“I want to score against everyone, every team,” Manotas said. ‘I have scored a lot on Sporting Kansas City — and those are special games, against Portland, Kansas, they feel like finals. Now, I have also developed a similar streak against FC Dallas, and I hope this continues when we visit Portland later this season.”
His scoring prowess and the Dynamo’s home advantage will be tested again Saturday when D.C. United comes to BBVA Compass Stadium.
After several months off following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Houston team captain DaMarcus Beasley started against the Timbers and looked pretty good.
The 36-year-old defender is a pillar for the Dynamo and brings a different depth to the squad when on the pitch — even when fresh off an injury.
“He was good despite that he was away for two months. He was good,” Cabrera said. “He was solid defensively and he was trying to move the ball, trying to touch the ball, trying to create space going forward. It was a solid game and it was good to have him back.”