Here are three observations from the Houston Dynamo’s 3-2 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
Home isn’t where the heart is
The Houston Dynamo’s 2-1 loss Sunday afternoon to the Seattle Sounders is a microcosm of the Orange’s 2018 MLS Season — a 2018 season that saw Houston go 8-6-3 at home, a large cry from its 2017 home record of 12-1-4 record that propelled the Dynamo to the Major League Soccer playoffs.
Being a strong team at home was something Cabrera stressed entering the season, but that message fell on deaf ears.
Despite the turnout, the Dynamo faithful were in attendance and the Dynamo players took notice. A.J. DeLaGarza and Mauro Manotas pointed out the size of the crowd and said it’s one of the largest crowds this season for them.
“It’s up to us. They need a winning team,” DeLaGarza said. “We have to produce as a team to get them back next year to fill the seats a little bit more. Honestly, we have to do our part on the field first.”
With the season winding down, the Dynamo will get to work for next season rather quickly. The Orange have CONCACAF Champions League matches in February, which means the club will have to bolster the team. And Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera knows exactly how he wants to improve the team.
“Defensively, we’ve been very poor and it’s not a secret. And I told the guys in the back,” Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said about his team’s performance at home and their prowess for giving up goals. “Defensively our centerbacks have been below average. And we can score a lot of goals. Today we complete 55 goals throughout the season. When you score 55 goals throughout the season you are one of best five or six teams in MLS…but we conceded too many.”
DaMarcus Beasley’s last home game?
There’s no telling if Run DMB will be back for another season with the Dynamo. Beasley’s contract runs out at the end of the season and neither the player nor the club has made an announcement regarding his future at the club.
There’s no denying Beasley has been an asset for the Dynamo since his arrival four years ago. The left-back has been a steady presence in the Dynamo’s backline in that time. One has to wonder if the allure of playing in the CONCACAF Champions League is enough of a draw for Run DMB to give it one more year.
After all, it’s one of the few tournaments that he has yet to participate in. In his storied career, Beasley has played in the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, Copa MX, CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S Open Cup, and the U-17 World Cup.
It’s safe to say the Dynamo would love nothing more than to bring back Run DMB for one last season, but that decision will have to wait until the offseason.