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Houston Dynamo’s home fortress falters with another loss

Mar 31, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla (70) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second half against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Dynamo falter at home for their second consecutive loss at BBVA Compass Stadium. Here’s what we learned from the Orange’s 2-0 loss the New England Revolution. 

Home sweet no more

The fortress of solitude that was BBVA Compass Stadium is no more. After a season in which Houston went nearly undefeated at home, the Orange have now lost consecutive games at home. For a team that struggled on the road last season and made the playoffs primarily on the strength of their home record, dropping losses at home early in the season doesn’t bode well for them. Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said losing the first two of three home games is a problem that the team must now face and will work to fix it. 

Failure to capitalize on opportunities 

The Dynamo were once again let down in the final third. Houston created opportunities and got in dangerous positions but lacked a final pass and shot to capitalize on those opportunities. Of the 12 shots it had against the Revolution, six were on target but none really threatened New England ‘keeper Matt Turner. The clearest of changes fell to Alberth Elis who found himself in a 1v1 against Turner but sent his shot straight at him. It’s the second game in a row that Elis finds himself in that position and fails to find the back of the net. 

“We couldn’t find the net this time,” head coach Wilmer Cabrera said. “We are going to find the net the next time and that’s our mentality and it’s our approach to the next game.”

Dynamo debuts

The one positive from the Dynamo’s 2-0 loss was the MLS debuts of defender Alejandro Fuenmayor and rookie Mac Steeves. Fuenmayor, whose in his first season with the Dynamo, made his first MLS start and according to Cabrera played well. But he cautioned that it’s hard to gauge how a player does when a team is down a man. 

“This was not the debut I expected,” Fuenmayor said. “We had to win these crucial three points at home to keep pace with the table. We have to get back to work and address the mistakes we made so we don’t repeat them in our next game.”

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