Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dynamo Report 2/24/2008

The Houston Dynamo’s 2008 preseason started on a positive note, beating the new San Jose Earthquakes, drawing with the Quakes in their second game and then getting a 3-0 win over Sydney F.C. in the Pan Pacific Championship semifinal this past Wednesday, but the Dynamo’s preseason unbeaten streak came to end Saturday night in Honolulu when they suffered a 6-1 drubbing administered by the J-League’s Gamba Osaka. Four of those goals came off of Brazilian striker Bare.

The good news for the Houston Dynamo and Dynamo fans is that this loss, one of the worst in franchise history, came early in preseason and there is still time to make the necessary corrections before the start of the CONCACAF Champions Cup starts next month.
While much has been made of the off-season departures of forwards Nate Jaqua and Joseph Ngweyna, after last night’s game it is clear that the Dynamo need to spend some time working on its defensive core, which was neither cohesive or communicating well. Part of the defensive failures might have been the absence of Eddie Robinson and the leadership he brings to Houston’s back line, and it didn’t help that Bobby Boswell is still in the process of adjusting to a new team and new system.

The scoreline from last night’s game is a bit deceiving. On the whole, the Houston Dynamo, especially its midfield, played well, but the lack of depth up front, the absence of Dwayne DeRosario and Eddie Robinson, and the failure of communication between Boswell and Patrick Ianni, give Gamba Osake too many opportunities, of which they took full advantage.

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