Dynamo Lose Match, Advance to Eastern Conference Finals
Even though they lost 1-0 to Sporting Wednesday night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, the 2-1 aggregate score secured the Dynamo's place in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Dynamo know one thing: they'll host the first leg of the conference final at BBVA on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m., NBC Sports Network). Who they'll play is up in the air. Blizzard-like conditions in the Big Apple postponed the Red Bulls match against D.C. United to Thursday night.
Here are three thoughts that Hair Balls put together on the Dynamo's series win over Sporting K.C.
3. Dynamo a bit fortunate
You want to talk about plain-dumb luck, the Dynamo were blessed to escape Kansas City with only a 1-0 loss. How was it possible for Sporting to fire off 20 shots, and only four were on frame? How is it possible for a team to possess the ball for almost three-quarters of a 90-minute match, and only manage one goal?
Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will tell you it was his "disciplined" defense. "In order to get out of the series, you have to be disciplined with your defending; and to be honest, the guys were definitely that."
The Dynamo were definitely on thin ice the entire second half of Wednesday's affair. They were able to put players behind the ball, which is why Sporting rarely tested Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall.
2. Referee allowed match to be physical
Much was made after the first leg when Sporting head coach Peter Vermes questioned the officiating following his team's loss. Many people said it was Vermes making excuses for his team's shortcomings.
Sporting finished third throughout the regular season in total fouls committed - the true sign of physical team. Unfortunately, they came across a Dynamo team that loves a good fight and won't back down from anyone.
Fans from both teams will argue that the referee allowed a lot of contact. None was more evident than the no-call on stoppage time when Ricardo Clark appeared to take down Chance Myers. The would-be call would have resulted in a penalty to possibly send the match to extra time.
Kansas City looks like a bunch of crying babies. They remind me of school-yard bullies. They play overly-physical against smaller, weaker teams; but don't stack up against the big-boys.
1. Dynamo love to play against former strikers
The Dynamo have found great triumph when they compete against former players.
During the conference knockout game, they beat-up on Dominic Oduro, and the Chicago Fire. During the conference semifinal, they held Kei Kamara to just a single assist.
They no longer play former teammates of any substance. Dwayne De Rosario is out for the season for DC United. Chris Wondolowski and San Jose just got ousted by the defending champions, LA Galaxy.
Where is Joseph Ngwenya when you need him?