Dynamo Shut Out Chicago, Themselves
The only action at BBVA Compass Stadium last night was the pre-Fourth of July firework show following the supposed match between the Dynamo and the Chicago Fire. A sellout crowd turned out to witness a 0-0 snooze fest between the two MLS clubs.
The Dynamo looked like they lost a little pep in their step, considering the high-energy pace they played with in their 2-1 victory on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. The Orange were also without US international Geoff Cameron, who sat out Tuesday night with a left hamstring injury.
As has been the case at home matches, the Dynamo dominated possession. The Dynamo's 4-3-3 formation created problems early for the Fire. Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear liked his team's wide play, with Brad Davis on the left and Boniek Garcia on the right spreading Chicago's defense.
"I thought we got some good looks in the first half," Kinnear said. "As the game wore on, it just went the way we thought it was going to go, them just sitting deep and trying to break on us."
"I think our best chances did come from wide areas. I thought on a night like tonight, you have to be a little more perfect than we were."
By perfect, Kinnear was referencing the fact that the Dynamo didn't get a shot on goal until Brian Ownby's attempt in the 73rd minute. In fact, out of 34 crosses, the Dynamo managed two shots on goal the entire match. Davis noted that fatigue from playing two games in three nights didn't help his side. "It is how it is; we have a tough little schedule here, quick turnaround."
The only real positive around the Dynamo locker room after the match was the fact that they got a shutout, their first since the 0-0 draw against the Portland Timbers on May 15. The Dynamo have another quick turnaround, as they travel to Kansas City to face Sporting on Saturday.
Bend it like Beckham
A bizarre play unfolded at the end of Saturday's match between the LA Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes. With the Galaxy down a goal and about a minute left in the match, David Beckham kicked a ball at an "injured" Earthquake player.
Now Beckham earned a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the injured player -- Sam Cronin -- popped right up after being hit with the ball and bitched to the ref. Yes, time wasting is part of the "beautiful game." But Cronin must have not been so hurt if he jumped right up.
Major League Soccer has shown this season that it will review flopping and time wasting and dish out fines and/or suspensions even if the game officials didn't call a foul. Hopefully, Cronin gets what should be coming to him.