Dynamo Hold Lead for a Minute: 5 Things We Learned
Well, there was that -- and the fact that the Dynamo only held onto their lead in the second half for about a minute and change.
The 1-1 tie Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium keeps the Dynamo in the fifth place of the Eastern Conference, but not by a lot. Here are five things Hair Balls took away from the match.
5. Davis reaches MLS milestone
Brad Davis came on early in the first half as a substitute. His appearance Saturday night 300th in MLS history; put him in a select list of only 22 players to reach that milestone. The list includes former Dynamo players Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Mullan and assistant coach Steve Ralston.
4. Weaver did his part
There's only one way Saturday could've been more special for forward Cam Weaver -- if his goal in the 61st minute was the game winner. At the time, it was the go-ahead goal. It just only lasted for a minute before Mike Magee equalized the score at 1 apiece.
Nevertheless, Weaver hopes this goal will ultimately be more of a slump buster.
"It's been awhile in league play, so I'm definitely happy to get that goal."
3. Creavalle playing with confidence
Since the Dynamo have been missing players due to International call-ups and injuries lately, midfielder Warren Creavalle has been making the best of his playing time.
Against the Fire, Creavalle came in as a second-half sub and immediately brought in a burst of energy that was needed in this match. He threatened Chicago's defense from the right flank, tracked back to cover his man and chased down loose balls to create plays out of nothing.
The second half of the season will tell if Creavalle can earn a spot in the starting 11.
2. Chicago got what they came for
It was clear from the get go that the Fire had no intention of winning this game. The coaching staff or players won't tell you, but their play on the field was a dead giveaway. Chicago defended almost exclusively with five only pushed forward on a counterattack.
But hey -- on the road in MLS -- a point is a point, no matter how you get it.
1. Officiating was atrocious
The game was lacking any sort of rhythm thanks in large part to stoppages. Head coach Dominic Kinnear attributed that to certain tactics used by the Fire once they tied the game.
"As the game got tied, there was some time wasting -- we've seen that before," Kinnear said after the match. "It just slows the game down, but what can you do."
You could start with the officiating; the referees have the power to speed the game up forcing teams to begin plays quicker on dead balls.
Another power they have is to call fouls, something Ricardo Salazar was hesitant to do. In theory, blowing the whistle only slows down the game more. But there were some serious moments where a card could have been warranted, and yet no foul was called.
A yellow card here or there could've helped in this match.