Dynamo's Home Touch Fading with Loss To Red Bulls
The Dynamo have seen some cold spells in their time in Houston, but their current situation is ridiculous. They are 0-3-1 in their last four matches, and have been outscored 12-2.
The Dynamo have only missed the playoffs once since their arrival in 2006.
Now as bad as that last figure looks, it could be much worse. If you don't include Sunday's home loss to the New York Red Bulls - a 4-1 result - then the goals ratio is only a mere 8-1 in favor of the opposing team. Not as bad.
In our effort to see the glass as half full - or half empty - here are 5 things Hair Balls noticed Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
5. Absence of stars
We've reached that point every four years when World Cup Qualifying is reaching its conclusion around the globe. National teams assemble their rosters as everyone makes their last effort to qualify for the big dance. Since FIFA set the 6th and 10th as official dates for Qualifier matches, the best players have been plucked by their clubs to rep their home countries.
The Dynamo paid their price by losing defender Jermaine Taylor and midfielder Boneik Garcia for both dates, joining Jamaica and Honduras respectively. And then in a last second change by US coach Jurgen Klinnsman, midfielder Brad Davis was summoned to join the Yanks on Saturday for their big clash with rival Mexico on Tuesday night in Columbus, OH.
4. Injury bug pestering the Dynamo more than the recent surge of mosquitoes
County officials need to bring out the spray trucks to the Southwest side - and then make a detour to BBVA.
On top of the club's aces being away on national team duty, they had to battle the slew of injuries that's plagued them. Out was defenders Corey Ashe and Eric Brunner, and midfielder Andrew Driver.
Then there was Calen Carr, Omar Cummings, and Tyler Deric; who were listed as questionable but didn't even get a seat on the bench.
Good news: Ricardo Clark returned from his illness in the second half - which is when the Red Bulls scored three of their four goals.