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Dynamo draw, win and head to Toronto
Thursday, 01 July 2010
The Dynamo’s losing streak came to an end last Saturday but not with the result they wanted. A better offensive performance was again countered by an inconsistent defense as Houston managed a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids. The draw means the Men in Orange are winless in their last four MLS games and have fallen to sixth in the Western Conference.

Full disclosure: it should be noted that I didn’t attend this game. Let’s just say that the US-Ghana game earlier in the day hit me like of ton of bricks…a ton of bricks filled with Lone Star. That said, some revelations can still be made by reading the game report and watching the highlights:

The Dynamo defense is no closer to regaining its form.
You hate to see a player like Eddie Robinson make such a crucial error that directly leads to a goal; mistakes like that have been plaguing the Dynamo all season. They still haven’t found a way to eliminate these mistakes that lead to goals.
Danny Cruz continues to improve.
The young midfielder scored his second MLS goal and was only denied his third by a cruel twist of fate as his second half shot managed to hit the inside of both posts without crossing the line.
The Rapids announcers are God awful.
Seriously. And just a suggestion, guys. Learn how to pronounce the players’ names. I know some people have tricky names but “Ngwenya” really isn’t that bad. And I know that technically, he’s a new player but the man played in MLS a mere two years ago. Seriously, just pop in a DVD and see how Dave O’Brien pronounced it. If the King of Mispronunciation can pull it off, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to.
Speaking of Joe, not a bad way to make your mark in your first start.
He finished off Mullan’s cross with aplomb and if the Dynamo is going to keep giving away cheap goals, they’ll need strikers who finish when given the opportunity.

PalmerOpen Cup action
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup provided a distraction this week, as the Houston reserves played against Miami FC at home on Tuesday night. Lovel Palmer’s strike in the second half helped the team win, 1-0. The Orange advance to the quarterfinals, set to take place on July 6 at Robertson. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Men in Orange have found it difficult to defeat Toronto during the best of times, and with the Canada-based team showing signs of making its first playoffs in franchise history, a win tonight seems even less likely.

Dynamo legend Dwayne De Rosario is having a phenomenal season with his hometown team, contributing eight goals and three assists so far. It’s safe to say that any offensive threat Toronto musters will more than likely involve him. New head coach Preki has begun to put his stamp on the team and Toronto fans are beginning to reap the rewards.

One positive for the Dynamo: BMO Field has recently been fitted with natural grass.

The Dynamo has the talent but until they sort themselves out defensively and string together several good performances, they’ll continue to struggle. They could win this game, but I can’t in good conscious predict it based on their past performances.

Prediction:
Toronto FC 2, Dynamo 0

Season Prediction Record: 8-6

(BTW: I nailed last week’s prediction. That’s 3)