5 Things We Learned from the Dynamo Breaking the Home Unbeaten Streak
That was the last time the Dynamo tasted defeat in the city of Houston during any competition. Since that 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew at Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo have gone a league record 35 games unbeaten in the Bayou City in all competitions.
That's victories -- and the occasional draw -- against their MLS counterparts and teams from around CONCACAF.
Sunday afternoon's 2-1 win against the Chicago Fire put the Dynamo one game over Real Salt Lake's streak of 34 unbeaten home games from 2009-2011. In a classy gesture, RSL tweeted their congratulations to the Orange.
Congratulations to @houstondynamo for new 35-match home unbeaten record— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) April 14, 2013
Here are five things we learned from the Dynamo's record-setting home win at BBVA Compass Stadium.
5. The reason why the Dynamo have gone so long without a home loss is... Consistency.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear points out that his teams have always taken pride in defending their home turf. You know, the "no one is gonna fuck with us in our own backyard" mentality.
Kinnear is quick to point out that he's had the opportunity to coach some good teams. Four MLS Cup appearances and two titles since 2006 sums up how good the Orange have been. And since that span, Robertson Stadium and BBVA Compass Stadium have been two of the most daunting places for opposing teams. Kinnear's ability to put together competitive squads every year is the main reason this streak has endured.
"'Consistent' is probably the key word," Kinnear said. "You have to be good to be consistently good."
4. Brad Davis to the rescue -- again When speaking of consistency, the one Orange player that has been giving opposing teams fits every year has been Davis. He stuck it to Chicago once more on Sunday afternoon.
First, during the run-of-play in the 26th minute, he laid a perfectly timed cross into box where only Will Bruin could put a head on it. Result: 1-0 Dynamo.
Then, in the 81st minute, with the game knotted at one apiece, he hit another cross, this time to the near post. This cross, however, went untouched and cruised to the back of the net. Now Davis will say he was "definitely shooting," but either way the result stuck: 2-1 Dynamo.
Once again, Davis to the rescue.
3. BRB -- Bruin right back After a hella slow start to the 2013 campaign, Dynamo forward Will Bruin has been able to put a couple of goals in the net.
His latest exploit was Sunday's opening goal, a perfect header to beat Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
"He's a good player, we know that," Kinnear said. "When he's healthy, it makes us a better team and a better squad."
2. Texas heat claims another victim Apparently, the Fire couldn't handle the heat in southeast Texas. In what the team dubbed "the first hot game of the year," the Dynamo were able to work Chicago over until they eventually tired out. They were able to create possession late in the match, and it eventually paid dividends when the Dynamo took the 2-1 lead.
"We knew if we stayed composed, moved the ball, we'd get some more chances in the second half," Davis said. "And we did; we were able to get that second goal."
1. Jekyll and Hyde As consistent as the Dynamo have been at home, they've been just as inconsistent on the road. They're a perfect 4-for-4 at the friendly confines of BBVA.
In contrast, they've yet to get a result on the road this year. Not even a measly draw against in-state rivals FC Dallas or the Portland Timbers, two teams the Dynamo have owned in recent years. If the Dynamo wish to make a strong push for the Supporters' Shield this year, they'd better start making themselves at home -- on the road.
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