In the short history of Houston Dynamo soccer, there's always been one constant - this team will go through a dry spell in the summer months. But this little lull that the Orange have hit, it's a bit of a doozy.
Even though the Dynamo managed to earn the draw against Toronto FC on Saturday night, the mood surrounding the team felt more like a defeat. Maybe that's because a scoreless draw in front of a sold-out crowd at BBVA against the bottom-dwellers of the Eastern Conference is pretty much an equivalent to a defeat.
Here are three things we learned from the Dynamo's match this past Saturday.
3. The annual Summer Winless Streak is upon us I had to do a little a research to see when the last Dynamo victory was (and by research I meant just looked on houstondynamo.com). The last time the Dynamo tasted the spoils of victory was May 8 - a 4-0 drubbing of DC United. That game was played at RFK Stadium in DC. The last time BBVA hosted a Dynamo victory was on April 14.
The streak only accounts for MLS league play. They did manage a 2-0 win over third division side FC Tucson in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. They followed that up the following week with a 3-0 loss at FC Dallas.
Even with this current lack of results, the Dynamo are still in good position for the playoffs. And as we all know, the Dynamo usually follow this lull with an explosive winning streak.
2. Goals are not for sale in MLS Too bad, because the Dynamo would love nothing more than to buy a few goals through a Groupon deal.
Forward Will Bruin puts a lot of the blame on himself for the team's inability to finish. He missed several key opportunities to put the Dynamo over the top.
"I need to finish my chances," Bruin said. "We got a shutout, but we got shut out, too. That's getting real frustrating for me as a forward."
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Statistically, the Dynamo dominated every offensive category. The team maintained possession of the ball, out-shot Toronto, and the number of corner kicks. On this particular night, the goal was not destined to come.
1. Reinforcements almost here The Dynamo were short players in almost every match. Depth on this soccer team was severely tested during the first half. It's clear there are still pieces to the puzzle still scattered around. Now, all those guys are coming back.
Brad Davis did his stint with the Nats. Boniek Garcia is coming back from Honduras's qualifying efforts. And Jermaine Taylor spent his last month with the Jamaican National Team.
From the injury report, Caleen Car and Omar Cummings are nearing a return to the senior team. If they can get back to good health before the All-Star break, they'll have time to regroup and put a winning streak together before the end of the season.