The Dynamo's home unbeaten streak remained intact after Sunday afternoon, thanks to a 1-1 draw against the visiting Colorado Rapids.
And just like a baseball purist will tell you there's plenty of excitement in a 1-0 game, futbol aficionados can find suspense in a draw. For both injury-depleted teams -- the Rapids a hell of a lot more -- the draw is more of a reminder of points left on the table.
Aside from the first heat-rash of the season, here are five things Hair Balls took from Sunday match at BBVA.
5. Will Bruin turned facilitator The third-year striker has dramatically improved his hold-up play during his short career. Practicing alongside Brian Ching will do that to young lad. A lot of the best chances the Dynamo had were because Bruin was able to hold the ball up top, and then let his midfielders make runs toward goal.
Both Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis nearly scored off Bruin's play in the first half. Down 1-0 in the 66th minute, it was Bruin's hold-up play that sprung Giles Barnes, allowing him to rifle a shot from distance into goal for the equalizer.
4. Barnes knew it was going in Maybe not that shot specifically, but he knew he'd be on the stat sheet come the final whistle. Before the match, Barnes had a Nostradamus-like prophecy: impending doom for Rapids via a shot off his boot.
A lazy, ticky-tack goal just wouldn't do; it wouldn't be befitting of such a vision. No, No... It had to be grand. His 66th minute blast from the top of the 18-yard box was more just. 3. Formation Fans last season raved when the Dynamo switched to the 4-3-3 formation. It all started when the Dynamo acquired Boneik Garcia midway through the season. Ironically, as Garcia returned to the starting lineup from injury on Sunday, Kinnear made the move to the 4-3-3. In all actuality, the move was probably made to fill the void of the injured Adam Moffat.
Since the outside forwards dropped back into the midfield constantly, it seemed like the Dynamo always had a numbers advantage in the midfield. But with only Bruin to guard, the Rapids began to press high with their defense. Once they won the ball, they bypassed the midfield and sent balls directly to their speedy forwards, causing fits to the Dynamo's backline.
It's the same strategy the Dynamo use against Sporting Kansas City. A little Rocky Mountain taste of their own medicine, so to speak.
2. Tempers Flare The first hour of the match was played physical, but relatively clean. The last 30 minutes was played even more physical, it this time it got a little testy.
Four players were shown yellow cards during the last third of the match; two from each team. Davis was shown one during the first minute of stoppage time. Minutes later, he was shown a straight red for a reckless tackle on former Dynamo Nathan Sturgis.
1. Injuries and suspensions The Dynamo played Sunday's match without defender Jermaine Taylor, who was serving a one-match suspension following his straight red the previous week in Montreal. Add to that the list of injured forwards -- Calen Carr and Omar Cummings -- and Mr. Moffat.
Next week, the Dynamo will make their only appearance of the regular season at the Home Depot Center to face the LA Galaxy. And they'll do it without Davis, who'll be serving his suspension for the red he received Sunday afternoon.
Taylor will be back for the Galaxy match; it's not clear if Moffat or Cummings will make Kinnear's 18-man roster.
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