If one game was a microcosm of the Houston Dynamo's 2010 MLS regular season, it was the 2-1 loss this weekend to the San Jose Earthquakes.
The loss all but dashes any playoff hopes the Dynamo had; though they are not mathematically eliminated yet, they might as well be.
"If you want a definition of our season, just show somebody the tape of this game," Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson said. "I mean, I don't know that you can play any better and come away with zero points."
After trailing 1-0 courtesy of a San Jose goal in the sixth minute, Brad Davis headed in the equalizing goal in first-half stoppage time. The Dynamo even came out in the second half swinging for the fences. In the 64th minute, Cam Weaver had a shot on goal that could have put the Dynamo on top. Instead of going inside the net, the ball quickly exchanged possession, and the Earthquakes were on a counterattack.
After Pat Onstad blocked the initial shot, Geovanni was there for the put-back, and San Jose took the lead for good.
The Dynamo still had opportunities to tie the game; chances were plenty. So much that the Dynamo ended the game with 16 shots, compared to only six for the Earthquakes; the Dynamo also dominated the possession game.
In the end, the Quakes put their shots in the goal, the Dynamo didn't.
"You still have to score goals. If you don't score goals, it all goes for nothing," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said. "And that's what we got out of the game, nothing."
No matter how hard the Dynamo have played this season, they often find themselves on the wrong end of the score sheet. Robinson summed up the remainder of the team's schedule; with seven games left to go, the Orange have to win seven games.
Scheduling conflicts complicate the Dynamo's playoff push.
The Dynamo's next road game against the Kansas City Wizards has been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 pm. The two teams were originally supposed to hook up this coming Saturday at Community America Ballpark, but a baseball conflict forced the Wizards to take a rain check on the Dynamo.
The good news for the Dynamo is that they now have an extra weekend to rest and regroup following this week's disastrous showing. The bad news is that they now must play three consecutive road games in 11 days.
Dynamo hosting Houston's Next Top Soccer Player
Although that is in no way an official title, the Dynamo are holding try-outs to see if anyone out there has what it takes to wear the orange jersey. The trial -- to be held in Stafford -- is open to the first 500 registrants, and has a $75 fee. Participants must be 18 years or older.
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FIFA coming to H-Town
FIFA officials will be in town this Thursday, September 9th to inspect Reliant Stadium and the George R Brown Convention Center. They want to get a first-hand glance at the facilities Houston plans on using if the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup were held in the States.
Houston is one of 18 cities the USA Bid Committee included in their official bid to FIFA. Reliant Stadium would be the obvious choice to hold preliminary and elimination-round matches. The GRB was chosen as a potential site for the International Broadcast Center for the tournament.
Time to throw out the welcome mat.