Final: Defensive Miscues Cost Dynamo In 2-0 Loss To San Jose Earthquakes

The Houston Dynamo fail to build some positive momentum against San Jose following a tough month of May.

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Full Time: Defensive Miscues Cost Dynamo In 2-0 Loss To San Jose

It was a back and forth game, filled with hard tackles and challenges, but in the end, two defensive breakdowns were all San Jose needed to break the deadlock and giving the home side all three points.

The first half was a relatively balanced 45 minutes of action with both teams fighting hard to take control of the game and create chances. Both goal keepers were tested and forced to make saves, and neither team was able to take the lead.

The Dynamo were forced to play Geoff Cameron as a center back due to the absence of Andre Hainault and Jermaine Taylor, who are both out, along with JeVaughn Watson, participating for their national teams in the Gold Cup. Cameron played alongside Bobby Boswell, Hunter Freeman, and Mike Chabala, who continued to play well now that he is seeing more minutes.

Cameron’s switch to defense meant Brad Davis rotated into the center of the midfield, playing in front of Lovel Palmer and in between Danny Cruz, who returned from a knee injury, and Colin Clark.

The second half opened with action at both ends, and in the 69th minute, San Jose forward Steven Lenhart finally broke the Dynamo defense and scored the opening goal of the night. Lenhart connected a diving header on the end of a Steven Beitashour cross and his shot slipped past the outstretched arms of Dynamo goal keeper Tally Hall. Lenhart started his run from the center of the pitch and split the space between Bobby Boswell and Hunter Freeman, creating just enough room to get the header off and score the goal.

Following the goal, Houston substituted Danny Cruz off in favor of Corey Ashe. But, the move was too little too late and, despite pressing hard, the Dynamo were unable to convert any of their late chances.

In the dying moments of the game, Simon Dawkins was able to exploit Houston’s back line, which has pushed far up the pitch looking for an equalizer, and found himself one-on-one with Tally Hall, but was able to fire a right footed shot past the keeper, extending San Jose’s lead to two.

All in all, the night’s scoreline may be a bit misleading and there are some positives to take away from the match. Geoff Cameron looked excellent in the center of the defense; his distribution, marking, and runs were excellent. Colin Clark looks to be building his confidence and form with each passing week and had some moments of individual skill and flair against San Jose. Danny Cruz returned from injury and, while not 100-percent, contributed tonight and gave Houston a bit of the offensive spark they were missing the past few weeks.

There are, of course outside the scoreline, some negatives to take away from Saturday night’s performance. While Cam Weaver and Will Bruin continue to create scoring chances, neither forward is finding the back of the net. Brad Davis, who played in the CAM roll on the night, was not his usual effective self most of the match. With the Geoff Cameron experiment looking closer to being over, it is certain that Houston need to aggressively pursue an attack-minded and creative center midfielder. For what feels like the 8th week in a row, Houston were beat on goals that were the result of mental mistakes by the defense. At some point, the defenders need to figure it out and find a way to stop making these mistakes.

Check here or over at DynamoTheory.com on Sunday for post-match thoughts, quotes, highlights, and more.

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Lenhart Finally Breaks Through, Gives San Jose 1-Goal Lead

It took 69 minutes, but San Jose forward Steven Lenhart finally broke the Dynamo defense and scored the opening goal of the night.  Lenhart connected a diving header on the end of a Steven Beitashour cross and his shot slipped past the outstretched arms of Dynamo goal keeper Tally Hall.  Lenhart started his run from the center of the pitch and split the space between Bobby Boswell and Hunter Freeman, creating just enough room to get the header off and score the goal.

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Half Time: 0-0 But Plenty Of Positives For Houston

After 45 minutes, it is tied at 0-0 in San Jose between the Dynamo and Earthquakes.

It has been a scrappy half of soccer, with both teams fouling hard and heavy in an effort to control the game, though neither team has received a card from the referee.

The big news tonight, with respect to the Dynamo, is Geoff Cameron’s switch from the center-attacking midfield role to central defender, filling in for Andre Hainault and Jermaine Taylor, who are both out due to the Gold Cup. Cameron has played fantastic there tonight and has reminded Dynamo fans of his All-Star worthy performances from 2009.

The other big news for Houston is the Danny Cruz’s return to the starting line-up following his lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury. Cruz’s speed was sorely missed over the past few weeks, and the team already looks more potent with him back in the line-up. Colin Clark, Lovel Palmer, and Brad Davis fill out the rest of the midfield.

For more thoughts on the game, don’t forget to check out DynamoTheory.com.

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Game Stream: Dynamo Look To Build Positive Momentum In San Jose

The Dynamo are in San Jose, California this Saturday night, looking to build some positive momentum after what was a poor month of April.  Following last week's draw to FC Dallas, the Dynamo will need to get three points on the road against the Earthquakes to jump start June and get their season back on track.

Points may be hard to come by following the departure of Koke, who will go down in Dynamo history as a transfer bust, and left the team midweek to return to Greece.  Both teams will also forced to field teams affected by the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off Sunday in Dallas.  The Earthquakes will be without former Dynamo forward Chris Wondolowski, and Houston will be without Canadian defender Andre Hainault, as well as Jermaine Taylor and JeVaughn Watson, who are with the Jamaican National Team.

The absence of three key players puts Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear in a bit of a bind, but look for Houston to run a 4-4-2 with Geoff Cameron filling in on the back line and Colin Clark, Brad Davis, Lovel Palmer, and Danny Cruz forming the midfield.  Dynamo captain and leader Brian Ching continues to be out of action with a foot injury, so Cam Weaver and Will Bruin are expected to start for Houston up top. 


Check back here throughout the game for line-ups, in-match thoughts, analysis, and more.

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