A great crowd is expected tonight for the Dynamo/Valencia match at 7 :30pm at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Valencia finished third in Spain’s La Liga behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.
It is exciting to see the connection between the Dynamo and Spanish Football.
I am interested to how the Dynamo play against at team that so values the ball.
MORE ON OPEN CUP
Having been in San Antonio and having watched the effort that the Dynamo put in I can assure you work ethic was there. Was it a humbling loss? Of course it was but for those thinking the Dynamo took it lightly I would only say lets examine the overall season.
Would you have really wanted to play Brad Davis, Brian Ching and more starters on this day?
What about those that have been clamoring for younger players to get opportunity? Tyler Deric, Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, Oscar Recio all got valuable experience .
Brian Ownby and Colin Rolfe also got time off the bench.
And for the above group of players one must keep expectations in place. For most it was their first minutes of the year in a meaningful game outside of reserve league matches.
The fact is these players don’t get enough games and that is still a problem in MLS. The reserve scheduled is limited and for large stretches these players are only training without the incentive of a game. That can get old.
For those thinking this game was a slam dunk you are naive.
Artificial surface, players with limited playing time and a motivated opponent destined this night to be difficult and it is what I mentioned on the pre-game radio broadcast.
This is more a condemnation of the overall structure in MLS than it is that the Dynamo did not want a result.
Eight MLS teams were defeated.
BRAZIL DOMINATES THE US
Sure there were good moments and things to take away from this game but Brazil dominated the U.S.
The U.S. started out positive but a handball on Oguchi Onyewu gave Neymar a chance from the spot that he converted. After that the U.S. looked tentative, nervous, and had a hard time getting pressure on the ball as Brazil had their way.
The U.S. also did not deal well with the immediate pressure that Brazil put on the ball in their half of the field when it was lost.
It was a glimpse into the future of Brazil. Particularly remarkable was the Pato goal off a no-look pass from Marcelo.
The U.S. were unlucky not to get a second goal hitting a crossbar and being denied by three great Rafael saves.
Many feel this was a great sign that the U.S. were not afraid to open up and make a run at getting back in the game as opposed to defending deep and limiting damage.
Their roll of the dice nearly paid off.
Fabian Johnson- The U.S. have a left back. Got up and down and is mature beyond years.
Herculez Gomez- scorer of the U.S. goal plus was an incessant pest with his work ethic. Their is room for him on this team.
Michael Bradley- had hard time asserting himself at times like his teammates but he truly is benefitting from his time in Italy and not being coached by his dad. Beautifully weighted pass put in Johnson and his maturation process as a player has been wonderful.