Make no mistake, the Dynamo did not “answer the bell” on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The final 3-1 loss was dis-heartening and concerning at this phase of the season. With 8 fresh players in the lineup the expectation was high as always.
Consider that Philly was winless in 8 games, the 2nd lowest scoring team in MLS and fielded a lineup with far less experience than the Dynamo.
Sure the third goal was offside but on this day the most concerning thing was the Dynamo seemed a step short, a tackle late on a day filled with unforced errors on the ball.
Where was the normal “Dynamo” edge that were are so used? Maybe the question should be how do they get it back?
Simply….at home starting this Saturday vs. NE.
FIGHT FOR PLAYOFFS
With a DC United 1-0 win over Chivas USA the Dynamo are now rooted to the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference and seem now to be in a battle for the 4th or 5th playoff spot with DC and the Columbus Crew who are breathing down their backs.
DYNAMO PEAKED AND MUST RECLAIM GAME
Of course the Dynamo put together that 6-0-2 run to turn the season around when they acquired Boniek Garcia and Dom Kinnear switched to a 4-3-3.
It is hard to not expect the club to turn it around as in the past they have.
Think back to last year but with no doubt it is a time for urgency and not panic.
Davis seemingly was on the ball deep throughout this game and found it hard to get closer to goal throughout the night. In turn, the Dynamo struggled to play in to their strikers and in particular to Will Bruin who movement lacked at times.
BONIEK GARCIA GOAL
When Boniek Garcia produced the “wonder hit” to tie things up on the stroke of halftime against Philly I felt we would see the usual improved Dynamo performance after the half. It never came and was diffused by a controversial penalty call against Andre Hainault which Freddy Adu scored.
The Boniek Garcia goal after the lay-off from Will Bruin was an example of pure power despite the fact that he was pressured by a defender.
He was the Dynamo most dangerous player on the day.
No doubt it lacked and the Dynamo could not widen the game out.
Mac Kandji struggled and seemed to come inside alot and Jermaine Taylor had a tough time getting forward from the left back position.
Calen Carr did not effect the game much after coming on.
The return of Cory Ashe will be needed on Saturday as his energy to get forward on the left was missed. Who knows how the movement of defenders based on his injury effected distribution and the ability to get forward but you could factor it in.
LOSS OF POSSESSION
The Dynamo 4 times in the first half lost the ball in poor areas of the field that led to nervy counter attacks from Philly.
These losses of possession came from a variety of players.
Talk tactics and personnel all you want but without the attitude to live up to the day the rest is for nought.
With 3 of 4 at home the Dynamo still are a good bet to get in the playoffs but Saturday now looms large against the NE Revolution.
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The show goes from 9-11 pm and will include guests plus ticket give aways for the Dynamo vs. NE game this Saturday.
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