Now before we get into the Dynamo 1-0 loss at Pizza Hut Park lets look at a few things from the opening games in the MLS playoffs. Predictably tight score lines as teams play more conservatively in game one. Three 1-0 games and a 0-0 draw.
Lets look at how the goals where scored:
Chicago 1 DC United 0- 14th minute the DC defense is hesitant and don’t attack a ball in the air well (Greg Vanney as well) ball drops to Chris Rolfe who rifles it home in the upper corner. Reason for goal: MISTAKE
KC 1 Chivas USA 0 – A free kick from Davey Arnaud (Nederland, TX) provides the difference. FREE KICK
NE 0 NY 0 – A draw in the Big Apple
FC Dallas 1 Houston 0- A long Adrian Serioux throw in (ironically last year a Dynamo weapon when Serioux was in Orange)
is not dealt with properly by the Dynamo, Eddie Robinson and Ryan Cochrane got caught too high and the throw gets over their head. Pat Onstad’s starting position was in question to deal with the throw in which nobody gets a head on and Clarence Goodson pounds it in. Reason for goal: MISTAKE
So four games, three goals , two from mistakes and one from a free kick just reminds us that teams are conservative in game one, gripped by fear and tactics. All the teams are in a position in game two to go through and none really have played good attacking soccer purely because of the conditions of the series.
Here are some thoughts from Dallas.
Atmosphere- still the Pizza Hut Park is lacking energy, where was the playoff energy. IT was a big dissapointment for me after being in Chicago Thursday for the ESPN2 seeing poor attendance and no passion at the PHP. Dynamo fans get a thumbs up for making the trip up.
How embarrassing to the sport of soccer and to FC Dallas was in to see football lines on the field from a high school football game? A big thumbs down to FC Dallas for that, come on , how will anyone think we are taking this game seriously if a high school sport can leave lines on the field. Oh but they looked good in high def. The players, the league, the fans, and the sport deserve more and it just makes all involved look poor.
We have to set the bar higher.
The Dynamo and FC Dallas scratched and clawed which should be expected in game one of a series.
Arturo Alvarez and Stuart Holden cancelled each other out wide, the Dynamo had difficulty getting any width in their attack so the bread and butter of creating chances off crosses was eliminated so Brian Ching did not get any real service.
Brad Davis did not effect this when he came on.
FC Dallas matched the Dynamo intensity and had a bit of an edge to their game, lets face it they are playing without pressure which may be a good thing for them as they have nothing to lose.
FC Dallas coach Steve Morrow was smart getting Carlos Ruiz and Pablo Ricchetti off who were both carrying yellow cards.
The Dynamo were in this position last year coming home to Robertson a goal down to Chivas USA.
Workmanlike game, typical tight opening playoff game with mistakes magnified, few chances and little free flowing build-ups.
Players getting that little bit less time on the ball.
The Dynamo have it all in front of them on Friday as FC Dallas comes to Houston.
Your thoughts on the opening playoff games including the Dynamo.