Analytics and stats are great and nothing to me is better than the “naked eye” when it comes to assessing games and the story that a match tells over the course of 90 minutes.
Still it was hard not to ignore the fact the Dynamo had no shots on goal in NE.
Here are some thoughts:
1.) BRAVE and VIBRANT
If you are going to go down then go down brave. The Dynamo seemed, well seemed to exist I suppose in this one.
Where was the vibrancy of the home opener vs. the Revs or the first 45 minutes against FC Dallas?
Teal Bunbury over-powering Jermaine Taylor to keep the ball moving forward for the Kevin Alston game winner said it all.
As for the ball, it just did not move off the feet of Dynamo players quick enough when in possession.
2.) IT’S A LONG SEASON
No one needs to remind fans or the media that the season is long.
That is well understood and established. Points are just as valuable now then they are in latter months and the Dynamo have said that they would like to be a higher seed during the course of the regular season.
That being said, not time to panic but time to be concerned.
3.) OMAR CUMMINGS
The Dynamo have tied up well over $200,000 in the man that was expected to be someone that helped to change the dynamic of the team with his defense stretching capability when acquired.
He came off the bench against the Revs to remind us that pace can change the way an opponent looks at you.
Where does his future lie? As a wide midfielder or does he ultimately get a run up front of the last line of an opponents defense. He has been positioned as a new player this year but has had limited influence and minutes.
Certainly is something to contemplate for us arm chair managers.
Every team needs it either off the dribble or via the pass. The Dynamo had little of this element on the night as NE got the better of the Dynamo midfield rendering Will Bruin and Giles Barnes far from dangerous.
5.) AJ COCHRANE
The rookie got his first start and got through his first 90 minutes solid.
Teal Bunbury was the perfect opponent as he rarely look for the ball behind the Dynamo and consistently played it safe going back into midfield.
Cochrane was strong in the air (not sure why NE played every goal kick in his vicinity) and on the night won nearly every ball.
Looks to be a strong Dynamo signing with much to learn.