The Dynamo entered last night’s match needed a win or draw to advance to the CONACACAF quarterfinals but were unable to muster any offense against Arabe Unido.
The Dynamo did not field their regular squad. The Dynamo had 9 different changes from their last match in MLS play and they were unable to put the ball through the net. The game was tied through halftime and the Dynamo just needed to keep the shutout in order to advance. In the 61st minute it was Unido’s Jose Gonzalez who put Unido on the board first. Gonzalez’s initial shot was initially stopped by Dynamo goalie Tyler Deric, but Deric couldn’t hold onto the strike and Gonzalez looped one over Deric who could only get a hand on the ball but not deflect it enough to prevent the score.
After their goal, Arabe Unido would milk the clock the rest of the way to prevent any Dynamo scoring. The Dynamo would counter subbing in forwards Will Bruin, Giles Barnes, and midfielder Warren Creavalle but Unido’s time-wasting proved to work as they secured the 1-0 victory against the Dynamo. The Dynamo had their chances both early and late but they were just off the goal.
Dynamo star Brad Davis did not make the trip to Panama. Just last week Davis was instrumental in the United States 3-2 victory over Panama. Davis’s two late assists proved to be key in the United States victory which eliminated Panama from World Cup play. Davis should be fresh for the Dynamo’s final game of the season against D.C. United. Had Davis made the trip, he likely would not have been welcomed in the most kind of ways.
They Dynamo now head to Washington D.C. to face the D.C. United in a must-win game. Here are the games that matter from houstondynamo.com:
- Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (NBC Sports Network)
- Saturday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m.: Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact (MLS Live)
- Sunday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo (NBC)
- Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution (MLS Live)
- Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire (UniMas)
For more on Dynamo tiebreakers and what needs to happen for the Dynamo to advance to the playoffs, click here.