The Houston Dynamo left fans buzzing Saturday night with as solid a team effort as you could hope for in trouncing the New England Revolution by a score of 4-0. The Dynamo came out firing on all cylinders, putting the Revolution under the gun early and often. More importantly, the Dynamo demonstrated a killer instinct that they lacked last season in piling on the misery to win 4-0 rather than sitting back and being content with defending their lead.
This was a different Dynamo team than fans are used to seeing; fluid build up, beautiful passing, quality finishing and killer instinct. Still, fans should be cautious about getting too excited on the basis of this one result. New England was missing key players in Andrew Farrell and Lee Ngyuen, Farrell’s replacement (Kevin Alston) left the match early with injury and both Jose Gonçalves and Chris Tierney played with injuries.
As a result, the Revs back line was a mess all match long, affording the Dynamo with plenty of space and time to carve them up. Moreover, the Revs were able to generate quality opportunities on the Dynamo and should have perhaps had at least two goals.
Here are three things we learned from this match as well as player ratings.