Preview: Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union

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Sep 14, 2013; Chester, PA, USA; Houston Dynamo midfielder Giles Barnes (23) and midfielder Ricardo Clark (13) hits the ball away from Philadelphia Union forward Conor Casey (6) on the final play against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The Dynamo defeated the Union, 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Teams

Philadelphia Union (1-2-4) 7 points, 6th East, 11th Overall

Philadelphia is coming off of a road loss to New York. This loss is even more difficult to swallow for them because they were playing against a 10-man Red Bulls team that had suffered an ejection at the 78th minute. Not only was Sekagya ejected from the game, but Philly was awarded a penalty that led to a goal. This goal made it 2-1 in New York’s favor but without enough time to get a game-tying goal. The goal-scoring duo of Henry and Wright-Phillips were too much to handle for them earlier in the game, and thus New York held on to their lead.

Houston Dynamo (2-3-0) 6 points, 8th East, 14th Overall

Zero. That is the number of shots on target that the Houston Dynamo had against New England in their 2-0 loss at Foxboro. It is almost impossible to win a game without a single shot on target. You are completely dependent on the mistake of the opposing team, if you want a victory without a shot on target. Wins can only come by an own-goal or a foul that leads to a penalty.

The only bright spot of the game was AJ Cochran that proved he is ready to become a starting defender at any moment that calls for it. Horst’s absence was not felt as deeply as one would have thought, however, there are a few things that have become crystal clear. Taylor is having defensive lapses that leads to goals, and now that Cochran has proven his worth he should be benched for the rookie and Horst and Cochran should start in the back. Whether Houston Dynamo coach Dom Kinnear decides to do is a whole other story. Another thing that has become clear, is that our forwards are not producing goals, and in the case of the game against New England, they aren’t even producing shots on target. This must change as soon as possible.

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