- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 13, 2008
- 2 Comments
Not the best showing in the world last night for both DC United and Houston Dynamo. Both teams were on the road in their respective CONCACAF Champions Cup games and both came away with draws in the first leg of their series.
Being on the road in a CONCACAF stadium for a MLS team and get a draw isn’t the worst result for either club considering how both played last night. DC played alright while Houston was really kind of lucky to get the draw that they got.
DC had the lead (thanks to WVH’s favorite United player Devon McTavish) against Harbor View but then blew it on a late goal in the 85th minute. Just some terrible defending on DC’s part late cause the tying goal. But all is not lost as the series returns to DC, where United has to be a favorite to move on.
Houston had a night that was typical of any two-legged series in any soccer competition. They were on the road looking for a draw and got it. I only saw a couple chances for the Dynamo to produce any offense and it just never came and their defense was lucky from time to time. The Orange didn’t bunker in defense but they were pretty close to doing so as Municipal had plenty of chances.
DC again played alright but the draw looks bad since they gave up a late goal. Plus seeing Jamie Moreno go down early wasn’t too good.
Houston played kind of lousy but the draw looks pretty good since they didn’t give anything up and didn’t lose anyone to injury or suspension.
Its weird how things can work out like that but from those who watched like night should agree.
What I gathered from the two games is this, both teams are still in preseason mode and will be until the start of the season later this month. Neither looked great by any means. Houston still looks as bad as their Pan-Pacific earlier in the preseason. The Dynamo still seems to have a longer way to go than DC but not by much here. Still, having said that, I would be willing to bet that both clubs are and would be in much better shape than any other club in this league right now. Though I’m sure New England isn’t too far off at this point in their preseason either. Just a hunch of mine.
Again, both should be favorites in the return leg of the series. Which is good because the MLS needs clubs to advance in this tournament and actually win it again.
What are your thoughts from last night’s games?