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Dynamo vs. Chivas USA: The Aftermath

Posted on 18 April 2010 by Michael Simpson

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Game recap:

By the looks of the scoreboard in the Houston Dynamo’s 3-0 win against Chivas USA on April 17, one would not guess that four of the team’s five forwards were not available to play.

Forwards Brian Ching (hamstring) and Cam Weaver (knee) were out due to injuries, Luis Angel Landin served a suspension for a red card he earned against the Los Angeles Galaxy on April 10, and the Dynamo have yet to receive Joseph Ngwenya’s international transfer certificate, making him ineligible for selection.

However, the team’s midfielders shouldered the offensive load as midfielders Geoff Cameron and Lovel Palmer each scored in the first half. Forward Dominic Oduro added a third in the 65th minute to put the game out of reach for Chivas USA, who drops to 1-3-0 and sixth place in the Western Conference.

The Dynamo (2-1-1) travel to Chicago to face the Fire at Toyota Park on April 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Player Ratings:

Player ratings are on a scale of one to five–one being the worst, five being the best. ‘N/A’ is used for late substitutes.

GK Onstad – 4
Onstad made several saves when the team needed him to, but, by and large, he went untested as Chivas USA were only able to get three shots on goal.

D Chabala – 5
Chabala was a key part of the Dynamo’s win. This is a young man who has become the definition of resilience. When he’s down, he gets back up, and you can bet he wont make the same mistake twice. He had two assists against Chivas USA, including one on Palmer’s 30-yard strike.

D Robinson – 4.5
Robinson is always a crucial part of the Dynamo’s back four. His tenacity is visible to even the casual observer, and it was obvious the team’s defense had something to prove after such a disappointing loss last week. He also picked up an assist on the first goal of the match.

D Boswell – 4.5
In the absence of Ching, Boswell has really stepped up as a leader for this team, and it showed in the team’s first shutout of the season. Although Chivas USA were unable to really test the Dynamo’s defense, Boswell delivered crucial clearances when he needed to.

D Hainault – 4
Hainault has really come into his own since joining the Dynamo last season. His versatility and ability to play either outside or central defense has become a valuable asset to this young team. He’s a hard worker and was key in distributing the ball in and out of the midfield.

M Davis – 4.5
A veteran midfielder who wants more responsibility in distributing the ball in the Dynamo’s attack, Davis showed today he is ready and willing to face this challenge. With the departure of Stuart Holden to the English Premiere League, Davis will get his chance. He assisted on Oduro’s late goal and played a key role in dominating the midfield.

M Palmer – 5
Palmer was a very pleasant surprise for Dynamo fans. He had a textbook strike from 30 yards that gave the Dynamo a 2-0 lead in the 19th minute. Palmer played excellent defense and was able to limit Chivas USA midfielder Sasha Klejstan’s effectiveness.

M Cameron – 4.5
Chivas USA will not soon forget that Cameron is a threat wherever he is on the field. Last year it was central defense, this year it’s attacking midfield. He brilliantly recognized space and was able to make a run and score the team’s first goal of the match.

M Ashe – 4
Ashe was able to catch the Chivas USA defense ball watching and send a perfect through ball to Cameron who was streaking through wide-open space. He helped Davis, Palmer, et al control the midfield and, in so doing, help his team win.

F Mullan – 4.5
He’s a hard-working veteran who’s effort rarely shows up in his statistics. He made perhaps the smartest play of the match by recognizing he was in an offside position and removing himself from the play on Oduro’s late goal that put the Dynamo up 3-0, and he applied constant pressure to the Chivas USA defense.

F Oduro – 4.5
Oduro still has some sporadic ball-control issues, but he was brilliant against Chivas USA. You can tell the guy is really developing a nose for goal. He was in perfect position to receive the cross from Davis and had a great finishing touch to put the game away.

M Navas Cobo – N/A
It was a great moment in the history of the Dynamo when Francisco Navas Cobo stepped on the field in the 89th minute and became the Dynamo’s first homegrown player to make an appearance with the first team in a league game.

M Serioux – N/A
Adrian Serioux was part of the Dynamo team that won the 2006 MLS Cup. He made his first appearance of the season as an 86th-minute substitute for Davis. Serioux spent the last few years in Toronto and Dallas.

F Cruz – N/A
Cruz came on as a late substitute for Mullan and was able to put some pressure on the Chivas USA defense in the waning minutes.

Coaching – 4.5
Kinnear and company clearly had this team ready to redeem itself after a 2-0 home loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday. The team controlled the midfield, and the selection of Palmer clearly paid off. He should have used subs a little bit earlier, though. Game minutes are crucial for up-and-coming players, and the Dynamo had a 3-0 lead with 25 minutes remaining. It was great to see the club’s first league appearance made by a homegrown player, and I would have liked to see more than 60 seconds of him.

Your take:
How would you rate the players? Who is your Dynamo man of the match?


Also worth noting:

Midfielder Richard Mulrooney, who left the Dynamo’s April 10 game against the Los Angeles Galaxy due to injury, was not included in the team’s 18-man roster for the April 17 game against Chivas USA.

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