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The Dynamo have now enjoyed a postseason berth in six of seven years in Houston. Continued success like this as an organization will grow the sport faster because we all know winning teams get attention and sell seats.
As many of my readers know, I've taken a position with Dynamo Theory so content here has been a bit sporadic as I transition into my new role.
For fans who may or may not visit Dynamo Theory on a regular basis, here is our coverage of Houston's most recent victory against the Philadelphia Union.
A couple of observations on Saturday's gameIt was nice to see the team give the fans a nice stress free victory. Well, not entirely sure if fans were stress free, but speaking for myself I felt confident we'd get three points. Houston poured the pressure on from the start and I kept looking up at the scoreboard to see Philadelphia had only one shot on goal (of course that was their goal). The Dynamo's shot totals kept climbing, and I knew it was just a matter of time until the ball found the back of the net.
We returned to the 4-4-2 formation and I think it suited the team well. I am hoping the 4-3-3 is behind us and I think with the quality of play we are getting from our forwards - namely Will Bruin, Brian Ching, and Cam Weaver - I believe the 4-4-2 has to be the formation we continue on through the playoffs with. Calen Carr and Mac Kandji have been decent this year, but there is no denying we have the best chance when we setup our best players for success. Will Bruin and Brad Davis have struggled in the 4-3-3, and the playoffs are no time to be messing around.
Brian Ching is in rare form coming off the bench. Dominic Kinnear made some post game comments about how Ching isn't just watching the game from the bench, but getting ready to make a difference when he gets in based on what he's seeing. It makes sense because for several games now, Ching has given Houston a boost immediately off the bench. He provided the assist to Boniek Garcia's goal and sent the pass to Will Bruin that eventually was awarded a penalty. He's got to be the most important weapon on the bench for Houston going into the playoffs.
Houston's home field advantage is outstanding! I'm not sure what it is - the fans, the heat, the humidity, who knows. Really who cares? The Dynamo finished the season undefeated at home in BBVA Compass Stadium (11-0-6). That's right, 17 games without going home to a loss fans. Not only have we not lost in 2012, the unbeaten streak dates back to June of 2011, a total of 25 straight league games unbeaten in Houston. The record is held by Real Salt Lake with 29, so we'll look to be challenging that soon.
There was a ton of good points about the victory over Philadelphia, and hopefully more history to come in 2012. Next up is Olimpia in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night. Quick turnaround and now Houston will turn its attention to international success before closing the regular season on the road in Colorado.
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