A snoozefest of a match occurred at Camping Park Stadium in Orlando, Florida tonight as the Houston Dynamo and Orlando City SC drew 0 – 0 to take a share of the points.
To be completely accurate, there is little to say about this game. Sure there could be 500 words below about this and that and the tactics of the game and how they were executed and yada yada but that’s about all it would be: yada yada.
Wade Barrett’s 4-1-4-1 did what it was supposed to do and clogged up the midfield to the point where neither side could achieve much of anything. In fact one of the best players on the field was the Dynamo’s defensive midfielder: Collen Warner. Under Barrett he’s quietly been the best player for the team as the pivot in midfield. He’s cleaned up mistakes and been a great outlet to move the ball around the park. This game was no different.
The two players that most closely challenged him for Man of the Match were be Tyler Deric, who had several fantastic plays, and Orlando’s Brek Shea. The outspoken left back was a terror for Giles Barnes and Jalil Anibaba to defend. Fortunately his crosses amounted to little as his side didn’t have many bodies in the box. Those passes that did threaten were smothered by Deric or cleared by the center backs.
The best chance for Orlando came in the second half when Kevin Molino drove through the heart of the defense and went one on one with the keeper. Fortunately Deric came rushing off his line and got a hand to the shot to force it over the bar.
For Houston, their best chance in the first half came on a Will Bruin run. Yes, a run. Stay with me here. Bruin took the ball on the right flank and danced around two defenders, then used his speed to stay ahead of the third and sent his shot inches wide of the post.
In the second half, deep, deep into the half, Anibaba and Andrew Wenger combined to open space on the right. The cross fell to Boniek Garcia who skied his shot, never noticing that Christian Maidana was wide open behind him.
Some bad news came in the second half when DaMarcus Beasley was forced off due to a left knee injury. It’s a situation that will have to be carefully monitored. He’s had a great year and the team doesn’t have anyone with quite his skillset. In this game, Sheanon Williams came in for him and did an adequate job.
A point is a point, though, and the Dynamo will surely take it.
With the news that Erick Torres is going to Rio for the Olympics, the Dynamo have some decisions to make. If the Mexican team can get to a medal match, especially on the strength of his performance, it’s possible they will move to offload him. The fate of Bruin and Jamaican Giles Barnes, who had a shot go off the post deep into the half, is also in the air. It’s entirely possible one of them could also be moved if the team has faith in Mauro Manotas.
For now Houston will travel to LA to face off against the Galaxy next Friday while Orlando travel up to New Jersey to match wits with the Red Bulls on Wednesday.