In a season of accomplishments to say that the Houston Dynamo are disappointed would bean understatement. In 2013, the Dynamo rewrote the history book setting the MLS all-time home unbeaten streak, played in their sixth conference final in eight seasons and came within a game of a third consecutive trip to the MLS title game, saw coach Dominic Kinnear move up the coaching ranks and Brad Davis record his 100th career assist and still there is disappointment.
Most teams would be happy to get to one title game (7 of 19MLS teams haven't been to one) but not the Houston Dynamo. Houston has been to four title games winning twice and they hunger for more. Dynamo president Chris Canetti shared with the assembled media the long list of Houston's winningest franchise's accomplishments and expressed the sheer disappointment of missing out on the ultimate goal; an MLS Cup title.
"Whenever you have an ultimate goal and you don't achieve it there's a little bit of disappointment. Of course, as always, we set out to win an MLS Cup and we fell just a little bit short this year. I think everybody within the organization feels a little bit of disappointment from that. "At the same time, when you're able to step back and look at everything from afar and you look at the body of work I think there's a whole bunch that we should be proud of from this season."
It was a sentiment echoed by head coach Dominic Kinnear and team captain Brad Davis.
"Besides those numbers of great victories and championships there's a number one that sticks out for me, the year we did not make the playoffs, it happened once. "And I think that for me is what drives you to be better," said Kinnear. Because it's no fun watching other teams play this late in the season, it's not a treat at all and I'd be surprised if many of our team actually sit down and watch the game on Saturday because that's the competitive nature that they have."
"Our guys are not satisfied till we win. We hold ourselves to a high standard as Dom holds us to a high standard," emphasized Davis. "We all do, that's obviously been a reason for our success. We set a goal and we don't like to come up short."
With less then 60 days to the start of training camp, fans can rest assured that the bitter taste of defeat in the cold of Kansas City on November 23, 2013 will still be acutely on the taste buds of this team and nothing short of winning a 2014 MLS Cup championship will wash it away.