The Houston Dynamo traveled to Arizona this past week for some preseason exhibition games against the Portland Timbers and the San Jose Earthquakes.
Houston opened with a loss on Wednesday afternoon dropping a 2-0 decision to Portland. Two late goals thwarted an otherwise sound outing by the men in orange.
On Saturday, the team rebounded for a 3-1 win over the Earthquakes. After surrendering an early goal to former Dynamo forward Chris Wondolowski in the 21st minute of play, the team settled down holding San Jose scoreless the rest of the way.
Meanwhile some big names were coming through in the most opportune moments. Omar Cummings scored his second goal of the preseasonin the 66th minute after Servando Carrasco, a midfielder from whom the Dynamo are expecting big things made a dramatic slide tackle to take away a ball deep inside the Dynamo end. The play began a series which led to team captain Brad Davis in his first action of the preseason threading a pass to Cummings who move left anf then ripped a shot that deflected of a San Jose defender and inside the near post.
Ten minutes later, the team scored again. The goal courtesy of trialist Sito Seane came on a nifty one touch pass from MLS SuperDraft pick Mark Sherrod. The 74th minute goal was Seane's second of the preseason.
Midfielder Tony Cascio scored his second goal of the preseason in the 84th minute following a long over the top pass from Euan Holden.
The three goal second half outburst is what head coach Dominic Kinnear is expecting from his team this season when he spoke about adding on goals and having a killer instinct at the opening of preseason.
"“We didn’t have too many runaway wins last year,” Kinnear said at the season's opening press conference. “Those are fun, for obvious reasons you like those. It builds confidence and shows you’re scoring goals in different areas of the game.”
Much as the Dynamo did on Saturday, he wants to see his team put the opposition away when given the chance.
Houston returns home Monday following a closed scrimmage on Sunday in Tucson. The team has a scrimmage scheduled for 7:00p.m. Wednesday February 12, 2014, against Houston Baptist University at Sorrels Field followed by a 1:00p.m. match against Southern Methodist University on Saturday February 15th at Houston Sports Park.