It’s safe to say that manager Ben Olsen and his men from D.C. United have had quite enough of Houston and BBVA Compass Stadium, thank you very much.
Olsen’s team was the original guinea pig down in South Texas, helping Houston break the seal on their fancy new (and very orange) downtown stadium. They weren’t prepared for the heat, nor for the small field ordered by Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, and fell that day 1-0.
They were better prepared for matters Sunday night in the last contest of a busy Round 19 in Major League Soccer. And yet …
Things unraveled rather spectacularly, and quickly. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid was shown red just 18 minutes in, for tripping Houston’s Mac Kandji on a breakaway.
Brad David hit the penalty kick, so the visitors were a man down and a goal down, still facing the Houston heat and humidity. It’s a recipe for a butt-whuppin’.
Sure enough, with all the extra space, Dynamo midfielders Luis Camargo and Geoff Cameron (starting his last game in Houston?) had time and space to absolutely pick apart United’s back line. The Dynamo finished with a 4-0 win, but for some terrible finishing this one would have looked far worse.
Enjoy the highlights as Houston takes shooting practice (23 shots, 10 on target) Sunday night.