HOUSTON, Texas – In Saturday night’s 2-0 loss the New England Revolution experienced firsthand the considerable home-field advantage the Houston Dynamo has created at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston remained unbeaten (10-0-5) at its new home, using a familiar formula in which the Dynamo grinds down visiting teams for long stretches before pouring on the pressure late as opponents succumb to the unforgiving climate.
“I thought we did a good job in the first half, putting pressure on their backline and not making it easy,” said head coach Jay Heaps. “As the game went on, the elements got harder and they took control of the game. We just weren’t clean enough on the ball. We started sharp, but as the game went on we got a little more loose and that’s what cost us.”
Both Dynamo goals arrived in the final 15 minutes and both originated from right-wing crosses. Brad Davis found himself free down the right channel to cross for Ricardo Clark’s opener in the 77th minute, while Warren Creavalle raced down the right wing to set up Boniek Garcia’s insurance goal in stoppage time.
“We made some mental mistakes out of fatigue that we wouldn’t normally make,” said center back Stephen McCarthy. “It’s tough to handle because you see some balls that you know you could get to if you weren’t feeling so drained. We tried to keep [the play] in front of us in the first half and we did pretty well. It was two fast-break situations, which is tough when you’re fatigued.”
The Revs now have a week to recover before continuing their travels next weekend at PPL Park, where they’ll face another club which will miss out on this year’s playoffs, the Philadelphia Union. Both sides will be looking to close out the season’s final month in a positive manner.
“It’s tough,” said McCarthy. “Just try to keep moving forward and pressing on. We have to get one more win. We have to get two more wins. We have to get a win, so that’s what we try to do next game.”