Aug 24, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT
The LA Galaxy has found the rhythm, and Bruce Arena’s team is running downhill now toward another MLS playoff appearance.
But what about the other team that has appeared in the last two MLS Cup finals? Dominic Kinnear’s team has the look of a side moving uphill – on a bit of a slippery surface, too.
Saturday’s capitulation in Montreal has to be concerning for everyone in South Texas. It’s the worst loss ever for the Dynamo, which began its days as the team in orange back in 2006.
Furthermore, Houston just 4-6-4 since mid-May. During that time, Kinnear’s team has lost its edge at home; the Dynamo have done better lately at BBVA Compass Stadium, but are just 3-2-2 lately at their downtown ground.
The schedule is also quite alarming going forward. With those CONCACAF Champions League matches, Kinnear and Co. must deal with eight games over next five weeks.
Kinnear has shown that he won’t sacrifice MLS matches for supplemental competitions, having liberally laced his past Open Cup and continental competition lineups with reserves. Still, there’s travel and extra minutes for some members of the team.
The other issue is that Chicago and New England (the clubs chasing Houston in the standings, currently just on the other side of that red line of playoff grace) aren’t bad right now, but with a little summer momentum – although neither Eastern Conference rival is perfect, both with their own issues to sort through.
What the Eastern Conference standings look like after Saturday’s matches:
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