Houston Dynamo visited DC United on Wednesday night and left with nothing but an injury to rookie Mark Sherrod as DC strolled to a 2-0 win. However, there a many things we can take from the game:
1. Giles Barnes is playing to deep for Dynamo.
The ex-Derby County winger is being deployed as a central midfielder as of late, and he is struggling with the defensive responsibilities assigned to him.
If the Dynamo wants to get the best out of Barnes they are going to have to play him in a more advanced role, and reduce the amount of his defensive duties.
You don’t keep your thoroughbred locked in the stables!
2. Dynamo are desperately missing Brad Davis.
Much of the reason why Barnes is playing in midfield is down to the loss of Davis, who is currently with the national team.
However, the experienced midfielder is widely expected to miss out on Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23- man squad for the World Cup, and so he should be back sooner rather than later.
The Dynamo midfield is missing their playmaker badly, and his set-pieces are irreplaceable.
(Photo: Houston will be looking forward to the return of Brad Davis)
3. No Eddie Johnson, no problem.
Chris Rolfe deputized for the suspended Johnson on Wednesday night, in an advanced position, and he managed to score as well.
Filling-in to partner red-hot Fabian Espindola, Rolfe beat his man and fired past Tally Hall in textbook fashion.
Rolfe acts as a partner for Espindola rather than a target man like EJ, and it will be interesting to see how the trio play when Johnson comes back into the side.
4. Espindola is a touch of class.
I mentioned in the preview for this game that there was expectation on Espindola to perform, and he did not disappoint, grabbing the assist for Rolfe’s goal and scoring one himself.
He single-handedly inspired DC to victory by notching his fifth goal of the season.
He is arguably DC’s most important player as Eddie Johnson has yet to start firing on all cylinders.
(Photo: Fabian Espindola is crucial for DC)
5. Bill Hamid has to be the next long-term USMNT ‘keeper.
The 23 year-old shot stopper showed again last night why he has such a great reputation. He was tested throughout the game by long-range efforts and looked commanding at all times.
With an upcoming age problem amongst the goalkeepers in the USMNT, the young Hamid has to be the first port of call, post Brazil. Brad Guzan is the youngest ‘keeper going to Brazil at 29.
Many will argue Hamid should be heading to Brazil, but playing more games for DC will only enhance his ability.
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