What we learnt from San Jose’s comfortable win over Houston

San Jose Earthquakes cruised to a 3-0 win on Sunday night, as Houston Dynamo will rue costly errors defensively. We take a look at four key talking points from the game. They are as follows:

1. Does Dominic Kinnear know where to play Giles Barnes?

Giles Barnes has played mainly through the middle all year and hasn’t really reached his potential yet.

The former Derby ace, has struggled to influence results, as it would appear that he doesn’t know where he’s playing.

The team sheet suggests that he was playing up front, but his performance said otherwise as he rarely got into advanced positions and struggled to keep up with attacks.

His role needs clarification.

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2. Tally Hall was full of howlers.

Houston’s normally reliable ‘keeper Tally Hall, was in comical form on Sunday as he managed to pick up a blatant back pass and then misjudged a long ball, both which led to goals.

Hall will take most of the stick, but it’s difficult to feel sorry for him as his defense is way below par. They’re scramble defence is a joke as there is no trust when delegating marking responsibilities, and communication is absent.

The Dynamo really needs their leader back in Brad Davis, who is currently on World Cup duty with the USMNT.


3. Busch was faultless.

Contrary to the performance of Tally Hall, Jon Busch was brilliant. He was rarely tested, with the Dynamo only having six shots on target, three of which were blocked.

But keeping a clean sheet will do Busch and his San Jose defence the world of good, especially for Busch who was recently left stunned by a cracking lob from Obafemi Martins.

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4. Who will be missed more, Wondo or Davis?

Both Chris Wondolowski of the Earthquakes and Brad Davis of the Dynamo are heading to the World Cup with the USMNT and both sides will be weaker as a result.

It would appear that the Dynamo are significantly weaker due to the loss of Davis, as Kinnear seemingly has nobody to replace him with. He used Giles Barnes in the loss to DC United and Servando Carrasco on Sunday night, but neither could do the job Davis does so well.

San Jose is obviously going to miss ‘Wondo’ but  it seems as though they have a better squad to cope with the loss of their talisman than the Dynamo.

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