Owen Coyle: We shot ourselves in the foot

Houston Dynamo lost 1-0 to Orlando City on Friday night as a Tyler Deric mistake ultimately cost his side three points and head coach Owen Coyle knows his side missed a great opportunity to make it two wins from two.

It was a tight game throughout but Orlando got the all-important goal on 74 minutes as substitute Pedro Ribeiro chased down Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric and blocked the clearance. The two then battled for the ball but both players and the ball ultimately ended up in the back of the net.

Deric was excellent in last week’s 1-0 home win against the Columbus Crew and also made a phenomenal stop to deny Kaka in the first-half but his mistake cost his side and Coyle was not happy his side lost the game.

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“I don’t think its a game we should have lost,” the Scottish coach said after the game. “We’ve shot ourselves in the foot and I think we understand that by conceding a soft goal.

“We know we can play better than that and we can move the ball better than that. But we didn’t do it tonight.

“Tonight we had a great opportunity to start the season with two wins and I truly believe we have let a great opportunity pass us by. So we’ll take the disappointment that comes with it because we certainly care and we hope to move on and recover quickly.”

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The Dynamo face a tough trip to reigning MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy next weekend and although it will be a real challenge to get anything from that game, Coyle is still looking to make the playoffs at the end of the year.

“We’ve got to continue to look to move forward and improve and the aim is to make the playoffs. This is a club that missed out on the playoffs last year by a margin and we have to make sure we are closing those margins and need to be challenging in the playoffs.”

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