Houston Dynamo hoping for brighter June
After the first winless May in club history, the Houston Dynamo are hoping June brings better results.
Seeking their first victory in seven games, the Dynamo visit the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
Houston (3-4-6), which went undefeated in April, rallied to tie FC Dallas 2-2 last Saturday but finished May with an 0-3-3 record, going the entire month without a victory for the first time.
"We don’t look at things by months or quarters," defender Bobby Boswell told the Dynamo’s official website. "We look at things week to week, and we want to win every time out. I think if we can get a win and start off June right, that will be good."
The Dynamo, 0-2-4 on the road, haven’t prevailed away from home since defeating San Jose 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 16. They could be hard-pressed to repeat that performance, however, against an Earthquakes team which went unbeaten in May.
San Jose (3-4-4) took a lead in the 74th minute on Chris Wondolowski’s header last Saturday but ultimately settled for a 2-2 draw at Chicago, finishing the month 2-0-2.
"I was disappointed to be up 2-1 and not win the game, but the effort from our players was excellent, and our goals were good," coach Frank Yallop said. "Yes, we’d like to keep clean sheets and make sure we don’t concede goals… but the endeavor and the fight from the guys, I’ve been really happy with."
San Jose will need to look elsewhere for offense Saturday as Wondolowski has left the club to join the U.S. national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Wondolowski, who spent the early part of his career with the Dynamo before getting traded to San Jose in 2009, has scored four of his team-leading six goals in the last six games.
Rookie forward Ellis McLoughlin, who didn’t play last Saturday after scoring his first career goal in a 2-1 win over New England on May 21, has been mentioned as a candidate to fill in for last season’s Golden Boot winner.
"I think he’s proven that (he could help replace Wondolowski)," Yallop said. "… I think he’s got a lot of potential. He’s only 20. He’s powerful, he’s young. He’s got a bright future if he just keeps learning and moving in the right direction, which I think he will."
Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis had his third multiple-assist effort of the season Saturday while forward Cam Weaver, acquired by Houston in the Wondolowski deal, tied for the team lead with his fourth goal and added an assist.
"(The Earthquakes) have been getting their results lately, making it hard for other teams to play against them," Weaver said. "Personally, being traded away from San Jose, it gives a little extra motivation to get a win, but I’m just going to keep going and help the team get a win."