A Dynamo Dynasty? As if the defeat last week of D.C. United weren't proof enough of the Houston Dynamo's dynastic potential, the Dynamo destroyed the Chicago Fire tonight. The game was a clinical exercise, as the Fire were whipped in almost every department. Actually, the Fire did have a good start, and tested Dynamo goalie Pat Onstad with a couple of cheeky chip shots, but Onstad was up to the challenge. Once the Dynamo got their first goal, though, this game was all over, except for the shouting...and some dynamite play by the Houston side.
The first goal came on a play started with a nice wide pass by Ricardo Clark, a good run and cross by Craig Waibel, and a spectacular finish by Stuart Holden. With Holden, the Dynamo seemed to have caught lightning in a bottle. He has been stellar since first substituting for the injured Brad Davis. Holden has three goals and four assists in his first three weeks. At this rate, I would think there is an excellent chance that Holden may find himself getting an invite to practice or play with the senior national team. There are some good, young American players that are waiting for such a chance, and Holden may be shooting to the top of the list. For now, he's with the U-23 squad, but the senior national team could use someone with his energy and flair.
Nate Jacqua finished the second goal. Although Jacqua struggled with the L.A. Galaxy, his recent transfer to the Dynamo gives this team extraordinary depth at he forward position. It's almost unfair to the rest of the league. Joseph Igwenye made a scintillating run through one defender and around the Fire's goalie, before scoring as sharply angled a shot as is possible. That made the score 3-0 Houston. The Dynamo added one more for good measure, for a thoroughly convincing 4-0 rout.
Last week's 1-0 Dynamo victory over D.C. United vaulted the Dynamo to the top of everyone's rankings. If that game was a preview of this Fall's MLS Cup, United has some real work to do to get back on Houston's level. Of course, United beat the Dynamo last month in D.C., but that was just before Houston went on a tear. They have shutout their opponents in their last six outings, but they have combined that squelching defense with a strong attack. United was fortunate to hold Houston to one goal. Right now, it looks as if the defending champs are growing a dynasty in Houston.