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Dynamo fall to Portland Timbers 2-0


The Dynamo generated 19 shots to Portland’s 9

GK Michael Nelson made his second appearance

Dynamo host Austin FC for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 11

HOUSTON – Houston Dynamo FC lost to the Portland Timbers 2-0 this evening at BBVA Stadium.

The Timbers took the lead in the 15th minute after forward Felipe Mora headed a pass from inside the six-yard box directly at the hands of Dynamo goalkeeper Michael Nelson. The ball then ricocheted off Nelson to the waiting foot of Portland forward Yimmi Chará, who tapped it into the back of the net. Nelson, a native of Katy, Texas, was making his second MLS start for his hometown club.

The Timbers doubled their lead five minutes later after referee Rubiel Vasquez used video review to award Portland a penalty kick due to a foul inside the box by Nelson. Mora converted the penalty to increase the Timbers’ lead to 2-0.

The first chance for the Dynamo came in the 23rd minute, when defender Teenage Hadebe found forward Fafa Picault for a header that went just wide of the goal. Hadebe also led the team in possessions gained in this match with nine recoveries.

The Dynamo had a flurry of late scoring chances at the end of the first half. In the 45th minute, forward Tyler Pasher generated a corner kick off a deflected shot. The Canadian international swung the ball into the box and the ball once again found the head of Picault for a shot, but it fell into the arms of the Portland keeper.

The second half saw a continuation of the Houston advantage in generating chances on goal, but the Dynamo were unable to break through. The first chance of the half came when midfielder Memo Rodriguez put a direct free kick on goal from just outside of the penalty area. He struck the ball with pace to the bottom left corner of the goal, but Clark was able to push it wide.

Urruti generated another close call in the 67th minute when he received a pass from midfielder Darwin Quintero inside the 18-yard-line and fired a first-touch shot which narrowly missed the edge of the goal. Houston had a final chance to pull a goal back late when defender Sam Junqua rose above the Portland defense to put a headed shot on frame, but Clark was able to parry it over the crossbar.

The Dynamo will conclude their four-game home stretch next Saturday night when they welcome Austin FC into town for a match presented by Lexus. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:30 p.m. CDT and tickets are available at

Houston Dynamo FC (3-10-10; 19 pts.) 0-2 Portland Timbers (9-10-3; 30 pts.)

MLS Regular Season – Week 23

BBVA Stadium – Houston, Texas

Attendance: 9,872


POR: Yimmi Chará 3 (Unassisted) 17′

POR: Felipe Mora 9 (Penalty) 20′


Houston Dynamo FC: Michael Nelson; Adam Lundkvist (Matteo Bajamich 75), Teenage Hadebe, Tim Parker (C), Zarek Valentin; Derrick Jones (Griffin Dorsey 46), Matías Vera, Memo Rodriguez (Joe Corona 79); Tyler Pasher (Darwin Quintero 49), Maxi Urruti, Fafà Picault (Sam Junqua 79)

Unused substitutes: Kyle Morton, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Ethan Bartlow, Ian Hoffmann

Total shots: 19 (Maxi Urruti 6); Shots on goal: 6 (Darwin Quintero 2); Fouls: 13 (Time Parker, Matías Vera 3); Offside: 2; Corner kicks: 9; Saves: 2 (Michael Nelson 2)

Portland Timbers: Steve Clark; Claudio Bravo, Dario Zuparic, Larrys Mabiala, Pablo Bonilla (Bill Tuiloma 69); Diego Chara, George Fochive (Renzo Zambrano 69); Darion Asprilla (Marvin Loría 63), Sebastian Blanco (Diego Valeri 83), Yimmi Chará (Santiago Moreno 83); Felipe Mora

Unused substitutes: Aljaz Ivacic, Blake Bodily, Zac McGraw, Jaroslaw Niezgoda

Total shots: 9 (Felipe Mora 5); Shots on goal: 4 (Felipe Mora 2); Fouls: 12 (Claudio Bravo, Diego Chara 3); Offside: 0; Corner kicks: 3; Saves: 6 (Steve Clark 6)


HOU: Tim Parker (yellow card, foul) 50

POR: Claudio Bravo (yellow card, foul) 51

POR: Renzo Zambrano (yellow card, foul) 86

POR: Larrys Mabiala (yellow card, foul) 90+1


Referee: Rubiel Vasquez

Assistant Referee: Kathryn Nesbitt

Assistant Referee: Peter Balciunas

Fourth Official: Rosendo Mendoza

VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

Weather: 87 degrees, clear skies

Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos

(on today’s game and the team’s performance) “I think in the first half, obviously, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to. We weren’t good enough in the big moments and Portland took advantage of that. I think they have really good quality and they did a good job. The chances they had, they put them away and we struggled with that. We had 10 shots by halftime with no goals, and I think we had almost 20 by the end of the game with no goals. It’s hard to say, because I am not satisfied with anything and the fans are waiting for anything. I feel bad for the fans because they are cheering us on and they are doing all they can, that’s for sure. But in the second half, the team tried and unfortunately we are not good in front of the goal right now.”

(on being close to breaking the winless streak) “I do feel that way. I think it’s moments of the game. If you look at today’s game, they scored the first goal on the rebound. It’s a good cross to the far post but the rebound, we should get there first and that’s one of those moments we need to be good. Last week we had a goal that was very similar on the rebound, we have to do better there. I think the rest of the game we managed it fairly well, we had the ball a lot and we had possession for better part of the game. Unfortunately, like I said, Sam’s (Junqua) header at the end went straight to the goalkeeper. Darwin’s (Quintero) shot that the keeper lets go, but then we don’t get there for the rebound. There are chances where other teams are making plays when we aren’t. I think you guys know me by now, we just stunk it up but that wasn’t the case today. The team did a lot, they worked hard, created opportunities. We just aren’t good in the big moments right now.”

(on the hardest part of streak) “All of it. When you win games sometimes even when you don’t deserve to win it, that gives everyone confidence in working every day and that has been the biggest challenge; lifting everyone’s spirit after not winning on the weekend. And that has been a challenge every week and something I have not lived through before. The group has done a good job at bouncing back and being ready for it. Unfortunately, we just haven’t been catching the breaks at the right time.”

(on set pieces today) “We’ve been working on this a lot and actually we worked on finishing yesterday. We added another session yesterday because we felt like we were going to create chances and get goals. We felt it coming. The set pieces, I feel like in any corner, particularly in attack; I said this to the team this week Fafa (Picault) has really been the one winning headers. And maybe the only one who can win the ball in the air. We have to step up and know the other guys can do it as well.”

(on talking about making changes in second half) “Every game develops differently. I think we started the game the right way. In the second half, there was no need to have (Derrick) Jones on the field right away and we felt we needed to go more in attack. So, we went with two forwards in the middle. We felt they were going to change some point to go five in the back but they did not do that. But that still benefitted us because having Maxi (Urruti) and Darwin (Quintero) in front of us, that helped us. Unfortunately, I don’t know what’s going on with Tyler (Pasher) now I’m going to have to find out. Again, that is another injury and they are hard to take.”

(on Darwin Quintero playing more minutes) “That’s difficult to say. I did say that in the press conference the other day. We feel like we have to start giving him more minutes because he’s ready for the. But now it is really a desperate need of the team to give him more minutes. And not worry as much as falling apart early in the game. I thought overall, he played well in the second half, even though the game was limited to only a half field and that’s when he’s at his best. I thought he did well.”

(on what the team can salvage this season) “If we talk about the season that means we’re throwing the season away. I’m not throwing the season away, that’s not how I feel and I think the team went through a lot this year. We made the team a lot younger. We brought in some players for what we could do. We made the team good, and obviously we got Tyler (Pasher) from USL and Griffin (Dorsey) from Toronto. Toronto released him and I knew him, and those are a couple guys we brought in. Basically, for nothing. We’ve created a better foundation for the team but again what matters is results. Anything else we talk about is too much talking.”

Director técnico del Houston Dynamo FC Tab Ramos

(sobre si cree que la situación que se vive se debe a mala suerte, falta de talento o ambos) “No me voy a quejar ahora. Creamos ocasiones. Lo que pasa es que delante de la portería no somos efectivos. Ayer practicamos más el ataque, fue un entrenamiento más largo pensando en tener hoy muchas oportunidades, en crear muchas ocasiones. Y lo hicimos, las creamos, pero no definimos. Portland no nos tuvo contra las cuerdas. Eso no fue lo que pasó en el partido”.

(sobre cuál frustrante es esta situación para usted como entrenador) “No puedo decir que los jugadores no responden. Los jugadores hicieron un gran esfuerzo. Desafortunadamente no hemos estado finos. Eso nos ha pasado las últimas semanas. Así es el fútbol.  Lo más difícil es levantar los ánimos todas las semanas. El equipo viene bien para cada partido, pero por una razón u otra no se logra la victoria. Lo único que se puede hacer es seguir dándole confianza a los jugadores”.

(sobre qué rescata de este partido) “No hay mucho que rescatar. Esperaba que hiciéramos lo que hicimos en cuanto a ocasiones creadas. Todos sabemos la calidad de Portland. No es sorpresa.  Ellos tuvieron dos oportunidades y las aprovecharon muy bien. Hoy en esos momentos fueron mejores que nosotros”.

(sobre cómo enmendar el camino y soñar con avanzar a la siguiente fase) “Lo único que podemos hacer es pensar en un juego a la vez. No se pudo ganar este hay que pensar en el próximo. Si pensamos en la temporada completa nos preocuparemos más porque ya no podemos recuperar lo que hemos perdido esta temporada. Hay que trabajar cada día para lo que viene. Trabajar un día más”.

(sobre qué hacer en el plano emocional) “Es un momento muy difícil, porque no se viven muchos momentos en el fútbol de tanta sequía, pero no me asusta, vine a este país como un inmigrante, no me asustan los retos. Siempre voy a seguir luchando Así lo asumieron mis padres cuando vinieron acá. El equipo debe asumir esa misma actitud, mirando el segundo tiempo hay que decir que el equipo tuvo una buena actitud”

(sobre cuál es la situación física de Tyler Pasher) “No conozco el parte médico aún. Salí del vestuario rápidamente para venir a la conferencia de prensa. Sabíamos que no iba a poder seguir para el inicio del segundo tiempo. Por eso coloqué a Griffin Dorsey como delantero y después tuve que moverlo a la banda y traer a otro delantero que fue Darwin Quintero. Quería usar a Darwin (Quintero) pero con el juego más avanzado, pero entró antes y lo hizo bien”.

Dynamo DF Adam Lundkvist

(on today’s game) “Yeah, you summed it up pretty good. We were running, we were fighting, but we can’t get a break. I feel like we lack the little extra quality in the offensive end in order to get us over that hump and towards the goal to score some goals and for once in a while give us a comfortable lead that we can maybe take advantage of but I guess the work is there everyone is making an effort. It’s all about individually raising the quality. I think that’s what we have to do and in order to change this. We are struggling so it’s all up to each one of us to get us all out of this and because we know we can do it and the city deserves more.”

(on the most difficult part of the winless streak for him) “I think it’s been a lot of stuff— like you said the lack of quality from everyone was like the small moments that we can’t just get a break like sometimes we are playing very well. I think a lot of guys are doing a great job and then the smallest little error and we just get punished. That’s been the most frustrating part for me and also just never being able to see a game out—like never being able to put 90 minutes together. We have good moments and we have bad moments and we always end up competing or something like that in that moment. To put in a 90-minute effort that’s good from the start to the finish and then can give us the three points I feel that has been the worst part in this streak.”

(on what happened in the five minutes after conceding the first goal) “I think to be honest that the first 25 minutes we weren’t really there. I mean that has been consistent throughout the year    that we are very slow out of the gate and that can’t happen. It’s all up to us you can talk about whatever but it’s all up to us players that we have to start the game on the front foot. That’s what we’ve been saying all year and we can’t just allow teams to get a head start and we always kind of react instead of act like instead of just playing the game on our terms we have to come from behind every time and it’s just very tough. It’s like we have to always concede in order to start playing and being more aggressive. So, I mean it’s just tough.”

(on if he was surprised that the team started slow considering their record)  “I mean yeah I was I felt like the week leading up to this game everyone has been really determined to turn this around. I mean we had this home stretch we been really looking forward to being at home playing in front of our fans for a long while and then just I mean I’m surprised that’s one way of putting it. I think I was more disappointed. I think we all want to do better, it’s just not working out right now but we have to just keep going. There is no other way of putting it. We have to just look ourselves in the mirror and just pull ourself together. That’s what you have to do in moments like this.”

(on if a belief in a win is far away) “Like I said I think all of us feel that the win is there within reach almost every game. I feel like there is nothing really wrong with the effort and the work that everyone is putting in. It’s just that little but of quality and we believe almost every game we play it’s just we have to get over the hump and I feel like we always believe this is the game we are going to turn it around but then it just ends up I don’t know something happens and it just doesn’t go our way. It’s always with the crossbar—something happens and I mean we just have to like I said before put 90 solid minutes together and I think that will get us over the hump. I’m convinced because I know the players are here. The quality is here. The work effort is here. Everything is here we just have to pull ourselves together and get the job done.”

(on if he believes if they get over the hump if the teams will start coming) “I mean I wish hopefully I mean what has been missing is the little you know that the ball bounces our way and if we can get that momentum it will be so important and just try to ride the wave. I mean we have been so close with so many games it’s getting so frustrating and like I say I hope that’s the thing that’s going to happen and I believe in it. We are working everyday towards that and we know it’s not too late to turn this around. We have to keep fighting.”

(on what the team has learned about its character during this winless streak) “I think what I’ve seen is that is what’s been lacking is not the work effort. Like I said like I’ve been here for a long time and this is probably the first time I feel like we have a whole team I’m not just going to say 11 a whole team every day in training it’s guys that are putting in honest work every day and are just I mean there is nothing wrong with that. What we have to do is get more quality and get I mean I don’t know we have to get some kind of lucky bounce because the effort is there and that’s what I found out even though we’ve been on this losing streak and there has been stuff that has not been going our way. I mean everyone is working so hard every day in training. People are running everywhere like on the field. It’s not that no one ever gives up it’s just that we have to get better I mean there is no other way of putting it but what I’ve learned is that it’s a resilient group of guys that never give up like when it comes to working and we want to improve. There is no other way of putting it. We just have to get better.”

(on what his reaction was on the first goal) “I felt like we were talking about getting some pressure on them and trying to not let (FW) (Sebastian) Blanco have so much time on the ball and then also I was around there I was in the situation and I could have cleared the ball. I could of headed away the ball. It could have been closer to my markings. It was a lot of frustration from my own and what I did and also like what we did as a team the first 15 minutes was not okay. We have to do better and just not be so passive be more aggressive and it was a combination of all that. I mean it was just trying to get up and I don’t know it was just emotions and I want this win more that anyone right now so I was just pissed that it didn’t happen.”

Dynamo MF Matias Vera (translated from Spanish)

(on today’s game) “They put themselves ahead very quickly, it was difficult for us to equalize and their players created opportunities and obviously they made us pay, they have good players. Unfortunately, those initial 20 minutes made the game very tough. Unfortunately, we are in a very difficult situation. We can only try to keep improving.”

(on whether if one victory will change everything for the team) “Bad streaks always end. We are doing everything we can to break the streak and do our part to get over the hurdle. An emotional victory would be very good. Since I came to the club, we have never experienced anything like this. In these difficult times, you need everyone to stay together. Those who play and those who don’t. It is the only way to get over this winless streak.”

Mediocampista del Houston Dynamo FC Matias Vera

(sobre qué opina sobre este partido) “Ellos se pusieron muy rápido en ventaja, nos costó dominar a los jugadores de ellos que creaban y obviamente ese es un equipo que lastima, que tiene buenos jugadores. Lamentablemente esos 20 minutos iniciales nos pusieron el juego muy cuesta arriba. Lamentablemente estamos en una situación muy complicada. Sólo nos queda intentar seguir mejorando”.

(sobre qué te dice tu experiencia sobre qué hacer cuando las cosas no se dan como uno las espera) “Siempre estamos agradecidos con la gente que nos apoya en este momento tan difícil para el equipo y para toda la institución. En estos momentos no hay otra que poner la cara, asumir las responsabilidades y seguir trabajando. Quedan 11 o 10 fechas por delante. Nuestra responsabilidad es cambiar la imagen que estamos dando de la institución. Ningún jugador está por encima del escudo, del equipo Houston Dynamo”.

(sobre qué esperan para buscar soluciones como equipo con actividades extra cancha, ya sean festivas o de reuniones a puertas cerradas) “Obviamente ya hemos tenido esos momentos de decirnos las cosas. El equipo intenta lastimar y no lo hace, también nos está costando mantener el arco en cero. Así es muy difícil, atacar sin concretar y defensivamente no mantener el arco en cero. La única manera de revertir esto es dar la cara, asumir las responsabilidades y trabajar”.

(sobre si cuando el equipo gana todo cambiará) “Las malas rachas siempre se acaban. Intentamos cortarla en cada partido, Una victoria anímicamente sería muy buena. Desde que llegué al club nunca habíamos vivido algo así. Todo se hace cuesta arriba. En estos momentos difíciles es cuando necesitamos de todos. Los que juegan y los que no. Es la única manera de revertir esta situación”.

(sobre qué opinas de Darwin Quintero? ¿Crees que debería jugar más) “Todos sabemos de la calidad de Darwin. Tab (Ramos) es quien toma las decisiones. Entrena, trabaja a la par de todos, pero son decisiones del técnico. Darwin es un jugador importante. Pero es una labor de todos. Los titulares tienen que dar más porque no está alcanzando lo que se brinda hoy y a los que les toca venir de la banca también”.

(sobre quiénes pueden asumir la tarea de levantar los ánimos dentro del vestuario) “En este momento es difícil marcar a uno o dos jugadores. Obviamente los jugadores grandes, los de más experiencia son los llamados a marcar el camino. Pero en este momento no alcanza lo que puedan hacer dos o tres jugadores. Todos tenemos, todo el plantel, que halar hacia el mismo lado. Un resultado positivo puede cambiar todo. A pesar de todo siempre creamos situaciones, vamos hacia delante. Trabajaremos para en el próximo partido brindar una alegría a todos”.

(sobre su mensaje envías a la afición) “Es importante que nos acompañen. Es lindo escuchar el apoyo. Saber que están ahí, apoyándonos. Nosotros dentro de la cancha tenemos que hacer entonces nuestra parte para responderles con la alegría de una victoria”.

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