HOUSTON, TEXAS (Saturday, July 3, 2022) When asked in the post-game press conference if there was any positives he could take from the Houston Dynamo FC 2-1 loss to Charlotte FC, Dynamo head coach Paulo Nagamura responded; and was very blunt with his answer.
“Positives—not many to be honest with you. I think one of the things that we have been praising that we need to be better is consistency and when you play two games like you play against Chicago and Portland, that in my opinion was two good games, even though we didn’t get a result in Portland and you come today with that kind of performance – that worries me. That’s something that we need to work on, our consistency and especially playing at home. I have been talking and I been saying this many times; we need to be more dominant. In the game today one thing that we take away is that our giveaways will affect our game especially at home and I think today it did big time.”
Houston started the game like they intended to control the game from the very first minute. In the first half, Houston trailed 1-0, on an own goal in the 28th minute by Dynamo midfielder Matias Vera. They led on shots (9-7) and corner kicks (4-1). and ended the first half trailing by one. In the second half, the Dynamo lost focus and could not find the focus and aggressiveness shown in the first 45 minutes.