I've seen disappointing losses from the Houston Dynamo before. Thursday's loss to Dallas was way beyond that.
You see, even when coming out on the wrong end of a match, these men in orange have always played with passion and heart.
There just wasn't any of that on display against FC Dallas in Frisco. That is what hurts the most.
Sure, FCD deserves credit for the victory. They played adequately. Cunningham made a very nice individual move on the lone goal scored in the game.
But the way Dallas played against the Dynamo normally ends up in a loss 98 percent of the time. If fans of Houston had seen their normal team, filled with skill, fire and passion out there it most likely would have led to a victory or at least a draw.
Hopefully, this was just one night for a team that is tired. Stuart Holden, Brian Ching and Ricardo Clark have spent a very busy summer playing for the USMNT. All three have been called up for next weeks World Cup Qualifier against Mexico at Azteca stadium.
But before that game there is another. The Dynamo play at home Sunday against the Chicago Fire. We the fans need to see our real team out there. I believe we will. Dominic Kinnear isn't the type of manager to let his team just get by.
It won't be easy. They just played Thursday night. Brad Davis picked up a terrible red card after being subbed and on the sideline. The side judge really looks like an idiot over that one, but I digress.
So come on Dynamo. I know you are a bit embarrassed about the match against Dallas. Let's take it out on Chicago. Be the Orange Machine that we all know you truly are.