There is literally nothing good to be taken away from this match from a Revolution perspective.
They were steamrolled from the opening whistle and down 3-0 within 23 minutes. The New England defense not only looked shaky in terms of their positioning and general organization, but they were also physically bossed by Dynamo forwards Will Bruin- scorer of the first two goals- and David Horst. Boniek Garcia’s goal in the 23 minute essentially ended the match
The Revs did look better, and maybe even like the better of the two sides, in the second half, but in this humble observer’s opinion that had more to do with Houston taking their collective foot off the accelerator than it did with New England improving their own play. They probably deserved a goal for their efforts- hitting the woodwork on several occasions- but that being said, Houston probably deserved another goal or two themselves.
There were only two items of note on the Revolution’s side of the ball. First, the entrance into the match of Saer Sene in the 74th minute was astonishing given the severity of the broken ankle he suffered last August. That he played well and looked to be at 100% already boggles the mind. Second, once New England was able get some possession last season’s team MVP and all-around teenage phenom Diego Fagundez showed once again that there is not a defender in the league that he cannot embarrass with his speed and ball skills.
It will also come as no surprise that in the second half New England “forward” Jerry Bengston not only missed a shot while standing about four feet from the middle of the Houston goal, but that he also hit it so high over the bar that there was probably a moment or two of panic at the nearby Johnson Space Center.
Houston’s final goal came in overtime when a shot deflected off Omar Cumming’s and into the net. It was little more than adding insult to injury and the New England TV commentator Brad Feldman’s remark that the 4-0 scoreline flattered the Dynamo was absolutely preposterous.
There seems little the club can do but to draw a line under this match and move on and it might just be the wake-up call that the players- and coach- need after a pre-season that was rife with optimism but, apparently, light on realism.