Houston forward Dominic Oduro, a former FCD player, scored two second-half goals in a 4-0 win for the Dynamo over SMU, Saturday.
Photo by Michael Stephens
SMU men’s coach Tim McClements said his team got what it needed in a 4-0 scrimmage loss at the Houston Dynamo Saturday. Playing one of the elite MLS pro teams enabled the Mustangs to see themselves in an honest light, warts and all. Scoring for the Dynamo came from two players. Cam Weaver put in a brace the first half and former FCD player Dominic Oduro scored his two in the second half.
“It was a good opportunity to be exposed,” McClements said. “The team can see exactly what they need to work on and what their weaknesses are. On the other hand, I was pretty pleased with a lot of our play. We gave up two goals each half and had our chances to score. Houston was able to play eleven different players each half. As the game wore on, it was more and more difficult for us. However, we hit the post, were able to hold the ball and had some real good opportunities.”
Because of the weather, SMU hadn’t trained for the last two days. The Mustangs’ spring roster doesn’t include departing seniors and doesn’t have the new influx of the recruiting class signed for the 2010 season. It does give the returning players an intense training period with more focus.
An enthusiastic estimated crowd of 1,700 Dynamo season ticket holders at the Carl Lewis Track and Field Complex help spark some adrenalin. The Mustangs allowed an early goal by Weaver after a cross to the back post by Corey Ashe in the seventh minute. SMU goalie Guy Login made a nice stop on the Dynamo’s Angel Landin in the 27th minute. Weaver added to the Dynamo total in the 37th minute after chesting down a floater from Brian Muller at the top of the penalty area and slammed a shot inside the right post.
One unfortunate aspect for Houston was an injury to Landin, who came off in the 42nd minute.
SMU quickly applied some heat in the second half on a near-miss post-pounder from Houston native Pana Vasquez, a member of the Dynamo Academy’s home-grown player list. The Mustangs then came close on a double strike chance that started with a shot by Vasquez in the 66th minute that was tipped into the cross bar by Houston second-half goalie Tally Hall. That set up a header shot by SMU’s Blake Milton that went to the other side of the goal, but Hall was able to stretch back and block it.
Before SMU could get a toe-hold on the score, Oduro added to the Dynamo score by latching on to an uncleared free kick by Erik Ustruck and sticking it in the net at close range. Oduro put the exclamation point on the game for Houston in the 84th minute with a goal to the far post after a pass from Houston trialist Peter Maciel.
The Mustangs will get a little rest and a little practice but not much of either, before they get another “honest look” at their team Tuesday, February 16 in a scrimmage against FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park.
SMU vs. Houston Dynamo
February 13, 2010 - Carl Lewis Track & Field Complex
HOU -- Cam Weaver (Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell) 7
HOU -- Cam Weaver (Brian Mullan) 37
HOU -- Dominic Oduro (unassisted) 68
HOU -- Dominic Oduro (Peter Maciel) 84
SMU -- Guy Logan, Ryan Rosenbaum, Chad Vandegriffe, Adam Still, Ian Kalis, Arthur Ivo, Kekoa Osorio, T.J. Nelson, Payton Hickey, Joe Cooper, Pana Vasquez. Substitutes: Blake Milton, Brian Farkas, Ben Hill.
Houston Dynamo 1st half -- Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel, Bobby Boswell, Eddie Robinson, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan, Khadim Diouf, Léandre Griffit, Corey Ashe, Cam Weaver, Luis Angel Landín (Dominic Oduro 42).
Houston Dynamo 2nd half -- Tally Hall, Erik Ustruck, Ryan Cochrane, Mike Chabala, Danny Cruz, Samuel Appiah, Peter Maciel, Blessing Kaku, Francisco Navas, David Walker, Dominic Oduro.