It was a night in which nothing went right for the Revolution.
The passes missed their mark. The shots stayed wide and high. The ideas grew stale. To make matters worse, a torrential downpour enveloped the field before the Dynamo scored a pair of late goals to capture a 2-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.
All in all, though, New England’s misfortunes can be traced back to one simple concept.
“We just weren’t clean enough on the ball,” Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said after the game. “We started sharp, but as the game went on we got a little more loose and that’s what cost us. We couldn’t keep the ball for an extended period of time.”
In the opening moments, the Revolution broke out of the gate with pace and put together some solid passing sequences. It was a promising start, to be sure.
But it didn’t take long for their form to recede -- dramatically, in fact. By the half, the statistics for the Revolution were bleak: 31.8 percent possession, 57 percent passing accuracy and only five open play crosses to speak of.
“Our forwards did well defending hard, but also getting the ball and creating,” Revolution center back A.J. Soares said after the game. “As the game went on, we just wore down a little bit. They started sending more numbers and by the end they got their two goals.”
When the second half arrived, it was clear the Revolution had their work cut out for them, and not only on the attacking end of the spectrum. With the fifth-place Dynamo pressing for a much-needed win, they unleashed a series of dangerous forays in the Revolution end.
In the 58th minute, Dynamo striker Calen Carr -- who regularly tested the Revolution in the first half -- received a pass from Brad Davis, shed his mark and fired a shot that sailed just over the bar.
“They needed the points bad and it showed,” Revolution center back Stephen McCarthty said after the game. “They pushed hard. You have guys running through and you have to be mentally aware of everyone around.”
However, there was little they could do when the Dynamo pushed forward in the 77th minute. This time, Davis found Ricardo Clark inside the area, where Clark carefully tucked the pass inside the far post.
Even though the Revolution had scored a late-game equalizer against New York the previous week, any hopes of a similar scenario unfolding was erased in the 93rd minute. From a Warren Creavalle cross, Boniek Garcia volleyed it through to put the result out of reach for the Revolution.
While the weather, not to mention the number of players on the club’s injury report, may have played a major part in Saturday’s loss, Heaps looked at the silver lining in the wake of a wet night in Houston.
“We had guys that were given a chance tonight and for some of (them), they did well,” Heaps said. “But they needed to a little more at the end.”