Houston Dynamo Need More Than DaMarcus Beasley to Make MLS Playoffs

By Douglas Smith
Houston Dynamo DaMarcus Beasley
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The allocation order is coming back into play in MLS as the Houston Dynamo shipped Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC to acquire the top spot. This will be used to bring DaMarcus Beasley to the Dynamo after a successful World Cup campaign with the USMNT. However, the biggest problem for Houston this season has been their center backs. Their depth at this position has dissipated, and they will need to find a suitable fill-in to make a run to the playoffs.

Beasley is suited for a wide midfield spot with the Dynamo, and this would potentially push Brad Davis inside. However, there are rumors that Corey Ashe could be moved opening a spot up on the back line. Beasley played well in his left back position while in Brazil and could help the Dynamo with a back line that clearly needs an overhaul. However, the chances of Ashe moving are low.

The center backs have gotten plenty of flack for their play this year, and it’s merited. Earlier in the season the Dynamo conceded eight goals over three games and lost all of the matches. They have been searching for a way to stop the leak all season. The first choice back line was intact for the early part of the season with new acquisition David Horst expected to be the anchor.

Houston has conceded 14 shots per game which is .9 below the league leader. They are 13th in interceptions per game. They had conceded 24 goals over 13 games, and that total has ballooned to 40 goals over 20 games. They have a minus-17 goal differential on the road, and things were compounded as injuries started to hit. Horst has a groin injury and Jermaine Taylor has a nagging hip contusion. No matter who is playing the same ailments have persisted. Houston has had trouble tracking runners in the box and closing out on players near the 18-yard box.

Beasley will be an asset moving forward, but the Dynamo need more help. The injuries and the subpar play at center back have doomed Houston. They currently sit four points out of a playoff spot, so the time is now to turn it around. Darrell Lovell of MLS.com is reporting that another move is on its way. Dynamo fans better hope it is defensive help.

Douglas Smith is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DFresh39, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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