The Fire clearly controlled the play, especially in the first half during a 2-0 victory against Houston. The Fire midfield controlled possesion while the defense limited Houston to very few dangerous opportunities. Dynamo came out more aggressive in the second half which led to a chippy second 45 minutes marred by two red cards and a slew of yellows.
Brian McBride had several dangerous scoring opportunities in the first half but failed to convert while Marco Pappa didn't score but his play centrally continues to improve. Andrew Dykstra looked more composed and made a few nice saves while racking up a second consecutive clean sheet.
The only real negative on the night was the 11,312 attendance (significantly lower than the sold out opening night) although the weather may have played a large factor in limiting the walk up crowd.
GK Andrew Dykstra (7) - Juggled a few balls but looked more confident and made some nice saves to squelch the few Houston opportunities.
D Wilman Conde (7) - Probably the best defender in MLS. The Fire should not wait to re-sign this guy since his contract is up at the end of the year.
D CJ Brown (7) - Still a few miles left in the old legs.
D Tim Ward (7) - Looked like first half of '09 Ward by getting into the attacking third and providing supporting runs.
D Kryzstof Krol (6) - Krol had an excellent game as well and also got into the attacking third. The silly red card for a retalliatory head butt on Landin lowers his mark.
M Peter Lowry (7) - Provided the support the needed from his position and scored a goal. Will Logan Pause get back into the line-up when he's healthy?
M Baggio Husidic (7) - May not be the fastest guy on the field but he continues to play well given the time. Continously improving as well. In perfect position for his rebound goal.
M Justin Mapp (5) - Wasn't as effective as he was last week but he wasn't bad either.
M Marco Pappa (6) - Distribution was better today. Long pass to Nyarko initiated the attack which led to the second goal.
M Patrick Nyarko (6) - Not as prominent as he has been but still dangerous. If he ever learns to pull the trigger when he needs to shoot on goal instead of waiting to pass he will be huge.
F Brian McBride (6) - Had several great scoring chances in the first half sail just over the cross bar. Also had a shot on goal cleared by a Houston defender.
F Collins John (5) - 62' minute sub for McBride did manage to get off a few shots on goal. Still searching for that finishing touch.
M Mike Banner (5) - 74' minute sub for Mapp was active in short time.
D Deris Umanzor (5) - 90' minute sub for Pappa will get a second chance to start next week due to Krol's red card. Umanzor makes Mike Banner look like a giant.
Ref Ricardo Salazar (4) - Failure to get control of chippy play early in the second half led to a yellow card merry go round with two ejections.
Next week's opponent Chivas USA defeated San Jose 3-2.
The post game show was much better. Interviews with Husidic, Brown, Klopas and Lowry a big improvement over last weeks effort.