When a team plays down a man for more than 70 minutes – as D.C. United did in a 4-0 loss to Houston on Sunday night – the statistics are bound to be heavily tilted against them. Here’s a look at some of the numbers that best tell the story of this weekend’s difficult defeat at BBVA Compass Stadium.
When a team plays down a man for more than 70 minutes – asD.C. United did in a 4-0 loss to Houston on Sunday night – the statistics arebound to be heavily tilted against them. Here’s a look at some of the numbers that best tell the story of thisweekend’s difficult defeat at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston’s passing accuracy. Sure the Dynamo had a numerical advantage, but they stillhad to take advantage of it - and did. United completed a respectable 77% of its passes, but with DominicKinnear’s side rarely turning the ball over there was little chance for the type ofcounter-attack that might have given D.C. a lifeline.
Passes attempted by Perry Kitchen. A good way to measure a team’s hold on the ball is how manypasses the players in central midfield attempt. Kitchen attempted 62 passes when D.C. dominated possession in theclub’s 3-0 win over Montreal on June 30. Through no fault of his own, that number dropped dramatically againstHouston, and the Dynamo enjoyed a stranglehold on possession (67.5% - 32.5%) asa result.
Duels won by D.C. United, compared to 37 for Houston. The lone category that theBlack-and-Red carried on a rough night, this stat offers some tangible evidenceof D.C.’s fight long after the outcome had presumably been decided.
The number of Will Bruin’s 15 career goals that have comeagainst the Black-and-Red. The6-foot-2 striker is quickly becoming a D.C.-killer and - at just 22-years-old -there’s no reason to suspect he won’t be in Houston’s ‘brilliant’ orange forthe foreseeable future. His 37thminute tap-in was no thing of beauty, but it effectively ended any United hopesof rescuing a point.