The Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo are underway, and as expected, the Dynamo are pushing a lot of players up the pitch in an aggressive manner. Also as expected, this creates some space for the Dynamo to counter, with Brian Carroll ending up as the only player anywhere near the central defenders. In the opening five minutes, Calen Carr has already gotten into the penalty area in relatively dangerous positions, but hasn't created a clear-cut scoring chance.
Both teams seem to be playing past the midfield, which is a good sign for Philadelphia and not so much for Houston, considering that Houston is actually playing with four midfield players. The Dynamo haven't had any early possession and seriously need to change that.
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