Not only did the Houston Dynamo give the mighty Club America a run for their money in the Leagues Cup quarterfinal, they created enough quality chances to win a game they ended up losing in a penalty dramatic shootout.
That was the feeling among head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his players after Wednesday’s 6-5 spot-kick loss proceeded by a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
“I think it was a good game. It was a good game from our side. We were very disciplined, organized and the guys on the field battled and when we had the ball, we tried to go forward to create chances and we did,” Cabrera said. “We came short with our finishing because we had the best chances of the game and when you have the best chances in front of the goalkeeper you have to finish them… The PKs, anyone could have won, but I’m happy with the performance.”
The Colombian coach wasn’t the only one regretting the wasted opportunities up front.
“We had the best chances throughout the game. We kept the pressure on and we played to a draw and it came down to penalty kicks. Once you get there, anyone can win,” Honduran international Alberth Elis said.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan center back Alejandro Fuenmayor highlighted the Dynamo’s fearlessness against the heavily favored Liga MX side, while also lamenting the lack of finishing.
“We played a great game against a big team – a team from Mexico that has pedigree. I think we just missed that final touch on the last play,” Fuenmayor said. “We had a lot of opportunities that were clear and against the big teams, you have to put them away. Sadly, we did not.”
Cabrera also regretted the fact that he was unable to line up his best XI due to a tight schedule, but believes that the Leagues Cup is a positive tournament for everyone involved.
“We couldn’t play the other guys, because they are playing too many games and they needed to rest,” Cabrera explained. “They were all excited. They wanted to play this type of game. So, I think the idea is good. I think this just started, but hopefully we can use this... I believe it’s going to get better and better.”