Recap: HOU had another dominant season. In fact, they lost fewer games (5) than any other team in the league, including CMB. If they had not started so slowly, they would have been Supporters Shield winners in 2008. Of course, their fantastic regular season didn’t ensure playoff success, but HOU still gets an A for 2008.
Offense: As usual, the Dynamo’s offense performed amongst the best in the league, and it finished tied for third overall with Dallas in goals scored. The scary thing was they did it without De Rosario’s usual brilliance. You can’t argue with results though, and they were good offensively for HOU in 2008, so they get a A-.
Defense: The Dynamo’s defense continued to be their biggest asset in 2008, and they finished the year 1st in the league in goals allowed by only giving up 32 goals in 30 games. Onstad, as always, deserves a huge share of the credit. He finished fifth in the league in save percentage at 72.4%. Overall, they were a sure bet A+ in ’08.
Needs: Not many. HOU needs only to keep its core of players to compete for the Cup again in 2009. Ching, De Rosario and Holden need to remain key offensive cogs and the stellar back line needs to keep snuffing out opposing attacks. I think HOU wins the West again in 2009 and I bet it’s not even close.