The telling factor to me was the quality of the crossing. Good balls getting hit in for a change. I felt like the athleticism of Ashe and Cruz was important in pinning SJ back but that their actual contribution to the offense was slight. Ashe needs a right foot (they know he's trying to cross lefty so they favor that foot and in doing so also make it harder for him to beat them endline). The real difference was backliners like Chabala getting forward and hitting their crosses for them. But Ashe and Cruz did their job by pressing them back. Deric did fine but was not tested much. He didn't pull a Caig but you'd need to put him in one of these games where we're getting shelled to know what he really can do. The win is nice -- always good to have Dynamo games that don't leave you wanting to throw things at the TV (even if you don't break the flatscreen with the initial impact......maybe you break it when it tips over.......) -- but I wonder if we'd rather have the draft position. It was good to see some different people get a chance......and surprise, the "worst Dynamo lineup ever" won the game. To which I'd say, sometimes it surprises you who your best 11 game players are, and sometimes qualities and chemistry matter more than the name on the jersey. I think that we are more frightening for most teams when we have some speed on the field, even if the players on the field seem less quality, because the speed forces the opposition to stretch and defend, something putting our slowest 11 composed of former NTers like Mulrooney does not do.