From the opening kick-off at 7:38p.m.CDT to the final whistle at 9:29p.m.CDT, the Houston Dynamo imposed their will on the San Jose Earthquakes handing them a 2-0 defeat. The win extended the Dynamo’s home unbeaten streak to a record tying 34th straight game.
Houston came out in a 4-4-2 formation but played like they were in a 4-3-3. Tight marking and high energy helped the Dynamo take control of the game’s tempo.
The hustle of the Dynamo paid off in the 18′ as midfielder Oscar Boniek-Garcia threaded the needle from the endline to Houston striker Will Bruin who flicks it home for his first goal of the season. It was also the team’s first goal in the opening 45′ of play this season.
Giles Barnes netted the Dynamo’s second goal of the night in the 42′ of the first half on a beautiful cross from team captain Brad Davis.
“I looked at him, he looked at me and he put the ball where I good get to it,” said Barnes. “It was a thing of beauty.”
Defensively the backline of Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe and Kofi Sarkodie led little room for Earthquakes offense to maneuver and when they did Tally Hall was there. Hall recorded his second cleaan sheet of the 2013 MLS campaign.
With a13-3 edge in goal attempts, 7-1 ratio in shots on target and two goals in the back of the net, head coach Dominic Kinnear was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We came out sharp,” Kinnear said. “We kept pushing and pressing, it was a great work effort.”
More than 17,000 fans witnessed the record tying feat at BBVA Compass Stadium.
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