MLS Regular Season
The Houston Dynamo have shown that they can take a lead on the road. The trick now is to show that they can once again hold it down the stretch.
After opening in the season with a pair of 1-0 road wins over Chivas USA and the San Jose Earthquakes, the Dynamo have taken 1-0 leads over the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew the last two weeks only to see them evaporate within five minutes. In both matches Houston lost the lead by putting themselves in bad situations and turning potential road wins into road draws.
A week after combining for an equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire, the pair struck late again, but this time it was Bruin setting the Dynamo captain up to be the hero as Houston took a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew.
The Houston Dynamo and the Columbus Crew played to a 2-2 draw Saturday night at Crew Stadium as a stirring second half produced four goals in the final 31 minutes of play. Houston received goals from forwards Will Bruin and Brian Ching while Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven scored twice for Columbus.
Bruin scored for the second straight game, a 59th-minute header that he flicked to the far side netting off an Adam Moffat corner kick, delivering a 1-0 lead for the Dynamo.
Dynamo assistant coach Wade Barrett
Overall thoughts on the match
“We're happy to come away with the point. I thought the team started the second half really well. We came out pretty sharp and got a good goal. We're disappointed that we gave up that goal against so quickly and so poorly. It's definitely something we I think we can prevent. We let them back into the game. Then [the Crew] kind of wore on top of us for a while.”
On the Crew's lineup changes
As he has so many times in his career, Brian Ching was there when his teammates needed him most.
Ching’s first goal of 2012 was the all-important equalizer of a 2-2 result against the Columbus Crew on the road on Saturday night, the team’s second straight road draw.
Will Bruin puts the Dynamo ahead 1-0 in the 58th minute
COLUMBUS – Will Bruin scored the first Houston goal and assisted on the 81st minute-equalizer by Brian Ching to counter a pair of goals by Eddie Gaven as the Dynamo tied the Crew 2-2 at Crew Stadium on Saturday.
The Dynamo survived a late onslaught to move to 2-1-2 with two games remaining on their season-opening road swing before christening BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12 vs. D.C. United.