MLS Regular Season
HOUSTON — It is hard to believe but the Houston Dynamo have a forward pair that are still working out the kinks.
Brian Ching and Will Bruin have started as many games together in 2012 as they did all of last year (4). That might seem a bit low since the two have a combined 36 starts between them in that time, but injuries and bad timing largely kept Ching and Bruin from featuring together in 2011.
Early in 2012 the pair is still learning how to play and be productive together.
The Houston Dynamo confirmed Tuesday that they came up short in their bid for a deadline day deal to bring 22-year-old attacker Luis Advincula to MLS from Peru’s Sporting Cristal.
After negotiations picked up late last week the Dynamo had hopes of bringing the talented young attacker – who has been linked with Arsenal in the past – in before the April 15 MLS transfer deadline.
Despite reports out of Peru on Sunday suggesting the deal was done pending signatures, Houston came up short in adding the Peru international to their stable of attackers.
Every fighter wants the opportunity to finish a bout, and the Houston Dynamo were no different on Sunday night in rain-swept Chicago.
But after 65 minutes and two weather delays that resulted in one hour and 52 minutes of down time, referee Geoff Gamble in conjunction with MLS officials made the decision to call the game, which meant the 1-1 scoreline was official and left the Dynamo and the Chicago Fire to share the spoils.
Dynamo midfielder Brian Ownby will be out 4-6 weeks after he dislocated his left elbow in Monday's Reserve League match against the Chicago Fire. The 5-foot-11 rookie was injured in the 28th minute of Monday's 1-0 loss, and was substiuted off in the 33rd minute of the match. He will not undergo surgery.
The 2012 Supplemental draft pick has made four appearances with three starts for the Dynamo Reserves this season. Ownby scored Houston's lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Reserves on March 13.
Eventually a shot was going to go in for Will Bruin, but that has not made the wait to open his 2012 account any easier.
After three games and five weeks it seemed like the second year forward had found everything but the back of the net. Things changed Sunday night as “The Dancing Bear” hit a well placed shot to beat Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson to the near post in the 24th minute, accounting for Houston’s lone tally in the lightning-shortened 1-1 draw.
|Chicago Fire||Houston Dynamo|
|8||Attempts on Goal||5|
|4||Shots on Target||1|
|2||Shots off Target||
Bruin, Pause trade goals before officials call match
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. –The undermanned Houston Dynamo played to a 65-minute, 1-1 tie against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Sunday in a game that included a 70-minute delay and was ended early because of lightning.
Will Bruin and Logan Pause traded goals midway through the first half, then the teams slugged it out for 40 more minutes before the skies opened and officials were forced the cancel the match.