MLS Regular Season
They say home is where the heart is, but for the Houston Dynamo, it is more a case of home being where their playoff hopes are.
With the club winless on the road in 2011 and the teams behind them in the playoff standings having games in hand, the Dynamo knew going into last weekend that if they want to make the postseason, capitalizing on their remaining home games was their top priority. Saturday’s 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes was another step in that direction.
There may not have been a better time for a bear to reappear at Robertson Stadium.
With his team pushing for a much-sought-after three points at home,
Will “the Dancing Bear” Bruin found his scoring touch in the 79th minute
to give the Houston Dynamo a 2-1 home victory. The win pushes the
Dynamo to 39 points — just two behind Eastern Conference leader Columbus — and
provides a boost to the team’s already solid playoff chances.
Houston Dynamo came from behind and used another dramatic, late goal to earn a
2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Robertson Stadium and
stay in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference, two points out of
first place. Houston is next in action on Saturday, taking on in-state rival FC
Dallas on the road in Frisco, Texas.
Will Bruin made his home return to MLS play in style, scoring the winning goal in the 79th minute of a crucial 2-1 victory for the Houston Dynamo over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
San Jose's Chris Wondolowski has certainly become a household name in Major League Soccer.
After earning a reputation as a clinical finisher with 18 goals and
the Budweiser Golden Boot in 2010, the forward has seen his stock rise
on both the domestic and international level. The
feisty striker has shown signs of starting a hot streak in the
Earthquakes’ last two games, running his total to 10 goals on the season
after scoring in each match.
Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, September 17, 7:30 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
All-time series: San Jose leads 4-3-1
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At this point in the season, it’s no secret: The Houston Dynamo have struggled to win on the road.
Wednesday was yet another interesting chapter in that ongoing tale.
For the first time in 2011, a Houston opponent was red-carded in the run
of play, with Emmanuel Ekpo earning his marching orders in the 11th
minute. With their man advantage, the Dynamo scored the first goal in an
away game for just the second time this season (the other was at Seattle on March 25).
The term “milestone” gets passed around like a collection plate when
it comes to pro sports. Every week it seems as if some player has
reached some new massive number in the stats or some team has surpassed a
previous high. As such, it’s often hard to know what the big deals are
in our game.
Jeff Cunningham reaching career goal No. 134? A big deal. Kevin
Hartman crossing 100 career shutouts on top of an MLS record 169
victories? Huge deal – those might never be surpassed.
The scene was set for the Houston Dynamo to take their first road win of the season. They were up 1-0 coming out of halftime and had played with a man advantage since the 11th minute. But in the second half, for Houston things changed for the worse.