MLS Regular Season

Back-to-back wins an emphasis for Houston Dynamo captain Brad Davis going into last Saturday's match

Realizing the time since the Dynamo's last back-to-back wins, Davis put on the pressure
Back-to-back
Winning streak
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Before Saturday’s match against the Portland Timbers, returning captain Brad Davis pulled his team aside and had one message: let’s win back-to-back.

It’s not a novel request. After all, teams will look to string wins together and the ones that do it the most will fare best in the regular season. Thanks to two goals from Will Bruin and another from Giles Barnes, Houston pulled off the double.

Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin thriving on an island in head coach Owen Coyle's new formation

Bruin has grown smarter, more productive as a lone striker in recent weeks with three goals
All by myself
Will Bruin
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Will Bruin is taking to solitude better these days. The veteran striker has found himself working as the lone center forward, and – unlike in the past – he is making the most of it.

On an island for long stretches the past two weeks, Bruin has produced, scoring three goals in back-to-back wins in his return to the starting lineup.

Houston Dynamo hail "beast" Will Bruin after brace vs. Portland Timbers: "He dominated the game"

Coyle, teammates hail Bruin's dominating two-goal performance against the Timbers
Man of the Match
Match Reaction
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Will Bruin never hesitated. Having beaten the backline to get into a one-on-one situation against the opposing goalkeeper, the forward knew exactly where he wanted to go: up and over.

Bruin’s 83rd-minute chip sailed just out of the reach of goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey to ice a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 3, Portland Timbers FC 1

Bruin scores twice, Barnes adds another as the Dynamo win for the second straight week
Recap: Dynamo 3, Timbers 1
Match Recap
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The Houston Dynamo forwards brought their finishing shoes to BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday night combining for three goals in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

Houston Dynamo's Giles Barnes caps winding road to maturity, success as he takes captain's armband

One-time "luxury player" Barnes has forged a two-way game and taken a leadership role in MLS
The Winding Road
Giles Barnes
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When Giles Barnes led his Houston Dynamo teammates out of the tunnel to face Toronto FC Sunday, he couldn’t help but take it all in.

With captain Brad Davis out due to a hamstring injury, the English transplant donned the armband for the first time. Fulfilling the captain’s role, the 26-year-old was in a position that might’ve seemed impossible just three years ago.

Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers FC

Dynamo aim to build off last week's win as they return home against Western Conference foes
Preview: Dynamo vs. Timbers
Match Preview

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers FC
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

Houston Dynamo defender Raúl Rodríguez impresses in rare appearance at right back

Rodríguez steps in comfortably to an unfamiliar position at right back against Toronto FC
Finding a home
Right back
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When Raúl Rodríguez was signed this offseason, the idea was for him to be Houston Dynamo’s stalwart at center back. So, when he was deployed at right back on Sunday, it was a different feel for him and the club, but it came with good results.

Houston Dynamo sign forward Mauro Manotas with an eye to the future: "We've got high hopes"

Dynamo eager to get exciting Colombian attacker in last-minute deal months in the making
Investing in the future
Manotas Deal
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Like all MLS clubs, the Houston Dynamo had their eyes on loads of young talent at the adidas MLS Player Combine in January.

But the Dynamo’s gaze extended beyond South Florida during that time.

While scouting draft talent in Fort Lauderdale, new Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan were looking at a particular 19-year-old forward playing one thousand miles away.

Houston Dynamo "stand up" in much-needed victory against Toronto FC

Bruin leads a bounce-back performance from the Dynamo north of the border
Stand and be counted
Match Reaction
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The Houston Dynamo knew it was time get up, dust themselves off and get a result following a tough-luck midweek loss that stretched their winless streak to four games.

And they did in impressive fashion Sunday evening in a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC, spoiling TFC's homecoming at newly renovated BMO Field and in the process stunning the large home crowd that had waited two months to see their team and new star acquisitions Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco.

Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 2, Toronto FC 1

Boniek, Bruin and Barnes spoil Toronto's home debut to get a big three points on the road
Recap: Dynamo 2, TFC 1
Match Recap
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TORONTO – The Houston Dynamo walked into newly renovated BMO Field and left a hungry, energy-filled crowd in stunned silence Sunday evening following goals from Boniek García and Will Bruin in a 2-1 victory, spoiling Toronto FC’s long-awaited homecoming.

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