MLS Regular Season
Back-to-back wins an emphasis for Houston Dynamo captain Brad Davis going into last Saturday's match
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers FC
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
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.
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.
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.
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.