Victory helps Houston vent their frustrations

Early 3-goal outburst quickly erases memory of last week's loss

Geoff Cameron, Houston Dynamo

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On Saturday at
Robertson Stadium, the Houston Dynamo thumped Chivas USA 3-0. The result helped
Houston vent some of their frustrations at their performance last week.

“Guys were [ticked] off
about [last week’s] loss, especially at home and the team was fired up,” said
Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron. “We came off of a loss last week and we all
know we didn’t play that great, but we rebounded this week and we were fired up
from the beginning.”

That’s a bit of an
understatement. The Dynamo scored two goals in the first 20 minutes, and
cruised from then on.

“Last week, we were
disappointed obviously,” forward Dominic Oduro, who scored the third goal, said.
“We wanted to forget about that. I thought we played well and controlled the
game, and we scored some amazing goals.”


The first gaol came
when Corey Ashe’s pass split the Chivas defense and Cameron beat keeper Zach
Thornton to give Houston a 1-0 lead.

“We’ve been working
on it all week with our outside midfielders pinching in,” Ashe said. “Cameron
made a great run and I figured if I could slip it in, he would do the rest and
that’s what happened.”

Houston extended its
lead eight minutes later when Lovel Palmer, who started his first game, hit a
rocket from 35 yards out.

“I’m elated,” the
Jamaican midfielder said. “I couldn’t ask for a better goal and it helped the
team relax and we got three points.”

The final goal came in
the 64th minute, when midfielder Brad Davis found Oduro in front of
goal for an easy tap in.

The victory gives Houston
their best-ever start to a season and extended their unbeaten streak against
Chivas USA to 10 games. After gifting their opponent two goals last week, taking
an early lead and then recording the first shutout of the season went a long
way to please head coach Dominic Kinnear.

“It’s one of those
where after last week I told the guys we’re not going to blow up the team
because we had a bad forty-five minutes,” Kinnear said. “I see the response
from the guys, and the response was excellent. . . . Now the guys are very
happy and you can tell: The music is a little louder and the chatter is a
little happier.”

Dwain Capodice is
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