Dynamo 2, D.C. United 0 - postgame notes

Cruz, Hall set club age records in win

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo remained in a tie for second place in the Western Conference and
got back above the .500 mark with a 2-0 win over D.C. United Saturday night at
Robertson Stadium before a crowd of 24,471.

Second-year
midfielder Danny Cruz made the first MLS start of his career and contributed an
early goal – his first as a professional – and an assist, while forward Luis Landín
had the primary assist on both Houston goals. Goalkeeper Tally Hall, making his
first career MLS start, made two saves for the shutout, Houston’s fourth of the
season.

Danny
Cruz
opened the scoring in the 10th minute, as defender Eddie Robinson stepped
forward and fed Luis Landín at the top of the box. Landín played a pass wide to
Cruz, who took a touch and blasted a right-footed shot that banked in off the far
post.

Houston
peppered D.C. goalkeeper Troy Perkins in the first half with nine shots,
forcing four saves. The Dynamo finished with a 16-7 edge in shots and a 9-2
advantage in shots on goal.

The
Dynamo all but put the game away in the second half when Danny Cruz picked up
the ball at midfield and fed Luis Landín down the right sideline. Landín
crossed into the penalty area, where Dominic Oduro rifled a one-time
half-volley to the far post for his second goal of the season.

Houston
forward Cam Weaver came on as a substitute to make his first appearance of the
season after suffering a knee strain in preseason. Forward Joseph Ngwenya was
available on the Dynamo bench for the first time this year after receiving
clearance from FIFA to represent Houston.

The
Dynamo now lead the all-time series against D.C. United 7-3-1, including a 2-0
SuperLiga record, and are now 5-0-1 all-time at home against D.C.

Houston
has now played 10 games without recording the same result in any consecutive
games; they have followed each of their four losses with a win.

Two
Dynamo players set age milestones while making their first career MLS regular
season starts. At 20 years, 139 days, midfielder Danny Cruz became the youngest
player in Dynamo history to start a game, surpassing Stuart Holden (21 years, 8
days) from August 9, 2006. He also became the youngest Houston player to score,
assist, and play 90 minutes. At 25 years, 10 days, goalkeeper Tally Hall became
the youngest goalkeeper to appear, start, play 90 minutes, and record a win and
a shutout for the Dynamo, surpassing Zach Wells (26 years, 97 days), who played
his youngest game on June 3, 2007.

Houston
goalkeeper Pat Onstad missed the match while on duty with the Canadian national
team, ending his streak of 51 consecutive MLS starts (regular season and
playoffs); his last missed start was September 7, 2008, while on national team
duty.

In
other milestones for Houston, midfielder Brian Mullan made his 220th career MLS
regular season start and 155th start for the Dynamo in all competitions;
midfielder Brad Davis played in the 205th MLS regular season game of his
career; and defender Mike Chabala made his 40th appearance for the club in all
competitions.

The
Dynamo played without forward Brian Ching (U.S. national team); midfielder
Geoff Cameron (PCL surgery); defenders Andrew Hainault (Canada national team)
and Adrian Serioux (personal); and goalkeeper Pat Onstad (Canada national team).

 

Postgame Notes

DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On the game …

“A lot of positives to come out from tonight. Two good
starts by Tally and Danny, and more importantly the win. Some teams jumped
ahead of us in the standings, and this is the time to keep pace. The first 20
minutes we were excellent; good tempo, and the heat kind of grabbed both teams
for a bit. Overall, I’m just happy with the way we played tonight.”

On Tally Hall …

“I thought he did pretty well. He made some good saves.
There was a play in the first half, when they ripped the ball across the box,
and he made a touch on it before the D.C. guys got there. It was a brave save
from him. Any time you get a shutout and you get some saves, I think you’ve had
a good night.”

On Danny Cruz …

“I thought he had a good second half against Salt Lake, he’s
been training well, and I just felt he deserved a chance to start and play from
the beginning. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, and I think he
took full opportunity and looked dangerous from the beginning.”

On Luis Landín …

“Overall when he holds the ball up, he is a pretty good
player for us. Him and Dom [Oduro] are forming a pretty good partnership for
us. The more consistent they are holding the ball, the more dangerous they are,
and Luis is very good in tight spaces.”

DYNAMO MIDFIELDER DANNY CRUZ

On the game …

“It’s great for me. I’m more happy for the team; we needed
that win. It was real important to get three points and jump up the table
depending on all the results, and now we have to look forward to Philadelphia
next week.”

On his first MLS start …

“I found out yesterday. For me it didn’t change anything.
They continue to show they have confidence in me, and it was important for me
to come out and show I can play. It was a team effort, and the three points
were huge.”

On his celebration …

“It was important for me to celebrate with everyone, because
I feel as if everyone contributed to where I am today and where I am going to
go in the future.”

DYNAMO GOALKEEPER TALLY HALL

On his close-range save late in the game …

“Sometimes the ones that come at you are even harder to
handle than the ones when you are diving. It’s a tough one to handle, and I
would love to catch it clean. You are taught to keep your weight forward in
case that happens so you can spring. I got lucky, as the ball ended up finding
my hands somehow.”