Dynamo 1, New England 0 -- postgame notes

Houston off to second-best five-game start in team history

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo
 

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 1, REVOLUTION 0

The
Houston Dynamo got a late goal from Hunter Freeman on Sunday night to win their
second consecutive match with a 1-0 decision over the New England Revolution.
The result lifts the Dynamo into a three-way tie for second place in the
Eastern Conference with the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew.

The
Dynamo are next in action on Saturday, taking on the Chicago Fire on the road,
before returning to Houston to host back-to-back games on April 29 against D.C.
United and May 4 against the Colorado Rapids.

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Sunday’s
game-winning goal came in the 86th minute on the Dynamo’s 26th shot of the night.
Brad Davis delivered a corner kick from the left, and forward Cam Weaver
connected with a header that caromed off the crossbar straight up into the air.
The ball came down almost on the goal line, and Houston defender Hunter Freeman
boxed out New England goalkeeper Matt Reis to deflect the ball into the net
from close range. The goal was Freeman’s second career tally in MLS play and
his first since April 26, 2007.

Houston
is off to the second-best five-game start in club history, collecting eight
points from its first five games. The only better start came in the club’s
inaugural season of 2006, when the Dynamo opened the season with nine points in
their first five games (3-2-0).

The
win gives Houston back-to-back home wins in MLS play for the first time since
wins over Chivas USA and Kansas City on April 17 and May 1, 2010. It is the
first time the Dynamo have ever beaten New England at home, snapping a five-game
winless streak (0-4-1).

Houston
peppered the New England goal throughout the match, with Revolution goalkeeper
Matt Reis called upon to make seven saves to keep his team in the game. New
England also got goal-line clearances from A.J. Soares and Zack Schilawski – the
latter knocking away a Bobby Boswell shot that appeared to have crossed the
line – to keep the game scoreless until late.

The
Dynamo’s 27 shots, 8 shots on goal, and 12 corner kicks were all season highs,
and Houston has totaled 47 shots over the last two games, both home wins.

Defensively,
the Dynamo allowed just one shot on goal and earned their first shutout of the
season. Goalkeeper Tally Hall saved a bouncing shot from Zak Boggs in the 51st
minute for his only stop en route to his third career MLS win and second career
MLS shutout.

Houston
midfielder Danny Cruz left the game in the 75th minute with a bone bruise on
his right knee. He will be evaluated further throughout the week.

Dynamo
rookie forward Will Bruin fired a game-high nine shots, three on target,
including several narrow misses. Midfielders Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis took
four shots each.

Midfielder
Brad Davis made his 150th career start for the Dynamo in all competitions,
third in club history. Defender Bobby Boswell made his 120th appearance for the
club in all competitions. For their MLS careers, defenders Hunter Freeman and
Andre Hainault made their 75th and 50th starts, respectively.

The
Dynamo played without forwards Calen Carr (concussion), Brian Ching (rib
separation), and Sergio Koke (visa); midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson (visa); and
defender Jermaine Taylor (foot sprain).

Next
Match: Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo at Chicago Fire, Toyota Park,
Bridgeview IL
Next
Home Match: Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. D.C. United, Robertson
Stadium

POSTGAME
QUOTES

HOUSTON
DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On the game …
“Obviously
the goal relieves all of the frustration, and the guys walk off the field
happy. It’s good to get another three points. It’s good to get two wins in a
row, which we hadn’t done all year, and it leaves us with a good feeling going
into next week.

On
Hunter Freeman’s goal …
“He
is just supposed to be a distraction to make sure the goalkeeper can’t come out
and catch the ball easily. He took a hit in the first half, so for him to be in
there and be a menace is a testament to him. It’s one of those things where you
just go in there and make sure the goalkeeper doesn’t have an easy path to the
ball.”

On
Corey Ashe’s play at left back …
“He
has been playing very well over there and has played against some good players.
Tonight was a little different because they had a big player over there and
they tried to loft some balls to him. Corey did very well, though.
Quickness-wise, you aren’t going to get a lot of balls behind him. On the ball
he is very calm, makes good runs, and makes good decisions.”

DYNAMO
FORWARD WILL BRUIN

On
the game …
“I
had my chances, and next time I’ll put them in. It’s just awesome that we found
a way to get a goal and get the win. We had our chances, and it doesn’t matter if
it’s an upper corner shot or it just goes over the line, a goal is a goal.”

DYNAMO
FORWARD CAM WEAVER

On
the game …
“The
whole team, we played for 90 minutes. We dominated the game and didn’t give
them many chances. We created a ton of chances for us. On another night it
could have been 5-0. It just seemed like it wasn’t our night. To keep pushing
on all the way to the end and finally get that goal, it’s three points and we
are really happy with that.”