Dynamo 4, D.C. United 1 -- postgame notes
Houston Dynamo moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with an
emphatic 4-1 victory over D.C. United Friday night, led by a hat trick from
rookie forward Will Bruin and roared on by a season-high crowd of 20,577. In
the standings, the Dynamo moved just ahead of New York and Philadelphia, who
both play tomorrow. The Dynamo are back in action Wednesday night, hosting the
defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids.
is now unbeaten in its last six games (3-0-3) and has won three consecutive
home games since losing its season opener. The three-goal margin of victory was
the most for the Dynamo since a 3-0 win over Kansas City on May 1, 2010.
Houston is now 6-0-1 all-time against D.C. United at Robertson Stadium,
including one SuperLiga game.
Bruin netted the fifth hat trick in Houston history in the game’s first 57
minutes, becoming the first Dynamo rookie to ever score multiple goals in one
game. Bruin, a first-round draft pick out of Indiana, scored in the 4th, 41st,
and 57th minutes to run his season total to four goals. Houston’s last hat
trick came from Brian Ching on August 21, 2010.
midfielders Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis each notched two assists on the night.
Cameron set up Bruin’s first goal, the duo combined to set up his second goal,
and Davis served a free kick for the third goal.
Davis reached several milestones on the night, moving into first place in Major
League Soccer with six assists on the season. The two assists give Davis 70 for
his MLS career, and his appearance ties him for second in Houston history with
170 appearances in all competitions. Davis also recorded his 60th career assist
for the Dynamo in all competitions and his 10th career multiple-assist game for
Houston in MLS play.
midfielder Geoff Cameron set up Bruin’s first goal just four minutes into the
game, and he combined with Davis to set up the crucial second goal just before
halftime. The assists were the first for Cameron since October 25, 2009 – he
missed half of the 2010 season due to injury. Cameron also appeared in his 75th
forward Cam Weaver netted the clinching goal in the 62nd minute, running onto a
long throw-in from Hunter Freeman and firing a high shot into the net. The goal
gives Weaver three tallies on the season and five in his last 12 MLS games. It
was also the 10th of his MLS career and his 10th with the Dynamo in all
competitions. For Freeman, the assist was his first with the Dynamo and the
fifth of his MLS career.
goalkeeper Tally Hall earned his 10th career win in all competitions in 25
games for the Dynamo and improved his record in MLS play to 4-4-4.
head coach Dominic Kinnear made three substitutions, bringing on Je-Vaughn
Watson for his home debut, captain Brian Ching for his first appearance since
April 2 (rib separation), and Spanish forward Koke for his Dynamo and MLS
Colin Clark made his first start as a member of the Dynamo, playing on the
right in place of the injured Danny Cruz. Clark played a season-high 71 minutes
as he continues recovering from 2010 ACL surgery.
Corey Ashe made the 105th appearance of his MLS career and his 75th career
start for the Dynamo in all competitions.
Match: Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids, Robertson
HOUSTON DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
On the game …
“The team played very well tonight. Offensively, we were
very potent. It’s great to see Will [Bruin] score a hat trick. His goals came
in all different fashions. He was a handful for D.C.”
On Will Bruin …
“He listens and he learns and he wants to get better. The
guys appreciate his energy and effort on the field.”
On so many new players from last season …
“You never know what kind of character you will bring in
with such a high turnover. It is really competitive on the field. Off the
field, everyone is clicking.”
On scoring from another free kick …
“There is a lot of talk with our set pieces, and they are
still dangerous. Delivery is the most important thing. I think you need that
attitude and aggression.”
DYNAMO FORWARD WILL BRUIN
On the hat trick …
“Against New England in the last home game, I had some
chances, and I didn’t put them away. Tonight I finished them. As a forward, you
have to have a short memory. I really wasn’t thinking about the misses at New
England. I just went out and took my first opportunity from today’s game, and
it carried on.”
Describing the goals …
“On the first one I peeled out and opened up. Geoff played
me a great ball, and all I had to do was just finish it. On the second one, I
saw Cam make the near-post run, Brad whipped it in, and I just headed in. On
the third one, I just went up and got it.”
DYNAMO FORWARD CAM WEAVER
On his goal …
“It was a really heads-up play by Hunter. I saw him pick up
the ball and throw it to me. I think the defenders weren’t expecting us to get
the ball in play that quickly.”
DYNAMO GOALKEEPER TALLY HALL
On being in first place …
“It’s kind of crazy. You always say in the beginning of the
season that I want the season to start well. You know it’s one thing wishing
it, but the guys have been great. How many times did Andrew [Hainault] slide in
for a blocked shot? Hunter [Freeman] did it, and all the guys slide in for a
On Will Bruin …
“This is the performance the whole team knows that he is
capable of. No question the guy has a nose for the net. Tonight he showed it.
On the club honoring Pat Onstad …
“He’s been a big figure, if not the figure, for a lot of the
championships.Hats off to him and his career. I’m glad I could be a part of the
team he was on. Best of luck to him and his career. It’s great that the city
and the team honored him tonight.”