Dynamo 2, Toronto FC 0 -- postgame notes

Cameron ties career high with third goal to clinch victory

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo moved up one spot to fourth place in the Eastern Conference with
a 2-0 win over Toronto FC Saturday night at Robertson Stadium. Houston used
second-half goals from Danny Cruz and Geoff Cameron to earn its first win since
June 11, while the Dynamo held Toronto without a shot to earn their second
consecutive shutout.

Houston
moved past Kansas City into fourth place with the win, and the Dynamo will host
Sporting KC next Saturday night at Robertson Stadium.

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 2, TORONTO FC 0

After
a scoreless first half, Houston got the game’s first goal in the 50th minute.
Midfielder Danny Cruz broke free on the right after a Dynamo steal and played
the ball forward to Brian Ching near the halfway line. Ching held off a
defender and, while falling down, played the ball back into Cruz’s path behind
the Toronto defense. Cruz raced in on goal and sent a low shot past goalkeeper
Stefan Frei to give Houston the lead.

The
goal marked the sixth time this season in 19 games that Houston has scored
first, and the Dynamo are now 4-1-1 in those games. It was Danny Cruz’s first
goal since June 26, 2010 and the third of his MLS career. Brian Ching earned
his first assist of the season on the play.

Houston
put the game away in the 81st minute. Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei made
consecutive saves on Houston’s Will Bruin and Colin Clark to set up a corner
kick. On the corner, Clark’s delivery was deflected into the middle of the
penalty area, and Houston midfielder Geoff Cameron reached the ball first to
slam it past Frei and seal the game. It was Cameron’s third goal of the season,
tying his career high.

Defensively,
the Dynamo back line – playing with the same lineup as in its previous two
games – held Toronto FC without a shot and recorded its second consecutive
shutout. Houston has now gone 197 minutes without allowing a goal. Goalkeeper
Tally Hall earned his fifth win of the season and the fifth MLS shutout of his
career.

Houston
midfielder Brad Davis made his 164th career start for the Dynamo in all
competitions, passing Brian Mullan for the second-highest total in club
history. Midfielder Colin Clark played in his 100th career MLS game. Midfielder
Geoff Cameron made his 90th career start for Houston and his 70th in MLS play.

The
Dynamo played without forwards Calen Carr (concussion) and defender Eddie
Robinson
(MCL sprain).

Reserve
Match (Friendly): Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m., Dynamo vs. Monterrey U-20,
Robertson Stadium
Next
Match: Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City, Robertson
Stadium

POST-GAME QUOTES

HOUSTON
DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On the game …
“I was happy we won. It took us a
while to get a goal. We had some decent chances in the first half. I felt if we
could score the first goal, we would win the game because they weren’t pushing
much forward, and defensively we were very solid tonight. I thought if we got a
goal it could be enough, and thankfully it was.”

On halftime adjustments …
“At halftime we were frustrated,
because we did have some good looks in front of goal. It’s always good to win
at home, because it allows the fans to go home happy. With these three points,
you can get some momentum and pass some people if you put some wins together.”

On a second consecutive shutout …
“It’s always good when you get no
goals against. We made a few mistakes, but we covered up for it. Tally gave a
lot of credit to his back four for making his job easier than it had to be.”

HOUSTON
DYNAMO MIDFIELDER GEOFF CAMERON

On
the game …
“It
was a good hard-fought game. We came out and wanted to win, and we did that. We
got another home game, got confidence, got another three points, and we’re
going to try to do the same exact thing that we did this weekend and take it
into next week to get three points.”

On
his goal …
“It
happened pretty quick. The little deflection off of Will [Bruin] bounced in
front, and I just saw the ball bouncing and hit the ball as hard as I could. I kept
the ball low, and it went in the net.”

HOUSTON
DYNAMO DEFENDER COREY ASHE

On
the game …
“Tying
so many teams as of late, we really needed those three points. After their game
against New York, we knew that if we scored one, the heads would go down. We
knew that if we scored two, it would be over. Obviously, the humidity played a
huge factor, and so once we scored one, it was to get the second one and manage
the game.”

On
the team’s record …
“We know we have a long, long, long way to go. We can
celebrate now, but come tomorrow and the next day, it’s back to work. We need
to climb the ladder. We have some home game that we need to start utilizing.
Ties are good, but they’re not great. Especially since we’re at home, we need
three points.”