Dynamo 2, San Jose 1 -- postgame notes
Houston Dynamo came from behind and used another dramatic, late goal to earn a
2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Robertson Stadium and
stay in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference, two points out of
first place. Houston is next in action on Saturday, taking on in-state rival FC
Dallas on the road in Frisco, Texas.
forward Will Bruin notched the game-winning goal in the 79th minute, the third
time this season Houston has scored in the final 15 minutes to win a match and
the ninth time the Dynamo have scored late to earn a win or a tie. It was
Bruin’s first goal since April 29 and his fifth of the season, most among MLS
win was the Dynamo’s second of the year when trailing at halftime and their
third when allowing the first goal. Houston is 3-8-7 when allowing the first
goal, the second-best record in MLS when falling behind.
dominated the first half but did not create many clear scoring chances, and San
Jose capitalized on a counter-attack to take the lead in the 40th minute when
Steve Beitashour crossed from the right, and Khari Stephenson volleyed the ball
into the left side of the net.
Dynamo recovered quickly after halftime, with Carlo Costly setting up Brad
Davis in the penalty area, where he was felled for a penalty kick. Davis
himself, wearing the captain’s armband with Brian Ching injured, drove the
penalty kick into the right side of the net for his fourth goal of the season,
his third on penalty kicks.
winning goal started on the right side of the field, with defender Andre
Hainault – starting at right back for the first time in 2011 – playing a pass
forward that substitute Danny Cruz touched past a defender to newcomer Luiz
Camargo. In just his third game with the Dynamo, Camargo lofted a cross into
the penalty area for an onrushing Will Bruin, who fired a low, left-footed volley
into the right side of the net. The assist was Camargo’s first in American
the win, Houston has now won five consecutive home games – including a Sept. 4
friendly against Mexican club Monterrey – and is unbeaten in its last six home
MLS games (5-0-1). The Dynamo are 9-3-3 at home in 2011, the second-highest
home victory total in club history, second only to the 2008 club’s home mark of
10-1-4. Houston is now 6-1-1 at home against Western Conference opposition.
hero of the day, rookie forward Will Bruin, tied a club rookie record by making
his 23rd MLS appearance of the season, matching Geoff Cameron’s total from 2008
in a 30-game season. Bruin already holds Dynamo rookie records for goals (5),
starts (21), and minutes (1,669).
Brad Davis, who scored the Dynamo’s opening goal, played 90 minutes to pass
Brian Mullan for second place on the Dynamo’s all-time minutes-played list with
14,787, trailing only Pat Onstad (15,339). The start was the 175th for the
Dynamo in all competitions for Davis.
Tally Hall earned the 10th victory of his MLS career in his 35th start.
Defender Corey Ashe made his career-high 28th MLS appearance of the season.
Defender Bobby Boswell made his 185th career MLS start. Forward Calen Carr made
his first career Dynamo start and his fifth appearance of the season after
recovering from a preseason concussion.
Dynamo played without forward Brian Ching (adductor); midfielder Alex Dixon
(finger fracture); and defender Eddie Robinson (quad).
Match: Saturday, September 24, 3 p.m., Dynamo at FC Dallas, Pizza Hut Park,
Home Match: Saturday, October 1, 3 p.m., Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire, Robertson