Houston Dynamo player milestones and notes from Saturday’s 4-0 win over New England Revolution

Records fall as Dynamo open fastest three-goal lead in team history

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The Dynamo opened the 2014 season with a 4-0 win over the New England Revolution. Below are some milestones and notes from Saturday's big win:

Will Bruin scored the opening goal 63 seconds into the game – the second-fastest goal in Dynamo history. Craig Waibel scored 47 seconds into a game against Colorado on Oct. 14, 2006.

Bruin made it 2-0 Dynamo in the 13th minute with a sliding finish at the back post on a beautiful cross from Corey Ashe.

It was Bruin’s seventh career multi-goal game in all competitions and first since he scored twice in a 3-0 Knockout Round win over Montreal to open the 2013 postseason.

The two-goal lead after 13 minutes marked the second-fastest 2-0 lead in Dynamo history. The fastest occurred on Sept. 19, 2009, when Brian Ching (70 seconds) and Geoff Cameron (fifth minute) scored goals in five minutes for a 2-0 lead over Real Salt Lake.

Bruin’s fast start – two goals in the first 13 minutes – is the second–fastest two-goal game in Dynamo history. Brian Ching scored twice in the first nine minutes (second and ninth minutes) of a 3-1 win at Colorado on Oct. 4, 2008.

With the two goals, Bruin also surpassed Dwayne De Rosario for third on the franchise list for goals in all competitions with 33.

Ashe earned an assist on Bruin’s second goal for his 16th career regular season assist to pass Cameron for fourth on the club’s all-time list. It was also Ashe’s 25th career assist in all competitions.

Boniek Garcia scored Houston’s third goal of the night in the 23rd minute after a great run from Bruin.

The 3-0 lead after 23 minutes marked the fastest 3-0 lead in Dynamo history. The previous best was 24 minutes, set on May 30, 2009 in a win over Toronto FC, when goals from Brad Davis (19’), Kei Kamara (22’) and Stuart Holden (24’) secured an early 3-0 lead.

It was Garcia’s 11th career goal in all competitions with Houston to vault Andre Hainault and Dominic Oduro and tie Giles Barnes for 14th on the club scoring list.

It was Bruin’s 13th career regular season assist to tie Holden, Richard Mulrooney and Ricardo Clark for sixth on the franchise list.

In stoppage time, a shot from Clark deflected off Omar Cummings’ head and into the net for a 4-0 win. It was Cummings’ 40th career regular season goal.

It was Clark’s 15th career assist in all competitions with Houston to tie Mulrooney for eighth on the franchise list. It was also his 13th career regular season assist with the Dynamo to tie Holden, Mulrooney and Bruin for sixth on the franchise list.

Goalkeeper Tally Hall made one save for his 40th career shutout in all competitions. It was also Hall’s third consecutive clean sheet on opening day.  

For Brad Davis, it was the 13th opening day in his MLS career and his 314th career MLS regular season game. Davis is tied with New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps for 17th on the MLS all-time games list.

It was Clark’s 184th career game in all competitions with the Dynamo to tie Brian Mullan for fifth on the club list.

It was Ashe’s 175th career start in all competitions with Houston. It was also his 136th career regular season start to tie Pat Onstad for third on the club list.

It was Hall’s 139th career start in all competitions with Houston to pull even with Wade Barrett for eighth on the club list.

It was Bruin’s 88th career regular season game to tie Holden and Mulrooney for 13th on the franchise list.

It was the Dynamo’s largest opening-day victory in franchise history and the attendance of 22,320 set a BBVA Compass Stadium record.