The Houston Dynamo breezed to a 5-0 scrimmage victory over SMU Saturday morning at the Carl Lewis Track & Field Complex in Houston in front of an exclusive crowd of Dynamo season ticket holders. Rookie forward Will Bruin notched a natural hat trick in a 17-minute span in the first half, and Brad Davis contributed one goal and two assists in the win.
Houston improved to 6-0-3 in preseason play, including a 2-0 record against college opposition. The Dynamo will play San Jacinto Junior College Monday at 11 a.m. before wrapping up preseason play in the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge Friday and Sunday.
In Saturday’s scrimmage, rookie Will Bruin was active in the early going, firing high just 20 seconds after the opening whistle and hitting the outside of the post after just two minutes. Bruin then scored his first goals of the preseason, skying to head in Brad Davis corner kicks in the 15th and 30th minutes. Bruin added a third goal for the hat trick in the 31st minute when he headed in a Mike Chabala cross.
Houston made it 4-0 before halftime when Brad Davis, already with two assists to his name, bent a curling 30-yard free kick over the wall and into the net off the right-hand post.
The Dynamo changed their entire squad at halftime and needed four saves from goalkeeper Tyler Deric in the second stanza. Houston wrapped up the game in the 87th minute when Hunter Freeman swung in a perfect delivery from the right end line and found Jason Garey for a volleyed finish.
Houston played without forward Brian Ching and midfielders Colin Clark and Josue Soto due to injury. Midfielder Sergio Castillo, the Dynamo’s second-round pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, joined the club for the first time while on break from Creighton University, where he intends to complete his degree. Castillo played the first 45 minutes of the match in a defensive midfield role.
Next Preseason Game: Monday, March 7, 11 a.m. CT, Dynamo vs. San Jacinto J.C., Carl Lewis Track & Field Complex
MLS Opener: Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, Robertson Stadium, Houston
SMU vs. Houston Dynamo
March 05, 2011 -- Carl Lewis Track & Field Complex, Houston TX
HOU -- Will Bruin (Brad Davis) 15
HOU -- Will Bruin (Brad Davis) 30
HOU -- Will Bruin (Mike Chabala) 31
HOU -- Brad Davis (unassisted) 40
HOU -- Jason Garey (Hunter Freeman) 87
SMU -- Jaime Ibarra (Juan Robles 46, Jaime Ibarra 67), Payton Hickey (Damian Rosales 81), Diogo de Almeida (Ryan Rosenbaum 69), Adam Still, Ian Kalis (Chris Sendejas 81), Arthur Ivo (Joe Cooper 69), T.J. Nelson, Max Rockwell (Tyler Engel 46), Robbie Derschang (Payton Hickey 81), Zach Barnes (Arthur Ivo 81), Juan Castillo (Ben Hill 46).
Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46), Kofi Sarkodie (Hunter Freeman 46), Andrew Hainault (Bobby Boswell 46), Jermaine Taylor (Eddie Robinson 46), Mike Chabala (Jordan Graye 46), Danny Cruz (Francisco Navas Cobo 46), Sergio Castillo (Lovel Palmer 46), Alex Dixon (Geoff Cameron 46), Brad Davis (Corey Ashe 46), Will Bruin (Jason Garey 46), Cam Weaver (Dominic Oduro 46).
HOU -- Lovel Palmer (caution) 66