The Houston Dynamo cruised to a 5-0 scrimmage victory over San Jacinto Junior College Monday morning at the Carl Lewis Track & Field Complex in Houston. The Dynamo remain unbeaten in preseason play at 7-0-3 and conclude their preseason schedule this weekend when they participate in the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge. Houston will face the Columbus Crew Friday night and the New England Revolution on Sunday afternoon.
In Monday’s scrimmage, Houston opened the scoring in just the third minute, when Brad Davis converted a penalty kick after a handball was whistled against San Jacinto. Houston forward Cam Weaver added two goals in the first half, one set up by Dominic Oduro in the 19th minute and the other a header from a Davis cross.
The Dynamo changed 10 of their 11 starters at halftime and added two more goals in the final stanza. In the 62nd minute, rookie forward Will Bruin played a long-range give-and-go with Danny Cruz, with Bruin applying the finishing touch for his fourth goal in two scrimmages. Two minutes later, Houston added its fifth goal when Alex Dixon scored from close range following a corner kick.
Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric played the full 90 minutes for the first time this preseason and needed two saves to record the shutout. Defenders Andrew Hainault and Jordan Graye saw their first preseason action at outside back and center back, respectively. Supplemental draft pick Sergio Castillo, with the team during spring break from Creighton University, played 45 minutes in central midfield for the second straight match.
San Jacinto goalkeeper Jordan Tyrna came on at halftime and made six saves in the second half.
Next Preseason Game: Friday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. CT, Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew, Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium, Kennesaw GA (Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge)
MLS Opener: Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, Robertson Stadium, Houston
San Jacinto J.C. vs. Houston Dynamo
March 07, 2011 -- Carl Lewis Track & Field Complex, Houston TX
HOU -- Brad Davis (penalty kick) 3
HOU -- Cam Weaver (Dominic Oduro) 19
HOU -- Cam Weaver (Brad Davis, Jermaine Taylor) 27
HOU -- Will Bruin (Danny Cruz) 62
HOU -- Alex Dixon (unassisted) 64
San Jacinto -- Rodrigo Segura (Jordan Tyrna 46), Benito Amaral, Israel Nava, Sergio Rionda, Amaury Ponce, Jorge Puente (Jared Munoz 61), Erik Stephenson (Jose Martinez 70), Francisco Calvo, Victor Ruiz, Carlos Picado (David Otoya 89), Andres Suazo-Ramirez (Josh Hernandez 61).
Houston Dynamo -- Tyler Deric, Hunter Freeman (Kofi Sarkodie 46), Bobby Boswell (Eddie Robinson 46), Jermaine Taylor (Jordan Graye 46), Andrew Hainault (Mike Chabala 46), Corey Ashe (Danny Cruz 46), Lovel Palmer (Sergio Castillo 46), Geoff Cameron (Alex Dixon 46), Brad Davis (Francisco Navas Cobo 46), Cam Weaver (Will Bruin 46), Dominic Oduro (Jason Garey 46).
SJ -- Francisco Calvo (caution) 12
SJ -- Carlos Picado (caution) 33
HOU -- Lovel Palmer (caution) 42