The Houston Dynamo were adamant that they did not care who the opponent was for the Eastern Conference Championship series. Although the Dynamo sealed their fate Wednesday night, they were forced to wait until Thursday night to see which team would survive the rugged battle between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls.
Once D.C. United rookie Nick DeLeon’s 88th-minute strike found the back of the net, however, a smile crept across the face of a certain Houston striker.
“I have had better success against DC [than New York] but it’s going to be a whole new series,” said Dynamo forward Will Bruin.
In five career games against United, Bruin has scored six goals, including a hat trick at Robertson Stadium on April 29, 2011. The Missouri native has also had success on the road against DC, scoring two goals at RFK Stadium in Houston’s 3-2 loss, earlier this season.
“What I’ve done in the past isn’t necessarily going to show what I’m going to do this weekend,” the sophomore striker said. “I’m just looking to get some goals in the first leg and hopefully we can get a little lead going into the second leg.”
With a congested schedule that included three games in eight days for Houston, the Dynamo were not disappointed to see Saturday’s match get pushed to Sunday following the vicious storm that hit the northeast. The extra day, plus the week between conference championship matches, affords the Dynamo a bit of rest, something that has been sparse this season.
“The snow storm and the postponement helped us out a little bit giving us the extra day,” head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “We knew coming out of [the Kansas City series] we could be a little hurt and sore, but having the extra day, on both the physical and mental side is huge for us.”