COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – For the first two months the Colorado Rapids were scoring at the pace of a DMV line, raising a number of questions. A week can put a lot of notions on hold, however.
Second-year forward Deshorn Brown scored twice in the first half and Kamani Hill added a spectacular goal to lead the Rapids to a 3-0 home win over the Houston Dynamo in another one-sided affair at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday evening.
After Houston's Omar Cummings missed a wide-open header in the opening minutes, Colorado seemed to be playing on a titled field against the Dynamo.
In just the 5th minute, right back Marvell Wynne put feather touch on a cross pass to a streaking Brown, who headed in his third goal of the season to keep Colorado’s sudden offensive onslaught on track after off last week's 4-1 win over Montreal.
Colorado's Kamani Hill had a chance to stretch the lead 10 minutes later but took too long to get off a wide open shot and Houston's Corey Ashe made a fantastic diving slide to clear the ball off the goal line.
Brown, who returned from international duty with the Jamaican National Team earlier in the week, then added his second of the match. Teammate Dillon Powers made eye contact with Brown and sent a looping pass into space on the right side of the box, where Brown caught up to it before burying it past goalkeeper Tally Hall into the far corner of the net as the offside flag stayed down.
It was the first time this season the Rapids had scored more than one goal in the first half of game. And that came in a game that could have had double the scoring as Houston had few answers.
In the second half, Hill scored for the second straight game when he did his best Bruce Lee impersonation, soaring into the air to connect on a beautiful back heel shot off a Powers corner kick. The goal, which is sure to receive consideration for the week's best, sealed the match and sent Houston to their third straight defeat.
The Rapids have now scored seven goals in their past two games, a feat that took them eight games to do prior to that.
Colorado next host the Chicago Fire on Wednesday while Houston return to Texas to host Sporting KC on Friday night.
Houston Dynamo (5-8-2; 17 points) at Colorado Rapids (6-4-3; 21 points)
MLS regular season
June 1, 2014 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Colorado: Deshorn Brown 3 (Marvell Wynne 1) 5
Colorado: Deshorn Brown 4 (Dillon Powers 2) 35
Colorado: Kamani Hill 2 (Dillon Powers 3) 51
Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe; Omar Cummings (Jason Johnson 74), Servando Carrasco, Warren Creavalle (Alexander López 45+2), Andrew Driver (AJ Cochran 85); Will Bruin, Giles Barnes
Unused substitutes: Tyler Deric, Anthony Arena, Eric Brunner
Colorado Rapids: Clint Irwin; Marvell Wynne, Shane O’Neill, Drew Moor, Christopher Klute; Dillon Serna, Nick LaBrocca; Jose Mari (Jared Watts 74), Kamani Hill; Dillon Powers (Marlon Hairston 69), Deshorn Brown (Danny Mwanga 79)
Unused substitutes: John Berner, Charles Eloundou, John Neeskens, Thomas Piermayr
HOU: Warren Creavalle (caution) 40
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Kevin Klinger, Scott Kachmarik
Fourth Official: Baboucarr Jallow