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03/08/2014
 

Houston ended their pre-season with a record of 7-3-1 and looked to start their season 1-0. In front of a record crowd of over 22,000 the Houston Dynamo kicked off their 2014 season with a 4-0 shutout over the New England Revolution.

 

If you like scoring you did not have to wait long to see the first goal (64 seconds). Coach Kinnear called the first 30 minutes of the match, the "best I've ever seen this team play, that’s saying something". Will Bruin scored the first of his two goals for the night with a right footed shot from the center box to the left corner of the net. He also had an assist to Boniek Garcia, who had his first goal of the season. Omar Cummings scored the last goal of the night in stoppage time off of a redirected shot from Ricardo Clark. The second half would have had more scoring had it not been for Bobby Shuttleworth stopping Bruin and Cummings in two separate open field opportunities.

 

The game was not all offense, David Horst played stellar defense all night. He looks as if he has bulked up from last year and is clearly someone that you do not want to go shoulder to shoulder with in the box. 


Kofie Sarkodie, defender for Houston said after the game, "I thought Horst was excellent today, he brings a lot of tenacity, a lot of strength, a lot of power...I think that’s gonna scare a lot of teams".

 

If you are a Houston fan, you have to be excited about the Bruin/Barnes combination; they complimented each other well tonight. As Giles Barnes said after the game, "there is definitely more to come, we're both 24-25 years old, we are pretty young and we are still learning and growing as a partnership". 

 
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11/06/2013
 

Houston Dynamo, might not have been the best regular season team, but the Orange Crush, surely know how to stand their ground when playoffs come rolling around. The Texan squad has outed the Supporters Shield winners New York Red Bulls and will now head to the Eastern Conference final against Sporting Kansas City.


After an amazing comeback from 2-0 on the first leg three days ago, Dynamo stunned the whole world by knocking out of competition, the best team of the regular season, thanks to an extra time holy goal by Omar Cummings and an all around stellar team performance at the Red Bull Arena.


The first half of Wednesday's Eastern Conference Semifinals second leg between New York and Houston wasn't exactly a display of mental fortitude. The Red Bulls and Dynamo each nicked a goal due to some pretty ghastly errors.


First, usually sure-handed Tally Hall made a crucial error when he failed to corral Lloyd Sam's cross in the 23rd minute, and Bradley Wright-Phillips was only too happy to deposit the loose ball into the net. Advantage, New York.

 
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11/03/2013
 
Two minutes into aggregate time Omar Cummings scored off a Luis Robles rebound to dramatically give the Houston Dynamo a 2-2 draw at home against the New York Red Bulls.

Ricardo Clark originally kept the Dynamo alive in the semifinals with a 57th minute goal that cut the Red Bulls' lead in half ahead of the second leg at Red Bull arena. Tim Cahill opened the score on the 22nd minute with a header from a Thierry Henry assist and ten minutes later, Eric Alexander doubled his club's lead at the BBVA Compass Stadium.

Mike Petke's club started the match with a swagger about them that oozed confidence through the bottom of their cleats. Like usual, it was Henry's partnership with Cahill that gave New York the lead, with the Australian scoring his 12th goal in the last 20 matches.

The Dynamo had only lost one playoff home game of their last 9 since 2008; ironically being against the Red Bulls themselves. A defeat at home was unacceptable for Houston, and with vengeance in mind, Clark's solid strike gave his club a much needed burst of energy and hope for the second leg.

On the 65th minute Jamison Olave committed a dirty tackle from behind that left NYRB with one less man on the field. As soon as the Dynamo smelled blood they amped their attack and soon enough, on the second minute of compensation time, Cummings took advantage of a confusing corner kick to tap in the loose ball that Robles failed to grasp.

They say that the 2-0 scoreline is the most vicious and defying of the beautiful game; thus far, these playoffs have been the epitome of the age-old expression. The second leg of this series will be played on Wednesday and whoever comes out alive of the bloodbath in New York will play the winner of Sporting Kansas City vs New England Revolution.
 
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