For the first time in a very long like say week two against FC Dallas have the Houston Dynamo shown an up tempo, push the pace offense however on Saturday night in Brad Davis’ return to BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston finally showed what it can do when it plays 90 plus minutes all out. The Dynamo ended their three game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.
Giles Barnes led the way scoring at the half hour mark on a splendid shot that eluded Kansas City keeper Tony Melia inside the far post. It was ball that the Jamaican international raced onto before letting loose with a left-footed rocket for his third goal of the season. Following the goal, Barnes pointed to his armband and then to the sky as he acknowledged longtime Houston Dynamo supporter Leo Ponce who passed away unexpectedly on April 16, 2016. On the night of Davis’ return, the Houston Dynamo organization dedicated the row where Ponce had his season tickets to his memory. In addition, it was acknowledged that row 1, section 133 would now be reserved for fans attending a Dynamo game for the first time so it was only fitting that the captain Giles Barnes got the first tally of the night and pointed to his captain’s armband marked with the initials LP. After the game, he would give it to the family.
The goal was made possible by the skill of striker Erick Torres making his first start of the season. In significant playing time since his arrival last year, the newly installed striker shielded the ball from a defender, and flicked it without looking into space ahead of Barnes and the Jamaican international did the rest. The play was something fans have been waiting for all season and expected with the arrival of “Cubo” Torres.
It didn’t take long for the Houston to extend the lead and this time it was Andrew Wenger’s turn. The midfielder took in a service from “Chaco”Maidana once again in the starting eleven and blasted home Houston’s second goal in the closing second s of stoppage time.
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The Dynamo (2-5-2) kept the pace alive and well in the second half and very easily could have scored two or three goals on the night. Kansas City after threatening early in the match never again really tested Tyler Deric and the Dynamo defense. One of the reasons according to Houston Dynamo head coach was the mental toughness of his team. For weeks fans have been clamoring for it and on Saturday the team delivered it.
“A very hard fought game. We scored two fantastic goals,” said Coyle. Then the second half was more of a mental test. Guiven that we’ve earned some leads in certain games and also lost a couple with very late goals in home games like game one and Seattle. We stood up, we were resolute. I can’t really recall any outstanding goal chances they had in the second half.”
Houston has a quick turn around traveling to San Jose for a mid-week match with DOminic Kinnear and the Earthquakes before returning for Saturday night’s match with Real Salt Lake at BBVA.