Houston Dynamo interim head coach Wade Barrett’s side remained unbeaten under his leadership earning their third draw in four games against all competitions with a 0-0 match against DC United (DCU) at BBVA on Saturday night. Houston (3-7-5) deserved a better fate as they dominated play from the opening whistle delayed by severe weather for 36 minutes to the final tweet.
Early on, DC United tried to get physical with the men in orange drawing two yellow cards in the first 20 minutes of play including one on former Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell. The chippiness failed to deter the Dynamo who remained focus, maintained form and gained more and more confidence as the game wore on. Houston outworked and out shot DCU 17-8 in the match.
“We are getting back to that blue collar, hardworking grind it out team that gives you the pillars to succeed, we are becoming tough to play against.”
Bruin as the lone striker up top got his chances as the offense push.ed forward at every opportunity. The Dynamo forward had three good opportunites. In the 20th minute, a Dynamo corner found him at the back post but DC keeper Bill Hamid saved the header looking for the far post. Then came the shot in the 50th minute that many of the fans who weathered the storm were stunned did not go in as the fifth year veteran ripped a patented one touch blast that beat Hamid before banging off the pipes. Eighteen minutes later, another Bruin header slipped just wide of the net.
Ten minutes later, Barrett subbed in Mauro Manotas for the hard working Bruin and he nearly delivered as well. In the 80th minute, Alex’s service into the six yard box just missed connected with the 20 year Columbian but it was his blast in the closing minute of stoppage time that almost sent the crowd of 19,774 into a frenzy. Only a dazzling save by Hamid prevented that to force a Dynamo corner. Lima’s kick found Raul Rodriguez but his header bounced off Hamid’s foot at the goal line back out to Horst whose shot went wide as the final whistle sounded.
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“We worked on set pieces all week,” said Horst in the post-game news conferencce. “On the last one Raul (Rodriguez) got on it but he (Hamid) made a great save. Unfortunately it came to my foot instead of my head but I got to be able to put that away at the end of the game like that.”
Houston now 0-0-3 under Barrett remains in last place in the Western Conference but has served notice that this is not your normal last place teamas they travel to Portland for a Sunday night match on June 26, 2016.
“I have asked the boys to be tough to play against. I’ve asked them to limit chances and I have asked them to make it so that every team comes in here knows its a battle from minute one to minute 90 plus, ” said Barrett. “I’m proud of the effort and I’m proud of the shutout. The guys were committed, they worked hard.”