The Houston Dynamo 2 found a way to win on Sunday night thanks in large part to two Houston Dynamo first teamers. The1-0 win kept the positive run of results for the Dynamo Dos as the season winds towards the playoffs.
One of the Paulo Nagamura's bright spots has been the willingness of first team players to go get minutes with the Dynamo Dos to be sharp and prepare for eventual starting roles with parent club. Head coach Kevin Bundy praise the work of both centerback Ethan Bartlow and goalkeeper Michael Nelson. B
"The first team guys, this is what it's for - right? They get sharp, they get the minutes they create the opportunities," said Dynamo DOs head coach Kenny Bundy following the match. For Ethan Bartlow specifically, it's another game where he has a clean sheet as a center back he created a number of chances where you could possibly score a goal. But the way he shifted his defending was excellent tonight. You know, again, that's what this team is for. It's for those guys to get minutes so that they can go and win games for the first team, which is priority number one for the club. Another big thing is the clean sheet. Michael Nelson has to do two or three really big actions in the game. That's his job. ”
Center back Ethan Bartlow who has shown flashes for the first team over the course of 2022 put the effort of he and Nelson a little more humorously.
"I think Michael (Nelson) and I were kind of just trying to come in and not mess it up.”
Either way, the two played a crucial part in the outcome of the match that extended the Houston Dynamo 2 unbeaten streak to five games. They sit just two points shy of the top spot in the Western Conference held by the Tacoma defiance.
Jathan Juarez scored his first professional goal to give the Dynamo Dos a 1-0 lead just minutes before halftime. It was all Houston would need. Juarez' goal marked the third time in the team's last four matches, that a player scored their first professional goal.
Houston's seventh clean sheet of the season kept the Dynamo Dos unbeaten at AVEVA Stadium. Nelson stopped all three MUNFC 2's shots on goal to help Houston move to 5-0-0 at home.
The Dynamo 2 travel to Swangard Stadium in Vancouver for a road game against the Whitecaps FC 2 on Friday, July 29th. The quick turn around game is slated to kick-off at 9:00pmCT.