Giles Barnes Leads the Dynamo to Dream Big

Good teamwork and Barnes compromise for the team
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, August 19, 2013

Orange Republic – column on Houston Dynamo & the Houston area soccer scene.

Houston Dynamo interrupted the Seattle Sounders' 3-game winning streak and Giles Barnes eclipsed Clint Dempsey’s return to Texas.

The return of Dempsey, one of best players the United States has every produced, to Texas caught the attention of all kind of soccer fans and spiced up the match. It seemed that this factor motivated the Dynamo squad to give their best.

Indeed, Barnes was precise and effective to give the Oranges an unforgivable night.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Giles Barnes – Barnes ended scoring drought after 3.5-month dry spell. Last goal scored on May 8, and these 2 strikes were exactly what he needed to get back into form.

ANALYSIS: Outstanding team effort, superb Barnes goals.

The Houston Dynamo needed to focus on their qualifying aspirations more than worrying about extra-soccer elements in the match. From the very beginning of the game, the Oranges turned aggressive to Michael Gspurning goalkeeper.

In the 9th minute, Will Bruin snaked his way into the box and got off a shot from the clear, but he poked it; just wide of the net. Similarly, the Sounders offensive plays occurred more sporadically such as Lamar Neagle’s run that ended with a shot across goal from the edge of the box that dragged wide.

Consequently, Barnes set the tone early scoring the 1st goal in the 17th minute with a great play that Bruin got through the backline and caught Gspurning off his line, fed it to Barnes who rifled it into the net. Moreover, 4 minutes later, Barnes did a pretty good Adam Moffat impression, rocketing one from about 30 yards out. Additionally, Barnes showed defensive effort rewarded by earning a corner kick.

The Dynamo had more chances with a Moffat’s deflected shot that fell right to Ricardo Clark, who turned and fired just wide. Furthermore, the game became tougher and Clark got injured in the 39th minute is substituted by Warren Creavalle as a precautionary one. 

In the 2nd half, the Dynamo started playing more defensive, waiting for the Sounders' response. Actually, the Oranges relaxed too much and conceded many goal attempts. In the 53th minute, Dempsey laid off to Marc Burch, who shot high but Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall tip it over a corner.

Likewise, the Seattle Sounders wanted to return to the game, Mauro Rosales and Lamar Neagle became more participative. The Sounders goal was generated of a free kick sent by Marc Burch that Shalrie Joseph bounced it into the roof of the net.

The Sounders kept creating goal chances but the game was decided with a play in the right wing with a Creavalle’s header rang off the crossbar, re-centered by Brad Davis and scored by Will Bruin in the 74th minute.

With this victory, the Houston Dynamo move to 36 points, as the 5th place of the Eastern Conference but just 3 points or 1 victory far away from the leader of the conference, Sporting Kansas City.

Positive: Giles Barnes is back and the team gets confidence.

Negative: Ricardo Clark injured.

Prediction: Next week, the Dynamo will play against W Connection from Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF Champions League. Houston Dynamo wins 1-2.

NEXT UP: August 20 – CCL: Houston Dynamo vs. W Connection, Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, Trinidad & Tobago. 8 p.m. EST, FOX Soccer.

David RUIZ

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