Houston Offense Finds Redemption

Giles Barnes, Boniek Garcia and company found their way towards the playoffs
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, September 23, 2013

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

HOUSTON – After a crucial victory in Philadelphia and positioned in the playoffs zone, the Houston Dynamo became the shepherd of a tamed Chivas USA in the BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Houston Dynamo recuperated confidence to their fans but also the orange strikers found opponent’s net. Giles Barnes, Boniek Garcia and Will Bruin led the team to a smashing victory against Chivas USA 5-1.

The Dynamo took control of the game in the early minutes of the 1st half, but it looked like another typical game for the Orange as Bruin missed a goal opportunity and visitor’s strategy was to counter attack. However, Barnes’ 1st goal showed the way to follow in order to get the 3 points and fortify the team at home.

In the 2nd half, Chivas USA took advantage of a bad pass in the midfield by Jermaine Taylor, which Eric Avila put in the net in the 55th minute. It seemed the visitors were going to be more competitive toward the complementary time. Fortunately, the Dynamo players did not give up and obtained the 3 points after a bulging final score.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Giles Barnes and Boniek Garcia. Both found their offensive touches again and surely deserves praise for their performances.

ANALYSIS:  The Dynamo found the opponent net. In the last games, the Orange not only missed too many goal opportunities, but also conceded a lot of goals against Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls. Although Chivas USA occupies the last position of the Western Conference, the result is highly important because the Dynamo reorganized the defense; conceding 1 goal in 2 games.

On the other hand, Bruin found the net after several games of missing and highly criticized by the fans. But most importantly, the Dynamo displayed different ways of playing, having great participation by Ricardo Clark and Brad Davis. After scoring 5 goals in a game, and conceding just 1, it is hard to find weak points but the Dynamo needs to be more consistent from game to game and also to focus in the start of the 2nd half.

POSITIVE: The offensive players gained confidence toward the net and Bruin’s drought is over.

NEGATIVE: Adam Moffat transferred to Seattle Sounders.

PREDICTION:  The Dynamo beats the W Connection 2-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League.

NEXT UP: September 24 – Houston Dynamo vs. W Connection, BBVA Compass, Houston. 8 p.m. EST, TBD.

David RUIZ

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Globe trotter and World Cup historian, recent recipient of a master’s degree and international soccer blogger. From age 2, David has always been a soccer fan, enthusiast and now a seasoned connoisseur. He is followed on Twitter by important sportscasters.