2 Rockets lead Houston over Revolution

A pair of goals by Moffat get the Dynamo a '6 point' victory
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, July 15, 2013

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

Having only won 2 games during summer in 2013, Houston Dynamo looked to play an offensive and dynamic match in the always-tough northern ground.

And despite a rough battle with the New England Revolution, Houston came away with a 2-1 victory. The match, billed before as a 6-point affair, was very important for the Dynamo.

Getting closer to the playoffs, every single point is decisive and the Dynamo seems to be recovering their energy to play offensive at home or away. Although the orange team was dominant and generated numerous goal chances, Giles Barnes and Cam Weaver couldn’t make the final pass to the net.

After the first half, Houston continued with the same fierce spirit and it found the 1st goal with an explosive volley from outside of the box by midfielder Adam Moffat in the 48th minute.

The Dynamo got confortable with the goal and in just 6 minutes a New England Revolution counterattack found the net after goalkeeper Tally Hall’s intent to block the ball in the 55th minute.

The 1-1 score made the game more even, but Saer Sene’s goal did not stop the Dynamo’s effort to face up and keep going with ball possession and push the Revs in the box zone.

Time went by with a hard-fought 25 minutes and it seemed to end tied, but the Scottish Moffat showed some personality and a long-shot technique that smacked the ball in the post. The ball got inside, though, by hitting Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth’s back in the 80th minute, giving Houston the 2-1 lead.

The game leveled in favor of the Dynamo with Imbongo’s 82nd minute red card. The host played strangely too passive even though they new about the importance of getting the 3 points from a team up in the standings.

Hall did have a busy night and saved a very good chance to score by Diego Fagundez. In comparison with last game between these teams in the BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston defense learned how to stop Fagundez elusiveness and sprint.

Houston is waking up just in the right moment by beating its closest rivals in the Eastern Conference standings, Philadelphia Union and now New England Revolution. Next week, Dynamo has a friendly match against the British team Stoke City and there is not a chance to get distracted because after that game, it is going to be the host of the Texas Derby and this match is always important and motivational for the winner.

NEXT UP: July 24 – Houston Dynamo vs. Stoke City FC, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston. 7 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.