FRISCO, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Andre Hainault #31 of the Houston Dynamo and Tally Hall #1 celebrate a win against FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on September 24, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
I doubt I was alone in feeling that the first away victory for the Houston Dynamo was never going to come this season. Going in the Saturday's match in Frisco, there was a general feeling of optimism amongst the traveling Dynamo fans that this would be the day the team finally broke through. Turns out, that feeling was correct, but it wasn't easy.
FC Dallas forced several good saves from Tally Hall and the goal post and crossbar did their fair share of hard work to not only allow Houston time to find a goal, but help them keep what some might label and undeserved clean sheet. However you feel about that, the Dynamo survived the early Dallas onslaught and got a late goal thanks to a header from Geoff Cameron from a Brad Davis corner to get the 1-0 victory.
The win, combined with the LA Galaxy's 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew moves Houston in to first place in the Eastern Conference at least until the Crew face Sporting Kansas City in the midweek. No playoff place is yet secured but it's a vital three points for Houston who continue to get the results they need late in the season and make their case to participate in the postseason.
Just how the Dynamo survived this came really must be seen. Houston struggled with Dallas' speed all day as the defense did their best to prevent the likes of Jackson and Brek Shea from burning them down the wings and up the middle of the field. The advantage of Robertson Stadium's tight confines really shines through when Houston plays away since their just isn't enough team speed to deal with a wider playing surface...but no need to be negative right now, we'll discuss that tomorrow in Monday Morning Centre Back.
The Houston supporter's groups and fans were in fine voice at Pizza Hut Park as well, only drowned out by the gimmicky and annoyingly loud vuvuzelas that were given away to the sparse crowd in attendance. There were spots of orange all over the stadium and after the Houston goal, all you could hear was the roar of the Dynamo supporters. Just from a visual estimate, the Dynamo SGs outnumbered the Frisco SGs by roughly 4 to 1. Impressive showing by Dynamo fans!
For now, let's revel in the victory and enjoy the fact that El Captian is coming back to Houston!