The Houston Dynamo continued their home dominance with a 2-0 victory of the San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium. Forward Will Bruin got his first goal of the 2013 campaign, while Giles Barnes scored his second goal of the year.
In other news, Chris Wondolowski was held scoreless again.
Houston controlled the match from the get go and was looking to strike early - something they have struggled with so far this year. In the 17th minute, Boniek Garcia helped the Dynamo accomplish that task.
Garcia received a ball out wide after Barnes headed it backwards on a nice heads up play. Garcia was able to dribble into to box and deliver a perfectly placed pass to Will Bruin. Bruin fired a quick shot far post and beat Jon Busch for the first goal of the match. It has to be noted Garcia's pass went through three defenders and couldn't have been a more perfectly placed ball.
This was the first match where Bruin looked confident and dangerous as the lone striker up top. We've talked about it time and time again and debated whether Barnes starting as a more free roaming forward was helping or hurting the club since it was isolating Bruin. I think tonight we saw the possibilities and got a glimpse of things to come.
In the 42nd minute, Giles Barnes added to the scoreline with an incredible header thanks to the service of Brad Davis. Davis got the ball out wide left and San Jose gave him all the room he needed to look into the box and pick out a target. Most saw Bruin in the box as Davis' cross sailed in almost in slow motion. All of a sudden, you see Barnes streaking into the box and connects with a perfectly placed header to give the orange a 2-0 lead.
Houston had a number of additional chances to add to the lead, but didn't connect in the second half. San Jose never settled into the match and were outplayed from start to finish.
While the match finished with only a 13-10 shot advantage for Houston - shots on target were a lopsided 7-1 in Houston's favor. Prior to coming into the match, Wondolowski had only four shots on goal in his career against the Dynamo.
Houston held him to zero tonight.
The Dynamo defense was spectacular at times and the Earthquakes never really threatened. Pretty impressive feat against a team that won the Supporter's Shield in 2012 and whose star striker matched an MLS record 27 goals last year.
At this point, as cliche as this sounds (queue the post game music), it seems like... All we do is win [at home].