The Houston Dynamo got just what they needed Saturday night at Robertson Stadium, three points. In front of 18,465 in the steamy heat, Houston dominated the Seattle Sounders in route to a 3-1 victory.
I doubt Dominic Kinnear could have scripted a better start. If the 5th minute of the match, Brian Ching chested the ball down in the box but couldn't control it. Sounders defender Tyson Wahl tried to clear but Colin Clark was uncovered at the far post and buried a quick shot past Kasey Keller to give the Dynamo the early 1-0 lead.
Instead of sitting back and defending a lead, the Dynamo kept up the pressure and in the 23rd minute, Geoff Cameron sent a wonderful pass in to the Seattle box right to the waiting cranium of Brian Ching. The Dynamo captain did what he does best and powered home the ball to give Houston a 2-0 lead. You know, he's almost as impressive as Abby Wambach.
Seattle got a goal back in the 37th minute after some contact in the box between Corey Ashe and Fredy Montero was deemed to be a foul upon the Seattle forward, earning the Sounders a penalty. Alvaro Fernandez scored the PK and brought Seattle back within a goal.
After an exciting first half, the second half was a bit...well boring. However, when you're the team in the lead, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Dynamo did a great job though of slowing down play, controlling posession and generating some chances on goal, never allowed the Soudners to develop any sort of rhythm.
The Dynamo finally took advantage of the possession in the 71st minute as Hunter Freeman found Clark moving free in the box on the right side. Clark calmly crossed the ball in front of goal and found Ching alone again for the easy goal.
It was the performance Dynamo fans have been asking and hoping for all week and could serve as much needed kickstart to the season for a Houston team that had been struggling most of the summer. Now let's do it again next week in another challenging match against the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Union. There's still a lot of work to be done, but the season is off life support for the moment.
The win moves the Dynamo to 6-7-9 on the season, good for 27 points.