The Dynamo went to El Salvador and all they got was a lousy t-shirt...and three points! Goals from Brian Ching, Cam Weaver and Je-Vaughan Watson led Houston over C.D. FAS 3-1.
The switch back to a 4-4-2 formation led to a near dream first half for the Dynamo with goals from Ching and Weaver. The captain opened things up in the 12th minute putting in a vintage Ching header off a Colin Clark cross. Weaver scored seven minutes later, this time after Kofi Sarkodie made a great run forward and sent a cross in to the box that Weaver was able to head in as well to give Houston a 2-0 lead at halftime. FAS had their chances, but the somewhat make shift Dynamo back line of Sarkodie, Nathan Sturgis, Bobby Boswell and Warren Creavalle did their jobs well, staying organized.
The Dynamo added a third goal in th 60th minute as yet again, the FAS defense was shambles in the box. Sturgis's corner kick was headed home by Je-Vaughn Watson after Boswell pulled three FAS defenders to him on the set piece. FAS's Jonathan Aguila pulled a goal back in the 64th minute with a clever little back heel flick in traffic right by the post of Deric's goal.
Speaking of Tyler Deric, the young back-up goalkeeper was outstanding making a couple big saves and managing the game like a veteran. He's a real prospect for this team.
Despite an all out assault by FAS late in the game, the Dynamo defense stood strong and held off the Tigers and left with their first ever win in El Salvador. The win puts them in second place behind Olimpia in the group on goal differential. The two clubs meet next week in Honduras.