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Player Ratings: Dynamo vs Crew

The Dynamo took 3 points at home defeating the Crew 3-1 with forwards tallying 2 of those goals. The defense lapsed at times, but strong midfield play stands out in this match. Here are your Dynamo player ratings.

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Houston Dynamo Player Ratings:

Tally Hall (6) - Hall made 5 saves against the Crew and only allowed one bizarre own goal which he can't be completely faulted in. Overall Hall was good, but he needs to be more vocal in organizing his defensive line. Very often players were caught not marking their man which opened up a lot of opportunities for the Crew.

Kofi Sarkodie (4.5) - Sarkodie struggled to keep up with some of the pace and creativity that the Crew offense brought, and the own goal was a poor gaffe after a poor clearance. His marking was also an area that needed to be better against the Crew.

Jermaine Taylor (5.5) - The defense as a whole was often caught one step behind the Crew and Taylor was no exception. Very often other defenders had to lose their man to track down someone else's which was very sloppy.

Bobby Boswell (5.5) - Boswell did well to cover for others but many of his clearances led to more opportunities for the Crew. Boswell should have kept his line tighter and communicated a bit better with the other defenders.

Corey Ashe (6) - Ashe did well to get up the field and create chances for the Dynamo, pushing the ball up to Barnes and Davis very quickly led to many good counter attacks and quality chances.

Ricardo Clark (6) - Clark left the game early in the 2nd half due to then unknown reasons, but he's said that he felt lightheaded and a little winded so he will be back against RSL.

Adam Moffat (6) - Moffat played pretty well overall. With Clark he was covered defensively better, and with Creavalle he played more defensively. His passing still is lacking overall, but Moffat did well to patrol the middle of the field.

Oscar Boniek Garcia, MotM, (7.5) - Boniek was all over the field and made several Crew players look lost after he dribbled threw their legs (something that happened at least 2-3 times). Oh and then there was the two assists he was a part of. Boniek has been the difference maker in our string of recent successes.

Brad Davis (7) - Davis kind of played the role of left winger/forward, but really he floated back a bit more than the lineup would suggest. He was very active getting the ball into dangerous places and very calmly scored from the penalty spot opening up the game.

Giles Barnes (6.5)
- Barnes lined up for the most part as a CAM/left winger, and really took advantage of being in the midfield. Yes he often floated ahead of Davis who lined up in the 4-3-3 up top, but Barnes's comfort level, explosiveness, and creativity are much higher when Barnes plays in the midfield as shown when he drew the penalty for our opening goal.

Will Bruin (6) - Bruin returned to the Dynamo after his stint with the USMNT and didn't look completely comfortable. His touch was off at times, and he often took one too many touches - even on his goal I thought that, but he did score for the first time since May in Orange and that's a good sign.

The Subs:

Warren Creavalle (6.5)
- Entered for Ricardo Clark early into the half and really helped push the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, Clark's defensive presence was missing which led to more chances for the Crew - however more chances were created for the Dynamo with Creavalle.

Jason Johnson (5.5)
- JJ is still finding his legs. He doesn't look completely comfortable and his touch isn't there. Hopefully in time he'll come around and start scoring.

Cam Weaver (6.5) - Came on in the 81st minute, scored in the 85th minute. Weaver scored in his second consecutive game and put the game to rest by eliminating any chance by the Crew to salvage a late game tie.

Coach Dominic Kinnear (6.5)
- Kinnear took 3 points at home and his forwards are finding the net. Defensive miscues continue to be somewhat of an issue for the Dynamo and fortunately the Crew didn't pounce on the several opportunities they had.