A slow first half gave way to an exciting second half, if you are a Dynamo fan and we happen to be so here, and a blow out game over the Goats.
Kinnear came out with a expected line up that saw Ashe return from his hamstring injury and Boniek Garcia return from serving a suspension. Will Bruin and Giles Barnes set about testing Dan Kennedy early, firing off shots that he was able to save easily. The Dynamo dominated possession in the first half until they finally had a Brad Davis corner kick that a wide open Barnes headed into the net. The assist was the 100th of Davis' career, and he is the seventh player in MLS history to reach that mark.
Chivas made a second half sub sending Steve Purdy in for Bobby Burling and five minutes later Eric Avila scored a goal. Jermaine Taylor made a terrible turn over in the middle of the field, Avila took the ball down to Carlos Alvarez, whose shot went off the post and right back to Avila, who finished it himself. It was a nervous four minutes before Barnes got his second, getting through a massive hole between Carlos Bocanegra and Purdy and slamming it home.
Eight minutes later Will Bruin broke his scoring drought and threaded the ball past Kennedy to make it 3-1. Warren Creavalle came out of nowhere to win the ball and the Chivas defense failed to clear his pass to Bruin. And what a happy bear Bruin was, as you could see the relief on his face as he put what some thought was the final nail on Chivas' coffin but alas we had more nails - in fact, Boniek had two of them.
Bruin crossed the ball over to Boniek and Kennedy came out to try and stop it, leaving Boniek with more than enough room to find the back of the net - surprisingly, only his first of the season. A handball penalty on Chivas SA in stoppage time would be the final nail, as Boniek converted the penalty kick for a brace of his own and a 5-1 final.
The team looked like they were finding their pre-playoff selves tonight. Their passing was sharper, their shots tighter, and their smiles brighter.
Barnes, Barnes, Bruin, Boniek, Boniek,- not a bad way to fill a recap or a win against Chivas.