The game started with the Dynamo on a four-game winless streak and the Impact without a win in MLS competition this season. By the end of the game the Dynamo were the ones kicking their winless streak.
The Impact came out strong earning several corners, but none of them posed a serious threat for the Dynamo. What did pose a threat was poor communication between the Dynamo players. Just ten minutes into the game neither Luis Garrido or David Horst could decide who would go after the ball and in the end Tyler Deric had to shut down the play as Romero tried to take advantage of the miscommunication between the pair.
A foul called on the Impact for a tackle on DaMarcus Beasley in the 15th minute was the opening that the Dynamo needed to get on the scoreboard. With the free kick taken by Brad Davis, Giles Barnes cut across the box and headed the ball into the net.
The Impact tried to come back from the Dynamo goal with a goal of their own, but couldn't get past Tyler Deric. Impact players were able to get past Kofi Sarkodie only to be shut down by David Horst. The Impact dominated the first half with 68% of the possession, but the Dynamo held on to the 1-0 lead as they went into halftime.
The Dynamo kicked the second half off strong with Barnes up the middle. He got the shot off but it was saved by Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush. A few minutes later Jack McInerney got a shot off and between the legs of Tyler Deric. The ball deflected wide and was out for a corner which was easily defended.
A free-kick in the 58th minute was played in by Patrice Bernier who sent it over the wall and just over the crossbar. It turned into a scary moment for Dynamo fans when Deric's knee slammed into the far post during the kick. Deric was slow to get up and after being looked at by the athletic trainer he appeared to be okay and play resumed.
Ricardo Clark made it 2-0 for the Dynamo in the 72nd minute. While there was debate if Giles Barnes, who appeared offside, interfered with the play after conferring the referees determined that Barnes did not and Clark's goal stood. In the 80th minute the rookie Rob Lovejoy made it 3-0 with his first MLS goal.
The Impact dominated possession throughout the night but the Dynamo were able to get the goals that they needed while Deric posted a clean sheet in goal. The backline is still concerning for the Dynamo, but the team was able to keep the Impact off of the scoreboard. Hopefully, three goals in one game signals a scoring run for the Dynamo who heading into this game had only scored two goals this season.
The Dynamo are on the road against DC United next Saturday.
Dynamo XI: Deric, Sarkodie, Horst, Taylor, Beasley, Garcia (52' Lopez), Sturgis, Clark, Garrido (63' Lovejoy), Davis, Barnes (90' Hoffman)
Impact XI: Bush, Toia, Ciman, Soumare, Cabera, Alexander, Bernier (67' Reo-Coker), Duka (67' Oduro), Piatti, Romero, McInerney