Joe Bennett's header past Dynamo keeper Tyler Deric in the 41st minute of the sixth annual Dynamo Charities Cup proved to be the difference maker as Aston Villa FC held on for a 1-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. Aston Villa's win completed a two game U.S. tour sweep ahead of their August 16th Barclay's Premier League opener with Stoke City.
Houston was nearly flawless defensively until Bennett found an opening and forward Andreas Weimannn's service into the box found him all alone in the six yard area. Deric had little time to react to the goal which led to Houston's record falling to 3-3-0 in Dynamo Charities Cup matches.
"Definitely a positive game for us to build off," said Dynamo captain Brad Davis following the match. "It was pretty darn good. We did some very good things."
Houston had its chances to score but could not solve Aston Villa's 21 year old goalkeeper Jed Steer. In the fifth minute, Davis delivered a ball that wandered aimlessly through the box untouched. Six minutes later, a set piece from Davis found defender Jermaine Taylor in the box but his goal attempt sailed just wide. The Houston captain served another ball through the goal mouth in the 18th minute.
"I thought the game started off very well," continued Davis. "We had a few chances to score but couldn't find one."
In the second half, Aston Villa came out firing. Inside the first ten minute Deric was forced to stop Aston Villa's Daren Bennett on two separate occasions to keep the deficit at one. In the 47th minute, Dent ripped a shot that Deric parried away and then Dent had Deric on the ground at the edge of the box but ccouldn't not get the ball to a fellow "Villan" for a shot at the open net.
Houston subs came on enmasse in the 72nd minute and Davis liked what he saw despite the failure to find the back of the net.
"Once we made some subs," Davis added. "I honestly thought the guys that came in did an excellent job, brought a lot of energy and made some chances to score."
In the final quarter of play, Houston forced six corner kicks including three in the fina two minutes of stoppage but all to no avail Aston Villa prevailed 1-0.
The Dynamo return to MLS action on Sunday August 3, 2014 against Eastern Conference rival DC United in a 7:00 p.m. CDT match at BBva Compass Stadium with the expected ddebut of World Cup standut DaMarcus Beasley and Honduran World Cup midfielder Luis Garrido.
"As far as the defensive shift running us down here lately in the regular season, I thought overall it was pretty darn good."