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Bruin lifts Houston past Columbus 1-0

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Will Bruin’s third goal in three games and key stops by goalkeeper Tally Hall carried the Houston Dynamo to a dramatic 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The win marked Houston’s second consecutive victory and left Columbus in a tailspin; winless in their last six and all-time at BBVA.
“It’s a great win, it’s nice to put two wins back to back,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear . “It’s a great positive two wins for the guys.”
Following a scoreless first half, the Dynamo wasted little time getting on to the board five minutes into the second half.
In the 50th minute, Houston captain Brad Davis delivered a well-placed corner kick into the box and Bruin took it from there.
“I went up and I think I missed the header and it went off my shoulder or something,” said Bruin. "Driver got big and set a pick and that freed me up.”
Bruin’s team high sixth goal was an MLS best third game winning goal and moved him into third place on the 2014 Major League Soccer scoring chart just a goal back of Erick Torres (Chivas) and two shy of Clint Dempsey (Seattle).
With Houston protecting a lead, goalkeeper Tally Hall and the defense thwarted one attempt after another from the Columbus Crew.
Columbus midfielder Justin Meram had the Crew’s best chance banging one off the left post in the 84th minute.
“They (Columbus) are a good team. (Federico) Higuain and (Jairo) Arrieta, those guys are smart players. And the way they move off the ball the way they come inside it’s difficult organizing sometimes because they are so good at changing where the space is so quickly you try to step one guy in and he’s out and another guy’s in behind him,” summarized the Houston netminder. “so tactically against a very difficult team we did an amazing job of staying organized, shutting down spaces, there were not to many chances for them. Everyone was exhausted but they kept going and going and going and we were rewarded three points,” concluded Hall.
After an off day on Thursday, the team will be back to work on Friday preparing for a Sunday night, May 11, 2014 match hosting Real Salt Lake in a 6p.m.CDT kick-off

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