Will Bruin's third goal of the season in the 40th minute of Saturday night's match against the Montreal Impact at BBVA Compass Stadium lifted the Houston Dynamo to a 1-0 victory. The shutout was the second in as many games for the Dynamo in 2014.
Bruin's strike from 20 yards out came on the heels of a perfect touch from fellow forward Giles Barnes.
Montreal applied the pressure all match long and tested the growing defensive chemistry of the Dynamo backline. Centerback David Horst ran down Impact forwardAndrew Wenger in the second minute of play just as he was slipping past keeper Tally Hall. It was just one of many stops made by the Dynamo defense on this rainy night. In the 39th minute, Horst and Hall were at it again stymying Felipe Martins. In the second half it was right back Kofi Sarkodie's turn clearing another Wenger ball off off the goal line.
"It's the entire group," said Dynamo captain Brad Davis. "We have always been a team that stressed we defend with eleven. We don't just depend on our back four, we defend as a group. We get guys going forward and we get guys going back. For us not to give up any goals so far is wonderful.
The Dynamo had their chances to extend the lead but couldn't slip another one past Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Perkins stopped Bruin in the 72nd and 75th minutes of play to keep the deficit at one.
Houston moved to 2-0-0 in 2014 while Montreal remains winless.
"I'm really happy,it's a bit of a grind tonight," said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. "Montreal had some chances and so did we. In the end we had to defend a bunch of balls in the box and still create some chances going forward. It's a great start to the season."