The Houston Dynamo (12-10-7, 43 points) kept their playoff chances alive as they rallied for four goals in the second half to down Chivas USA (6-16-8, 26 points) by the score of 5-1 in front of 20,157 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday evening, Sept. 21, 2013.
The five goals scored by the Dynamo was the highest goal total in an MLS game since the inaugural game in Houston on April 2, 2006, when they defeated the Colorado Rapids by the score of 5-2 on four goals by Brian Ching.
Chivas evened the score in the 50th minute when Eric Avila found the goal for the score on an unassisted kick.
Then the Dynamo’s scoring assault began with goals by Barnes in the 54th minute and Will Bruin in the 63rd minute.
Barnes scored his goal off an assisted pass by Brad Davis and Bruin’s goal, which was his seventh of the season, was unassisted.
Boniek Garcia finally got his first goal in the orange and while colors of the Dynamo when he took a fine pass from Bruin in the 79th minute and adeptly put it in the net for the Dynamo’s fourth goal of the night.
He added an insurance goal in extra time when he received a penalty kick to round out the scoring for the Dynamo.
With the win, Houston is in sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind Montreal and three points ahead of New England.
They will next play W Connection in a CONCACAF Champions League game on Wednesday, Sept. 28 with a 7 p.m. start.
Their next MLS game will be on the road against New England on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.