A spectacular fireworks extravaganza capped off an explosive 4-0 offensive 2014 season opening performance by the Houston Dynamo over the New England Revolution in front of a record setting crowd at BBVA Compass stadium on Saturday night March 8, 2014. Froward Will Bruin set the tone with the second fastest goal in franchise history ripping a shot past Revolutions goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the second minute of play.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear was impressed with his team’s performance.
“The guys played excellent. The first half hours was possibly the best I’ve ever seen this team play,” said Kinnear. “That’s saying something. It was a great night for us.”
In the 13th minute, Will Bruin got number two tucking a shot under the outstretched arms of a diving Shuttleworth. The goal came on a cross from Corey Ashe on the far side of the box. Bruin was at it again in the 23rd minute, this time settling a ball in the box and leaving it for Garcia who knocked it home from 9 yards out.
Bruin was not surprised by the team’s performance.
‘We know we are a smart confident group going forward, we know we are going to score goals,” said Bruin.
New England, the only team with a winning record against the Dynamo in Houston , was not without its chances in the first half. In the 40th minute, the Revs A.J. Soeres knocked one off the post after Diego Fagundez failed to tap one in just inches from the goal line. Four minutes later centerback David Horst knocked away a ball headed for the net that had eluded Dynamo keeper Tally Hall. Hall then punched away the ensuing corner before Horst stymied Fagundez again in the 45th minute.
The first half three goal outburst were the most by a Dynamo squad in a season opener and the four goals for the first game were the most since the franchise opener in 2006 when Brian Ching’s four goal performance led Houston to a 5-2 win.
The second half was filled with more opportunities for the both teams. Kelwyn Rowe, the Revolutions young midfielder lifted one over the crossbar in the 60th minute and then hit the crossbar in the 82nd minute of play. Houston had chances in the 61st minutes, the 62nd minute, then ten minutes later in the 72nd minute, the 80th minute and the 90th minutes before Omar Cummings sent home an excuse me header off a shot from Ricardo Clark from twenty yards out.
In the locker room, Giles Barnes summed up what Dynamo fans can expect from this team when he told assembled reporters “”Definitely more excitement to come.”
The Dynamo host the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in a 7:30p.m. CT match.
Note: Midfielder Tony Cascio went down in the 56th minute but no word yet on the extent of the injury.
Attendance: 22,320 (largest in Dynamo history)
Houston Starting XI- Hall, Sarkodie, Taylor, Horst, Asshe, Cascio, Clark, Davis, Boniek-Garcia, Bruin, Barnes
New England Starting XI - Shuttleworth, Soares, Tierney, Alston, Gonclaves, Rowe, Kobayashi, Caldwell, Fagundez, Mullins, Bunbury
Scoring: Bruin 2' (Sarkodie) Bruin 13' (Ashes), 23' Boniek-Garcia (Bruin), 90'+ Cummings (Clark)