A pair of first half goals by Giles Barnes before a sold out crowd at BBVA Compass Stadium led the Houston Dynamo past the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. The 3-1 win by Houston spoiled the much heralded return of Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey’s return to an MLS starting line-up and the Texas area.
Houston’s Killer B’s (Giles Barnes, Brad Davis, Will Bruin and Boniek-Garcia) combined for all three of Houston’s goals and two assists.
Barnes’ fifth goal of the season (a beautiful settle and shoot from Bruin) opened the scoring in the 17th minute of play was followed just four minutes later with a rocket from thirty yards out in the 21st minute.
“"We came out of the blocks flying," Barnes said. "It's important to get a good start when we're at home. Getting the two goals early kind of knocked a little bit of wind out of them."
“The first thirty minutes of play were probably the best thirty minutes we’ve played all season,” said a happy Dominic Kinnear. “We defended well, attacked great and had great second effort. Our goals came down to great second effort," Kinnear continued. "Second effort can lead to some great rewards and it did tonight."
The second effort and great rewards continued in the second half for the Dynamo side. Forward Will Bruin connected on his sixth goal of the season in the 74th minute following a header off the crossbar by midfielder Warren Creavalle who had entered in the 39th minute for an ailing Ricardo Clark. Creavalle’s header landed at the feet of captain Brad Davis and his subsequent shot was finished by Bruin in front of the net.
Houston (10-7-6, 37pts) helped them keep pace with the rest of the Eastern Conference as Montreal and New England both won while New York and Philadelphia battled to a scoreless draw. The win also moved Dominic Kinnear into third place on the MLS all-time win list with Bob Bradley.
The loss dropped Seattle (10-8-4) into sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Dynamo travel to Trinidad and Tobago Sunday for a CONCACAF Champions League match against W Connection on Tuesday before making their way to Montreal for an August 24th match against the Impact.