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A 1-0 win never felt so good. After seven matches without a win and nearly four hundred minutes without a goal the Dynamo were able to break through on Saturday night with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. The win not only helped the Dynamo get back to winning ways at BBVA Compass Stadium but also helped them keep pace in a very competitve Eastern conference.
Just moments after heading over from six yards out, Ricardo Clark got the Dynamo on the board in the 59th minute and ended the scoreless streak that went all the way back to June 1. Giles Barnes got the ball on the left side and laid it off to an overlapping Jermaine Taylor. Taylor, starting at left back for Corey Ashe who is with the US National Team, sent in a perfect cross that Clark was able to head past Union keeper Zac MacMatch. MacMath did manage to get a hand on the shot but he was unable to keep it out as the Dynamo felt a great weight lifted off their shoulders.
Another weight was lifted as the full time whistle blew and the Dynamo earned three points. The win was the team’s first since May 8th against DC United. Getting back to winning ways at home was also important to the Dynamo after they hadn’t won a league game at home in their last four tries (losses to Sporting KC and New England, and draws with Colorado and Toronto).
Without starters Brad Davis (injured), Kofi Sarkodie (suspended), Will Bruin, and Corey Ashe (national team) it was important for guys to step up and pick up the slack. Giles Barnes was very happy with the way the team played without some key guys and he made it a point to praise Warren Creavalle for his play. The second year utility man is having a great season whether he is asked to play defense or in the midfield.
The Dynamo next travel to Massachusetts to take on the Revolution. New England beat the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium a few weeks ago and Houston will look for a bit of revenge as they head to the northeast. I will be at Gillette Stadium for this game so be sure to follow my trip on Twitter for photos and commentary from the match.
(image courtesy of AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)