Houston Dynamo’s set-pieces finally got on track as they managed an impressive 3-1 victory on the road over rivals Kansas City on Friday night.
After a disappointing result last week Houston started the match positively, having the early possession and earning an early corner, which came to naught.
The start was looking good for Houston but their momentum was killed just past the quarter hour as the weather in Kansas City made life difficult and resulted in a weather delay.
As the teams came back on the field momentum remained with Houston as they continued the attack in what was fast becoming a physical and feisty encounter in Kansas City.
In the 35th minute Houston managed to hit the lead as a ball in the box was poorly cleared by Kansas City, which allowed Will Bruin to send it home for the opener.
Kansas City very nearly came back and equalized four minutes later as the ball came in behind the Houston defense for Dom Dwyer to get to but Houston cleared the corner but Bruin succumbed to an injury on the defensive effort which brought Jason Johnson on.
The match really started getting out of hand in the latter stages of the half as Mark Geiger really struggled to keep a lid on what has grown in to a genuine rivalry but the half ended with 11 for both sides and Houston up 1-0.
Ten minutes in to the second half, Sporting Kansas City equalized as Dwyer was able to find space from close range and score the goal.
Houston responded and really went for the match after conceding the equalizer and in the 62nd minute they were back in front.
David Horst was left wide open, allowing Brad Davis to find the defender with a free-kick which allowed the tall defender to score with a simple header.
Davis’ set-pieces proved vital and again in the 67th minute a Davis free-kick resulted in a goal as Davis found Rico Clark who hit a glancing header to double Houston’s lead.
With ten minutes to play Houston’s position did take a hit as they were forced in to a late sub as Tally Hall injured himself landing after taking a save which brought Tyler Deric on to the field.
It didn’t prove difficult for Houston from there as the Dynamo held on easily for a 3-1 win that kept Houston’s play-off push alive.