Dynamo forward Will Bruin put the road team on top in the 35th minute leading Houston 8-13-4) to a a 3-1 victory over Sporting KC. Houston’s improbable win came on the most improbable of nights.
First the game was delayed for an hour and twenty minutes by torrential rains and lightning.
Second, Kansas City (12-8-6) which had not allowed more then two goals in a home match until last week’s 3-0 loss to DC United duplicated the feat in front of a record 50th consecutive home sellout crowd.
Third, Dynamo keeper Tally Hall a rock of stability in the nets for Houston suffered a lower leg injury and was forced to leave the match in the 80th minute.
A defensive lapse by one of MLS’ most stingiest defenses led to the game’s opening goal. Defender Aurelien Collin’s failed clearance landed at the boot of Bruin. The Dynamo’s leading scorer drilled it by (Jon) Kempin from 9 yards out. The goal would prove costly as Bruin exited the match five minutes later with an undisclosed injury in favor of Jason Johnson.
Houston’s lead came after its defense survived three furious flurries from Kansas City in the previous ten minutes of play.
Dwyer and midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who both received yellow cards earlier in the match combiined for the game tying mark in the 55th minute. Feilhaber took a through ball from C.J. Sapong and drove towards the goal before directing a centering pass to Dwyer who finished his 17th goal of the season, one short of the team record set in 1996 by Preki.
Both Dwyer and Feilhaber will miss the New England game due to card accumulation.
Dynamo captain Brad Davis then took over the match doing what he does best; delivering goals. Davis set piece from just outside the box following a foul on Giles Barnes found the head of centerback David horst and the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Five minutes later it was Ricardo’s Clark turn heading home a Davis corner kick givin Houston a two goal lead.
Houston’s second road win of the season pushed the Dynamo past Chicago in the Eastern Conference standings and within three points of fifth place New York. Houston has one match remaining with the Red Bulls on October 4, 2014 in New York. Houston and the Red Bulls played to a 2-2 draw in their only other meeting of 2014.
The three goal performance was the Houston sides highest output of the season since defeating New England 4-0 in the season opener.
Defender DaMarcus Beasley who missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury summed up the win in a tweet to Houston fans.
“Great win and team effort tonight! Battled and got a HUGE 3pts on the road!! 3 great goals and defended well.”