Saturday, March 24, 2012

Houston Beaten in Washington


The Seattle Sounders' David Estrada is quickly becoming the man to fear in the MLS. The forward has scored four goals in two outings – three against Toronto on March 18 and one in the game with the Houston Dynamo, on Friday.

Estrada fired the Sounders ahead after 23 minutes at the imposing CenturyLink Field, last night.

The strike, which went in courtesy of a deflection off Geoff Cameron, was against the run of play. Houston dominated the first 20 minutes of the game, even forcing a smart save from Austrian goalkeeper, Michael
Gspurning.

The Dynamo's problems got worse less than five minutes later, when Seattle were awarded a penalty.

Houston keeper, Tally Hall, dived the right way, but was unable to stop Brad Evans' confident shot. “I thought we lost some composure after the second goal”, lamented Dynamo coach, Dominic Kinnear.

Moustachioed American, Roger Levesque, hoofed the ball wide at the 52nd minute, to miss what would've been Seattle's third.

Houston's Will Bruin had a weak header saved by Gspurning in the second half. Going the other way, Alvaro Fernandez managed to land the ball on top of the Dynamo goal, prompting a rescue from Hall.

Colin Clark, of Houston, had one of the final chances of the game in injury time. He headed it high and wide of the Sounders' goal. The whistle was blown in front of a reported 38,000 fans just after the 93rd minute, when Seattle were lining up to take a corner.

The result was Houston's first loss of the season. However, the Dynamo enjoyed most of the possession, ending on 55%.

Kinnear recognised the positives in his team's most recent performance: “Our possession and passing and moving was better this week”, the coach said, adding that the Dynamo played better than they did against the San Jose Earthquakes, a match they won 1-0.

“All-in-all I thought it was a good, spirited performance by us.”

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