Posted by : Stephen Eastepp July 23, 2012
|Bobby Boswell scores a goal from a Dynamo corner kick.|
(Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)
3 games, 7 days, 9 points. One week changes everything.With Houston playing all three of those games at home, fans knew we'd see some points from the home stand, but getting all nine is hard to do. With last nights 3-0 defeat of expansion team Montreal Impact, the Dynamo completed their mission and can finally get some normal rest.
Mac Kandji continued his good play, leading the Dynamo to the victory with a brace. Bobby Boswell, who wore the captain's armband for the match, netted the other goal.
Houston came into the game on a five game unbeaten streak. Montreal ironically was the Dynamo's last loss, a 4-2 beating that took place at Saputo Stadium. Since that loss, Houston has added a designated player, changed formations, and quite frankly been unbeatable.
Montreal pressured early in the match as it appeared Houston's defense wasn't quite ready for the game. In the 2', Montreal sent in a corner kick that resulted in midfielder Lamar Neagle hitting the far post with a header. After a couple chances from the Impact, Houston's defense settled in.
In the 7', Mac Kandji was able to tap in the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts for the first goal of the game. The goal was set up by Calen Carr and Will Bruin, who were both credited with an assist.
Just minutes later, Houston had a chance to double their lead after receiving a free kick just outside the box. With Brad Davis getting a rest, designated player Boniek Garcia lined up for the free kick. Garcia sent in a nice curving kick and defender Andre Hainault knocked it in. The goal quickly disallowed due to an offside call by the lineman. It's evident in the instant replay Hainault is onside and the goal should have been good.
Houston continued to pressure Montreal looking to add to their lead. Warren Crevalle, who was seeing his second straight start with Adam Moffat out, put on quite a move in the 40'. Crevalle received a pass from Luiz Camargo inside the box, flicked the ball the opposite direction and got a leg out on his defender. Crevalle quickly fired the shot towards goal, but Ricketts was there to block the shot. Crevalle is quickly becoming a nice fixture in Dynamo midfielder.
The second half saw both clubs looking for goals, but Houston again controlled possession and the half. In the 65', Andre Hainault sent a long ball to Mac Kandji, whose defender lost his footing. It quickly turned into a two on one, with both Kandji and Bruin charging in on goal. Ricketts charged off his line, but Kandji headed the ball over Ricketts and had sight of an empty net. Just as he attempted to tap in the ball, defender Shavar Thomas made a sliding tackle to clear the ball. It was a spectacular defensive play by Thomas to keep Montreal in the game.
Houston finally added an insurance goal in the 84'. After a Brad Davis shot was deflected out by the Impact, Houston had an opportunity for a late corner kick. Davis' kick found the head of Bobby Boswell and the Dynamo put a nail in the coffin.
Just to add another dagger to the Montreal Impact's hopes, five minutes later Mac Kandji once again found the back of the net in what will surely be a goal of the week nominee. Kandji blew past two defenders with some nice moves and fired a shot past Ricketts for the 3-0 win.
The Dynamo will now have a week of rest leading up to their next game against Toronto FC at BMO field.
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