Dynamo Get Revenge on Some Canadiens
It's been awhile since the last time someone handed the Dynamo a loss. You have to go back to June 23 when they were humiliated 4-2 on the road to the expansion Montreal Impact.
Since that game, the Dynamo's defense has bunkered down -- allowing just two goals in five matches. The offense has come alive in the past two matches, scoring a combined six goals. And since that loss, the Dynamo have added Boniek Garcia to their ranks and implemented their new 4-3-3 formation.
Now add all that up and factor in the element of revenge, and that equaled impending doom for the Impact's first trip to BBVA Compass Stadium.
And the Dynamo did more than just pop the Impact's cherry Saturday night, they ripped them a new one with a 3-0 ravishing.
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More than that, though, here are five things the Dynamo got from their latest triumph.
"There wasn't a game I wanted to win more this year than that one," defender Bobby Boswell said, referring to Saturday's match. He said it because the Dynamo were not only humiliated by the Impact on the pitch in June, but also behind the scenes. Boswell took the last meeting personally and let his teammates know about it.
As the captain of Saturday's match, Boswell anchored a defense that pitched its fourth shut-out in five games. And oh, by the way...Boswell headed in the second goal of the match in the 82nd minute off of a Brad Davis corner kick.
4. Who is better, offense or defense?
It's a legitimate question. Since the June match in Montreal, the Dynamo's defense has pitched four shut-outs. In comparison, the Astros have only two shut-outs -- and they play every day. They've also been playing with star defender Geoff Cameron, who was injured for a couple of games and has sat because of an impending move to the English Premier League's Stoke City.
The offense has been on fire since the loss. Since then, Garcia, Mac Kandji and Luiz Camargo have become starters and have helped add firepower to a stagnant offense. This week alone, the Dynamo have scored nine goals in three matches, including braces by Calen Carr in Wednesday's win over Sporting Kansas City and a brace by Kandji on Saturday night.
3. Everyone's getting some...
Goals, that is. If you're not scoring in this Dynamo run, it's probably because you're not trying. Kandji got his brace on Saturday, a seventh-minute combination play goal and in the 89 minute on a breakaway. Carr got his goals on Wednesday; Boswell, Davis, Garcia, Brian Ching, and Will Bruin have all tallied as well. Goals have come from the run of play, corner kicks, and the run of play. They've come players' feet, head, and the back of a leg.
2. Dynamo fans are patriotic
As Americans, it's our job to bash Canada every chance we get. We always hate on our little brothers, so letting Canada know how much better we are than them is a must. In the dying moments of Saturday's match, fans at BBVA Compass Stadium were chanting "U-S-A, U-S-A." It was just that perfect reminder to show everyone who reigns supreme in North America.
1. Max points
The win capped off a week for the Dynamo in which they won three games in six nights. Even sweeter for the team is the fact that the first two wins were against teams ahead of them in the standings -- DC United and Sporting KC. The Dynamo have moved to third place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind Sporting and four points behind new Conference leaders New York Red Bulls.
They'll get their chance to move up the standings in the following weeks. They travel up north next weekend to take on Toronto FC, followed by back-to-back games against the Red Bulls, August 3 at BBVA and August 11 at Red Bull Arena in New York.
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