Armed with a new 4-3-3 formation, the Houston Dynamo dominated possession and took down the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday night.
And they did it with a trio of stars -- Brian Ching, Brad Davis and newly acquired designated player Oscar Boniek Garcia.
How new is Boniek Garcia? He arrived in Houston early last week, got two practice sessions in and started for the Orange on Saturday night.
"For a guy to come in -- he just arrived on Tuesday night -- one training session, and to play the way he did, just shows you he's a confident player and a good player," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said of his D.P.
Boniek Garcia went to work early. In the 20th minute, playing on the right side of the field, he sent a pin-point cross into the middle of box to Mac Kandji. Kandji laid the ball off to Davis, who was able to send a left-footed shot to the far-side netting to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead.
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Even though his English is very limited, Honduran international Boniek Garcia was able to find space and create havoc on Philadelphia's back line. "I thought [my teammates and I] understood each other well," Boniek Garcia said. "They showed confidence in me and gave me ball at the right moments."
The Union did make the match interesting in the 46th minute when Keon Daniel tied the game up at 1-1. In the 83rd minute, second half sub Brian Ching was taken down inside the box by Union captain Carlos Valdes, earning the Dynamo their first penalty shot at BBVA. There was no better poetic justice, no better player to take the momentous shot than Ching -- of course, Kinnear was sitting on the sidelines thinking, "Please make it."
Ching stepped up and nailed the PK off the upper 90, giving the Dynamo the lead and the win. "I know every game the crowd has been cheering for me to get one, and I'm thankful for that; they're behind me. I'm just happy that the ball went in and we got three points."
The three amigos and the rest of the Orange look to continue their winning ways Tuesday night as they take on the Chicago Fire at BBVA Compass Stadium for Military Appreciation Night.