No Brian Ching, no problem.
No Luis Angel Landin, no problem
Without their two star forwards, the Dynamo were able to cruise to a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA this past Saturday at Robertson Stadium. The shutout was the team's first this season.
12 minutes into the game, Dynamo midfielder Corey Ashe found a wide open Geoff Cameron on the top of the box. Cameron struck a low shot past the Goats keeper Zach Thornton to open up the scoring. Head coach Dominic Kinnear was happy to see Cameron's continued improvement on offense.
"I was encouraging Geoff to make late runs from midfield. It was a great ball from Corey and a great finish."
In the 19 minute, Jamaican international Lovel Palmer (who was making his first MLS start) took a rocket of a shot from 40-yards out to make it 2-0. While the goal was a total shock to almost everyone at Robertson Stadium, Kinnear knew of Palmer's ability to shoot from range -- the Texans' search for Kris Brown's replacement should start over on Cullen Blvd.
After the game, Palmer was keen on showing the organization his gratitude for bringing him stateside. "Coach Dom brought me here for a reason. He paid good money for me to leave Jamaica and come here, and I'm just trying to repay the favor. I'm here to just play as well as possible for the Dynamo and try to help them win the championship."
The Dynamo still weren't done scoring. In the second half, Brad Davis made a great touch to go around an incoming Chivas defender and position himself just wide of the goal. When Thornton came out to prevent a shot on goal, Davis chipped it to a wide-open Dominic Oduro who just tapped it in.
This three goal barrage was exactly what the Dynamo needed to cure themselves from the disastrous showing last week against the Galaxy. And it came against Chivas USA, who the Dynamo should be calling them their bitch. The Orange own Chivas USA -- the Goats have never won at Robertson Stadium, and Dynamo extended their overall unbeaten streak against them to 10 games.
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The Dynamo had a huge improvement on shots this past weekend. They had a total of 10 shots, four of them being shots on goal. Against the Galaxy two weeks ago, they had half as many shots and none of them were on target. It was clearly an emphasis in practice.
What wasn't emphasized in practice was how to celebrate after a goal. After his goal, Cameron did his patented bunny hop celebration, though he didn't take his shoes off. Oduro did take his right shoe off after his goal and juggled it around. His explanation...
"My shoes are hot. It's going to be hot from now on. It's a goal, and the shoes are hot." Yeah, ok Dom, let's make another goal or two before we proclaim to have "hot shoes."