There's a reason why Houston professional sports were meant to be played indoors. If the scorching summer days at BBVA Compass Stadium weren't reason enough, the monsoon that swept through the area Saturday night made the Dynamo's match against the New England Revolution a sloppy affair.
Once the rain finally subsided in the second half, the Dynamo were able to knock in a pair of late goals to edge the Revs 2-0.
"I think everyone tonight really showed a lot of character," Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell said. "It wasn't the greatest conditions; I don't think we've had a rainy game like that in a long time."
In the 77th minute, Brad Davis slipped to the edge of the box, sending a close, low cross to midfielder Ricardo Clark. The defensive midfielder showed his offensive skill set as he redirected the ball to the far post, bouncing in to give the Orange a one-goal lead. In stoppage time, Boniek Garcia added an insurance goal to give the Dynamo the final 2-0 margin.
Coming into Saturday's match, the Dynamo were a point ahead of the Columbus Crew for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. During halftime, the Dynamo learned the Crew had beaten the Philadelphia Union 3-2 on a stoppage-time goal. Knowing that his team had been momentarily leap-frogged in the playoff seedings, head coach Dominic Kinnear preached being mentally tough for the last 45 minutes.
"It's something that you have to have," Kinnear said. You can't just turn it on and turn it off. I think we had a good little talk at halftime, and I think the second half was a little more of determined group than it was in the first half."
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The win extends the Dynamo's home unbeaten streak during the MLS regular season to 23 games, second most all-time league history. Defending their house is a subject the Dynamo are proud of.
"We're tough at home for a reason," Boswell said. "Sometimes it ain't the prettiest, but we're still undefeated and we're getting wins when we need them. "
The win keeps the Dynamo in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.Only three games remain in the season before the MLS Cup Playoffs start. Next on the docket for the Orange, a home date next Saturday against the Montreal Impact.