It seems the Dynamo were tailor-made for the playoffs.
Playing their usual brand of post-season soccer, the Dynamo had a professional 2-1 victory on the road over the Chicago Fire.
Led by a slew of veterans, the Dynamo seemed to put their regular season mistakes behind them. Instead of falling behind early, they flipped the switch on the Fire; coming out aggressively in each half. Their reward: a pair of goals from Will Bruin.
The first tally was vintage Dynamo, a goal from a corner kick. Twelve minutes into the match, Brad Davis delivered a curling cross to the near post. Will Bruin was left unmarked and capitalized with his first career playoff goal.
"After that first goal we had the feeling this was our game,'' Bruin told MLSsoccer.com after the match. "We felt we were playing well under pressure, and getting that goal was a reward for our good play.''
Just seconds into the second half, Calen Carr picked of the Fire in the midfield, and sprung Bruin forward. Bruin hit a diagonal shot just past the Fire goalkeeper for the 2-0 lead.
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Chicago got a goal in the 80th minute of the match, but it was a little too late for the Fire.
"It was a great win," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear told MLSsoccer.com. "We came to a tough place and got a great result. I thought it was a good road win and a good 90 minutes from us."
First playoff game at BBVA Compass Stadium With the win in the Knockout Round, the Dynamo moved on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They'll square off against the East leading Sporting Kansas City in a two-leg aggregate score series. The Dynamo will host the first match, making it the first playoff game at BBVA Compass Stadium. That game will be played on Sunday at 2:30 pm.
The Dynamo went undefeated at home in the 2012 regular season, including a 2-1 victory over Sporting on July 18. The two teams drew both games at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The Dynamo beat Sporting Kansas City at LIVESTRONG in last year's Eastern Conference Final.