HOUSTON - APRIL 17: Hunter Freeman #21 of the Houston Dynamo celebrates his goal the in 86th minute against the New England Revolution at Robertson Stadium on April 17, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 1-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Final: Dynamo Manage 1-0 Win Over New England In Scrappy Match

The Houston Dynamo managed two wins in a row Sunday night after a late goal from Hunter Freeman secured a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

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Highlights: Hunter Freeman Hand Ball Wins The Match For Houston, Cruz Leaves Injured

Here are you full match highlights, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.

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Final Stats: Stats Don't Lie, Dynamo Dominate The Match

New England Revolution (1-2-3) vs. Houston Dynamo (2-1-2)
April 17, 2011 -- Robertson Stadium
Attendance: 15,176

Goals By Period 1 2 Total
New England Revolution 0 0 0
Houston Dynamo 0 1 1

Scoring Summary:
HOU -- Hunter Freeman 1 (unassisted) 86

New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Franco Coria (Ryan Cochrane 79), A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Zak Boggs, Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney, Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 79), Rajko Lekic, Marko Perovic.

Substitutes Not Used: Kheli Dube, Otto Loewy, Sainey Nyassi, Ilija Stolica, Bobby Shuttleworth.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Zak Boggs 2, Marko Perovic 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Zak Boggs 1); FOULS: 9 (Stephen McCarthy 4); OFFSIDES: 1 (Rajko Lekic 1); CORNER KICKS: 1 (Marko Perovic 1); SAVES: 7 (Matt Reis 7)

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Hunter Freeman, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Danny Cruz (Colin Clark 75), Geoff Cameron, Lovel Palmer, Brad Davis, Cam Weaver, Will Bruin (Jason Garey 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Mike Chabala, Alex Dixon, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Tyler Deric.

TOTAL SHOTS: 26 (Will Bruin 9); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Will Bruin 3); FOULS: 8 (Cam Weaver 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Geoff Cameron 1); CORNER KICKS: 12 (Brad Davis 12); SAVES: 1 (Tally Hall 1)

The Dynamo played without forwards Calen Carr (concussion), Brian Ching (rib separation), and Sergio Koke (visa); midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson (visa); and defender Jermaine Taylor (foot sprain).

Next Match: Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo at Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Next Home Match: Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. D.C. United, Robertson Stadium

The most impressive stat of the night has to be Houston's 26 total shots, resulting in 8 shots on goal.  Ahead of the season, many were concerned about Houston's attacking group, especially given captain Brian Ching's injury struggles, but those concerns seem to have gone away with the success of the Cam Weaver and Will Bruin tandem.


Final: Dynamo Manage Scrappy Win, Beat New England 1-0

It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy, but the Dynamo improved to 2-1-2 on the season after beating the New England Revolution 1-0.

The Dynamo dominated the game and had a number of chances, but left it late before managing to get the winning goal.

The forward tandem of Will Bruin and Cam Weaver proved successful again for Houston as the pair managed to create a number of chances on goal.

Houston appeared to score a goal early in the second half after the ball ping-ponged around the box before Cam Weaver’s shot crossed the line. Referee Alex Prus looked to his linesman before waving the goal off, claiming it did not cross the line. Replays shown at the stadium indicated that the ball did cross the line and Houston should have been awarded with a goal.

Late in the match it looked like Houston were going to only manage a draw, but defender Hunter Freeman managed to score with just minutes left after tapping in a goal after a corner kick scrum. Cam Weaver set up Freeman after his header smashed the crossbar and ricocheted into Freeman, before finding the back of the net.

Houston now have a win-streak after picking up wins against the Vancouver Whitecaps and now the New England Revolution.

Check back here for post-match audio, stats, and more.


Injury Report: Danny Cruz Suffers Bruised Right Knee

The injury report for Danny Cruz was just delivered and it looks like the young midfielder suffered a bruised right knee. It is unknown how long the bruise will keep out Cruz, but more information will be reported as we receive it.


Sub: Bruin Substituted For Jason Garey

A worn out Will Bruin was substituted off late in the match in favor of the fresh legs of Jason Garey late in the match.


GOAL: Freeman Scores On Goal Line Scrap

Defender Hunter Freeman scored his first goal of the season after tapping in a goal while standing on the goal line. Freeman was in the six yard box as part of a corner kick and did enough to hold off Matt Reis and the rest of the Revolution defense.

Freeman’s goal was the result of some scrappy play and was possible after forward Cam Weaver’s header blasted and then ricocheted off the bar and straight back down inside of the box.

Houston now have a 1-0 lead over New England.


Sub: Coria And Schilawski Exit For New England

In the 79th minute, New England subbed off forward Zach Schilawski for Kenny Mansally and Franco Coria for former Houston Dynamo defender, Ryan Cochrane.

These are New England’s first two substitutes of the game.


Sub: Colin Clarke Enters For Injured Cruz

Colin Clark entered the game for the injured Danny Cruz in the 75th minute of the match. This was the first substitute by either team so far.


Injury: Cruz Leaves Game With Ankle Injury

Danny Cruz left the game in the 75th minute after picking up what appeared to be an ankle injury. Cruz was battered in tonight’s match and took a knock to the head in the first half.


71st Minute: Dynamo Creating Chances, Still Unable Convert

With just about 19 minutes left in the match, the Houston Dynamo continue to find chances on goal. Unfortunately, aside from the goal that was incorrectly ruled off, the team has been unable to find the back of the net.

With limited time left, it is hard to see who Houston could bring off of the bench to break the deadlock.


Chance: Weaver Shot Hits Crossbar

Cam Weaver again nearly gave the Dynamo the lead after his shot hit the underside of the crossbar. This chance came minutes after a Dynamo goal was incorrectly ruled to not have crossed the line.


No Call: Dynamo Goal Ruled Off

The Houston Dynamo managed to have a shot cross the goal line in the 55th minute, but the goal was ruled off by the referee for not crossing the line. On the replay, the ball crossed the line and it was a bad call from the referee.


Half Time Stats: Dynamo Dominate Across The Board

Here are your half times stats for Sunday night's match between the Dynamo and Revolution.

New England Revolution

Total Shots: 4 (4 tied with 1), Shots On Goal: 0, Fouls: 5 (McCarthy 3), Offside: 1 (Lekic), Corner Kicks: 0, Saves: 5


Houston Dynamo

Total Shots: 13 (Will Bruin - 6), Shots On Goal: 5 (Brad Davis - 2), Fouls: 5 (Cam Weaver - 2), Offside: 0, Corner Kicks: 3 (Brad Davis - 3), Saves:0


Misconduct Summary



Half Time: Dynamo Dominating Everything But The Scoreline

After one half of action, it’s all tied at 0-0 between the Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution.

Houston has dominated all aspects of the game, but has been unable to convert chances on goal into actual goals.

Will Bruin came close to scoring twice, and Bobby Boswell nearly gave Houston the advantage half way through the first 45 minutes of play.

Check back here for half time stats once they are available.


Injury: Danny Cruz Takes A Shot To The Head

Danny Cruz went down with what appeared to be a head injury in the 39th minute. Cruz has been battered around a bit tonight but should come back from this in a few moments.

Update: Moments later Cruz returned to action. Looks like it was a knock more than an injury.


Chance: Boswell Nearly Nets Two In Two

Bobby Boswell nearly netted his second goal in two games after his header was stuck right into the chest of Matt Reis. Boswell was up the field after a Brad Davis free kick.

The Dynamo need to convert one of these chances on goal.


Chance: Bruin Heads Just Wide

In the 17th minute, Will Bruin’s diving header went just wide of Matt Reis’ goal. Bruin was fed the ball by Cam Weaver, who has looked spectacular so far this game, creating space and taking on defenders.

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear has to be happy with the way his team looks right now.

Bruin’s miss came just a moment after Rajko Lekic created some space in Houston’s box before seeing his shot deflected and cleared away.


Chance: Bruin Heads Just Over The Bar

Houston continue to press and create scoring chances, already having three in the first 11 minutes.

Cam Weaver was denied a shot inside the box at the last minute.

The resulting corner kick from Brad Davis found Will Bruin in the box, but his header was just over the bar.


Chance: Bruin's Shot Cleared Off The Line

Will Bruin had Houston’s first chance of the night in the 4th minute when his shot was cleared off the line by Revolution defender A.J. Soares.

The play developed after Brad Davis created some space and took a shot from outside the box. Reis punched the ball back into the box to Cam Weaver, whose shot was blocked into Will Bruin’s path. Bruin lined up a quality chance that Soares cleared off the line.

Great stuff from Houston to open up the match.


Quick Thoughts Ahead Of Tonight's Match

  • The Dynamo are wearing their special Earth Day white jerseys, which look pretty slick.
  • New England is starting the game in a 5-3-2 formation, which could be difficult for Houston to break down.  Against the Union, the Dynamo struggled to break down and stout defense, and tonight could have the same problems.
  • Corey Ashe starts the game at left back for the third game in a row.  Coach Kinnear obviously has confidence in Ashe, and, so far, Ashe has performed well.

Line-Ups: Revolution Forced To Contend Without Phelan, Joseph

Here’s your starting XI for the New England Revolution:

F: Zach Schilawski
F: Rajko Lekic
M: Stephen McCarthy
M: Marko Perovic
M: Zak Boggs
D: Chris Tierney
D: A.J. Soares
D: Franco Coria
D: Darrius Barnes
D: Kevin Alston
GK: Matt Reis

Subs: Bobby Shuttleworth, Sainey Nyassi, Ilija Stolica, Ryan Cochrane, Kheli Dube, Otto Loewy, Kenny Mansally


Line-Ups: Dynamo Retain Same Line-Up From Win Over Vancouver

Here’s Houston’s starting line-up for Sunday night’s match against the New England Revolution.

F: Will Bruin
F: Cam Weaver
LM: Brad Davis ©
CAM: Geoff Cameron
CDM: Lovel Palmer
RM: Danny Cruz
LB: Corey Ashe
CB: Bobby Boswell
CB: Andre Hainault
RB: Hunter Freeman
GK: Tally Hall

Subs: Tyler Deric (GK), Mike Chabala, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Colin Clark, Alex Dixon, Jason Garey


Game Cast: Dynamo Look To Build Momentum Against New England Revolution

The Houston Dynamo look to make it two wins in a row Sunday night when they host Eastern Conference rivals, the New England Revolution.

New England are looking to bounce back after last week's 2-0 loss to MLS leaders Real Salt Lake.  It will be tough going for New England as the team is without captain Shalrie Joseph and Pat Phelan, who both received red cards in last week's match. 

The Dynamo will still be without captain Brian Ching, who is one week closer to recovering from his rib injury.  Starting center back Jermaine Taylor will also be out with a foot injury. 

New signings Sergio Koke and JeVaughn Watson are not in town yet, but could feature as early as next week when Houston take on the Chicago Fire

Check back here for in game updates and opinions.

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