HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 02: Cameron Weaver #15 of the Houston Dynamo celebrates his game-tying goal in the second half against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on April 2, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Game Stream: Dynamo Pick Up First Win, Beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1

After opening up the season with one loss and two draws, the Houston Dynamo return home from a two-game MLS road trip in hopes of winning their first game of the season against the Vancouver Whitecaps, one of MLS' newest expansion sides.

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Full Time: Dynamo Pick Up First Win, Beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1

The Houston Dynamo picked up their first win of the MLS season after beating the Vancouver Whtiecaps 3-1 at home on Sunday night.

Dynamo goals came off of Cam Weaver, Bobby Boswell, and rookie Will Bruin, who netted his first professional goal in the 76th minute after an impressive bit of individual skill.

Houston opened up the scoring in the 37th minute after Cam Weaver found the back of the net on a Brad Davis corner kick.

There were flashes of the Dynamo team from 2010 when, just seconds after taking a 1-0 lead, the Dynamo gave up the lead when Camilo netted an equalizer. Camilo smashed a ball past Tally Hall after Davide Chiumiento found Camilo just inside the box.

The Dynamo retook the lead five minutes later when Bobby Boswell’s shot found the back of the net. Boswell received the ball after Brad Davis and Danny Cruz created some space on the left side of the pitch.

Coming out of the half, both teams played physical, and the match was choppy. But the Dynamo were able to capitalize on a chance and extend the lead to 3-1 when Will Bruin picked up a great through ball, tipped it past an onrushing Jay Nolly, and fired in a shot from outside of the box.

Bruin’s goal marks his first goal as a professional in a Major League Soccer game.

Houston was relentless and nearly netted another two goals after the team created additional scoring chances, but were unable to capitalize on their efforts.

Houston now move to 1-2-1 on the season, and will hope to be able to build on tonight’s improved form as the look towards next week’s match-up against the New England Revolution.

Check back here later tonight for more thoughts on the game and post-game quotes and reactions from the players and coaches.

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Sub: Salgado Makes MLS Debut, Garey Enters For Weaver

Both teams went to their bench in the 84th minute, Vancouver bringing on Omar Salgado for Camilo and the Dynamo bringing on Jason Garey for Cam Weaver.

This is Salgado’s first bit of MLS action.

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Chance: Nolly Makes Big Save On Brad Davis Free Kick

Brad Davis nearly gave Houston a three goal lead in the 79th minute after firing in a bending free kick from about 23 yards out. Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly made a huge save on that free kick.

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Sub: Mouloud Akloul Enters Game For Nizar Khalfan

Vancouver used its second substitute of the game when Mouloud Akloul entered the match for Nizar Khalfan in the 79th minute.

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GOAL: Will Bruin Nets First MLS Goal, Dynamo Lead 3-1

What a beauty! Will Bruin netted his first professional goal in the 76th minute after picking up a through ball and tapping past an onrushing Jay Nolly to create space. Bruin then fired in a shot from over 20 yards out, extending Houston’s lead to 3-1.

That will be one for Bruin’s highlight reel.

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Chance: Bruin Nearly Nets First Goal in 70th Minute

Will Bruin nearly netted his first MLS goal in the 70th minute against the Whitecaps after shielding off a defender and ripping a shot on goal. Jay Nolly parried the shot away and out for a Dynamo corner kick.

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Yellow Card: Rochat Hacks Down Cruz, Picks Up A Yellow

Alain Rochat picked up Vancouver’s second yellow card of the night for a hard challenge on Danny Cruz. Cruz stayed down after the challenge but has since returned to play.

The referee initially played the advantage for Houston, but gave the card after play stopped.

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Subs: DeMerit Leaves Injured At Half Time, Teibert Enters Game

Vancouver defender Jay DeMerit left the game at half time, likely aggravating his groin injury, making room for Russell Teibert.

Both Hainault and Camilo returned to the pitch, seemingly recovered from the head-on-head challenge at the end of the half.

Houston made no changes at half time.

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Half Time: Dynamo Lead 2-1 After First Half Goal Spree

The Houston Dynamo go into half time with a 2-1 lead after three goals were scored in a five minute span.

Cam Weaver gave Houston a 1-0 leave in the 37th minute after stretching for a tap-in just inside the six yard box. The ball found it’s way to Weaver from after Bobby Boswell deflected a Brad Davis corner kick.

Just seconds after Cam Weaver gave Houston a 1-0 lead, Davide Chiumiento found Camilo in the box who rocketed a clinical finish past Tally Hall. Hall’s defense let him down there, but Camilo’s strike looked unstoppable. With that assist, Chiumiento now has four assists on the season.

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will not be happy with that lapse from his defense.

Four minutes later Bobby Boswell retook the lead after tapping in a beauty of a cross from Danny Cruz to retake the lead from Vancouver in the 42nd minute of the match.

The half ended with Andre Hainault and Camilo receiving treatment for a head-to-head collision. Hainault seems unlikely to return to the match, and Eddie Robinson is the likely replacement, but Camilo looked to return to the game just as the half time whistle was blown.

More to come from this match after the half time break .

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GOAL: Boswell Gives Houston Lead Again

Bobby Boswell tapped in a beauty of a cross from Danny Cruz to retake the lead from Vancouver in the 42nd minute of the match.

That will be the sort of response Kinnear wants from his team.

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GOAL: Camilo Immediately Equalizes For Vancouver, Game Tied At 1-1

Just seconds after Cam Weaver gave Houston a 1-0 lead, Davide Chiumiento found Camilo in the box who rocketed a clinical finish past Tally Hall. Hall’s defense let him down there, but Camilo’s strike looked unstoppable.

With that assist, Chiumiento now has four assists on the season.

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will not be happy with that lapse from his defense.

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GOAL: Cam Weaver Scores On Corner Kick, Dynamo Up 1-0

Cam Weaver gave Houston a 1-0 leave in the 37th minute after stretching for a tap-in just inside the six yard box. The ball found it’s way to Weaver from after Bobby Boswell deflected a Brad Davis corner kick.

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Yellow Card: Leathers Picks Up First Card Of The Game

Jonathan Leathers picked up the first yellow card of the match after bringing down Brad Davis a yard outside of the box.

The resulting free kick was a good cross to Will Bruin who could not get enough on the ball due to pressure, but earned a corner kick for his effort.

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28the Minute: Cruz's Effort Smashes The Crossbar, Dynamo Edging Closer

Danny Cruz had Houston’s best effort of the half (so far) after his shot smashed the crossbar and went out of bounds for a goal kick. Cruz’s shot came on the end of some great individual skill from the midfielder, who managed to create some space and take the shot from just outside the box.

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25th Minute: Cruz Creates Another Chance For Houston

Danny Cruz continues to threaten from the right wing and just had a cross picked out of the air by Nolly before Cam Weaver could get on the end of it. Cruz has been a bit inconsistent this year, but is already looking much better tonight.

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16th Minute: Camilio Dives Looking For Penalty, Gets No Call

Moments after carving apart the Houston defense, Camilio was one-on-one with Andre Hainault, and decided to run the ball right into the defender. It’s hard to tell if there was contact, but Camilio made the most of the moment and was looking for a penalty and possible red card for Hainault; no call was given.

After seeing a replay, it looks like Camilio dragged his leg behind him to initiate contact.

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11th Minute: Camilio Carves Apart Dynamo Defense, Hall Punches Away

In the 11th minute, Brazilian forward Camilio gave the first showing of his skill after carving apart Houston’s defense before opting to pass instead of shoot. His cross was punched away by an aggressive Tally Hall, who came off his line to make the play. Houston’s defense needs to be aware of the forward and the quickness he brings.

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9th Minute: Chance For Houston, Bruin Heads On Target

Will Bruin nearly gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute after heading a ball on target, but into the arms of Whitecaps goalkeeper, Jay Nolly. Bruin was unable to get much power on the header after colliding with Cam Weaver in the box.

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4th Minute: Dynamo Creating Chances Early

We’re just a few minutes into the game, and Houston has already created a number of good chances in the box. The decision to start Cam Weaver up top has worked, as the tall forward has already won two or three headers. Will Bruin seems hungry for a goal and has been active.

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Line-Ups: Camilio Starts For Vancouver In Place Of Suspended Hassli

Here’s your line-up for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC:

F: Camilio
F: Atiba Harris
M: Jeb Brovsky
M: Alain Rochat
M: Nizar Khalfan
M: Davide Chiumiento
D: Blake Wagner
D: Jay DeMerit ©
D: Michael Bozall
D: Jonathan Leathers
GK: Jay Nolly

Subs: Joe Cannon, Kevin Harmse, Mouloud Akloul, Bilal Duckett, Wes Knight, Omar Salgado, Russell Teibert

The big news from Vancouver’s line-up is the return of United States’ National Team defender, Jay DeMerit, who is coming off of a groin strain. Brazilian forward Camilio gets the start in place of the suspended Eric Hassli, alongside former FC Dallas forward Atiba Harris. Also notable is the inclusion of Omar Salgado, who, for the first time tonight, is eligible to play for the Whitecaps.

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Line-Ups: Ashe Returns To Left Back, Weaver And Bruin Start Up Top

Good news, Dynamo fans, it looks like the injury concerns surrounding Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis have lifted as both players are in Houston's starting XI.  Here is your full line-up for the Houston Dynamo:

F: Will Bruin
F: Cam Weaver
LM: Brad Davis (C)
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

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Preview: Dynamo Look For First Win Against Vancouver Whitecaps

After opening up the season with one loss and two draws, the Houston Dynamo return home from a two-game MLS road trip in hopes of winning their first game of the season. It won't be an easy match, as the two-time champions host former NASL and new expansion side, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The Whitecaps have opened their first MLS season in dramatic fashion; winning their home opener with a 4-2 victory over Toronto FC, dropping a road game to the Philadelphia Union, picking up a last minute draw at home against Sporting Kansas City, and giving up a late lead to the New England Revolution for a 1-1 draw earlier this week. The question remains, can continue their dramatic streak on the road against a physical Dynamo team?

Houston has failed to be overly impressive so far this season, but has still managed to pick up admirable results away from home. After picking up 1-1 draws in Seattle against Sounders FC and in New York against the Red Bulls, capped off by fantastic individual showings from goalkeeper Tally Hall, the Dynamo return to Houston looking to pick up their first win of the season.

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will be forced to field less-than-perfect starting rosters due to a slew of injuries and suspensions on each side of the pitch. Houston will be without starting striker and captain, Brian Ching, who is out for another 1-3 weeks with a rib injury sustained in New York, as well as starting center-defender Jermaine Taylor, who picked up an injury on international duty two weeks ago. Newly acquired forward Calen Carr is still out with a lingering head injury and left-midfielder Brad Davis is listed as questionable with a nagging hamstring strain. There are also some questions about Geoff Cameron's fitness after the midfielder failed to feature in Houston's midweek overtime loss to Sporting Kansas City in a U.S. Open Cup play-in due to an injury.

Whitecaps head coach Teitur Thordarson will also have to dig deep into his reserves to assemble his starting line-up. French forward and designated player, Eric Hassli, is suspended for Sunday's match after picking up a red card in the most unlikely of fashions.

Vancouver will also be without Gershon Koffie who is suspended after picking up a red card against the New England Revolution for leading with and throwing out an elbow in an aerial challenge. Midfielders Michael Nanchoff and Terry Dunfield, and defender Greg Janicki are all listed as out for the match against Houston, while midfielders Shea Salinas and John Thorrington are listed as doubtful. Defender and U.S. Men's National Team standout, Jay DeMerit, is listed as probable after returning to partial fitness following a week out with a groin strain.

One boost for the Whitecaps is that Omar Salgado, the #1 pick (overall) in this past year's MLS SuperDraft will be available for selection for the first this season against Houston.

The Dynamo defense will need to be ready for a tough fight if Salgado gets his first MLS minutes, especially if he is supported by Camilio Sanvezzo, the 23-year-old Brazilian forward who netted two last minute goals in Vancouver's 3-3 draw last week against Sporting Kansas City.

So what will it take for Houston to get all three points today? Solid showings from the Dynamo defense at the start and finish of both halves and maybe a little bit of help from the home crowd.

"They've played most of their games at home and they've got a lot of confidence, but anybody who follows the league knows it's different playing on the road," defender Hunter Freeman said

Team Notes

  • The Houston Dynamo reached a draw for a second consecutive week on the road, settling for a 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Dynamo have 2 points from 3 games on the season, sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Dynamo now open a stretch where they play four of the next five games at home, after coming away with points from back-to-back road games.
  • "In the beginning of the season, when the team is still trying to find its groove," said midfielder Geoff Cameron, "it just shows the character of the team this year, compared to last year, where we could have lost this point (vs. New York). And I think that's a good step in the right direction."
  • On Wednesday, the Dynamo were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 extra time loss to Sporting Kansas City in College Station, Texas. The game's lone goal came on an impressive curling effort from rookie C.J. Sapong, three minutes into the first overtime period.

Injury Report
Houston Dynamo - OUT: FW Calen Carr (concussion); DF Jermaine Taylor (R foot sprain); DOUBTFUL: FW Brian Ching (L rib separation); QUESTIONABLE: MF Brad Davis (L hamstring strain)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC - OUT: MF Michael Nanchoff (groin strain); DF Greg Janicki (R hip contusion); MF Terry Dunfield (groin strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Shea Salinas (R knee sprain); MF John Thorrington (R calf strain); PROBABLE: DF Jay DeMerit (groin strain)

Discipline Report
SUSPENDED: VAN: Gershon Koffie (through April 10); Eric Hassli (through April 10)

Referee Information

  • Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): Corey Rockwell; JAR (opposite): Frank Anderson; 4th: Allen Chapman
  • Marrufo MLS Career Stats: 109 games; 25.2 Fouls Committed/game; 3.3 Yellow Cards/game; 28 Red Cards (career): 40 Penalties (career)

Projected Dynamo Starting XI
F: Will Bruin
F: Jason Garey
LM: Brad Davis
CAM: Geoff Cameron
CDM: Lovel Palmer
RM: Danny Cruz
LB: Corey Ashe
CB: Bobby Boswell (C)
CB: Andre Hainault
RB: Kofi Sarkodie
GK: Tally Hall

Substitutes: Tyler Deric (GK), Cam Weaver, Eddie Robinson, Hunter Freeman, Mike Chabala, Alex Dixon, Francisco Navas Cobo

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Galavision - 6 p.m.
KHOU 11.2 - 6 p.m.
FOX Sports Houston - 6 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.

Check back here closer to kickoff for the full game day roster for both the Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Also, don't forget to follow here for live, in-game updates and feel free to check out Dynamo Theory for Zach's game stream.

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