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Final: Dynamo Rain On Seattle's Parade, Win 3-1

After playing like Mr. Hyde for most of the season, the Houston Dynamo had a Dr. Jekyll worthy showing against the Seattle Sounders. The team gave fans the performance they have been craving for months, and pick up a vital win at home. An extra bonus is that no Dynamo players received red cards, something fans haven’t seen in the last two week’s of play.

Some quick thoughts on tonight’s match:

  • Colin Clark had an excellent game. He provided the service the forwards needed and was the midfielder Coach Kinnear hoped for when he signed him last season.
  • Brian Ching may not be as young as he once was, but the Dynamo captain still plays with a fire in his belly and his emotions on his sleeve. Captain Ching scored two of Houston’s goals against the Sounders and was the driving force for Houston.
  •  After a few lackluster performances this season, Hunter Freeman played and distributed the ball like a proper right back. His distribution, which has been lacking at times, was excellent. He also managed to be a part of a Dynamo defense that only allowed one goal, which was a penalty.
  • Adam Moffat had an excellent match. How do I know this? Well, he didn’t get kicked out for foul (cough, Lovel Palmer, JeVaughn Watson), he wasn’t afraid to take long range shots on goal, and he anchored Houston’s offense all night, distributing the ball to his teammates and creating attacking opportunities.

All in all, a very good night for Houston, one that, for better or worse, shows how good this team can be when it wants to play with heart and fire. Next weekend’s test in Philadelphia against the Union will show fans if this team’s new found fire will burn a few weeks longer.

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