Giles Barnes scored two goals, including a stunning blast from 30 yards, and Will Bruin added a third as the Houston Dynamo secured a 3-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC before a sellout crowd at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.
The Dynamo (10-7-6; 36 points) remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference but have pulled closer to their rivals. Houston is two points back of the Montreal Impact (11-7-5; 38 points and Philadelphia Union (10-7-8; 38 points) and three points behind the New York Red Bulls (11-8-6; 39 points) and Sporting Kansas City (11-7-6; 39 points).
It was Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear’s 124th career win as an MLS head coach. The ten-year coaching veteran is now tied with Bob Bradley for third on the league’s all-time wins list.
Kinnear only trails Sigi Schmid (182 wins) and Bruce Arena (155 wins).
Houston travels to Trinidad to face W Connection on Tuesday in the opening game of its
CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Next Saturday, it will visit Montreal for a key meeting between teams two points apart in the Eastern Conference Standings.
After not scoring in MLS play since May 8, Barnes scored twice in the first half for his first two-goal game with the Dynamo.
Bruin received a pass 30 yards from goal and spun past his marker before racing toward the end line. He played it back to Barnes, who took two touches before firing a shot into the far corner for a 1-0 lead.
It was Bruin’s co-team leading sixth assist of the season. It was also his 11th career regular season assist to tie Ricardo Clark and Dwayne De Rosario for eighth on the franchise list.
Four minutes later, Barnes received a short pass from Brad Davis in the middle of the field. He turned and fired a missile from 30 yards into the upper corner for a sensational goal and 2-0 advantage. It was Barnes’s sixth goal of the season.
Midway through the second half, the Sounders cut the deficit in half. Marc Burch delivered a set piece from near the corner flag and Shalrie Joseph rose above the crowd to head the cross into the net for his first goal of the season.
The Dynamo responded with the final goal of the night nine minutes later on a well-deserved team goal. A Houston throw in led to Kofi Sarkodie in space near the right corner flag. He delivered an excellent cross in the path of substitute Warren Creavalle, who drove a firm header off the crossbar from 12 yards. The rebound fell between Davis and Brad Evans, and Davis won the header, directing it to Bruin, who used one touch to drive his shot past Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning for a 3-1 win.
It was Bruin’s sixth goal of the season. He and Barnes are tied for the team lead.
It was also Bruin’s 23rd career regular season goal. With his next, he’ll tie De Rosario for third on the club list.
It was also the second time in three games that Bruin had a goal and assist in a game.
Bruin’s goal was the second assist of the night for Davis, who is tied for the team lead with Bruin with six assists this season. It was also Davis’ first two-assist game of the season.
Davis now has 98 career regular season assists and is two shy of 100 and three behind Marco Etcheverry for sixth on the league’s all-time assist list.
Houston’s is now 4-1-1 in its last six games.
Goalkeeper Tally Hall earned his 50th career win in all competitions. Pat Onstad is the club leader with 67.
It was Corey Ashe’s 161st career start in all competitions with the Dynamo. He is tied with Brian Ching for sixth on the franchise list. It was also Ashe’s 127th career regular season start with the Dynamo to tie Brian Mullan for fourth on the club list.
It was Ricardo Clark’s 170th career game in all competitions with the Dynamo. He is tied with Onstad for sixth on the franchise list. It was also his 125th career regular season start with Houston.