Danny Cruz scored in the 10th minute to help propel the Houston Dynamo to a disturbingly easy 2-0 win over D.C. United this evening at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. Dominic Oduro added a classy finish ten minutes into the second half to all but seal the deal for the home standing Dynamo who were missing three of their normal starters due to international matches. United of course was missing their usual contingent of injured players but it only took ten minutes before this match was pretty much over.
Luis Landin, the Mexican Designated Player for the Dynamo, started the goalscoring sequence when he muscled off Carey Talley and fed a wide open Danny Cruz on the right wing busting in on goal. The young American’s shot eluded Troy Perkins and ricocheted off the far post to give Houston a 1-0 lead. After that you could tell that United just wasn’t up for the fight. With a season that has gone wrong in every direction, United soldiered on to very little effect. A defense that has made a bit of a bounce back after a rough start to the season took two steps back tonight as they were torched all night long. If not for a number of saves from Perkins, this score could have been embarrassingly bad.
United somehow managed to make it to halftime without allowing another goal but it only took ten minutes before the game was really over. Dominic Oduro smashed in a volley from ten yards that gave Perkins no chance and the game was essentially over. United tried in vain to push forward but their continued disharmony going forward was evident by a number of poor passes, bad touches and shots that didn’t even come close to testing Houston back up goalkeeper Tally Hall. United did manage to get their first shot on goal in the 70th minute courtesy of Christian Castillo but that really was the extent of United’s offense for the evening.
United will now head back to DC and look forward to their exhibition match on Wednesday versus A.C. Milan at RFK Stadium. United will face Chivas USA this upcoming weekend at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening.