Dynamo 2, Earthquakes 0

The Houston Dynamo continue to be unbeatable at home across all
competitions.

Will Bruin and Giles Barnes scored in the first half and the
Dynamo won their second straight match, defeating the San Jose
Earthquakes 2-0 Saturday night.

With the win, Houston tied the record for the MLS home unbeaten
streak in all competitions of 34 set by Real Salt Lake from
2009-11. Houston is one game from tying the MLS regular-season
record for longest home unbeaten streak of 29 set by Real Salt Lake
during the same period. The Dynamo have not lost a home game in the
MLS or international competition since dropping a 2-0 decision to
Columbus on June 18, 2011.

Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear downplayed tying the
all-competitions record.

”You don’t get anything for it,” he said. ”You get a lot of
points and get asked a lot of questions and a lot of satisfaction
on a week-to-week basis, but in the end it goes down in a
statistical record book. You don’t get a T-shirt or a hat or a ring
for it. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it to the guys
once.”

”Your focus is on 90 minutes,” Kinnear added. ”You can’t
focus on the past 33 games at home. I’m happy for the guys, but we
still have 30 games left in the season instead of concentrating on
the streak. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful accomplishment and
I’m glad I’m part of the group that’s done it, but there is still a
lot of stuff to be thought about as well.”

Houston (3-1-0) took a 1-0 lead on Bruin’s goal in the 17th
minute. Oscar Boniek Garcia fed Bruin from outside the right box
into the middle box, and Bruin put it in the left net from 8 yards
out. The goal was Houston’s first score in the first half this
season.

”I thought we started off really well,” Barnes said. ”We work
really hard for each other, so there is a great foundation. We knew
as soon as we got the first goal we could carry on pressing. As we
came on at halftime, we knew we just had to keep on pressing and we
could keep them out.”

The Earthquakes (2-2-1), which saw their three-game unbeaten
streak end, missed a chance to take a 1-0 lead right before Bruin’s
goal, with Ty Harden charging down the middle and bouncing a corner
kick over the crossbar.

The Dynamo extended their lead to 2-0 in the 42nd minute on
Barnes’ header. Brad Davis sent a cross into the middle of the box
from outside the upper right box, and Barnes put it inside the near
post from 10 yards out.

Barnes gave credit to Davis on the play for setting him up with
what Barnes called ”an incredible cross.”

San Jose had a chance to get on the board in second-half
stoppage, but Chris Wondolowski’s header from the left box hit off
the left post.

Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop gave credit to Houston for
the win, but added that the slow start did not help his team.

”It’s disappointing to lose the match,” Yallop said. ”I think
we didn’t start well at all, conceded a very early goal which put
us on our heels, and then if we don’t concede the second one before
half time, we still have a chance to get back in the match. I think
the second half display was a lot better than first, but we had
some good chances to score and we didn’t.”