All the hype was around the return of Clint Dempsey last night at BBVA Compass Stadium and for good reason.
Dempsey started his first MLS game on his return from the EPL but when the dust settled Dynamo striker Giles Barnes took a bow and the Dynamo took a 3-1 win and a vital three points to keep pace in the Eastern Conference.
Barnes scored two stunning goals and an up and down night saw the Dynamo see out the win.
Seattle struggled mightily in the center back position with Djimi Traore and Patrick Ianni.
To make matters worse in the early stages Osvaldo Alonso was caught to high up the field and failed to protect them giving great space to the Dynamo behind their midfield.
Pressure was mounting on the striker to start scoring goals and he produced two “beauties” but more importantly worked better in combination with Will Bruin.
Two strikers need to play as ONE and they did on this night.
After good work from Will Bruin, Barnes made space for himself at an angle past Sounders cb Djimi Traore and rifled a finish into the far upper corner to stake the Dynamo to a 1-0 in the 17th minute.
Only five minutes later Barnes would “unleash the fury” as Seattle allowed him to turn and with real conviction Barnes fired a blurry white orb past Michael Gspurning in goal for the Sounders to make it 2-0 at halftime.
JOSEPH SCORES ON HEADER
The Dynamo did not defend this header well and all of a sudden the Sounders were back in it and pressing the Dynamo who looked uncomfortable. Brad Evans came on and made a difference for Seattle who hit the post via Lamar Neagle and nearly tied the game.
Will Bruin would then pounce on a header that hit the crossbar , swivel and fire in a great goal to make it 3-1 and then the Dynamo would manage the game out.
SHARP/LAPSES IN CONCENTRATION
The Dynamo looked sharp on the ball on this night, and could only be criticized for a few self inflicted mistakes and moments where concentration waned. The elimination of these mistakes will be vital down the stretch run here .
OUTSIDE BACKS IMPRESSIVE
Both Cory Ashe and Kofi Sarkodie had solid games in the outside back position helping to control wide areas. Sarkodie continues to add the element of joining in to the attack in a timely manner and play some dangerous driven balls into the box.
He has also provided an outlet and support from behind.
It is hard to think of the Dynamo without this Honduran international in the lineup.
Again outstanding with his attitude, effort and two way play.
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