Will Bruin picked the right moment to find his goal scoring touch scoring in both the 12th and the 46th minute to lead the Dynamo to a 2-1 win at Toyota Park over the Chicago Fire.
Both of Bruin’s goals came off of Chicago mistakes that the Dynamo punished .
The win now puts the Dynamo into the Eastern Conference semi-finals against their “real” rivals Sporting Kansas City whom they took the season series from 1-0-2.
Rest assured that Sporting KC does not want to be playing the Dynamo!
KEY GOAL 12th minute BRUIN:
This was the key to the match because not only did this shock the Fire but it also gave the Dynamo the huge tactical advantage forcing the Fire out of their defend and counter attack game.
A defender slipped giving Bruin a clear header off a corner that he delivered past a nervous Sean Johnson.
After this goal the Fire looked confused as how to play and clearly were going against the nature of their defend and counter style.
ONE MINUTE IN TO THE SECOND HALF
The Dynamo grabbed goal number two only one minute into the second half after Rico Clark won a huge tackle found Calen Carr who picked out Will Bruin who scored into the far side netting! The emergence of Bruin in the playoffs is a positive and we all know that strikers thrive on confidence!!!
COULD HAVE PUT THEM AWAY
The Dynamo had clear chances through Calen Carr and Mac Kandji to grab third goal and ice this game down but failed to capitalize.
An 82nd minute goal from Alex cut the deficit to one and made it a nervous final few minutes.
Tally Hall once again came up with the huge and timely saves in this one and continues to pad an outstanding season!! The one memorable save will be on Patrick Nyarko in the second half where at full stretch Hall picked the ball out of the corner.
SARKODIE AND ASHE
Credit to the two outside backs.
Ashe was excellent on this night and Sarkodie came up with two very important invterventions defensively including one where he came into the middle to provide cover and block a shot as an outside back.
FIRST EVER PLAYOFF
Sunday will be the first ever playoff game for the Dynamo at BBVA against their real rivals SPORTING KC. The 2:30 kickoff will have the Dynamo going up against the TEXANS and it will be interesting to see a great turn out at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Tickets are available at houstondynamo.com!!!
It has to be duly noted that this coach is as good as it gets in MLS when getting his teams prepared and ready for the playoffs. The Dynamo were once again alive and sharp come playoff time and that lead to setting the tone with the game changing first goal of the game.