Dynamo Win Season Opener, Await Mexican Opposition
One, the Dynamo have yet to lose against MLS opposition at BBVA Compass Stadium.
And two, United has never won in Houston, going a combined 0-7-1 lifetime in the Bayou City.
So without suspended star Dwayne De Rosario, United figured it would be best to defend and look for the counter whenever possible. That plan worked to perfection -- at least for the first 80 minutes.
United shot themselves in the foot by committing an own goal, off a Brad Davis corner kick, no less. Suddenly, this defense-first-minded side had to open themselves up in search of an equalizer. That's when Ricardo Clark went to work.
Nine minutes after the James Riley own-goal, Dynamo second half substitute Warren Creavalle worked some wizardry down the right baseline, eluding DC defenders. Just outside the six-yard box, he found Ricardo Clark, who rifled home the insurance goal, putting an end to United's comeback bid.
In a game almost entirely dominated by the Dynamo, Clark was perhaps the most influential. Aside from dealing DC the final blow, Clark was wrestling with Riley during Davis's 80th-minute corner kick. It was the physicality that disrupted Riley just enough to commit the own goal.
"I think I had a case for a foul, but I don't think the ref is going to call a foul on that instance; he's not going to give away a PK," Clark told Hair Balls. "I just wanted to get my body in the way, create as much havoc as possible."
The game, in the eyes of Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, was very physical.