MLS Cup Playoffs: Dynamo Dominate Post-Season Newbs
There were signs all around town leaning toward impending doom for the Montreal Impact. The fact that the heavy rains that plagued the area late Wednesday arrived as the Impact's plane landed in Houston. Or perhaps that the rain clouds over downtown cleared just before kickoff -- leaving an orange sunset over BBVA Compass Stadium.
Photo by Danny Lopez They came with with tricks and left with treats on Halloween night. Can the Dynamo duplicate their performance against the East's top seed?
Or maybe it was the pumpkin spice latte that was so perfectly crafted for me earlier in the day -- pumpkin being the color orange.
Either way, the Impact had ample warning the Dynamo were coming for the 3-0 rout in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Dynamo now await the Supporter's Shield-winning New York Red Bulls for a two-game aggregate goal series -- beginning Sunday afternoon at BBVA.
Here are five things we learned from BBVA on Halloween night.
5. Bruin continues playoff form
Coming into the season, Dynamo F Will Bruin had high expectations. He was coming off a career year in which he netted 12 goals in 2012, and performed remarkably in the playoffs. He even earned a cap for the US Men's National Team when they had their friendly here at BBVA back in January.
But the season didn't turn out quite the way Bruin had expected, and he produced fewer goals in 2013. However, the playoffs are a new season, and Bruin capitalized with two world-class finishes to help lift the Dynamo -- and his confidence.
"He got great enjoyment out of that second goal," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said after the match. "I think it was one of those where he'd been knocked down quite a lot all night, and he kept on plugging along. And it was one of those 'You're not stopping me this time.'"
4. Clark making late case for Brazil 2014
Matt Doyle of MLSsoccer.com asked the question during their post-game analysis: "Why isn't Ricardo Clark in the fray for the USMNT?"
Clark covered more ground on Thursday night than any other player in the match. He was superb on the defensive side, as is usually the case. But it was his presence on the ball pushing forward that had the Dynamo firing on all cylinders. And never was it more evident than on his back-heel assist to Bruin for the first goal.