Dynamo Open Up BBVA with a Bang
Check out our slideshow from this weekend's first game in the new Dynamo Stadium.
Photo by Marco Torres
First achievements are always special. A baby's first step; special. Your first day of school or your first time having sex -- both very special moments.
The Houston Dynamo officially unveiled BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday in front of 22,039 orange-clad fans. For the players walking down the tunnel for the first time, it was like taking their first baby steps -- a special occasion.
Once the match officially started at 4 p.m., it was like the first day of school for the Dynamo -- special.
And for Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, who scored the game's lone goal, it was like his first time having sex...
"Pure joy... those moments are tough to put into words," Davis said about the goal, not about coitus. "To be here and to have that happen is pretty special."
It took awhile for the match to really get going. Perhaps nerves played a factor, but the Dynamo didn't really get going until just before the half. The second half was almost all Dynamo, as they came out of the gate strong, putting constant pressure on DC United's back four.
In the 67th minute, six seasons of hard work finally paid off as Davis christened BBVA with its first goal, a rocket past DCU keeper Bill Hamid. "I'm happy for Brad [Davis], to be the first guy to score here," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said after the match. "I thought it was appropriate; it was a wonderful goal.
"The roar of the crowd after we scored the goal was very impressive; we need to hear that more often."
Defensively, the Dynamo kept Dwayne De Rosario and company at bay, limiting the Red and Black to just three shots. "We pride ourselves in defending," Kinnear told Hair Balls. "I thought we defended better than the last time out against DC, and I think that helps you win games."
The Dynamo have a short turnaround as they play their first night game at BBVA on Tuesday against the Portland Timbers. The match will be game 3 of 4 in a span of 11 days, and Kinnear expects to change the starting lineup a bit.
"I think it would be an absolute crime to ask these guys to play another 90 minutes. Hopefully the weather will cool down as we prepare for the game. So we'll make some changes," he said.
Still, the players took the rest of their Saturday basking in the moment that was. For Davis, one of the last two remaining players that made the move from San Jose in 2006, getting the win in their inaugural match was...special.
"The fans have been with us through thick and thin," he said. "To be able to come out here, get the win, I think we couldn't have written the script any better. "
Check out our slideshow of the BBVA Compass Stadium opening.
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