Dynamo in Champions League: All Is Well with Tim Hanley in Charge
If there's one thing the Houston Dynamo don't do, it's lose a match at BBVA Compass Stadium. And after last night's CONCACAF Champions League victory over Santos Laguna, they showed they'll do the same thing to Mexican opponents as they do to MLS clubs...
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Force them to listen to DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win."
Tuesday's CCL affair ended with late-game heroics similar to Saturday night's season-opening win over DC United. And just as in the DC game, it was the second-half subs that made the difference for the Orange.
Brad Davis, who came in at the start of the second half, was the hero against Santos. In the 89th minute, Davis sprung Corey Ashe free down the left side. Ashe dribbled to the edge of the penalty box, where he laid a soft pass back to Davis. Davis ripped a low shot into the far netting, giving the Dynamo the 1-0 lead.
A minute later, Andrew Driver nearly doubled the lead for the Dynamo. He couldn't control the pass that Will Bruin played for him inside the 18, and ended up stumbling onto the pitch.
"I don't think he's used to playing on such good fields," Dynamo goalkeepers coach Tim Hanley told Hair Balls. "And the balls that we use here are bigger, and he got fouled by the ball."
Those were jokes, by the way, from a very animated interim head coach. Normal head coach Dominic Kinnear was suspended for Tuesday's match for being sent off in their last group-stage match with Olimpia of Honduras. Coaching with the interim tag during CCL has become an all-too familiar affair for Hanley.
"I seem to always get more involved in CONCACAF," Hanley said.