Depleted Dynamo Draw To Keep Home Unbeaten Streak Alive
And just like a baseball purist will tell you there's plenty of excitement in a 1-0 game, futbol aficionados can find suspense in a draw. For both injury-depleted teams -- the Rapids a hell of a lot more -- the draw is more of a reminder of points left on the table.
Aside from the first heat-rash of the season, here are five things Hair Balls took from Sunday match at BBVA.
5. Will Bruin turned facilitator
The third-year striker has dramatically improved his hold-up play during his short career. Practicing alongside Brian Ching will do that to young lad. A lot of the best chances the Dynamo had were because Bruin was able to hold the ball up top, and then let his midfielders make runs toward goal.
Both Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis nearly scored off Bruin's play in the first half. Down 1-0 in the 66th minute, it was Bruin's hold-up play that sprung Giles Barnes, allowing him to rifle a shot from distance into goal for the equalizer.
4. Barnes knew it was going in
Maybe not that shot specifically, but he knew he'd be on the stat sheet come the final whistle. Before the match, Barnes had a Nostradamus-like prophecy: impending doom for Rapids via a shot off his boot.
A lazy, ticky-tack goal just wouldn't do; it wouldn't be befitting of such a vision. No, No... It had to be grand. His 66th minute blast from the top of the 18-yard box was more just.