With a 2-0 shutout of the San Jose Earthquakes, the Houston Dynamo now share the longest MLS home unbeaten streak (in all competitions) in league history at 34 matches. The victory vaulted just three points behind the Montreal Impact for the Eastern Conference lead and ensured the opportunity to surpass the 2010-11 Real Salt Lake squad for sole possession of the record when they return to BBVA Compass Stadium in two weeks.
For San Jose, the defeat has the defending Supporters Shield winners dangling at the edge of the playoff precipice. Through five matches, the most dynamic offense of the past few seasons has mustered just four goals. The Earthquakes have failed to get two-time defending goals leader Chris Wondolowski into the action effectively, the striker once again failing to find his way onto the score sheet.
Houston needed just 17 minutes to put itself ahead for good. Will Bruin notched his first goal of the season just after the quarter-hour mark, finishing off a superb show of skill by Oscar Boniek Garcia that threaded the ball through the Earthquakes defense directly to Bruin’s feet. The striker coolly beat San Jose keeper Jon Busch with the ball for his first goal of the 2013 season and a 1-0 Dynamo lead.
Before halftime the Dynamo would net an insurance marker, as Brad Davis drew Busch from his line before lofting a cross in for a Giles Barnes header in the 42nd. San Jose had no answer before halftime, and the storyline was much the same after the intermission. Inaccurate all night, the Earthquakes managed to test Houston keeper Tally Hall with just one shot on target all match; the goalkeeper was game to the chance, and the Western Conference contenders fell further down the list of pretenders with the defeat.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES @ HOUSTON DYNAMO
BBVA Compass Stadium
March 30, 2013
- 17′ — HOU/Will Bruin (Oscar Boniek Garcia)
- 42′ — HOU/Giles Barnes (Brad Davis)
- HOU (4-1-2-1-2): Tally Hall; Corey Ashe, Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Kofi Sarkodie; Adam Moffat; Brad Davis (Andrew Driver/77′), Oscar Boniek Garcia; Ricardo Clark; Will Bruin (Cam Weaver/83′), Giles Barnes (Brian Ching/70′)
- SJ (4-4-2): Jon Busch; Justin Morrow, Jason Hernandez, Victor Bernardez, Ty Harden; Ramiro Corrales, Rafael Baca (Cordell Cato/61′), Sam Cronin, Shea Salinas (Alan Gordon/68′); Chris Wondolowski, Adam Jahn (Mike Fucito/60′)