KANSAS CITY, KS – David Horst, Will Bruin and Ricardo Clark each scored and Brad Davis provided two assists as the Dynamo sustained a lightning delay to secure a vital 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Friday night at Sporting Park.
The Dynamo (28 points) trail the New York Red Bulls (31 points) by three points for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Houston is in eighth place, two points behind Philadelphia and New England with nine games remaining in the regular season. New York, Philadelphia and New England each play over the weekend, along with Columbus and Toronto FC, who are tied for third.
The Dynamo came out strong, gaining four corner kicks in the first 17 minutes before a lightning storm caused a weather delay. The teams returned to the locker rooms for a 1-hour, 20-minute delay before returning to the field to resume play. It was Houston’s first weather delay since April 15, 2012, a 1-1 draw at Chicago.
18 minutes after the game resumed, Bruin delivered the Dynamo a 1-0 lead, collecting a deflected cross from Kofi Sarkodie and burying his chance from just behind the penalty spot into the low corner of the net. It was Bruin’s 10th goal this season to reach double digits for the second time in his four-year MLS career. It was also Bruin’s 41st career goal in all competitions with the Dynamo to tie Brad Davis for second on the club’s all-time list.
Sporting KC leveled the score in the 54th minute, as Benny Feilhaber cut behind the Dynamo defense and centered a pass for Dom Dwyer, who finished his chance despite a deflection as Luis Garrido slid to block the shot on its way to the net.
Houston answered eight minutes later from a set piece. Davis delivered a beautiful cross from the left flank and Horst beat his marker to smash a header into the net from four yards for a 2-1 lead. It was Horst’s first goal with the Dynamo and his second career MLS goal.
The Dynamo capitalized on another set piece five minutes later. Davis served another pinpoint service, this time from the right wing, and Clark flicked a header from the center of the penalty area into the low corner of the net for a 3-1 lead. It was Clark’s third goal of the season. All three were assisted by Davis and came from a set piece. With two assists, Davis recorded his 21st career multi-assist game, equaling Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston for fourth on the MLS all-time list.
Leading 3-1, Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was forced to exit the game in the 80th minute with an apparent knee injury. Homegrown goalkeeper Tyler Deric entered as Hall’s replacement and made two saves and handled several crosses over the final ten minutes of regulation plus six minutes of stoppage time to preserve the win.
It was Houston’s first win in Kansas City since Nov. 6, 2011, a 2-0 win in the Eastern Conference Final. It was the Dynamo’s first regular season win at Sporting Park.
The Dynamo return to BBVA Compass Stadium to begin a two-game homestand on Saturday, Sept. 6 when they face the Montreal Impact.