Chivas USA 1-4 Houston Dynamo: A Tale Of Two Ends

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May 3, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin (12) and midfielder Giles Barnes (23) celebrate Bruin

In what was essentially a mismatch before the game even got underway, Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo got fresh wind in their sails, sinking Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA 4-1, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Here are six things we learned from this one-sided affair at the Hub between Chivas USA and the Houston Dynamo.

1. Erick Torres’ hotstreak rolls on

Early on in the first half, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis fouled Carlos Alvarez in the penalty area, forcing a conversion from Eric Torres in the sixth minute to give Chivas USA an early 1-0 lead on Houston.

2. Brad Davis redeems himself minutes later

However, the lead would be short-lived. In the 10th minute, Davis opened up his scoring account with a solid equalizer into the bottom right corner to make it 1-1.

3. Here comes Giles Barnes

It wouldn’t be long before a certain Giles Barnes joined the scoring party. Houston Dynamo midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia delivered a pass to Barnes in the 32nd minute to open his account for the season and give the Houston Dynamo a 2-1 lead.

4. Dancing Bear delivers more of Dat Orange Crush

In the second minute of first half extra time, Corey Ashe’s pass found Will Bruin for his fifth goal of the season to make it 3-1 Dynamo, and the rout was on. Andrew Driver also earned an assist on this goal.

Chivas USA Houston Dynamo
2 Attempts on Goal 9
1 Shots on Target 4
0 Shots off Target 2
1 Blocked Shots 3
1 Corner Kicks 2
7 Fouls 8
5 Open Play Crosses 7
1 Offsides 1
0 First Yellow Cards 0
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
28 Duels Won 27
50% Duels Won % 49%
153 Total Pass 259
79% Passing Accuracy % 82%
37.8% Possession 62.1%

5. Melia’s misery comes to head

In the 67th minute, Chivas goalkeeper Tim Melia, filling in for Dan Kennedy was sent off via the DOGSO rule for fouling Will Bruin in the box. This brought up a relative unknown named Trevor Spangenberg from Missouri State to take over in goal. Barnes converted in the 69th minute to complete his brace and make it 4-1 Houston.

6. Houston dominate a number of key match stats

If you take a look at the match statistics, Houston won a number of key categories, including attempts on goal, total passes, passing accuracy and possession. This was a one-sided match, and the stats back up the performance by both teams.

Chivas USA Houston Dynamo
8 Attempts on Goal 18
2 Shots on Target 6
3 Shots off Target 6
3 Blocked Shots 6
4 Corner Kicks 4
15 Fouls 15
21 Open Play Crosses 8
1 Offsides 6
3 First Yellow Cards 0
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
55 Duels Won 51
51% Duels Won % 48%
373 Total Pass 495
80% Passing Accuracy % 85%
44% Possession 56%
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