The playoff season begins with another win in Houston. The Houston Dynamo took down the Montreal Impact 3-0 in the Eastern Conference knockout round of the 2013 MLS playoffs on Thursday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Head coach Dominic Kinnear’s team played like the team that was picked for a third consecutive trip to the MLS Cup title game at the beginning of the season.
“It was a great win. I thought the guys played well. We scored some real nice goals. Overall we played some good soccer tonight. Defensively we played good, Tally (Hall) pulled off some good saves when we needed. The guys did fantastic.”
Houston jumped on Montreal early in what turned out to be one of the most physical the Dynamo have faced all season. The Impact penalized 480 times during the regular season came pushing and shoving and trying to knock Houston off its game but to no avail.
Third year forward Will Bruin took his knocks from the Impact defenders but in the end it was two goals off of his right foot that knocked Montreal out of the postseason.
Bruin opened the scoring in the 16th minute of play receiving a heel pass from midfielder Ricardo Clark and ripping it past Montreal keeper Troy Perkins inside the right post.
Montreal continued to push, pull and tug on the Dynamo and in the 36th minute Oscar Boniek-Garcia tripled teamed inside the box was pulled down and referee Mark Geiger pointed to the spot. Garcia put the penalty marker into the net and it was 2-0 Houston.
Bruin netted his second goal of the night in 72nd minute collecting a ball at midfield, turned defender Matteo Ferrari inside out before drilling another right foot past Perkins.
Talking about Bruin’s performance, Head coach Dominic Kinnear had nothing but praise for his second straight two goal Halloween night.
“He took his bumps tonight. He took his goals great. His movement off the ball as always was commendable. It’s good to see him score goals.”
Despite trailing 3-0, Montreal continued to play overly aggressive and in the final minute of play Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie was violently taken down to which his teammates responded. Center back and captain Bobby Boswell talked about the team’s response.
“It’s one of those you want to help your teammates out but you don’t want to hurt the team moving forward. They had nothing to lose. I am really proud of the guys.”
Hall with four saves on the night had the best seat in the house for the win and summed up the team’s performance.
“I think everybody is playing their best soccer of the season and it’s fun being a part of that.”