August 3, 2012
Dynamo move into first
HOUSTON DYNAMO 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 0
HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo moved into first place in the MLS East, with their fifth straight win, a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium Friday night.
The Dynamo go to 11-5-7, 40 pts, while the Red Bulls, losers of two straight, fall to 11-7-5 with 38 points.
The Dynamo took the game to New York early, with Jermaine Taylor getting Houston on the board in the second minute. After Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette saved a Macoumba Kandji strike, the ball fell to defender Andre Hainault at the top of the six-yard box. The Dynamo right back sent in a ball across the goal mouth to Taylor who kneed the ball into the net for his first MLS goal.
The Red Bulls struggled to adjust to the Houston heat and the Dynamo were able to capitalize again in the first half. In the 28th minute, Kandji held off defender Markus Holgersson and sent a looping ball toward the back post. Calen Carr rose above the Red Bulls defense and headed the ball into the far corner for his fourth goal in his past four games.
The win for Houston extended a number of Dynamo streaks. They are unbeaten in their last 19 regular season home games (20 including playoffs). It is the longest streak in franchise history and the third longest streak in MLS history.
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