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Bruin’s hat-trick leads Dynamo past D.C. United


The Houston Dynamo offense had struggled to generate goals for much of the 2011 season, but the cure for the lack of scoring came in the form of the D.C. United defense, which provided little resistance on Friday night.

Dynamo rookie Will Bruin scored a hat-trick to help lift the Dynamo to a 4-1 thrashing of D.C. United at Robertson Stadium.

Bruin opened the scoring off a beautiful pass from Geoff Cameron, before heading home a Brad Davis cross to make the score 2-1 before halftime. Bruin and Cam Weaver added second-half tallies to send D.C. to a second straight blowout loss.

The night saw the return to action of Brian Ching, who came on as a second-half sub after having missed four matches with a rib injury. Houston also debuted new signings Je-Vaugh Watson and Koke.

The win improved Houston to 3-1-3 and increased the Dynamo's unbeaten streak to six matches. D.C. United fell to 2-4-1.

Here are the match highlights.

What did you think of Houston's performance? Think Will Bruin is the favorite for Rookie of the Year? See D.C. United's defense turning it around?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Well, I saw the game. Bruin played well and took his goals well but saying he should play for the USMNT is way premature.

    United’s defense on those goals was horrible and seemed less about Houston’s ability than about a total breakdown in DC’s communication. Clearly DC’s back four have a lot of work to do to get to know each other. And, as has been pointed out elsewhere, he was set up beautifully.

    You should give him some time to build up more of a resume before you start anointing him as the next Conor Casey.

  2. If there was someone to help Dax it might make a big difference.

    Simms and him seem to be on two different fields.

    And Fred seems pretty toothless.

  3. On those goals, the DC United defense might have had trouble stopping your high school team (the one you played on).

    Bruin took his goals well but he was served up the ball on a silver platter three times.

    Spector or Boca probaly would have scored all three of those goals had they been in the same place.

    So it’s a bit early to start claiming he’s better than Agudelo let alone good enough for the USMNT.

  4. “The US doesn’t value players who can actually trap and hold a ball.”

    Until you wrote that I never realised that Dempsey and Donovan couldn’t do that.

  5. The US doesn’t value players who can actually trap and hold a ball. We like fast moderately skilled players that look occasionally dangerous. After last night Bruin has done more than Agudelo in MLS. Plus aerial ability is completely wasted when no one can server a decent cross.


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