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Tyler Deric carries Dynamo past Crew in home opener

MLS: Columbus Crew at Houston Dynamo

Photo by Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports


HOUSTON — Thanks to Tyler Deric’s performance in the Houston Dynamo goal, coach Owen Coyle enjoyed a victorious start to life in MLS.

Deric turned away six shots from the Columbus Crew as the Dynamo edged their home opener, 1-0. A second-half strike from Giles Barnes provided the difference against a Crew side that did just about everything but score.

They had all the best chances, including when Kei Kamara sent a corner kick toward goal only for the ball to be stopped on the line by a solid Deric. As the Crew became more fluid as the second half went on, so it seemed Deric’s goal became more impenetrable.

He wasn’t alone in the shutout. The best Crew chance of the first half came through Federico Higuain, but Jermaine Taylor got just enough of his shot on goal to send it inches over the bar.

At the other end, the Dynamo found the most success through Kofi Sarkodie, who was a handful for the Crew defense all night. It manifested into the key moment in the 66th minute, when Sarkodie set up Barnes for the eventual game winner.

It didn’t take long for the Crew attack to go to work. In the opening minutes of the game, Kei Kamara was making dangerous runs into the box and exposing Houston’s newly signed central defender Raul Rodriguez.

The Crew’s most effective attacks came when Hernan Grana took advantage of the flanks and tried to get crosses in for Kamara or Ethan Finlay. After Kamara’s initial runs however, Rodriguez started keeping his distance and Kamara was less effective throughout the first half.

Higuain started going further back in order to get more possession of the ball. This led to a more effective Crew attack that built through the middle of the first half.

The Dynamo received occasional breaks from pressure thanks to Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia on the wings. This outlet helped them produce three shots on target, but possession was often short-lived.

The Crew started the second half with a few good looks at goal by Kristinn Steindorsson. Tony Tchani advanced further forward in an effort to support Steindorsson and the Crew attack, and this eventually led to their best scoring opportunity.

Higuain sent a dangerous corner towards Kamara that was stopped on the line by Deric. The attacking pair began linking up more and more, leading Coyle to introduce newly signed midfielder Leonel Miranda in the 57th minute.

Just ten minutes later, Barnes stole a goal for the Dynamo and the Crew were on the ropes. The next few minutes saw Higuain getting a dangerous shot on goal that was denied by the crossbar, inches away from going in.

Kamara was close to scoring twice as the game came to an end, Deric came up big again to preserve a hard-earned shutout.

The Dynamo follow it up with another home game against Orlando City SC next Friday, while the Crew try to earn their first victory of the season at home against rivals Toronto FC on Saturday.


  1. I am confused by the photo. It looks like Kamara is kicking it out of the goal and Deric on the wrong side. Sad to see that another favorite of Houston SGs wont make the trip next week. Collin is a villain around Houston.

  2. Miranda is a player that could make a good impact this season for Houston. He’s a nice little Argentine player with good movement, and quickness.

    The team looked better with just one CF against Columbus, and the extra midfielder may be worth using in this league.

  3. There was a stretch from late May until sometime around mid August when we didn’t field an 18. It ranged from 13 to 17, with at least one of those guys injured, and just sitting on the bench to round out the numbers.

    Great job Leo!

  4. Finally! Some excellent coverage of the Dynamo. I don’t know why, but not even the local newspaper gives good info on the Dynamo.
    I didn’t see much change From when Kinnear was here, (score then bunker up), but was there a large difference in formation or possession?
    It’s a shame someone from the supporters section threw a beer at Kamara, he played hard for the Dynamo when he was here.

    • Thanks for the compliment. I’m extremely humbled and appreciative of it.

      The biggest difference was the way Coyle was capable of making changes on the fly. Davis and Boniek switched up flanks constantly, and Bruin was subbed out early in the second half.

      In the end, those were the major changes, however I expect way more changes. This was almost the same lineup as last season, so the players may need more time to conform to the new coaching style.

      • I’m also glad to see Coyle’s not giving Bruin a free pass, and that he loaded the bench with youth, too.

        I know Houston was depleted severely last year (not even able to fill the bench on at least 1 occasion), but continually putting in Driver and hoping for a miracle was maybe the most depressing thing I’ve seen in soccer.

    • There was a very good site (I won’t name here) from May of last year until a month or so ago. Then the band broke up and we went our different ways. Leo, to the lofty heights of SBI and the rest of us to other good sites.

      Anyway, congrats Leo! Great to see your byline here!

    • Speaking of which, why did Berhalter take him out in the 76th? He seemed to be driving things pretty well at that point.

      Overall, still pretty happy with the Crew. After seeing the United & Union games, this was a much prettier game to watch. Granted they didn’t have to deal with a field that just had 6″ of snow on it.

      • I have no idea why they took him. He didn’t come out injured from what I could tell. They also took him out during his best 10 minutes on the field.

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