The forecast wasn’t friendly on Saturday night, so the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake had a couple of extra hours to prepare for one another.
Although it took over an hour for either side to break the deadlock, the Dynamo came away with an important 1-0 victory over their Western Conference opponent. Since their hot start to the season, RSL has lost three of their last four matches.
Giles Barnes netted the Dynamo’s lone goal in the 66th minute, shortly after RSL had a quality chance of their own on the opposite end. Following Yuri Yura Movsisyan’s missed breakaway attempt for the road team, the Dynamo captain calmly tallied his fourth goal of the season.
In a first-half with very little action, the Dynamo worked tirelessly to find a goal. DaMarcus Beasley did a fantastic job to work himself free for a cross down the left side in the 39th minute, but the ensuing Torres header was hit into the ground and bounced onto the roof of the goal.
Barnes had another opportunity of his own three minutes into the second-half, when the 27-year-old made a darting run into the RSL penalty area. Fortunately for the visitors, goalkeeper Jeff Attinella was quick off his line and closed down the attempt.
The Dynamo will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to the Chicago Fire. RSL will meet rival Sporting Kansas City later that evening.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Giles Barnes found himself in dangerous positions throughout the second-half, and his goal proved to be the difference for the Dynamo off of a fairly simple sequence.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Real Salt Lake didn’t manage many chances on the afternoon, making Yuri Movsisyan‘s chance in the 64th minute all the more crucial. The RSL striker found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Joe Willis but couldn’t keep his effort down on-frame.
MATCH TO FORGET
RSL’s attack struggled all day against a Dynamo backline that is tied for the second-most goals allowed in the West. The team managed seven shots, none of which came on goal.