Saturday, July 09, 2011

Houston Dynamo Defeat Toronto FC 2-0; Danny Cruz and Geoff Cameron Shine

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 9, 2011 )Entering their game against the Toronto FC, the Houston Dynamo had not won a game since June 11 and only two since April 29.

On goals by Danny Cruz and Geoff Cameron, they downed a stubborn Toronto team 2-0 in front of 19,085 fans at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

Both goals occurred in the second half to raise the Dynamo’s record to 4-6-8 (23 points) while Toronto fell to 3-9-9 (18 points).

In the 50th minute, midfielder Danny Cruz got the ball from forward Brian Ching.

Cruz then dribbled the ball into the box and fired a shot past goalkeeper Stefan Frei for the first score of the game.

The goal was the first of the season for Cruz.

The Dynamo increased their margin to two in the 81st minute on an unassisted goal by Geoff Cameron.

He got a loose ball in the ball and shot it past Frei for the goal.

The Dynamo had other chances for goals, only to be shut out by wide shots, deflections and blocked shots.

In the 5th minute, Cruz blasted a shot from outside the 18-yard box, only to have it deflected.

The Dynamo continued the attack in the 8th minute when Cruz found midfielder Brad Davis at the edge of the box.

Davis fired a shot after two dribbles, but it sailed high and wide of the goal.

The Dynamo had six total shots of goal, with Bruin taking two and Cameron, Cruz, Watson and midfielder Colin Clark each with one.

Four yellow cards were issued in the game with three going to Toronto and one for the Dynamo to Cruz.

Toronto defender Richard Eckersley received one in the 32nd minute for a reckless tackle while forward Alan Gordon was carded for a reckless foul.

Midfielder Mikael Yourassowsky was also carded for a reckless tackle in the 68th minute.

Cruz’s yellow card was a reckless tackle in the 85th minute.

The Dynamo can now breathe a short sigh of relief by putting the game in the win column.

However, it must be a short sigh as they must begin Tuesday preparing for their July 16 game against Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting KC is currently one place ahead of the Dynamo in the Eastern Conference.

The game is set for at 7:30pm CDT in Houston.

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