All it takes is one.
The Dynamo entered Saturday night in ninth place in the MLS standings. With an offense that has been struggling as of late, Houston needed their attack to come together to pick up one big win to start a streak, and possibly even make a run at the playoffs.
They got that win on Saturday in the form of a 3-0 lashing of the Los Angeles Galaxy (9-7-7), who sit in second in the Western Conference, in Houston.
Will Bruin, Brad Davis, and Leonel Miranda all scored in the match, and with that, the Dynamo offense looked as well as it has in about a month
Houston (7-8-6) wasted no time in gaining a lead. Striker Will Bruin gained a one-on-one chance with Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe in the ninth minute. Bruin made a nice finish, and buried the ball in the back of the net to give the Dynamo a quick 1-0 lead.
The Captain Brad Davis would make his presence known later in the first half.
In the 27th minute, he received a pass from Nathan Strugis outside the box. A calm, cool, and collected Davis would finesse a shot past a diving Rowe, who got a hand on it, but the ball would settle in the goal for a 2-0 lead for Houston. It was Davis’ first goal of the 2015 MLS campaign, and the Dynamo went into the half with a 2-0 lead.
The Houston defense was all over the Galaxy all game. Los Angeles managed seven total shots, but only three were actually on target. On the other side of that, Houston had 13 shots, and seven of them were on target.
Leonel Miranda entered the match having yet to score a goal in his MLS career. That would change in the 88th minute.
Rasheed Olabiyi, who was making his first MLS appearance, also garnered his first assist of his career on the play. He would play a ball to Miranda, who made some nifty moves in the box, and would score his first MLS goal with a pretty looking shot, and gave Houston the decisive 3-0 win.
The win is big for Houston. It moves them into eighth place in the West, and they now sit only five points outside of the final playoff spot. With the US Open Cup behind them, Houston can now focus on their playoff goal.
Next up for the Dynamo, they return to Kansas City for the second time in two weeks. They will take on Sporting Kansas City in MLS competition next Saturday night.