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Dominance over Chivas USA continues
Monday, 19 April 2010
Itís getting to the point where Chivas USA should just save the time and money on airfare and forfeit its games in Houston and move on. An exquisite, all-around performance from the Dynamo left the LA-based team on the end of yet another beating at Robertson, 3-0, in front of nearly 15,000 fans.

Regardless of injuries and suspensions, the Men in Orange controlled the match from the opening kickoff and Chivas USA never looked likely to threaten the Dynamo at any point in the match.

A midfield that was run ragged by the LA Galaxy a week earlier dictated the pace of the game immediately in large part due to two players making their first starts of the season. Corey Ashe, who was forced to start at right mid as Brian Mullan was moved to striker for the game; and Lovel Palmer, in place of the injured Richard Mulrooney, immediately put their mark on the game. As Asheís pace and ability to cut into the middle of the field on his left foot threatened the Chivas defense, Palmer helped control the midfield and broke up any Chivas attack.

Geoff Cameron's Bunny Hop

In fact, it was the Jamaican Palmer who would get the first Dynamo shot on goal in the 8th minute; though his scuffed shot from 25 yards out posed Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton no problem.

A few minutes later, it was Ashe who took his chance as he beat US National Team member Jonathan Bornstein and narrowly missed Thorntonís left post. It wouldnít take much longer for Ashe to get the Dynamo on the board.

Ashe wandered into the middle of the pitch for the ensuing goal kick and found himself with the ball in acres of space after the Dynamo won possession. He then looked up to see roommate Geoff Cameron making a run down the middle of Chivasí defense which was dreadfully out of position and placed an inch perfect through ball to the attacking midfielder.

Cameron made no mistake from the top of the 18 yard box as he hit the ball, first time beating Thornton inside his right post. The goal in the 11th minute was no less than the Men in Orange deserved and it would be a harbinger of things to come.

La Naranja continued to dominate the midfield creating chances and a number of corners. A second goal almost seemed expected.

Newcomer's smashing debut
In the 19th minute, Palmer decided it was his turn to get involved in the scoring and he did so spectacularly. After receiving a seemingly innocuous square ball from left back Mike Chabala some 40 yards from goal, the Jamaican worked a bit of space and unleashed an absolute rocket in the top right hand corner of Thorntonís goal leaving the Chivas goalkeeper with no chance.

Palmer celebrates his first MLS goal

The early candidate for Goal of the Year left Chivas USA stunned and left the crowd in awe as it was arguably, the best goal ever scored at Robertson Stadium (the only other competition that comes to mind is Brian Chingís bicycle kick goal against DC United in 2006 which won Goal of the Year that year). Palmer surely wasnít going to forget his first MLS start and with that goal, he made sure that Houston fans wouldnít either.

Chivas USA had some threatening moments in the beginnings of the second half, but the game was largely dominated by Houstonís midfield. An organized defense meant that what few chances Chivas could muster would not bear fruit.

Houston would put the game beyond doubt in the 63rd minute. Chabala played a simple ball which Brad Davis was able to poke past his marker, setting him free behind the Chivas USA defense. With an acute angle with which to beat Thornton from, the midfielder lobbed the ball gently to an unmarked Dominic Oduro to side foot home from 2 yards out. The Dynamoís third goal was the first for any Houston forward this season and capped an impressive home performance.

The result was critical for the Dynamo as they rebounded from the poor performance against LA and continued to develop the chemistry amongst one another. Additionally, the teamís organization and focus were infinitely better, proving once again that itís rare to see this team play poorly two weeks in a row. After winning 2 of 3 in its home stand, the Dynamo now head to Chicago where the Chicago Fire await this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.