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First starts help capture win against DC
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
**Don't forget to join us tonight for the US v. Czech Republic watch party, at Ernie's starting at 6:30 p.m.**

Tally Hall goal kick
The Dynamo took advantage of a depleted DC United team and continued their unique streak with a 2-0 win last Saturday. The win marks the eighth consecutive game in which the Dynamo have alternated between wins and losses and came in front of nearly 25,000 fans.

In truth, it was a relatively easy game for the Dynamo as United proved why they have only managed 3 points from their first nine games this season.

The absence of regular starters due to international duty and the return of a few players from injury showed a different Houston side than the one that last played against Real Salt Lake. Tally Hall, Danny Cruz, Eddie Robinson and Luis Angel Landin all started with Hall and Cruz making their first-ever MLS starts.

It wouldnít take long for Landin and Cruz to make their mark. A quick throw-in by Landin led to a good opportunity for Cruz in the 3rd minute, and the two again would partner in the 10th minute to create the gameís first goal. Houstonís DP was able to shake his defender at the top of the box after receiving a direct ball from defender Eddie Robinson. Rather than shoot, he noticed a wide open Cruz to his right and fed him with a perfectly weighted ball. The Generation Adidas player settled and kept the ball low as he beat DC keeper Troy Perkins to the far post.

Cruz and the Dynamo celebrate
The goal was Cruzís first in his first MLS start continuing the trend of goals for Dynamo debutantes (newcomers Lovel Palmer and Sammy Appiah also scored in their first appearances).

Dominic Oduro and Landin each had multiple chances to test the keeper or add a second goal. As the first half wore on though, DC began to threaten Hallís goal more often. Though they didnít force a save, they were able to get in good positions fairly frequently. No chance was better than the opportunity that fell to Christian Castillo in the 39th minute, as the Salvadorean was completely unmarked six yards from goal but somehow managed to hit his free header 10 yards wide from the post. Despite the chances created by both teams, Cruzís goal would be the only tally of the half.

La Naranja pressured the Red-and-Black goal from the restart and in the 55th minute, effectively ending the game with a goal worthy of a Goal of the Week consideration. After receiving the ball from the midfield, Landin found space on the right before centering the ball for Oduro inside the penalty box. The Ghanaian hit the pass first time with pace on the volley to beat Perkins to his right with absolutely no chance. After spurning opportunities that were much easier, Oduro showed a touch of class with a beautiful goal.

The two strikers would both nearly make it a third on a couple of occasions, but the heat and humidity took most of the air out of the game by the 70th minute. Neither team seemed too concerned with scoring as the game drew to a close and the home team claimed the 2-0 victory.

The win helps the Orange remain in second in the Western Conference, and even on points with San Jose and Salt Lake though Houston as played more games. The Dynamo will look to close the gap between themselves and LA next weekend when they take on the Philadelphia Union at Robertson. The match is set for Saturday, 7 p.m.