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Houston gets what it needs, a huge confidence-building win (video)

Sep 21, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

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We all know that Houston Dynamo striker Will Bruin (pictured) has suffered this season, just not quite unable to free up the hand brake.

Also on the subject of Dynamo attackers: considering all the skill in the Oscar Boniek Garcia’s feet, no way the Honduran international should be well into September with zero goals in league play this year. (And just four assists, too; his bottom-line production really must improve.)

English veteran Giles Barnes? He’s been up and down this year, sometimes not even in Dominic Kinnear’s starting 11.

So when all three of those Dynamo attackers get goals, as they did in a confidence-building 5-1 win over Chivas USA, that’s a big night.

It’s just Chivas USA, the last-place team in the West. But Chivas is a better version of the little Goats than we saw in May and June and then into the summer. Plus, this was a completely dominant performance, the 5-1 score fairly accurately portraying how thoroughly the visitors were out-played.

The goal from Bruin was huge, as Dominic Kinnear’s team badly needs its young American scorer to gain some confidence before the playoffs – assuming the Dynamo and can hang on and get into the post-season. There is a tough, huge match coming up next week New England.

Bruin did, in fact, look more confident after his solid finish Saturday past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Barnes and Garcia had two apiece.

Two other things worth noting:

First, new midfielder Servando Carrasco got his first minutes at BBVA Compass Stadium since coming over last week in a trade with Seattle. He got in the game late.

Also, with Adam Moffat now gone, Warren Creavalle played alongside Ricardo Clark in Houston’s midfield, flanked by Brad Davis and Garcia. So, you have to wonder if this is Kinnear’s top 11, now that everyone is healthy?

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