By the numbers: D.C. United at Houston Dynamo
With the hosts riding a wave of momentum, D.C. United fell in Houston as the Dynamo opened their brand new facility. Here are a few of the key stats from the Black-and-Red's 1-0 defeat to their Eastern Conference rival.
The Black-and-Red's percentage of duels won inthe second half. After claimingnearly 56% of first-half duels, D.C. saw Houston take control in an aspect ofthe match made more important by BBVA Compass Stadium's narrow field. Tired legs undoubtedly played a role,but perhaps Perry Kitchen's absence was even more to blame for the drop off.
The amount of attempts on goal for theDynamo. Houston deserves credit,as the hosts took the emotional advantage that they were sure to have on theirhistoric day and turned into something tangible. After United took control early, Houston stormed back. The Dynamo had just one shot throughthe first thirty minutes, but gained momentum by tallying eight attempts in thefinal quarter-hour of the opening half.
Every Houston starter took at least one shot asthe hosts went on the offensive. The Dynamo were accurate too, with only Jermaine Taylor and Calen Carrfailing to put at least one of their shots on frame. Likely the player United was least hoping would find spacewas Brad Davis, who led the way with four attempts including his 66th minutegame-winner.
The number of saves made by an active BillHamid, which happens to be a career-high for the young netminder. When Houston seemed ready to break throughlate in the first half, Hamid kept D.C. in the match with a key, 42nd minutedenial of Andre Hainault. His bestsave came a minute into the second half though, when Adam Moffat's effort fromdistance drew a spectacular diving save.