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April 29, 2011 8:30 PM EDT
John O'Quinn Field at Corbin J. Robertson Stadium — Houston, Texas
Referee:‬ J. Anno‎
Attendance:‬ 20577‎
 
5′ Will Bruin
Marc Burch 39′
41′ Will Bruin
 
56′ Will Bruin
 
62′ Cam Weaver
 

Houston Dynamo 4 – 1 D.C. United: Bruin a hat trick hero

D.C. United suffer another humiliating loss, as Will Bruin’s treble powers Houston.

By Steven Streff

Charlie Davies, D.C. United; MLS (Getty)
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Rookie Will Bruin’s impressive hat trick was more than enough for the Houston Dynamo to stroll to a 4-1 win over D.C. United at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night. Bruin scored twice in the first half, before rounding out his hat trick early in the second half. Cam Weaver added the fourth for Houston in the second half as well. United’s tally came in the first half, courtesy of a free kick from Marc Burch.


First Half



Houston needed little invitation to get the party started in the first half, as Bruin gave them the lead in the 4th minute. Clyde Simms was forced into a turnover in the United half, and Geoff Cameron quickly played Bruin into the box, and the forward powered a shot into the goal at the near post for the advantage.


Bruin had a chance to double his tally minutes later, but his shot was blocked out, before Davies was nearly in for United. However, Tally Hall was quick off his line to break up the play after Davies was played in by Josh Wolff.


In the 12th minute, Chris Pontius won a header in the box from a Fred cross, but Hall did well to palm the ball out for a corner at the far post. Bruin had a similar chance at the other end after a Hunter Freeman cross, but just like Hall, Bill Hamid was able to keep the header out.


United seemed to have found a way back into the game in the 39th minute, as Marc Burch scored his first of the season for United. The Black-and-Red had a free kick from 20 yards out, and Wolff laid it off for Dax McCarty, who held it for Burch. The Houston wall fell apart, and the ball found its way through for the equalizer.


That score would stand for just two minutes, as Bruin scored in the 41st to give Houston the lead right back. Cameron played Brad Davis down the left hand flank, and the talisman whipped in an inviting cross into the box. Bruin beat United defender Perry Kitchen to the spot, and powered home a header with a wonderful diving effort for the 2-1 lead.


Second Half



Andy Najar was introduced for Fred at halftime, and he quickly created two chances for United, first for Pontius, and then for Charlie Davies. Unfortunately for United, Pontius had his shot blocked out, and Davies was too stretched to properly place his header on target.


Those missed chances for United came back to end their night in the 57th minute, as Bruin finished his hat trick for the night. Davies gave away a free kick on the left, right in Brad Davis’ area. Davis sent in a precise free kick, and Bruin rose above everyone else to head in Houston’s and his third goal of the night.


Five minutes later the game was effectively over, as Cam Weaver got on the scoresheet for the night. Hamid lumped the ball forward from his goal that went out for a throw in from midfield. Freeman was quick on his feet, and threw the ball over the United backline for Weaver, who was in behind the defense. Weaver took the ball in, made his way into the box, and fired home from a tight angle at the near post.


Orange they glad? | Brad Davis, Will Bruin, Hunter Freeman and Bobby Boswell celebrate



Pontius tried his best to get United another goal in the 70th minute, but his well worked individual effort was not enough. Pontius picked the ball up in midfield, and went on a run that ended with him in the box with a good look at goal, but his shot was blocked out for a corner, which Untied could not take advantage of.


Former United defender Bobby Boswell almost made it five for Houston in the 80th minute, as a corner kick from Davis fell to his feet six yards out from goal. But with the goal begging, Boswell sent his effort well wide of the mark, when scoring seemed easier.  

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Houston Dynamo

1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
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Hunter Freeman
Defender
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26
Corey Ashe
Defender
 - 
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Andre Hainault
Defender
 - 
32
Bobby Boswell
Defender
 - 
20
Geoff Cameron
Midfielder
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23
Colin Clark
Midfielder
71′
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11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
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5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
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12
Will Bruin
Striker
5′ 41′ 56′ 81′
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23
Cam Weaver
Striker
62′ 84′
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D.C. United

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28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
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4
Marc Burch
Defender
39′
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24
Jed Zayner
Defender
60′
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23
Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
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11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
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13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
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Clyde Simms
Midfielder
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Fred
Midfielder
46′
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9
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Josh Wolff
Striker
84′

Substitutes

24
Tyler Deric
Goalkeeper
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8
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27
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-
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10
Koke
Striker
84′
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Substitutes

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1
Steve Cronin
Goalkeeper
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15
Ethan White
Defender
60′
 - 
22
Chris Korb
Defender
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14
A. Najar
Midfielder
46′
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