Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Ricardo Clark's sixth-minute goal was enough
to lead the Houston Dynamo to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact at BBVA
Compass Stadium on Friday, moving the home side into third place.
Houston entered the match two points back of Montreal for third in the Eastern
Conference, and Clark's well-placed shot in the early stages was enough to
move the Dynamo past the Impact, who played a mostly uninspired match despite
an important three points at stake.
Montreal has now claimed just one point from its last four games, while
Houston is peaking at the right time with three wins and a draw from its four
most recent contests.
The goal in the sixth minute was started by Boniek Garcia's lobbed ball from
midfield onto the chest of Giles Barnes, who laid it off for Clark to curl
home from 25 yards.
Both sides seemed cautious over the remainder of the first half, and Montreal
goalkeeper Troy Perkins did well to keep his team within a goal in the 52nd
when he stopped a close-range shot from Davis.
Andrew Wenger injected some life into the Impact when he came on as a
substitute in the 62nd and he nearly set up a goal for Davy Arnaud, but his
goalbound effort was blocked by Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell.
Wenger had another chance two minutes later when he got in behind the Houston
defense and had only goalkeeper Tally Hall to beat. However, Hall got enough
of Wenger's shot to parry it past the post.
The Sports Network