Cam Weaver just hit his second goal in two weeks – and what a big one it was for the Houston Dynamo in a 3-1 win over Columbus.
Dominic Kinnear’s club, the MLS Cup runner-up for two straight years, had lost its way recently, especially at home.
The top culprit: Some of the mystique had eroded from BBVA Compass Stadium, which was utterly impenetrable until a few weeks ago in terms of teams coming and going with all three points.
Weaver scored last week in the Orange’s 1-1 draw at home with Chicago – somewhat astonishingly, the first goal for a Houston striker since early May. Still, draws at home won’t get the Dynamo back into a playoff position, as we told you last week.
Saturday two forwards scored, as Will Bruin found goal in the first half and Weaver was off the Dynamo bench to nail a late stunner in a 3-1 win over Columbus.
Weaver’s goal was sweet as it was important, a real striker’s strike. As a slightly misplayed ball bounced down in front of him, Weaver confidently lashed a drive that gave Columbus ‘keeper Andy Gruenebaum absolutely no chance. A less confidence forward may have taken the extra touch, or hesitated for the half second that might have allowed a challenge, or would perhaps allow Gruenebaum to set his feet and prep for a shot.
As for the “important” part: Columbus had seized control of the match. An own goal had made cut Houston’s lead to 2-1 in the 75th minute. Five minutes after that, Bernardo Anor had a wonderful chance to draw level, but pushed his shot from about 12 yards just wide to the left.
The Crew was still threatening when Weaver settled things.
Columbus, 16th in ProSoccerTalk’s weekly rankings, has lost six of its last seven.
Weaver’s 85th minute goal is here: