HOUSTON (AP) – Jermaine Taylor and Calen Carr scored in the first half to lead the Dynamo to a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Friday night, extending Houston's winning streak to five games.
Houston (11-5-7, 40 points) dominated play throughout in stretching its unbeaten streak to eight games and taking over possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. New York (11-6-5, 38 points) lost its second straight and dropped to second in the East.
Taylor scored 75 seconds into the game, capping a flurry of shots by Houston in front of the New York goal.
Andre Hainault headed Brad Davis' free kick to Macoumba Kandji, who had his shot from the upper left box saved by New York goalkeeper Bill Gaudette. The rebound went to Hainault inside the 6-yard box and he tried to bloop a shot inside the far post. Taylor kneed it in from the end line.
Carr extended the lead to 2-0 in the 28th minute, heading a cross from Kandji inside the near post from 7 yards out on the right.
Houston nearly upped its lead in the 45th minute when Kandji faked out Gaudette, but his shot from outside the 6-yard box on the right side was cleared from the open net by Wilman Conde.
Houston controlled play in the first half, holding New York to two shots and one shot on goal, Tim Cahill's attempt in the 11th minute that was saved by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
New York had a couple chances in the second half, but Sebastien Le Toux had a shot go wide and Cahill had one go high.
Houston had several opportunities to add to its lead in the second half, with the best coming in second half stoppage when Brian Ching lobbed a ball into the center box to Oscar Boniek Garcia, but Gaudette made the save.