Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:08 a.m.CSNwashington.com
A hat trick from rookie Will Bruin was all the Houston Dynamo needed Friday night as they easily dispatched visiting D.C. United 4-1 in a battle of MLS Eastern Conference foes.
Bruin opened the scoring just four minutes in, as Houston's Geoff Cameron found the rookie with a brilliant pass after winning a loose ball in midfield. The 11th overall pick made easy work of it, beating United keeper Bill Hamid to make it 1-0.
D.C. looked to have climbed back into the game just before the half, when defender Marc Burch struck for a rare goal. On a free kick from 25 yards out, Burch was set up perfectly with a quick set of touches from Josh Wolff and Dax McCarty before blasting home with his powerful left foot.
Despite giving up the well-taken equalizer, Houston would respond immediately. Brad Davis tallied his fifth assist of the season when his cross from the left side found Bruin deep in United's box. The Indiana product outdueled fellow first-round pick Perry Kitchen, and his impressive header put Houston back ahead.
Bruin would complete his hat trick in the 57th minute off another assist from Davis, before Cam Weaver closed out Houston's banner evening with another tally in the 62nd minute.
With the loss United falls to 2-4-1 on the season. The Black-and-Red return to action on Wednesday as they welcome the Seattle Sounders to RFK for a mid-week fixture.