There's something about a nice, commanding 2-0 win. Despite only having a one goal advantage for most of the match United felt mostly in-control. The midfield bossed it up, the back line held it down, and the forwards looked consistently dangerous. Brad Davis is a huge absence for the Dynamo, but the likes of Giles Barnes and Will Bruin can cause multitudes of problems on their day, United nullified both. The Revolution are up next for the Black and Red, coming equipped with the leagues most potent offense. That should instill some nerves in United fans, but the back line's work tonight should allow room for confidence. In the mean time, UNITED IS IN SECOND PLACE! Tremendous, considering the awful exploits of last season. Here are your player ratings.
Bill Hamid: 7
Through many portions of the match United had a stranglehold on possession, leaving Hamid in the unusual position of not having much to do. Maintaining focus in those situations can be just as tricky as being bombarded with shots. Hamid made two saves, kept things organized at the back, and stayed disciplined all match. A nice, boring clean sheet.
Chris Korb: 8.5
There wasn't the same goal-saving heroics of last week, but Korb outdid himself with another phenomenal game. Never flustered in possession, Korb showed incredible attacking verve all game. The personal highlight for me was Korb bursting past two Dynamo players in the 90th minute to provide a cross into the box. The natural question at this point is wheather Korb can keep his excellent form while moving to left back. I don't know the answer to that but he's certainly earned the chance.
Bobby Boswell: 7.5
Boswell has his faults, but I still get a lovely sense of security when he's at the back. Boswell and Parke have done much better this season when faced with a target man, and they duly kept to form by handling Will Bruin easily. The real test will come against the Revolutions athletic attack.
Jeff Parke: 8
Similiar to Boswell, slightly cleaner in his defensive work so he gets the much heralded .5 bump.
Better than last week, that's for sure. Christian still remains a painfully one-dimensional player on offense, usually resorting to a hasty cross or a rushed back pass. We still haven't seen his somewhat mythical scoring ability from his time in Spain. Christian is a good depth option, but I'm looking foreword to Korb's move to left back.
Perry Kitchen: 6.5
Excellent defensive work again, kept Giles Barnes from influencing the game. Interestingly, Kitchen often conceded the majority of passing work to Davy Arnaud, something that hadn't happened this season. I would have liked to see Kitchen be more influential in the midfield, but his defensive work was still superb.
Davy Arnaud: 7.5
One of the best games this season from Arnaud. He took the possession rains over from Kitchen, keeping the ball moving efficiently all game. This is the first time this season we've seen Arnaud step out from his usual role as the scrappy sidekick. That's a very positive sign, just in case any team decides to key on Kitchen and leave Arnaud free.
Lewis Neal: 5
This was, once again, a very Lewis Neal type game.
Nick DeLeon: 5.5
Much more involved game from DeLeon, but he still often lacked the control to finish off moves. DeLeon was at his best Wednesday night when he made runs diagonally, stretching the defense. When DeLeon stays stagnant on the touchline he often gets crowded out, limited his ability to drive upfield.
Chris Rolfe: 8
Rolfe is quickly becoming one of the best additions in MLS this year. His poise, control, and creativity has been vital to United's attack this season. His goal was nasty, breaking poor Davis Horst's ankles, and set the tone for the rest of the match.
Fabian Espindola: 8.5
Another tremendous performance from Espindola. He reminds me of Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa: Annoying, arrogant, and damn good. Espindola produces goals and assists but he also affects opposing back lines in ways not measurable in stats. It was clear by the end of the match that the Dynamo players were downright fed up with him, and that's a good thing.
Conor Doyle: 6
Slowly but surely mastering the "closer" role.
Luis Silva: 5
Didn't have time to do anything.