What happened to the New York Red Bulls of two weeks ago? They traded for Sebastien Le Toux and looked nearly unbeatable, but a loss to Montreal followed and despite adding Tim Cahill, they couldn't right the ship this week. To be fair, they were playing arguably the hottest team in MLS and the Houston Dynamo showed them just what red hot looks like, smoking the Red Bulls 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Two minutes hadn't passed before Houston went in front as New York flashed the lackadaisical defending that would kill them all night. The Red Bulls failed to clear a free kick then after Bill Gaudette made a good save on the Dynamo's second effort, New York couldn't clear the ball again. Andre Hainault got to the ball and hit a ball across the goal where Jermaine Taylor was waiting to knock it over the line.
The Dynamo didn't slow down at all after their opening goal. They kept pressing and the Red Bulls' defense was terrible. They were lucky not to go down another goal on several occasions in the first half then finally in the 28th minute, Calen Carr got the Dynamo the goal that they deserved.
Macouma Kandji knocked over Heath Pearce to get the ball and then he held it in the final third. New York had plenty of time to recover and get numbers back, which they did, but they didn't mark up. After passing and getting the ball back, Kandji finally crossed it to Calen Carr, who got free way too easily and headed home Houston's second goal.
New York was lucky not to lose by three, four or even five goals as Houston continued to push in the second half. They got chance after chance and while they could not add to their lead, it did not matter. They had the comfortable win and three points that puts the red hot Dynamo in the top spot in the Eastern Conference.