Goal of the day: Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo) vs Seattle Sounders | inside World Soccer

A Giles Barnes rocket from 30 yards led the Houston Dynamo to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders in front of 22,289 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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Houston Dynamo player Giles Barnes shoots to score his side's second goal against Seattle Sounders

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All the headlines before Saturday's match involved Clint Dempsey, who recently joined Seattle from Tottenham Hotspur.

Dempsey was the name on everyone's lips coming into the game, making his first MLS appearance in Texas since 2006.

But Houston started the match superbly and opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Barnes' fifth goal of the season, and his first since May 8.

In true Barnes fashion, he added a bit of flash with his second goal of the night.

Seattle lost possession in midfield and Houston quickly took advantage with Brad Davis rolling the ball to Barnes.

Given acres of space by a retreating Seattle back line, the Englishman blasted a rocket from 30 yards out that sizzled into the top corner of the net.

Shalrie Joseph pulled one back for Seattle in the 65th minute, but Will Bruin scored in the 74th minute to complete the scoring.

"The second one was top-class," Houston midfielder Adam Moffat said afterwards.

"It's great confidence from the forwards scoring goals. When they score goals, good things happen."

Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning added: "I tried everything but I wasn't able to reach it."