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HOUSTON -- Andrew Driver and Giles Barnes scored to help the Houston Dynamo beat English Premier League club Stoke City 2-0 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game. Driver opened the scoring in the 11th minute, sending a free kick from 25 yards out right of the middle inside the far post. "It was a big game for the club," Driver said. "Obviously, with a team like Stoke, it is nice to score in a game like that. Its nice to get a win and a goal, but I would rather get that on the weekend (against Chicago in MLS play)." Barnes scored in the 88th minute, taking a pass from Corey Ashe in the left box and sending a shot along the end line from outside the left goalkeepers box and inside the near post. "We created some really good chances in the first half," Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear said. "I thought we defended well. Then it was a bit of a possession game for them, and we were kind of dropping deeper and deeper and had some good possession as well. Giles had a good individual play for the second goal." Stoke City was playing its first game under new manager Mark Hughes. Stoke City will play FC Dallas on Saturday night, and end its three-game tour against the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday night. "From our point of view, this is exactly what we need at this stage of the season and our preparation," Hughes said. "I thought for long periods we showed decent control of the football without really having a cutting edge. "We didnt create enough in the final third. We didnt really retain the ball as well as we hope to do in the future, but for a first game, first test, I thought this was exactly what we needed." Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron, who spent 4 1/2 years in Houston before he moved on to the EPL with Stoke City, said the first game under Hughes was a good opportunity to get back on the field. "Its obviously a preseason game, so we are just rolling with it," said Cameron, a U.S. national team member. "Its a new system, so we are just trying to get the ball down and play. Obviously, everyone was a bit fatigued playing in the heat, but I thought it was a good show." Cam Weaver had a line drive from the right box in the 23rd minute stopped with a leg save by Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Jason Johnson let one go from inside the upper box in the 33rd minute, but Begovic made a diving save to keep it 1-0. Kenwyne Jones had Stoke Citys best opportunity in the 64th minute, but Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric made a diving save on Jones shot from outside the upper box. Barnes nearly upped the lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute, but his right-footed one-timer from 10 yards out on the right box just missed the far post. Cheap Darryl Strawberry Jersey . The 17-year-old native of Marystown, N.L., pulled out of Skate Canada International last month in Saint John, N.B., with the same problem. Wholesale Mets Jerseys . 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They hugged him when he was responding to texts. The scene around the 18th green at Hazeltine felt like a crowded subway platform, and right in the middle of all that exuberance and chaos was Love, a sly and satisfying grin painted on his face.It was a magical week, Love said.When it was?Bubba Watsons turn for a hug, he put his arms around Love and started sobbing. Not just crying, but full-blown, shoulder-shaking sobs. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this team, Watson said, and Love put his head on Watsons shoulder for a second and let the two-time Masters winner bawl.That scene might be the best way to explain why Love turned out to be the perfect man to guide the United States out of a Ryder Cup rut. He has a knack for making everyone -- even quirky and prickly personalities like Watson -- feel loved.Leaving Watson off the Ryder Cup team in favor of Ryan Moore two weeks ago could have backfired badly. It could have made the entire task force the Americans put together into an easy punch line. There is no question Watson is the more talented player of the two, but his personality obviously rubs a lot of people the wrong way. When Love decided to go with his gut and pick Moore after the Tour Championship, he took another big risk in letting Watson be a part of the team as a vice captain. It seemed bizarre to leave a guy off the team because of his personality, and then invite him along anyway.But to everyones surprise, it worked. It wasnt a big thing, but it was a reflection of the way Love brought together a diverse group of egos and talent, and got the best out of all of them. Watson was a helpful presence throughout the week, driving carts, fetching food, texting with Love and Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker about strategy. It was clear, by weeks end, that Watson is someone who longs to be loved, to be a part of something, and in the midst of all the pressure that was on Loves shoulders, he still managed to make Watson feel like a big part of United States golf.This is what leadership looks like.Yes, the U.S. players still had to go out and play great golf all week. Its always easy to say, after the fact, that the captain did a great job when players hit the ball in the fairway and make putts. If you take the emotion out of it, its simple. The United States won just two of the past 10 Ryder Cups coming into 2016 because the Europeans played better every two years.But there is a flip side to that as well: If the players trust their captain, if theyre convinced hes organized, that he has a plan and hes not just drawing up pairings on a napkin an hour before their tee time, it puts them in the right place, mentally, to play great golf. Thats what the Europeans have done for nearly 20 years. They trust one another and feel like their captains understand their strengths and weaknesses.Love struck the right balance between analyzing stats and understanding the emotional tenor of every player. He got Phil Mickelson to buy into the same game plan that Patrick Reed bought into. He put together unlikely pairings like Brooks Koepka and?Brandt Snedeker?that made him look brilliant. Its no coincidence this is the first time since 1975 that every American player earned at least one point. Love tried to deflect credit in the post-match news conference, suggesting that all he did all week was drive a cart and respond to texts from Woods and Watson, but its clear no one in the room believed it.Theres a lot of pressure on these guys over the last couple years, Love said. We havent had a good run lately. Im thrilled for them that they got the win. Im proud of the way they competed all week. But mostly Im proud of the way they came together as a family and supported each other.A year ago, Love seemed a bit of an odd choice to captain this Ryder Cup team. He had a nice career, winning the 1997 PGA Championnship and playing on six Ryder Cup teams.dddddddddddd But he was, after all, the man in charge in 2012 at Medinah when the United States suffered its most embarrassing collapse in history, blowing a 10-6 lead on Sunday. Going back to him, giving him another chance on home soil, didnt make a lot of sense from the outside. But internally, in every meeting, the players who were a part of the infamous American task force felt as if Love deserved another shot. He didnt have an ego, he was eager to put in the work and he had the players respect.Hes the best leader, Furyk said. We came up with a plan, and he was the right guy to put it in place. I think we could all tell from that first meeting he was all in.One of Loves biggest strengths, clearly, was his willingness to put his ego aside and trust his vice captains. When Jordan Spieth and Reed blew a 3-up lead and halved their match with Sergio Garcia and?Rafa Cabrera Bello?on Saturday morning in foursomes, Love was leaning toward sitting them in the afternoon. He didnt know what to do, so he asked Woods for his input. Woods implored Love to send Spieth and Reed back out.Reed responded with one of the most memorable performances of the tournament, essentially beating Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson with his own ball. Just being a part of that decision clearly meant a lot to Woods. He said afterward hed be honored to serve as a Ryder Cup captain someday if he were asked by the Ryder Cup committee, of which he is a part.As a player who has been on these teams, to be on a different side of it, to be on the vice captaincy side has meant so much to me, Woods said. I learned a lot and I became really close to a lot of these guys, and its just been an honor to be a part of it. To be a part of getting to know these 12 guys, and these vice captains and our captain on a deeper level has meant so much to me. The relationships that weve forged here this week and actually before this week, these bonds will last a lifetime.In the post-match celebration, Love said while the win obviously meant a great deal to him, one of the things he was most proud of this year was developing (with Woods and Mickelson and other titans of American golf) an approach the U.S. can use going forward, for years to come.We started this process well over a year and a half ago, Love said. And were sitting there on the 18th green watching the last few matches come in, and Phil is already explaining whats going to happen in Paris.Love admitted his decision to go with Moore as his final captains pick, instead of someone like Watson or Justin Thomas or Daniel Berger, was extremely difficult. He agonized over it. Moore said he didnt think he had any chance of making the team before the last event of the season. Ill never forget riding down the freeway in my pickup truck talking to Ryan on the phone, Love said. One of the hardest conversations Ive had to have. I dont know what to tell a guy when hes going to play the Tour Championship and hes right on the bubble. It was a new experience for all of us.In the end, though, he took a chance on Moore after he lost in a four-hole playoff to Rory McIlroy at the Tour Championship, figuring it couldnt hurt to bring along one of the best putters on the PGA Tour. It was particularly satisfying, then, to see Moore close out the Ryder Cup with the winning point when he defeated Lee Westwood on the 18th green. Thats when the real hugging began.Love had made that final putt once himself, in 1993, when he took down?Costantino Rocca?to give the United States a win over Europe at the Belfry in England. After the celebration, Love realized hed never retrieved his golf ball from the hole, and it was long gone. Hed been hoping to keep it as a memento. He thought about that as he watched Moore putt Sunday, and noticed Moore was so eager to join the celebration, he too forgot his ball on the green.I went over and grabbed it and took it back to him, Love said. He didnt want it, so he gave it back to me. So now Ive got one from the last hole. ' ' '

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