The Houston Dynamo went to two straight MLS Cup finals in 2011 and 2012, but one so-so season in 2013 was enough to turn the Dynamo into a bit of an afterthought heading into the 2014 MLS season.
A blowout win against a highly-regarded New England Revolution side should go a long way in reminding people they can't write off a Dom Kinnear-coached team.
Forward Will Bruin stole the show, scoring two early goals and setting up a third, all in the first 25 minutes of the match, to help propel the Dynamo to a 4-0 rout of the Revs at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.
Bruin, who started the 2013 season very slowly, proved too tough for New England's normally stingy defense to handle. He opened the scoring just by pouncing on a mistake by reigning MLS defender of the year Jose Goncalves to execute a fine turn-and-shot off a Kofi Sarkodie cross.
Bruin doubled up in just the 13th, sliding in to finish Corey Ashe's cross after the left back did well to pressure Patrick Mullins and steal the ball away.
Before New England could recover from the early barrage, Houston made it 3-0 when Bruin set up Oscar Boniek Garcia with a look from the top of the box, and the Honduran playmaker made no mistake, firing past Bobby Shuttleworth.
The Dynamo added a fourth goal in the final moments, with Jamaican striker Omar Cummings providing the capper, though he knew little about the goal. A Ricardo Clark shot hit off Cummings' head and found the net on a night where everything seemed to go Houston's way.
It was a forgettable night for a New England side fancied as a potential powerhouse in 2014. The Revs forced just one save out of Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall, with poor finishing preventing New England from mounting any sort of comeback.