MLS Regular Season

Dynamo's Davis passes PK baton to Ching

Houston hope striker's first BBVA Compass Stadium goal gets him rolling
Dynamo's Davis passes PK baton to Ching
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 A penalty kick is soccer’s ultimate moment of individual responsibility, yet there was stellar teamwork involved when Brian Ching stepped up from 12 yards to give the Houston Dynamo a hard-fought victory against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Brad Davis is the Dynamo’s normally assumes penalty-kick duties and scored the winner from the spot against the San Jose Earthquakes in the second game of the season. He claimed a fine goal from open play in the first half of Saturday’s match.

VIDEO: Dynamo 2, Union 1

Watch full highlights from Saturday's win over Philadelphia
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Davis, Ching goals power Dynamo to 2-1 win

Houston earns three points behind goals from Dynamo originals
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Dynamo win
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One player has played 140 regular season games for the Houston Dynamo, another was making his debut. Both had key roles to play as the Dynamo quelled the Union’s mini-revival with a narrow 2-1 victory Saturday night.

In the end, Brian Ching’s 83rd-minute winner from the penalty spot gave Houston (6-5-5) an important three points while Philadelphia (3-9-2) were unable to follow up their 4-0 win over Sporting Kansas City with another impressive result.

VIDEO: Watch Houston's goals from Saturday night's win

Ching scores first goal in BBVA Compass Stadium with late PK
VIDEO: Watch Houston's goals from Saturday night's win

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Brad Davis puts Houston ahead 1-0

Cavalry on the way for tired defense

Jermaine Taylor available for selection after missing past two games due to injury
Defensive help on the way
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HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo’s defensive woes last week were tough to watch, for one person more than most.

As Houston struggled to keep Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact at bay, normal starting full back Jermaine Taylor was forced to watch as the club gave up seven goals, a franchise high for a two-game stretch. As possibly Houston’s most consistent and trustworthy defender nursed a strained hip flexor, he was forced to watch as the club struggled to plug the holes on the backline.

New-look Philadelphia Union visit BBVA Compass Stadium

Boniek Garcia set to make first appearance for Houston
Union visit BBVA Compass Stadium
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Last Saturday was a bit of a disappointment for the Dynamo in Montreal, losing 4-2 to the expansion Impact. A week later, the men in orange have an opportunity to redeem themselves with yet another Eastern Conference opponent coming into town. The Philadelphia Union have had their share of turmoil and turnover this season, but are coming off of a 4-0 upset of Sporting Kansas City in MLS and a 5-2 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the U.S. Open Cup under interim coach John Hackworth.

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union

Tickets still remain for Saturday's match
Preview: Dynamo vs. Union
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THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union
Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
All-time series: Union lead 2-0-2

BROADCAST INFORMATION
La Ranchera 850 - 7 p.m.
SportsTalk 790 - 7 p.m.
MultiMedios Houston - 7:30 p.m.
FOX Sports Houston - 7:30 p.m.

Garcia understands lofty expectations as Dynamo's DP

Honduran midfielder ready to contribute to new squad
Garcia understands lofty expectations as Dynamo's DP
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The term "Designated Player" comes with a certain, and sometimes unrealistic, level of expectations in MLS. And with those expectations comes pressure to perform and live up to the tag.

In the case of Boniek García, Houston’s latest high-profile signing, there is no pressure but simply an understanding of what’s expected. After his first training on Thursday, the 27-year-old Honduran international said he is ready to provide the Dynamo with a shot in the arm midway through their 2012 campaign.

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With a boyish smile, Boniek Garcia took the field this morning for the first time as a member of the Houston Dynamo. Head coach Dominic Kinnear used Boniek in an outside mid position, but said after training that he would not be afraid to move the Dynamo DP elsewhere if the need arose.

View photos from Boniek's first training session.

Bruin's "swag" contributing to red-hot scoring pace

Dynamo striker has 9 goals through 15 games
Bruin's "swag" contributing to red-hot scoring pace
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Will Bruin named to MLS Team of the Week

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Will Bruin is going to have to come up with a new goal.

The Houston Dynamo striker aimed to score eight goals in 2012. Fifteen games into the season and the second-year striker already has nine tallies, which is already good for the fourth highest single-season goal total in franchise history. His exploits are providing the type of go-to scoring that is putting other teams in the MLS on alert.

WATCH: Bruin brace leads Dynamo back

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