MLS Regular Season

14 March 11:43 am

It's always interesting to see how much weight people put on one game. After the first week of the MLS season, the writers at MLSsoccer.com dropped the Dynamo one spot in their power rankings to No. 6. The writers were concerned about the inability of Dynamo forwards to score, but were impressed with another late goal by Andre Hainault and a beautiful pass by Geoff Cameron.

Notebook: Houston shakes off struggles at HDC

Dynamo win first game in Carson since May 8, 2010
Notebook: Houston shake off struggles at HDC
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The Home Depot Center has been a bit unkind to the Houston Dynamo in the past year and half.

Before Sunday night’s 1-0 win against Chivas USA, Houston had dropped their last four games in Carson, Calif., by a combined 9-1 scoreline – including a heart-breaking 1-0 loss in last season’s MLS Cup final to the LA Galaxy. With that in mind, it would be understandable if there were some tough feelings as the Dynamo walked into the visitor’s locker room before Sunday’s match.

VIDEO: Chivas USA Postgame Reaction

Kinnear, Hainault and Ching discuss Sunday's win at Chivas USA
VIDEO: Postgame Reaction

In their opening match of the 2012 regular season, the Houston Dynamo defeated Chivas USA 2-1 in front of 14,500 fans at The Home Depot Center. Following the match, head coach Dominic Kinnear, foward Brian Ching and defender Andre Hainault spoke with members of the media.

Dynamo's new attacking option: defender Hainault

Houston right back scores timely goals for club
Dynamo's new attacking option: defender Hainault
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Maybe the Houston Dynamo should start listing Andre Hainault as a forward.

The Canadian international picked up right where he left off in the 2011 playoffs – during which he scored goals against the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City scoring a stoppage-time winner to give Houston a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA Sunday evening.

While he’s been clutch for the team late in games, head coach Dominic Kinnear is not ready to reclassify his right back.

VIDEO: Houston 1, Chivas USA 0

Dynamo earn three points behind stoppage-time goal from Hainault
VIDEO: Houston 1, Chivas USA 0
Highlights

Dynamo 1, Chivas USA 0 -- postgame notes

Hainault's fifth-career goal wins season opener for Houston
Dynamo 1, Chivas USA 0 -- notes
Postgame Notes

It took 16 games for the Houston Dynamo to win a regular season match on the road in 2011. It took only one game for Houston to accomplish that feat in 2012, after Andre Hainault’s stoppage-time goal gave the Dynamo a 1-0 win over Chivas USA, Sunday afternoon at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The Dynamo controlled the run-of-play for much of the afternoon, outshooting Chivas USA 9-2 and forcing Goats goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to make seven saves for the game.

Hainault steals it for Houston in stoppage time

Late goal gives Dynamo three points in season opener
Hainault's Heroics
HOU 1:0 CHV
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CARSON, Calif. – They waited till the death, but the Houston Dynamo finally snapped their opening-day hex, defeating Chivas USA 1-0 in front of 14,464 at The Home Depot Center.

VIDEO: Hainault nets game-winner

VIDEO: Hainault nets game-winner
Hainault's Goal

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Houston looks to snap five-year Opening Day slump

Dynamo have not won First Kick match since 2006 win over Colorado
Houston looks to snap five-year Opening Day slump
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Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

Despite all the success the Houston Dynamo have had in their history, there’s one particular area where they’ve struggled: opening day.

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chivas USA

Today's First Kick match kicks off at 6 p.m. CT on Galavision
Preview: HOU-CHV
Match Preview

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The Basics
Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA
Sunday, March 11, 6 p.m. CT
The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

All-time series: Dynamo lead 9-2-5 (2-3-2 at HDC)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
KPRC 950 - 5:30 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.
Galavision - 6 p.m.

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