MLS Regular Season

Dynamo 1, Chicago Fire 1 -- postgame notes

Davis sets club MLS minutes-played record in tie
HOU 1, CHI 1 -- postgame notes
HOU 1, CHI 1 - notes
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The Houston Dynamo were held to a 1-1 tie by the Chicago Fire at Robertson Stadium on Saturday afternoon, moving into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference pending the results of Saturday’s night games. Houston has two regular-season games remaining but does not play again until Friday, October 14.

With the tie, Houston is unbeaten in its last four games (2-0-2) and in its last seven home games (5-0-2). The Dynamo and Fire also tied 1-1 in their first meeting on April 23.

Dynamo, Fire draw at Robertson Stadium

Clark, Oduro trade goals, leaving Houston in third place
Dynamo draw Fire
Dynamo draw 1-1


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Colin Clark attempts to dribble past Gonzalo Segares

A pair of first-half goals were all the Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire could muster in a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon at Robertson Stadium.

In a game that lacked a lot of dangerous scoring attempts, Houston midfielder Colin Clark opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, 10 minutes before former Dynamo forward Dominic Oduro slipped in the equalizer against his old club for his 12th goal of the season.

VIDEO: Bruin/Sarkodie Rookie Life

First-round draft picks highlighted in video series
Rookie Life: Bruin & Sarkodie


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Major League Soccer / Tony Quinn
Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie have been experiencing their rookie year together.'s Rookie Life video series includes a feature on Dynamo rookies Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie, who were drafted in the first round just four picks apart in January and have been going through the ups and downs of their first year in professional soccer together.

To watch the feature, built from interviews conducted back in May, click here or see below:

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

Dynamo look to continue strong home form Saturday at 3 p.m.
Preview: HOU-CHI
Chicago Preview
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Brian Kersey / Chicago Fire
The Dynamo used a late Bobby Boswell goal to tie Chicago in April.

The Basics
Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, October 1, 3 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

All-time series: Houston leads 6-3-2

Reserve Game: Dynamo Reserves vs. Fire Reserves, 5:30 p.m., Robertson Stadium - fans wishing to stay for the Reserve League match may sit on the east side of Robertson Stadium.

Dynamo have found success when switching formations

Kinnear has found success in tweaking traditional 4-4-2 in games against Kansas City, Dallas
Dynamo have options to complement 4-4-2
Formation options


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Adam Moffat was part of a three-man central midfield against FC Dallas.

When the Houston Dynamo take the field on the average MLS matchday, there is normally little guesswork needed in regards to what formation Dominic Kinnear will use. The veteran head coach has been a devotee of the traditional 4-4-2 for most of his coaching career.

However, with teams around the league going away from the standard 4-4-2, Kinnear has widened the Dynamo's repertoire to combat the changes. Team of the Week

Hall gets fourth selection to lead all GKs, joined by Cameron and Moffat Team of the Week


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Houston had three players on the Team of the Week

The playoff race in the East is heating up, and more than a few teams are rising to the occasion.

Nine of the 11 players on this week's Team of the Week hail from the East, with leaders Houston Dynamo, D.C. United, Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls all represented. United lead the way this week with three midfield players after Dwayne De Rosario, Andy Najar and Stephen King had standout performances against Real Salt Lake this weekend.

Vote Tally Hall for Save of the Week

Hall's one-handed save on Shea earns Save of the Week nomination
Vote Hall for SotW
Vote for Tally!


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Andre Hainault hugs Tally Hall after Houston's win over Dallas

Late goals "come down to determination"

Dynamo climb Eastern standings via late-game heroics
Dramatic flair
Dramatic flair


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Nigel Brooks
Alex Dixon's August 20 winner is one of six dramatic goals in the last nine games.

The Houston Dynamo like to leave it late. So far this season, their ability to come up with late magic to get results has helped them rise to the summit of the Eastern Conference.

With Geoff Cameron’s 87th-minute winner Saturday against FC Dallas the latest example, the Dynamo have had a knack of being able to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. In fact, Houston has scored a goal in the final 11 minutes to get a result 10 times this year, with five of those late goals earning wins.

But where does their late-game confidence come from?

Traveling support helps Dynamo get win away from home

Orange-clad fans help team earn fifth shutout, break road hex
Fan support keys first road win


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Nigel Brooks
The Dynamo high-five supporters after their 1-0 win over Dallas.

Sixteenth time’s the charm.

That’s how many tries it took the Houston Dynamo to get a road win in 2011, but a Geoff Cameron header in the 87th minute at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday allowed the orange-clad boys from the Bayou City to finally put to rest their least favorite storyline of the season.

Cameron's the star in first away win of 2011

Central defender makes an impact on both sides of the ball in victory over rivals FC Dallas
Cameron leads Dynamo
Cameron proves spark


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Nigel Brooks

As he has all season, Geoff Cameron came up big for the Houston Dynamo once again Saturday afternoon against FC Dallas.

Now featuring at center back, the 6-foot-3 defender found a way to provide his club with an offensive lift, scoring an 87th-minute winner to give Houston their first road win of the season and propelling the club into sole possession of first place in the East heading into Saturday night’s play. For Cameron, the goal capped a standout performance against the club’s major rivals, FC Dallas.

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