MLS Regular Season

How Saturday's games helped the Dynamo clinch a playoff spot

Chicago's last-gasp win over D.C. was the final piece of the puzzle
How Houston qualified without playing


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One day after beating Portland, the Dynamo clinched a playoff spot.

Friday night's 2-0 win against Portland felt like it clinched a playoff spot for the Dynamo, but there was still plenty of math, tiebreakers, and scenarios separating Houston from officially being in the postseason.

Dynamo clinch berth in MLS Cup Playoffs

Houston returns to postseason following Friday win over Portland, other results
Back to the Playoffs
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Andre Hainault and the Dynamo officially clinched a postseason berth on Saturday.

The Houston Dynamo clinched a return to the MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday after other results around the league, coupled with the Dynamo’s 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Friday night, officially sealed a postseason berth. Houston will play in the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history; the Dynamo have won two MLS Cup championships (2006, 2007) and played in three conference championship games (2006, 2007, 2009).

Dynamo 2, Portland 0 -- postgame notes

First back-to-back road wins since '09, Bruin sets rookie appearance record, and more
HOU 2, POR 0 -- postgame notes
Postgame notes
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Bobby Boswell and the Houston defense kept a shutout for the second straight road game.

The Houston Dynamo moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and opened up a six-point gap in the race for a playoff spot with a 2-0 road win over the Portland Timbers Friday night at a sold-out JELD-WEN Field. Although Houston cannot mathematically clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the Dynamo now lead Portland by six points and D.C. United by eight points as Houston tries to reach the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history.

No regrets for Hainault after goal and win

Rested after turning down call-up, Hainault scores first goal of 2011 in 2-0 win
The right call
The right call


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Andre Hainault scored his first goal in almost a year to help Houston to a 2-0 win.

Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault made a difficult decision last week to turn down a Canadian national team call-up to focus on his club’s playoff chase. The decision paid off Friday night, as Hainault scored a pivotal 36th-minute goal to give Houston a crucial advantage in a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. It’s a win that could well have booked the club’s passage to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Houston takes a big step with 2-0 win at Portland

Dynamo pull into 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with win
Road Warriors
Road Warriors


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Dynamo players mob Brad Davis after he set up the opening goal in Friday's 2-0 win.

The Houston Dynamo climbed a rung up the playoff ladder with a hard-fought 2-0 road win Friday night against the Portland Timbers. In the process, they dealt a major blow to Portland, which had been nipping at Houston’s heels in the postseason race.

For at least one night, the Dynamo jumped over New York, Columbus, and Kansas City into second place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points from 33 games. Portland, meanwhile, remains on the outside looking in with 40 points from its 32 contests.

Match Preview: Dynamo at Portland Timbers

Dynamo look to continue playoff push in Portland
Preview: HOU-POR
Portland Preview
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The Dynamo defeated Portland 2-1 at Robertson Stadium on August 14.

The Basics
Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers
Friday, October 14, 9:30 p.m. CT
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR

All-time series: Houston leads 1-0

SportsTalk 790 - 9 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 9 p.m.
KHOU 11.2 - 9:30 p.m. (Dynamo Weekly on KHOU 11.2 from 9-9:30 p.m.)
FS Houston Plus - 9:30 p.m.
TV Azteca-51 - 8:30 a.m. (Sunday morning)

Houston's Costly and Camargo adjust to playoff chase

With Dynamo in 10th spot, duo expected to perform down stretch
Costly, Camargo in unfamiliar territory
Unfamiliar territory

When the Houston Dynamo signed Carlo Costly and Luiz Camargo to loan deals in August it was clear they were being brought in to help the club make a late season push. With just two games left in the season and Houston sitting in the 10th and final playoff berth, there is added – and unfamiliar – pressure for the pair to perform and get the Dynamo into the postseason.

Playoff spot and much more on line for Chabala, Palmer

Timbers duo facing down former side in midst of playoff hunt


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Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer were part of a July trade between Houston and Portland.

It's not as if Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer need any extra incentive with their club in the midst of a playoff push. But for the two Portland Timbers defenders — who were acquired in a July trade with Houston for Adam Moffat — Friday's game against the Dynamo at JELD-WEN Field means just a little bit more.

Hainault declines call-up; rests to help Dynamo fight for playoff spot

Canadian defender misses World Cup qualifiers to prepare for Friday game at Portland
Hainault prioritizes playoff race
Club over Country


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Andre Hainault wants to be rested for Friday night's game.

With the Houston Dynamo needing points fast, Andre Hainault picked club over country during this week's FIFA international dates.

Dynamo forward Cam Weaver undergoes surgery

Weaver will miss remainder of 2011 season


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Houston Dynamo forward Cam Weaver underwent arthroscopic surgery today to repair a torn labrum  and remove bone spurs in his right hip. The procedure was performed by Dr. Kaare Kolstad of the Methodist Hospital System.  Weaver is expected to miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Weaver scored four goals in 28 MLS games for the Dynamo this year and scored in a Sept. 4 friendly against Monterrey but has been playing through the injury for much of the season.

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