MLS Regular Season

Ching lifts Dynamo to dramatic 4-3 win

Bicycle kick, game-winner highlight Houston hero's hat trick
Ching lifts Dynamo to 4-3 win
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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo needed every bit of a Brian Ching hat trick to edge past the Chicago Fire, 4-3, on Saturday night at Robertson Stadium. Ching's thee goals iced a classic tilt that saw the Fire battle back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game at 3-3.

However, Ching — who earlier had tallied a spectacular overhead bicycle kick to give the Dynamo a two-goal cushion — headed home the winner with five minutes remaining, earning his embattled side their first victory against an MLS opponent since May 22.

Talk is cheap for struggling Dynamo

Houston face Fire with playoff hopes dwindling
Talk is cheap for Dynamo
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For the past three months, the Houston Dynamo have been busy digging a hole for themselves. Saturday night’s showdown against the Chicago Fire marks an opportunity for the Dynamo to begin to take a first step out of that hole by securing three points in a pivotal match against a playoff contender at home.

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

Houston out to avenge April 24 loss
Preview: HOU-CHI
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The Basics

Houston
Dynamo
(5-10-5, 20 points, seventh in Western Conference) vs. Chicago Fire
(6-5-6, 24 points, fourth in Eastern Conference)
Saturday, August 21, 7:30 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX 

All-time record: Houston leads the series 5-3-1.

TV Info

Size can be deceiving with Dynamo's Obodai

Despite his smaller build, Ghanaian boosts Houston midfield
Obodai gets into flow
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While the rest of the league was busy adding Designated Players, the cap-restricted Houston Dynamo made one lower-profile acquisition in the most recent
transfer window, acquiring midfielder Anthony Obodai. 

PHOTOS: Little Caesars Pizza Party

Danny Cruz and Joe Ngwenya joined Boys & Girls Club kids for pizza on Wednesday
PHOTOS: Pizza Party

Houston Dynamo players Danny Cruz and Joseph Ngwenya joined children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Houston for a pizza party at a Little Caesars location in north Houston on Wednesday. Mascots Dynamo Diesel and Little Caesar were also on hand.

To view a photo gallery from the event, please click here.

Looking back at 200 Dynamo games

A look at my journey through the first 200 games in club history
First 200 Dynamo games
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The Dynamo have played 200 competitive games in their
history. As part of our ‘bicentennial’ celebrations, I thought I’d look back at
some of my favorites from the first 200 games in club history.

Then in this weekend’s edition of the Dynamo Gameday
Magazine, I’ll present a look at what we can expect in the next 200 games. I
hope you’ll check it out and share your thoughts in the comments section of
HoustonDynamo.com articles, on Twitter, on MyDynamo.net, on message boards, or
anywhere else the Dynamo are discussed.

No GK controversy in Houston just yet

Kinnear sticking with veteran Onstad despite Hall's breakout
No GK controversy in Houston
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For the first time since arriving in Houston, the Dynamo may have a goalkeeper controversy on their hands. Pat Onstad returns from injury this week, but his backup, Tally Hall, has performed well in his stead. However, when asked whether he had a tough selection decision to make, head coach Dominic Kinnear was frank.

“No, not really,” Kinnear said. “Pat’s been great for a lot of years, so for an injury to knock him out of the lineup would be kind of unjust. … But Tally has done well for us.”

Fear not Dynamo fans ... there is hope

Houston still within striking distance of playoffs
Fear not Dynamo fans
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You know all the numbers that have defined the Dynamo's season.

2 - shots on goal over the past three games
270 - minutes since the last Dynamo goal
8 - number of times the Dynamo have been shut out this season
88 - number of days since the last win over an MLS opponent
35 - number of goals allowed (most since Houston allowed 40 in 2006)

But through all the ups and downs of this season, there is reason to be optimistic that the Dynamo can regain form and make a late-season push for a playoff spot.

Cameron ready to continue on back line

After foray in midfield, injury, Dynamo star returns to central defense
Cameron helps out defense
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Whether out of necessity or a desire to mix things up, Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear rolled the dice against the New England Revolution, moving Geoff Cameron back into central defense. Though the team still ended up on the losing end, Houston’s overall performance improved somewhat as Cameron played well out of the back.

“I thought he did OK,” Kinnear said. “He looked comfortable back there and stepped into the play and read some balls like he did last year, so, all in all, he had a good night.”

Dynamo GKs caught up in glove snafu

Dynamo goalkeepers get a wry laugh out of gloves mix-up
Hall, Onstad in GK glove mixup
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Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear faces an interesting dilemma in selecting a goalkeeper this weekend. Pat Onstad hopes to be at full health less than two weeks after surgery in Germany, while Tally Hall has made eight straight competitive starts, 10 out of 12 in all competitions, and 12 out of 15 including friendlies.

We spotted the above photograph at a Dynamo training session recently and thought Tally might be trying to make some sort of statement, but it turned out to be something else entirely.

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