MLS Regular Season
The Dynamo took the lead early in the second half on a well-worked passing sequence between Chris Wondolowski and Brian Ching, with Ching tapping in the first goal of the MLS season. The Dynamo walked away disappointed after Columbus equalized in the final 10 minutes on a goal from Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Houston closed the regular season at rival Chivas USA and almost came away with a win, leading on a Dwayne De Rosario penalty kick until Jim Curtin equalized with a scrappy last-minute goal.
Houston Dynamo (13-5-12) vs. Chivas USA (12-11-7)
October 25, 2008 -- The Home Depot Center, Carson CA
HOU -- Dwayne De Rosario 7 (penalty kick) 52
CHV -- Jim Curtin 1 (unassisted) 90
Houston clinched a first-place finish in the Western Conference with a comprehensive dismantling of the LA Galaxy before a capacity crowd. Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching each scored in the rout.
Los Angeles Galaxy (8-13-8) vs. Houston Dynamo (13-5-11)
October 18, 2008 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
The Dynamo turned in a memorable performance, playing a man down for 80 minutes but pulling out a dramatic win in stoppage time when Stuart Holden fired in his second rebound goal of the game in the 93rd minute.
San Jose Earthquakes (7-12-9) vs. Houston Dynamo (12-5-11)
October 15, 2008 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
The Dynamo played to a tame scoreless draw in their first home league contest in more than a month, even though D.C. United finished with 10 players after a red card.
D.C. United (10-14-4) vs. Houston Dynamo (11-5-11)
October 12, 2008 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
The Dynamo earned only their third league road win of the year and finished their streak of road games unbeaten thanks to two goals from Brian Ching and a long-range blast from Ricardo Clark.
Houston Dynamo (11-5-10) vs. Colorado Rapids (10-13-4)
October 04, 2008 -- Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO
In their second of four road games in four countries in 12 days, the Dynamo earned another tie thanks to a Hunter Freeman own goal.
Houston Dynamo (10-5-10) vs. Toronto FC (7-12-7)
September 27, 2008 -- BMO Field, Toronto ON
HOU -- Own goal (Hunter Freeman) 23
TFC -- Marvell Wynne 1 (unassisted) 73
With family and friends affected by Hurricane Ike heavily on their minds, the Dynamo played to a 1-1 tie with rival San Jose. Brian Ching’s 71st-minute header tied the match, and Ching celebrated by pointing proudly to the Dynamo badge on his chest.
Houston Dynamo (10-5-9) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (7-9-8)
September 13, 2008 -- Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA
With equity partner Oscar De La Hoya in attendance, the Dynamo crushed an undermanned Wizards squad behind two goals from Nate Jaqua and a crashing finish from Brad Davis, who celebrated by shadow boxing in honor of De La Hoya.
Kansas City Wizards (6-9-8) vs. Houston Dynamo (10-5-8)
September 07, 2008 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
In front of more than 20,000 fans orange-clad fans, the Dynamo allowed an early goal but recovered behind strikes from Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Mullan to take a crucial 2-1 win over Chicago, aided by five saves from Pat Onstad.
Chicago Fire (10-7-5) vs. Houston Dynamo (9-5-8)
August 31, 2008 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX