MLS Regular Season
A third nationally televised Thursday night game in less than a month brought the Dynamo their third 4-0 win behind goals from Stuart Holden, Nate Jaqua (against his former club), Joseph Ngwenya, and Chris Wondolowski. Ngwenya’s mazy dribbling run and tight-angle finish made his goal a finalist for Goal of the Year.
Houston Dynamo (10-5-2) vs. Chicago Fire (4-8-4)
July 12, 2007 -- Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
The league’s top two teams met in Houston, and the Dynamo pulled out a narrow win. The decisive goal came on a cleared corner kick, which Richard Mulrooney fired on goal and Brian Ching redirected into the net, handing D.C. United its second loss in the last 11 games. The Dynamo improved their unbeaten run to eight games.
D.C. United (7-5-2) vs. Houston Dynamo (9-5-2)
July 08, 2007 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Houston stayed the hottest team in the MLS with its second blowout win in four matches. Brian Ching netted his fourth goal of the season, Joseph Ngwenya scored twice, and Stuart Holden added a goal and two assists. Holden’s goal came after a pass from Nate Jaqua, recently acquired from LA, and it earned Holden Goal of the Week honors. The Dynamo held New York without a shot on goal.
Brian Ching returned to the lineup after helping the U.S. win the Gold Cup, and Zach Wells proved unbeatable as a last-minute replacement after Pat Onstad twisted his back in warm-ups as the Dynamo tied rival Dallas 0-0 on the road. Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala was just as good, also posting three saves in a physical contest that saw Dallas called for 26 fouls, including seven on Carlos Ruiz, and Houston for 15 fouls. The Dynamo extended their unbeaten streak to six games.
The Dynamo’s young guns helped earn a fifth consecutive win in a Sunday afternoon road game. Defender Pat Ianni made his first career start and scored the game-winning goal on a corner kick delivered by another young starter, Stuart Holden, in the 81st minute. Canadians Pat Onstad and Dwayne De Rosario returned from international duty, with Onstad posting the shutout.
The Dynamo won their fourth straight game with an overpowering performance on national TV behind a hat trick from Brad Davis. Brian Mullan scored the opener from close range, but Davis netted three second-half goals and donned a fan’s hat to celebrate the rout. Zach Wells earned his first career MLS shutout.
Chivas USA (5-4-2) vs. Houston Dynamo (6-5-1)
June 21, 2007 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Houston won its third game in a row with a flurry of first-half activity. Joseph Ngwenya, acquired in a trade for Alejandro Moreno, scored in his third consecutive game, but Moreno responded to tie the game just three minutes later. The decisive goal came in the 29th minute, when Kelly Gray crossed a pass that deflected in off of Crew defender Chad Marshall for an own goal. Houston evened its league record at 5-5-1.
Houston won consecutive games for the first time in league play in 2007 on a dramatic second-half goal from substitute Stuart Holden. Joseph Ngwenya and Colorado’s Jose Cancela exchanged early goals, but Holden came on as a sub in the 62nd minute and scored with a long-range blast on his first touch for the win. The Dynamo played without three players who were away on CONCACAF Gold Cup duty and Pat Onstad, suspended from the previous game.
The Dynamo entered the game with a 2-5-1 record, but the previous week’s trip to the White House seemed to breathe life into the team, and Houston’s win kicked off what would become an 11-game league unbeaten streak. After falling behind in the first half, Ricardo Clark tied the game in the 51st minute, then set up Joseph Ngwenya for the game-winner in the 66th minute. Pat Onstad preserved the win by tripping Arturo Alvarez outside the penalty box, earning a red card but saving a goal. Zach Wells completed the game to preserve the win.
The Dynamo continued to struggle at RFK Stadium, as D.C. United got first-half goals from Christian Gomez and Ben Olsen to take control of the game. Dwayne De Rosario broke through for a goal in the second half, but the Dynamo were unable to tie the game and suffered their third straight loss.
Houston Dynamo (2-5-1) vs. D.C. United (3-3-1)
May 26, 2007 -- RFK Stadium, Washington DC