MLS Regular Season
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
In a rematch of the 2006 MLS Cup final, the Revolution scored in the ninth minute on their only shot on goal of the day when Shalrie Joseph hammered home a shot after a failed clearance by the Dynamo. Matt Reis made four saves to deny Houston’s pressure and extend New England’s undefeated run to seven games.
New England Revolution (5-1-2) vs. Houston Dynamo (2-4-1)
May 19, 2007 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
The Dynamo could not get settled on a wet, artificial surface and allowed Andy Welsh to score from a set piece to give Toronto a rare win. Dwayne De Rosario, a native of Toronto suburb Scarborough, played his first MLS game in his hometown, but the rowdy, sell-out crowd of 19,123 cheered loudest for its new team and a 1-0 win.
Houston Dynamo (2-3-1) vs. Toronto FC (2-4-0)
May 16, 2007 -- BMO Field, Toronto ON
After falling behind early, the Dynamo scored more goals in the second half (three) than they had in their first four-and-a-half games to recover for a 3-1 win. Brian Ching tied the game from a Brad Davis assist, and Dwayne De Rosario netted a long-range blast and a scrappy goal to provide the winning margin.
Houston Dynamo (2-2-1) vs. Colorado Rapids (2-2-1)
May 05, 2007 -- Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO
The Dynamo wore special maroon jerseys in support of the victims of a shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech University, but their traditional orange went missing as Chicago earned a 1-0 road win. Despite eight corner kicks, the Dynamo could not score, and Chris Rolfe fired in the only goal of the game in the 60th minute.
Chicago Fire (3-0-1) vs. Houston Dynamo (1-2-1)
April 29, 2007 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Despite the debut of former Earthquakes midfielder Richard Mulrooney, acquired to play outside back for the Dynamo, Houston fell to a 1-0 road defeat on a second-half goal from teenager Jozy Altidore that came despite a man advantage after a red card to New York’s Clint Mathis.
Houston Dynamo (1-1-1) vs. New York Red Bulls (2-0-1)
April 21, 2007 -- Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
The Dynamo received their 2006 championship rings before their second home game, then went out and got their first league win of the new year. The long-awaited opening goal came from a familiar source, as a Brad Davis free kick found Brian Ching for a header in the 64th minute, and that one goal held up for the win.
Chivas USA (1-1-0) vs. Houston Dynamo (1-0-1)
April 14, 2007 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
After raising their 2006 MLS Cup championship banner before the game, the Dynamo were unable to pull out a win on the field in their MLS opener. Pat Onstad returned from injury to post the shutout, but the Dynamo could not find a goal and had to hold on for the tie after a late red card to Ryan Cochrane.
Los Angeles Galaxy (0-0-1) vs. Houston Dynamo (0-0-1)
April 08, 2007 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX