MLS Regular Season
The Dynamo locked up home-field advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs with an end-to-end 3-3 tie in the regular season finale. Craig Waibel scored twice, and Paul Dalglish scored for the second straight game, but Colorado rallied to force the tie.
Colorado Rapids (11-13-8) vs. Houston Dynamo (11-8-13)
October 14, 2006 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
The Dynamo earned a road tie on a tough artificial surface thanks to the first MLS goal from Scottish forward Paul Dalglish, acquired in August. Ricardo Clark set up Dalglish for the opening goal, but Salt Lake’s Mehdi Ballouchy tied the game in the 60th minute, and the Dynamo could not take advantage of their pressure to find a winning goal.
Houston Dynamo (11-8-12) vs. Real Salt Lake (10-13-8)
October 07, 2006 -- Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UT
Houston clinched a playoff spot with a dramatic 86th-minute bicycle kick from Brian Ching that was later named Goal of the Year and gave the Dynamo a 1-0 win over Supporters’ Shield winner D.C. United. In front of more than 20,000 fans, the Dynamo left it late before Ching reacted first to a Paul Dalglish header and drove a spectacular shot into the corner for the win.
D.C. United (15-5-10) vs. Houston Dynamo (11-8-11)
September 30, 2006 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
After taking the lead on the road with a Dwayne De Rosario goal in the 54th minute, the Dynamo could not hold on for the road win when Crew forward Jason Garey scored in the 80th minute to tie the game.
Houston Dynamo (10-8-11) vs. Columbus Crew (6-14-9)
September 23, 2006 -- Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
In yet another rivalry game in the heated Western Conference, the Dynamo could not take advantage of a one-man advantage in most of the second half and had to settle for a scoreless tie with Chivas USA.
Chivas USA (9-7-12) vs. Houston Dynamo (10-8-10)
September 17, 2006 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Playing for the second time in five days, the Dynamo earned
a win in the more important league contest despite falling behind to an early
Landon Donovan goal. Craig Waibel tied the match with a header from a Brad
Davis corner, and in the second half Dwayne De Rosario reacted first to a loose
ball to slot past Kevin Hartman and give the Dynamo the win.despite playing
with 10 players for the last 30 minutes. Pat Onstad made six saves to keep the
Dynamo in front.
In the fifth and final match between the two Texas rivals, the physicality boiled over when Eddie Robinson was ejected in the 31st minute. FC Dallas finally made the man advantage pay off in the 86th minute when Houston-area product Arturo Alvarez scored the only goal of the game to give Dallas its first win against the Dynamo.
Houston Dynamo (9-8-9) vs. FC Dallas (14-8-3)
September 02, 2006 -- Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX
In a back-and-forth game, Houston’s third road contest in 12 days, the Dynamo responded just after halftime when Chris Wondolowski canceled out an early Justin Mapp goal. Dwayne De Rosario then produced one of the goals of the year, floating a shot from midfield that beat Zach Thornton to give Houston the lead. A late penalty kick from Andy Herron, however, cost the Dynamo their chance at the full three points.
Despite two goals from Dwayne De Rosario, including a penalty kick earned by Chris Wondolowski, the Dynamo went down to 10 men in the first half due to a Ricardo Clark red card and could not recover, losing 3-2 on two goals from Ante Razov in the second half.
Houston Dynamo (9-7-8) vs. Chivas USA (8-6-10)
August 26, 2006 -- The Home Depot Center, Carson CA
The Dynamo fell to a disappointing road defeat on artificial turf against second-year Real Salt Lake thanks in part to a controversial goal from Chris Klein that appeared to bounce on the goal line. The Dynamo’s lone tally came when Brad Davis set up Adrian Serioux in the second half, but Houston dropped a 3-1 decision.
Houston Dynamo (9-6-8) vs. Real Salt Lake (8-10-5)
August 19, 2006 -- Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UT