Starting the playoffs on the road, Houston fell behind 2-0 on an Ante Razov free kick in the first half and a Francisco Palencia goal in the second half. The Dynamo recovered quickly, however, with Brian Ching pulling a goal back just seven minutes after Palencia’s goal. The Dynamo appeared to be headed for a road tie when awarded a penalty kick, but Chivas goalkeeper Brad Guzan made one of his nine saves on Dwayne De Rosario’s penalty to keep the Dynamo one goal back heading into the second leg.
Houston Dynamo vs. Chivas USA
October 22, 2006 -- The Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Western Conference Semifinals -- Game 1
CHV -- Ante Razov 1 (unassisted) 45
CHV -- Juan Francisco Palencia 1 (Sacha Kljestan) 68
HOU -- Brian Ching 1 (Brian Mullan 1, Craig Waibel 1) 75
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Eddie Robinson, Adrian Serioux, Craig Waibel, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan (Stuart Holden 76), Brian Ching, Paul Dalglish (Alejandro Moreno 72).
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Wells, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Goldthwaite, Kelly Gray, Chris Wondolowski.
Chivas USA -- Brad Guzan, Jason Hernandez, Tim Regan, Claudio Suarez, Lawson Vaughn, Jonathan Bornstein, Juan Pablo Garcia (Sacha Kljestan 68), Jesse Marsch, Francisco Mendoza, Juan Francisco Palencia (Jesus Moralez 81), Ante Razov.
Substitutes Not Used: Preston Burpo, Johnnie Garcia, Orlando Perez, Matt Taylor, Brent Whitfield.
HOU -- Dwayne De Rosario (caution; Reckless Foul) 37
CHV -- Francisco Mendoza (caution; Reckless Foul) 38
HOU -- Pat Onstad (caution; Dissent) 46+
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee's Assistants: Nate Clement; Craig Lowry
4th official: Brian Hall
Weather: Sunny-and-85 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial