Dynamo down Dallas in Pro Soccer Classic

Weaver's goal decisive in early edition of Lone Star rivalry


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Preston Mack / Disney

The Houston Dynamo earned a 2-1 win against intra-state rival FC Dallas
in the third-place match of the preseason Walt Disney World Pro Soccer
Classic Saturday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in
Orlando, Fla.

Houston improved to 1-0-1 in the preseason against MLS opposition. The
Dynamo's next preseason action will come in a home scrimmage on Sunday,
March 7, as the Dynamo host the Austin Aztex at 1 p.m. at the Carl Lewis
Track & Field Complex.

On Saturday, Houston and Dallas -- both of which had been shut out on
Thursday -- traded first-half goals. Dallas opened the scoring in the
13th minute when Marvin Chavez stripped the Dynamo back line and raced
in alone on Pat Onstad, eventually slotting a pass to David Ferreira for
an easy tap-in. Houston came right back in the 16th minute when
Jamaican trialist Lovel Palmer let loose with a 35-yard blast that
caromed in off the right post after Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala got a
hand to it.

Each team also had a golden chance shortly before halftime. In the 41st
minute, the Dynamo's Francisco Navas laid the ball back to Geoff
Cameron, and his left-footed cross found Danny Cruz at the far post.
Cruz, who hit the post twice on Thursday, bounced a left-footed shot
just wide of the far post. Dallas had a chance on a corner kick in the
44th minute on a Dax McCarty corner kick, but an Atiba Harris volley
went high.

Cameron and Brian Ching made their first preseason appearances for
Houston since Feb. 6, after returning from U.S. national team duty. Brad
Davis, who was also with the national team, sat out due to a hamstring

The Dynamo made six changes to start the second half and eventually used
nine substitutes. Houston almost took the lead early in the second
half when Léandre Griffit floated a back-post shot that Sala tipped off
the crossbar and out for a corner kick.

The Dynamo did go on top in the 53rd minute when trialist Navion Boyd
reacted first to a Dallas back pass and broke in alone on Sala. Boyd's
shot was saved, but Weaver fired the rebound into the net from 20 yards
out as Sala scrambled to get back.

Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad had to make one big save to preserve the
win, when a cross fell to Dallas midfielder Eric Alexander 15 yards from
goal in the 68th minute. Onstad came out and squared up to the shooter,
diving to his right to deny Alexander at the near post. The Dynamo hung
on from there for the win.

The Dynamo will return to Houston tomorrow and resume training on
Monday. The MLS regular season will begin March 27, with the Dynamo
playing at FC Dallas, and Houston's home opener is scheduled for
Thursday, April 1, against defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake.

FC Dallas
vs. Houston Dynamo

February 27, 2010 -- ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando FL
Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic -- Third Place

Scoring Summary:
FCD -- David Ferreira (Marvin Chavez) 13
HOU -- Lovel Palmer (unassisted) 16
HOU -- Cam Weaver (unassisted) 53

FC Dallas -- Dario Sala, Edson Edward (Zach Loyd 58),
Steve Purdy, George John, Jair Benitez (Eric Avila 72), Eric Alexander,
Dax McCarty (Misho Fahim 83), David Ferreira, Marvin Chavez (Duke
Hashimoto 75), Brek Shea (Anthony Wallace 57), Atiba Harris (Jason
Yeisley 69).

Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Ryan Cochrane (Erik
Ustruck 46), Eddie Robinson (Bobby Boswell 46), Mike Chabala (Wade
Barrett 46), Danny Cruz (Sammy Appiah 46), Lovel Palmer (Brian Mullan
59), Geoff Cameron (Léandre Griffit 46), Shaun Saiko (Jonathan De León
59), Francisco Navas, Brian Ching (Cam Weaver 46), Navion Boyd (Dominic
Oduro 59).

Misconduct Summary:
FCD -- Edson Edward (caution; Reckless Tackle) 42
FCD -- Eric Alexander (caution; Reckless Tackle) 84

Attendance: 1,500

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial