Dynamo 2, RSL 1 - postgame notes

Stats and notes from Thursday night's game

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Photo Credit: 
Joseph Musarra/Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo earned their first win of the 2010 season with a come-from
behind 2-1 victory over defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake Thursday
night in the Dynamo’s home opener at Robertson Stadium before a crowd of
18,197. Brad Davis netted two second-half penalty kicks to provide the winning
margin.

The
Dynamo improved to 1-0-1 on the season and earned their first win in a home
opener since their opening game in 2006, a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rapids.
Houston is 2-0-3 all-time in home openers. It was Houston’s first
come-from-behind win in league play since August 31, 2008, a 2-1 win over the
Chicago Fire. The Dynamo rallied from a halftime deficit to win for the first time in regular season play since June 3, 2007, a 2-1 win against FC Dallas.

Real
Salt Lake took the lead in the 17th minute, when surprise starter Alvaro
Saborio
combined with Kyle Beckerman to play in Javier Morales, who slotted the
ball past Pat Onstad for his third goal in two games.

The
Dynamo suffered a big blow partway through the first half when captain Brian
Ching
went down with a hamstring injury and left the game, replaced by Luis
Angel Landín
. There is no timetable for Ching’s return.

Houston
came out flying in the first 15 minutes of the second half and earned a chance
to tie the game after Geoff Cameron was taken down by Jamison Olave in the
penalty area. Brad Davis stepped up and fired the penalty kick past Nick
Rimando
in the 53rd minute to tie the game.

The
Dynamo were awarded another penalty shortly after when Dominic Oduro played a
long cross to Luis Angel Landín, who made a sharp cutback and was taken down by
Jamison Olave, who was yellow-carded on the play. Brad Davis stepped up again
and fired a shot to the lower right side of the net in the 56th minute for his
second penalty kick goal in four minutes.

Brad Davis
became the first Dynamo player to score multiple goals in an MLS game since
Brian Ching on August 1, 2009. It was the first multi-goal effort for Davis
since his hat trick against Chivas USA on June 21, 2007.

The
Dynamo held on for the win behind two saves from Pat Onstad. Houston is now
6-0-1 all-time at home against Real Salt Lake and leads the all-time series 7-2-4.

Midfielder
Lovel Palmer, who arrived in Houston on Thursday after paperwork for his P-1
visa was finalized, made his MLS debut as a 90th-minute substitute to help
preserve the win.

Midfielder
Richard Mulrooney made his 250th career MLS start, sixth among all active field
players. Defender Bobby Boswell made his 140th career MLS appearance.

The
Dynamo have the weekend off but return to action on Saturday, April 10, hosting
the Los Angeles Galaxy, and will complete the homestand the following Saturday,
hosting Chivas USA.

Next
Game
: Saturday, April 10, vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, Robertson Stadium, 7:30 p.m.