Dynamo 0, Columbus 0 - postgame notes

Onstad reaches shutout milestone in third consecutive tie

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo earned a hard-fought tie by shutting out the two-time defending
regular season champion Columbus Crew Saturday night at Robertson Stadium,
finishing in a 0-0 draw. It was the Dynamo’s third consecutive tie in MLS play
since the break for the group stage of the World Cup.

The
Dynamo will now break from MLS play for two weeks to compete in SuperLiga,
hosting games at Robertson Stadium on July 15, 18, and 21 against Pachuca,
Chivas USA, and Puebla respectively. Houston’s next league game is also against
Columbus, in Ohio on Saturday, July 24.

Houston
goalkeeper Pat Onstad made two saves to record a clean sheet, his fourth of the
season and his 50th in all competitions as a member of the Dynamo in less than
five years. The shutout was the fifth of the year for Houston and its first in
league play since May 22, ending a streak of five consecutive games without a
shutout. It was only the third time this season that Columbus was shut out.

The
Dynamo had two great chances to take control of the game. The first came in the
24th minute, when Danny Cruz broke down the right and fired a low cross through
the six-yard box to a wide-open Brian Ching at the back post, but the Houston
captain put his left-footed shot wide of the net.

The
second major chance came in the 80th minute, when Brian Mullan’s pass played in
Cam Weaver, but the towering forward ripped a right-footed shot inches wide of
the left post.

The
best Columbus chance of the match came in the 82nd minute, when a loose ball
fell to Steven Lenhart in the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by a
diving Mike Chabala.

Defender
Bobby Boswell made his 100th career appearance for the Dynamo in all
competitions. Midfielder Brian Mullan made his 175th career appearance for
Houston, extending his own club record.

Forward
Brian Ching made the 130th appearance and 115th start of his career for Houston
in all competitions. Defender Eddie Robinson made the 145th start of his MLS
career and the 110th start of his Dynamo career in all competitions. Midfielder
Brad Davis, fighting a hip flexor strain, came on in the second half to make
the 210th appearance of his MLS career.

Next
Game: Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m., Dynamo vs. Pachuca, Robertson Stadium
(SuperLiga Group A)

Next
MLS Game: Saturday, July 31, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls,
Robertson Stadium