Dynamo 1, Chivas USA 1 - postgame notes

Palmer scores third goal of season but Houston cannot hold lead

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo dominated Sunday’s SuperLiga match against MLS rival Chivas USA
but were held to a 1-1 tie when Jesus Padilla headed in a corner kick in the 71st
minute to tie the match, cancelling an early goal from Lovel Palmer and
Houston’s 16-6 shot advantage.

The
Dynamo are now 1-0-1 in SuperLiga Group A play, leading the group prior to
Sunday’s second game between Pachuca and Puebla. Houston faces Puebla on
Wednesday night, and will likely need a win or a tie to advance to the
semifinals for the third time in three SuperLiga appearances.

The
Dynamo are now 6-1-4 all-time in SuperLiga and 12-3-5 all-time at home in
international play. Houston’s all-time international record stands at 13-9-11.

Houston
dominated the first 15 minutes of Sunday’s game, with Dominic Oduro getting a
shot on goal in the first minute before setting up the opening goal in the
sixth minute. Adrian Serioux made a well-weighted pass to the right corner, and
Oduro fired in a right-footed cross. The ball was cleared to Houston midfielder
Lovel Palmer, who fired a shot inside the left post for his third goal of the
season in all competitions.

Chivas
USA picked up its play in the middle of the match and tied it with Jesus
Padilla's 71st-minute goal. The Dynamo still had several chances to win the
game, with Joseph Ngwenya and Cam Weaver both narrowly missing go-ahead goals.

Houston
goalkeeper Tally Hall, making his second consecutive start, made two saves,
including a close-range chance from Jesus Padilla in the 28th minute.

Midfielder
Brad Davis wore the captain’s armband on Saturday, making his 150th career
appearance for the Dynamo in all competitions.

Next
Game: Wednesday, July 21, 7 p.m., Dynamo vs. Puebla, Robertson Stadium
(SuperLiga Group A)

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