Houston clinical in frustrating Pachuca

Ngwenya's brace, Hall's saves lift Dynamo over Mexican rival

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Led by Tally Hall's great goalkeeping and Joseph Ngwenya’s clinical
finishing, the Houston Dynamo snatched three points from Pachuca as
they opened SuperLiga 2010 group play with a 2-1 win on Thursday night.

“It
was a tough game for us, but I’m glad we stuck to it and came out with
a win,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “More chances for us
came on dead balls, and a lot of their stuff came off [the] run of play.
Their movement is so good and, on a hot night like this, if you let
your concentration drop a little bit, they will take advantage of it.”

Houston
got the victory, but Pachuca enjoyed long stretches where they owned
the better of the play. Had it not been for the Tuzos failing to finish more of their opportunities and, most importantly, Hall’s great saves,
the Dynamo could have easily been down by multiple goals at the half.

“I
just tried to stay on my feet and make them beat me,” said Hall, who
stoned Pachuca on several one-on-one chances. “I thought I put myself
in good spots, and they kicked it at me for the most part. That was nice
of them.”

Houston, as opposed to Pachuca, was much more
clinical in its finishing. Case and point: Ngwenya finished his only
two chances of the night.

“I had the feeling [Ching and Ngwenya]
were going to win [it for us] the whole time,” noted Hall. “They came
through when it mattered, and we came out with a win. They won the game
for us.”

“I’m happy to score goals,” said Ngwenya. “But,
overall, it was a great team effort. I think … Tally kept us in the game
with some amazing saves.”

While Houston players and coaches spoke highly of their
opponents after the match, Pachuca head coach Guillermo Rivarola was
disappointed with the Dynamo’s approach to the game.

“I think
they never wanted to play, never wanted to play,” said Rivarola. “The
game started, and I think they just wanted the minutes to elapse, and
they found two errors of ours and they won the game.”

Ngwenya,
who was feisty the entire night, responded to Rivarola’s statement:
“He’s entitled to his opinion. I am just happy that we won. All the
rest of the talk -- it doesn’t matter. Anybody can say whatever they want.
Talk is cheap.”

The Dynamo, tied for first place in Group A with
Puebla, will face off against Chivas USA at Robertson Stadium on
Sunday, July 18, in a match that could possibly seal a semifinal berth
for the Texas club.