Dynamo 0, Seattle 2 - postgame notes

Hall sets season MLS high with seven saves in standout home-state performance

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The
Houston Dynamo fell to a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders Sunday night at Qwest
Field in Seattle, extending Houston’s winless streak in MLS play to a
club-worst nine games (0-5-4). The Dynamo return to action Saturday night with
another road game, this time facing the New England Revolution in Foxborough,
Massachusetts.

Dynamo
goalkeeper Tally Hall, who is from nearby Gig Harbor, Washington, made seven
saves in defeat, a season high in MLS play and tying a season high in all
competitions. Hall’s best stop came in the 47th minute, when he denied
Seattle’s Steve Zakuani on a breakaway.

In a
physical, tightly contested game in a venue hostile to the Dynamo, the Sounders
broke through with a moment of individual skill in the 64th minute, when
goalkeeper Kasey Keller punted a long ball upfield. Seattle’s Fredy Montero,
the MLS Player of the Month in July, outbattled Houston’s Eddie Robinson for
the ball and fired a low, left-footed shot inside the left post for his eighth
goal of the season. It marked the ninth consecutive game with a goal or assist
for Montero.

With
Houston pushing forward in an attempt to tie the game, the Sounders put the
contest away in the 88th minute when Montero slotted a pass through for
Uruguayan signing Alvaro Fernandez, who slotted the ball past Tally Hall for
his first MLS goal and the final margin of 2-0.

For
Houston, veteran midfielder Brian Mullan came on as a substitute, making the
record 180th appearance in all competitions of his Dynamo career. Midfielder
Corey Ashe played 58 minutes to reach the 1,000-minute mark in league play for
the second consecutive season. Midfielder Geoff Cameron came on as a
second-half substitute, his first league appearance since rupturing his PCL
against the Chicago Fire on April 24.

Houston
defender Mike Chabala picked up his fifth yellow card of the MLS season and
will be suspended for Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution.

The
Dynamo played without goalkeeper Pat Onstad (abdominal strain), defenders Ryan
Cochrane
(adductor strain) and Adrian Serioux (hamstring); and midfielder Lovel
Palmer
(red card).

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