Dynamo 3, DC United 1 - postgame notes

Houston records first road win since May 8 with three goals in second half

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The
Houston Dynamo snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over D.C.
United Saturday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. With the win, Houston
moved ahead of Chivas USA into seventh place in the Western Conference and
avoided elimination from the MLS Cup playoff race.

After
allowing three goals in the second half on Wednesday, the Dynamo rallied from a
1-0 halftime deficit with three second-half goals of their own on Saturday to
earn the win. And after facing seven minutes of stoppage time on Wednesday, the
Dynamo had to endure almost 11 minutes of stoppage time on Saturday after
goalkeeper Pat Onstad collided with defender Andrew Hainault early in stoppage
time. Onstad recovered to remain in the game, finishing with four saves, and
forward Dominic Oduro iced the game with a breakaway goal.

Both
coaches – Dominic Kinnear of the Dynamo and Ben Olsen from D.C. United – were
ejected in the 89th minute  in a match
that included six yellow cards.

The
Dynamo return to action next Saturday, facing the Philadelphia Union on the
road at 3 p.m. CT in the Dynamo’s first ever visit to PPL Park.

D.C.
United took the lead in the 29th minute when Santino Quaranta found Andy Najar
with a long, cross-field ball, and the 17-year-old dribbled into the penalty
area and faked out two Dynamo defenders before firing a left-footed shot past
Pat Onstad.

Houston
tied the game in the 66th minute when defender Richard Mulrooney got forward
down the right sideline and floated in a back-post cross that floated over the
hands of D.C. goalkeeper Troy Perkins. The Dynamo’s Brad Davis tried to play
the ball back across the box, but it deflected off of United’s Devon McTavish
and went in to tie the game.

Brad
Davis
also played a part in the Dynamo’s go-ahead goal in the 70th minute, as
he served a free kick into the penalty area, where Geoff Cameron glanced a
header off the hands of D.C. goalkeeper Troy Perkins and in at the near post to
give Houston a 2-1 lead. It was Cameron’s second goal of the year, fifth of his
MLS career, and first since rupturing his PCL on April 24. The assist was the
ninth of the season for Davis and his third consecutive game with an assist,
tied for the second longest streak in MLS this season.

The
Dynamo held on for the win, with Pat Onstad making a crucial save on Andy Najar
from a tight angle in the 87th minute. Houston then sealed the win in the 10th
minute of stoppage time when Lovel Palmer stole the ball in the midfield and
fed it to Brian Ching, who slotted a pass through for Dominic Oduro. The
speedster, who converted a breakaway goal on Wednesday, netted with a shot
inside the left post for his fourth MLS goal of the season.

The
win was Houston’s first on the road since May 8, breaking a nine-game winless
streak in road matches. The Dynamo scored six goals on the two-match road trip,
almost doubling their season goalscoring total in road games from seven to 13.

For
Houston, Richard Mulrooney started at right back for the 265th start of his MLS
career. Midfielder Brad Davis made the 180th start of his MLS career.

The
Dynamo played without midfielders Colin Clark (ACL surgery) and Anthony Obodai
(meniscus surgery), defender Bobby Boswell (yellow card accumulation), and
goalkeeper Tally Hall (ankle).

Next
Game: Saturday, October 2, 3 p.m. CT, Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union, PPL
Park, Chester PA

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Home Game: Sunday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Houston Dynamo vs. New England
Revolution, Robertson Stadium