Dynamo 1, New England 2 - postgame notes

Mulrooney makes 100th Dynamo start, notches assist in loss

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Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo fell to a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution Sunday night at
Robertson Stadium, with New England’s Kheli Dube scoring a game-winning goal at
Robertson Stadium for the third consecutive year despite the Dynamo’s heavy
edge in chances and shots on goal. New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth
made six saves to earn the win for the Revolution. The match included a
combined seven yellow cards and two red cards between the teams.

With
the loss, Houston dropped behind New England to 15th in the overall MLS
standings. The teams are now tied with 48 goals allowed on the season, the
highest total in the league.

The
Revolution are now 4-0-1 all-time against the Dynamo at Robertson Stadium.
Kheli Dube also scored the game-winning goal against the Dynamo in a 2-1 win at
Houston in 2008 and a 1-0 win at Houston in 2009.

New
England took the lead against the run of play in the 43rd minute, when a long
throw-in was cleared, and Emmanuel Osei played the ball back into the penalty
area. Shalrie Joseph stayed onside and snuck a shot through the legs of Pat
Onstad from a tight angle for his third goal of the season.

Houston
came out firing early in the second half and completely controlled the first 20
minutes. The Dynamo broke through in the 60th minute when Corey Ashe fed the
ball wide to an overlapping Richard Mulrooney, who served a precise back-post
cross to a wide-open Dominic Oduro, who fired a shot inside the right-hand
post. The goal was Oduro’s seventh goal of the season in all competitions, tied
for the team lead, and fifth of the year in MLS play, tying his career high set
in 2008 with FC Dallas. The assists were the third of the year for both
Mulrooney and Ashe.

New
England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was called on to make two saves in the
next six minutes to keep the game tied. The Revolution then went ahead in the
73rd minute when forward Ilija Stolica stole the ball from Houston defender
Ryan Cochrane with a physical challenge, then fed the ball to Dube at the back
post, where he slotted the ball past Pat Onstad.

Houston
pushed to try to tie the game but could not break through. Frustrations boiled
over in stoppage time, when Joseph Ngwenya was ejected for a high challenge on
Cory Gibbs, and Geoff Cameron was ejected for a retaliatory foul against Pat
Phelan. Both players will miss Saturday’s match against the San Jose
Earthquakes.

Houston
defender Richard Mulrooney made his 100th career start for the Dynamo in all
competitions, the 11th player in team history to reach that mark. Goalkeeper
Pat Onstad extended his club record with his 170th start in all competitions
and his 220th career start in MLS play.

The
Dynamo played without forward Brian Ching (knee swelling), midfielders Colin
Clark
(ACL surgery) and Anthony Obodai (meniscus surgery), and goalkeeper Tally
Hall
(ankle).

Next
Game: Saturday, October 16, 9 p.m. CT, Houston Dynamo at San Jose
Earthquakes, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA

Next
Home Game: Saturday, October 23, 3 p.m., Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders,
Robertson Stadium

POSTGAME QUOTES

DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On the game …

“I don’t have many thoughts on the
game. It was full of missed chances and bad mistakes, and we lost our cool at
the end.”

On the goals …

“I don’t think they had many
chances, but they had two, and those were enough. We had more than enough
chances. Between the 18s, I thought we played pretty well. Those two goals that
we gave up were very soft. Our goal was a great goal, and I thought we should
have had more.”

On the first half …

“To come in down 1-0 at halftime
was very surprising, because I thought we had some great chances. I thought
overall we carried the play, but we keep on making mistakes and giving up soft
goals, and it does damage to your psyche. On the other side, when you are
missing chances, it does more damage, and it keeps piling on the pressure.

HOUSTON DYNAMO GOALKEEPER PAT
ONSTAD

On the game …

“It was a difficult one. We had
ample opportunities in the first half with three or four good looks. Their
first opportunity they buried, which is the story of our season. I thought in
the second half we had opportunities as well, with balls in good spots, but
unfortunately we could not get that second one to seal it. At the end we had a
costly error that cost us three points.”

On the season …

“You can tell the guys are
frustrated right now. This season has not gone our way. It’s disappointing when
the guys want to win so badly.”

HOUSTON DYNAMO DEFENDER RICHARD
MULROONEY

On the game …

“We are disappointed. I thought we
battled back to get to 1-1, and I thought the momentum was on our side. You
create your own breaks, and these are our mistakes and our play that has put us
where we are. We continue to get punished every night. It’s disheartening. Not that our
team didn’t try, but it just hurts to continue losing, especially at home. It
was a good crowd tonight.”

On starting his 100th game with the
Dynamo …

“It’s a club I believe in. I don’t
want to be anywhere else. I still think Dom is the best coach in the league,
and this group of guys I wouldn’t trade for the world. We have had a tough
year, but having said that, this is a group of guys I would want to be with for
a 100 more games if possible. It’s an accomplishment, but having said that it
would be better to be able to remember my 100th with a win.”