Dynamo 1, Philadelphia 1 - postgame notes

Hainault scores first goal since October '09 in 1-1 tie

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The
Houston Dynamo earned a road result for the second consecutive game, playing to
a 1-1 tie with the Philadelphia Union Saturday afternoon at PPL Park just south
of Philadelphia. The tie came despite 13 corner kicks for Houston – 10 in the
second half – and a 15-7 Dynamo shot advantage.

After
going 1-0-1 in their last two road games, including a 3-1 win over D.C. United
last Saturday, the Dynamo will return home to host the New England Revolution
on Sunday, October 10, at Robertson Stadium.

On
Saturday, the Dynamo took the lead in the 12th minute when defender Andrew Hainault
fired in a rebound for his first goal of the season and his first since October
25, 2009. Midfielder Brad Davis rifled a shot from the right edge of the
penalty area, and Philadelphia goalkeeper Brad Knighton punched the shot away.
Hainault, in the penalty area for a corner kick, reacted first to the loose
ball and fired it inside the near post.

Philadelphia
tied the game in the 40th minute when 18-year-old midfielder Roger Torres
floated a ball into the penalty area, and forward Sebastien Le Toux snuck
behind the Dynamo back line to control the ball and tuck a low shot past Pat
Onstad. It was Le Toux’s 13th goal of the season; with 13 goals and 10 assists,
he has been involved in 23 of Philadelphia’s 32 goals on the season. Torres
notched his fifth assist of the season.

In
the second half, the Dynamo created more chances, including late headers from
Cam Weaver and Brian Ching that both sailed high, but could not strike for the
game-winning goal. Houston outshot Philadelphia 7-1 in the second half but only
forced one save out of Union goalkeeper Brad Knighton.

Dynamo
goalkeeper Pat Onstad played the full 90 minutes and made two saves one week
after suffering a concussion against D.C. United last Saturday. Captain and
forward Brian Ching made his 125th career start for the Dynamo in all
competitions. Midfielder Geoff Cameron made the 50th start of his MLS career
and his 70th start for the Dynamo in all competitions.

The
Dynamo played without midfielders Colin Clark (ACL surgery) and Anthony Obodai
(meniscus surgery) and goalkeeper Tally Hall (ankle). Dynamo head coach Dominic
Kinnear
watched from a suite while serving a one-game suspension following his
ejection last week against D.C. United.

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