Dynamo 4, Columbus 2 -- postgame notes

Houston wins third straight against an MLS foe; all four Academy players see action


Photo Credit: 
Jonathan Kaplan / HoustonDynamo.com

The Houston
Dynamo won their fourth consecutive preseason match, beating the Columbus Crew
4-2 in a 120-minute scrimmage Thursday morning at the Reach 11 Sports Complex
in Phoenix, Ariz. Thursday’s scrimmage consisted of
three 40-minute periods.

The Dynamo
have now outscored their three MLS opponents 11-3 over the past three games.
They will wrap up their Arizona
trip Saturday morning, taking on the Portland Timbers at noon CT.

Houston opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Danny Cruz
latched onto a loose ball and fired a 20-yard shot past Ray Burse in the Columbus goal. It was the
second time in three preseason games against MLS teams that the Dynamo took the
lead in the first 10 minutes. The goal was extra special for Cruz, who is from Glendale, Ariz.,
and had family in attendance.

The Dynamo
made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute when Brad Davis curled in a corner kick and
Eddie Robinson headed it into the top corner.

Columbus pulled one goal back in the 78th
minute when rookie Justin Meram converted a one-on-one chance against Dynamo
goalkeeper Tyler Deric.

Houston made it 3-1 in the 91st minute (out
of 120) when all-time leading scorer Brian Ching capitalized from close range
on a Mike Chabala corner kick. Columbus
scored four minutes later when Justin Meram scored his second goal of the game
from a Léandre Griffit cross.

The Dynamo
restored their two-goal advantage in the 104th minute when captain Brian Ching
was taken down in the penalty area. For the second time in three days, Jason
stepped up to the penalty kick and, although he needed two tries due to a
teammate’s encroachment, converted to make it 4-2.

For the
first time in club history, the Dynamo used all four home-grown players in the
same game. Dynamo
Academy products Tyler
, Francisco Navas Cobo, Alex Dixon, and Josue Soto all played as
substitutes, with three in the game at the same time in the final period.

Three total
players were ejected, but in each case the team was allowed to make a
substitution and continue with 11 players. For Columbus,
Andres Mendoza was ejected in the 18th minute, and for Houston, Lovel Palmer was sent off in the
58th minute and JeVaughn Watson in the 64th minute.

Preseason Game: Saturday, February 19, 12 noon CT, Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers
(scrimmage), Phoenix AZ

Opener: Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Philadelphia
Union, Robertson Stadium, Houston

Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo
February 17, 2011 -- Reach 11 Sports Complex, Phoenix AZ
Preseason scrimmage (120 mins.)

Scoring Summary:
HOU --
Danny Cruz (unassisted) 8
HOU --
Eddie Robinson (Brad Davis) 52
CLB --
Justin Meram (Bernardo Anor) 78
HOU --
Brian Ching (Mike Chabala) 91
CLB --
Justin Meram (Leandre Griffit) 95
HOU --
Jason Garey (penalty kick) 104

– Ray Burse (Alex Riggs 61), Sebastian Miranda
(Ben Sippola 61), Chad Marshall (Josh Williams 61), Andy Iro (Kwaku Nyamekye
61), Shaun Francis (Josh Gardner 8, Cory Elenio 78), Dilly Duka (Bernardo Anor
45, Eric Gehrig 107), Rich Balchan (Cole Grossman 61), Emmanuel Ekpo (Léandre
Griffit 61), Robbie Rogers (Santiago Prim 61), Andres Mendoza (Jeff Cunningham
19, Andy Adlard 81), Emilio Renteria (Justin Meram 61).

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 41, Evan Newton 81),
Kofi Sarkodie (Jordan Graye 61), Jermaine Taylor (Bobby Boswell 61), Eddie
Robinson (Andrew Hainault (61), Hunter Freeman (Mike Chabala 61), Danny Cruz
(Corey Ashe 61, Josue Soto 92), JeVaughn Watson (Alex Dixon 64), Geoff Cameron
(Lovel Palmer 55, Richard Edwards 58), Brad Davis (Francisco Navas Cobo 61),
Cam Weaver (Brian Ching 61), Will Bruin (Jason Garey 61).

Misconduct Summary:
CLB --
Andres Mendoza (caution) 18
CLB --
Andres Mendoza (ejection) 18
HOU --
Jermaine Taylor (caution) 31
HOU -- Cam
Weaver (caution) 33
CLB -- Emmanuel
Ekpo (caution) 36
HOU -- Brad
Davis (caution) 38
HOU --
Lovel Palmer (ejection) 58
HOU --
JeVaughn Watson (ejection) 64

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial