Dynamo 0, Philadelphia 1 -- postgame notes

Houston loses first home opener in six-year history


Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo lost their 2011 season opener on Saturday night, falling 1-0 at
home to the Philadelphia Union before an energetic crowd of 19,385. After
Philadelphia scored in the fifth minute, the Dynamo dominated the majority of
the match but could not tie the score. It was Houston’s first ever loss in a
home opener (2-1-3).


Dynamo play their next two games on the road, taking on the Seattle Sounders
Friday night at 9 p.m. CT and then the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, April 2,
at 6:30 p.m. CT.


only goal of Saturday’s game came in the fifth minute on a long throw-in from
Philadelphia right back Sheanon Williams. The throw-in carried to Sebastien Le
Toux, who fired a shot from the edge of the six-yard box that slammed off the
crossbar. Union defender Danny Califf reached the rebound first and tucked it
into the corner.

Dynamo’s best chances came in the second half. In the 49th minute, Brad Davis
played a through ball into the penalty area for rookie forward Will Bruin, but
his left-footed shot from a wide angle was saved by Philadelphia goalkeeper
Faryd Mondragon. In the 68th minute, Geoff Cameron and Davis combined to set up
Dominic Oduro for a one-time chance, but his shot went high.


match marked the second consecutive year Philadelphia has beaten Houston at
home; last year the Union downed the Dynamo 3-2 in Houston and the teams played
to a 1-1 tie in Philadelphia.

forward Will Bruin became the first rookie to start on Opening Day for the
Dynamo in the club’s six-year history. Bruin played 61 minutes in his
professional debut.

Brad Davis wore the captain’s armband and made the 185th start of his MLS
career. Defender Bobby Boswell made his 115th career appearance for the Dynamo
in all competitions, with midfielder Geoff Cameron making his 95th and forward
Dominic Oduro his 60th.

Dynamo played without forward Brian Ching (hamstring) and midfielders Colin
(knee) and Francisco Navas Cobo (hamstring).

Match: Friday, March 25, 9 p.m., Dynamo at Seattle Sounders, Qwest Field,
Seattle WA
Home Match: Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City, Aggie
Soccer Stadium, College Station TX (Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier)
Match in Houston: Sunday, April 10, 6 p.m., Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps,
Robertson Stadium


On the game …
“It was a disappointing night. We
gave up one chance and lost the game. We created a few chances, and we came out
without anything.”

On allowing the first goal …
“It was a hopeful throw into the
box. We were just casual in our approach to address a dangerous situation. Any
time a guy brings the ball down in the six-yard box off of a long throw, it’s
very slack defending, and you get punished for it. After they scored their goal,
they just sat in and packed it in, and chances were few, but when you know a
team is going to come in and do something like that, it’s very important to
come in and score the first goal.”

On Philadelphia defending deep …
“The grass was wet, which I wasn’t
a fan of because the ball was playing too fast. They just killed the space. We
had some good moments, and when we were getting in good areas, our delivery
wasn’t really what it was. The season is not over, though, there is still a
long way to go.”

On failing to score …
“We had one good chance, and if you
don’t score goals like that, you aren’t going to win the game. That’s a pretty
good chance, a great play by Geoff [Cameron], a good ball by Brad [Davis], and
it’s a goal that you should expect to score.”


On Philadelphia’s goal …
“The way [Sheanon Williams] throws
the ball is the first throw we have seen. It went over me, and I misread it. On
the first two or three, he was throwing them lopsided, and they were spinning
funny. I have never seen a ball thrown like that, and I have to make
adjustments, and it’s unlucky to give up a goal so early.”

On allowing the first goal …
“We have a new group of guys, and it’s
a new season. I think if we had gotten one, it opens up the game. It is a game
of goals, and it wasn’t going in right, and we weren’t helping ourselves out by
not putting it in the frame. We didn’t help ourselves out giving up one so

On Carlos Ruiz’s first-half yellow
card …
“Anytime Ruiz is on the field, you
will get a couple of plays like that. I don’t think the ref had that much
impact on the game. You can throw a red on the one, but that is at his
discretion. I don’t think it was a rough night in terms of physicality, I just
think it was tough for us to score. “


On the game …
“It was an early mistake, so there is no sense in getting
down. There is a lot of time to turn it around. That is something that me,
Tally [Hall], and Bobby [Boswell] have to sort out. We are not going to get
down; we are going to make sure we keep the spirits up.