Dynamo 2, Chivas USA 1 -- postgame notes

Davis ups league-leading assist total to nine; Ching returns to field

The
Houston Dynamo snapped a seven-game winless streak with a tense 2-1 victory
over Chivas USA Saturday night at Robertson Stadium. Midfielder Brad Davis
delivered his league-leading ninth assist of the year and set up a second goal
as the Dynamo earned their first win since April 29.

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 2, CHIVAS USA 1

With
the win, Houston improved to 8-0-2 all-time at home against Chivas USA in MLS
and playoff games and 10-3-6 against Chivas in all competitions. Brad Davis has
now notched a goal or an assist against Chivas USA in each of the club’s seven
seasons, dating back to 2005.

The
Dynamo return to action next Saturday, hosting Eastern Conference rival
Columbus with a chance to get back to the .500 mark. Houston and Columbus are
currently tied for third in the conference, although the Crew have two games in
hand and play tomorrow afternoon.

On
Saturday night, after the Dynamo had a third-minute header controversially
disallowed, Chivas USA took the lead in just the seventh minute. Forward Marcos
Mondaini reacted first to a back pass and netted his third goal of the season,
breaking a scoring drought of 808 minutes and almost five years for Chivas in
league play in Houston.

Houston
responded in the 29th minute, when Brad Davis delivered a free kick and Geoff
Cameron
– starting in midfield again after playing center back last week –
flicked a header inside the far post for his second goal of the season. Cameron
also scored Houston’s first goal in last year’s home game against Chivas USA, a
3-0 Dynamo win. For Davis, the assist was his ninth of the season, most in
Major League Soccer.

The
Dynamo carried a 15-9 advantage in shots on the night and made their aggression
pay off in the 55th minute. Brad Davis whipped a free kick hard and low at the
near post, and as Chivas defenders tried to clear the ball from an onrushing
Eddie Robinson, the ball deflected into the net. Robinson, making his second
start of the year, was injured on the play and left the match.

Houston
goalkeeper Tally Hall finished with four saves on the night but made just one
in the second half as the Dynamo held on for the win. The win was the fifth of
Hall’s MLS career in his 20th game (5-8-7).

Houston
forward Brian Ching came on as a substitute in the 70th minute, his fifth
appearance of the season and his first since May 4 due to plantar fasciitis.

For
their Dynamo careers in all competitions, midfielder Brad Davis made his 160th
start, defender Bobby Boswell made his 125th start, and midfielder Danny Cruz
made his 50th appearance.

Due
to injury and national team duty, the Dynamo played without forward Calen Carr (concussion);
midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica); and defenders Andre Hainault (Canada)
and Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica).

Next
Match: Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew, Robertson
Stadium

POST-GAME
QUOTES

HOUSTON
DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR

On
the game …
“I
am happy that we won. We dug deep fiving up kind of a crazy goal. I thought on
the night we probably could have scored more. It’s important sometimes to maybe
score that third goal to kill the game off, but we defended OK. Tally [Hall]
came out and caught some good ones, and we passed the ball around OK. We were
dangerous on set pieces all night long, which is a good thing to see. The
music’s playing, we haven’t had that in a while, and I’m pretty pleased.”

On
the significance of the win …
“If
you look at the standings, in the East a few teams are starting to pull away,
so it’s a huge win for us tonight with Philadelphia tying today and New York
winning last night. For our overall psyche, we can enjoy our Sunday for a
change, and then look forward to coming in on Monday. It does relieve a lot of
pressure we put on ourselves.”

HOUSTON
DYNAMO MIDFIELDER/DEFENDER GEOFF CAMERON

On
the team’s mentality …
“It’s
teamwork. We know if one guy has a mistake, there are other guys around to pick
him up, and that was the talk last week in San Jose. We want to get that
fighting mentality back, that winning attitude, and I thought we did that
tonight.”