Dynamo draw 0-0 in Eurovoetbal opener

Houston earns point against Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven

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Jonathan Kaplan / HoustonDynamo.com

The
Houston Dynamo kicked off Eurovoetbal 2011 Saturday night with a scoreless draw against Dutch
powerhouse PSV Eindhoven at Achilles Stadium in Assen,
Holland. Dynamo midfielder Alan Arellano had a chance to win the game in the
final seconds but could not put his right-footed shot on target.

Although
the Dynamo played three friendlies in the past week, the squad looked flat in the first few minutes against the Dutch side. PSV had their first opportunity of the match in the fifth minute,
but Elvio van Overbeek’s header to the back post was saved by Dynamo goalkeeper
Juan Navarrete.

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After
10 minutes, the Dynamo began to settle down and find some opportunities behind
the PSV backline. In the 11th minute, Arellano fired a shot
from 25 yards out but saw it deflected before it rolled to PSV goalkeeper Jesse
Bertrams. Bertrams proceeded to roll the ball to his outside back, who then
passed the ball directly to Dynamo forward Lorenzo Salazar at the top of the
penalty box. Salazar took a dribble and fired a shot with his left foot, but
Bertrams made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Houston
had another opportunity in the 20th minute when Christian Diaz’s
free kick found Salazar in the PSV penalty box. Salazar flicked a header toward
the net, but Miguel Zapata could not get a clean touch and knocked the ball over the net.

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With
the crowd behind them, PSV began to press in the second half, looking for the
goal to put Houston away. That goal nearly came in the 38th minute
when the PSV left midfielder sent a rocket toward the Dynamo goal. Navarrete
saved the initial strike but could not get it under control, leaving the ball at
the six-yard box for a rebound. A PSV forward got to the ball first and
attempted to back-heel the ball into the goal, but Dynamo left back Alex Ochoa
put his foot in front of the attempt, keeping the Dynamo in the game.

Although
PSV outshot the Dynamo 11-6 during the 40-minute game, it was the last Dynamo
attempt that the crowd will remember. With only seconds left,
Dynamo center back Leo Ayala made a desperation clear toward midfield. Lorenzo
Salazar proceeded to steal the ball from a PSV defender and found a streaking
Isaiah Noreiga down the left wing. Noreiga squared the ball to Arellano who,
after dribbling past Bertrams, pushed his shot attempt high and wide of the
net.

Houston
will have little time to think about Saturday night’s result, with three games
on the schedule for Sunday. The Dynamo kick off Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
against Dutch side Feyenoord. At 12 noon, Houston will then have the
opportunity to avenge Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the hosts, when they take on FC
Groningen. Houston’s last match of the day kicks off at 3 p.m. against Czech club Slavia
Prague.

Houston Dynamo 0, PSV Eindhoven 0
June 11, 2011 -- Assen, the Netherlands
Eurovoetbal 2011

Scoring Summary:

Houston Dynamo -- Juan Navarrete, Christian Gonzalez, Bradley Bourgeois, Leo Ayala, Alex Ochoa, Christian Diaz (Isaiah Noreiga 21), Miguel Zapata, Bryan Celis (Christian Manisck 31), Raymundo Marquez, Alan Arellano, Lorenzo Salazar.

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

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