Dynamo 0, Bolton 2 -- postgame notes
Premier League club Bolton Wanderers scored once in each half to beat the host
Houston Dynamo in the third annual Dynamo Charities Cup Saturday night at
Robertson Stadium. Bolton captain Kevin Davies had a goal and an assist.
match was the third edition of the Dynamo Charities Cup; Houston won the first
two games, beating Mexican club Monterrey 2-1 in 2009 and Salvadoran side
Aguila 4-0 in 2010.
The Dynamo partnered with Houston City Council Member and District
I representative James Rodriguez to ensure proceeds from Wednesday’s match will
benefit East End youth soccer programs. The programs are in danger of being
eliminated due to City of Houston budget constraints.
Houston returns to action in league play on Saturday, taking on
Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., kicking off at 9:30 p.m.
In Saturday’s game, the Dynamo used a mix of regulars and
reserves, with only two starters from last Saturday’s match against Kansas City
in the starting lineup. Goalkeeper Tyler Deric, defender Bobby Boswell, and
midfielders Colin Clark and Alex Dixon were the only Houston players to play
all 90 minutes. Deric made four saves, and Dixon played three different
Bolton took the lead in the 32nd minute when Kevin Davies flicked
on a long throw-in, and Croatian international forward Ivan Klasnic got to the
ball first at the near post to flick it past Tyler Deric.
Wanderers scored their second goal in the 58th minute, as
Bulgarian international Martin Petrov beat Tyler Deric to a long ball outside
the penalty area, then crossed for Kevin Davies to tap in from close range.
Houston had several good chances to score but could not beat
Finnish international goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who made a fantastic save
to deny Houston midfielder Danny Cruz in the 77th minute. One minute later,
forward Jason Garey headed in a pass from midfielder Josue Soto, but Garey’s
shot was disallowed for offside.
forward Cam Weaver played the first half, making him the only player to start
all three editions of the Dynamo Charities Cup. The attendance of 13,612 was
the highest in the short history of the event.
Match: Saturday, July 23, 9:30 p.m. CT, Dynamo at Chivas USA, The Home Depot
Center, Carson CA
Home Match: Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders,