Dynamo 0, Chivas USA 3 -- postgame notes

Davis ties Mullan for club record with 184 appearances in all competitions

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Forward
Justin Braun struck for a hat trick as Chivas USA downed the Houston Dynamo 3-0
Saturday night in southern California. With the loss, Houston dropped from
ninth place to 11th place in the overall MLS standings. The Dynamo return to
action next Saturday night, hosting the Seattle Sounders at Robertson Stadium.

In
starting the match, Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis made his 184th career
appearance for the Dynamo in all competitions, tying the club record held by
Brian Mullan. Davis, already Houston’s all-time leader in assists and MLS
appearances, will have a chance to pass Mullan in Saturday’s match against
Seattle.

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 0, CHIVAS USA 3

Chivas
USA’s win Saturday night broke a five-game win streak and 12-game unbeaten
streak in the MLS regular season head-to-head series; Chivas USA had not beaten
the Dynamo in regular season play since August 26, 2006.

The
Dynamo’s best scoring chance came in the 61st minute. Great combination play
between forwards Cam Weaver and Will Bruin set up Bruin for an open shot from
outside the penalty area, but his right-footed shot flashed just wide of the
left post. Two minutes earlier, midfielder Geoff Cameron narrowly missed when
his header from a corner kick bounced over the crossbar.

Houston
goalkeeper Tally Hall, one of four Dynamo players named to the MLS All-Star
Game, made five saves in the match, including a highlight-reel stop on a Michael
Umana shot to the top corner in the 89th minute.

Houston
midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson was ejected in the 70th minute after receiving his
second yellow card of the game. The red card was Houston’s fifth in the last
nine games and third in two games after the Dynamo finished with nine men last
Saturday against Kansas City.

Midfielder
Adam Moffat, acquired from Portland in a trade on Thursday, made his Dynamo
debut as a substitute in the 67th minute. Rookie midfielder Alex Dixon made his
fifth competitive appearance of the season and his fourth in an MLS game.

The
Dynamo played without forwards Calen Carr (concussion) and Brian Ching (red
card) and midfielder Colin Clark (red card).

Next
Match: Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders, Robertson
Stadium