Dynamo 3, Seattle 1 -- postgame notes

Ching sixth among active scorers; Davis reaches 10 assists yet again

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Photo Credit: 
Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo snapped the nine-game MLS unbeaten streak of the third-place
Seattle Sounders with a resounding 3-1 win Saturday night at Robertson Stadium
behind two goals from captain Brian Ching and a goal and an assist from Colin
Clark
. The loss was Seattle’s first in league play since May 25.

With
the win, Houston moved into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference
with Sporting Kansas City on 27 points, just three behind third-place New York
with a game in hand and four behind second-place Philadelphia. The Dynamo
travel to Philadelphia next Saturday.

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 3, SEATTLE 1

Forward
Brian Ching returned from red-card suspension to key the Dynamo victory, notching
his 74th and 75th career MLS goals, sixth most among active players. The
multi-goal game was Ching’s first since a hat trick on August 21, 2010. Ching
also played a part in the first goal, getting a touch to a Geoff Cameron cross in
the penalty area before the ball fell to Colin Clark for a close-range finish.
Ching added a header in the 23rd minute from a Cameron cross and tapped
in a Clark cross in the 71st minute to seal the win. The Dynamo are now
unbeaten in the last eight matches Ching has started (3-0-5), dating back to September
2010.

In
starting the match, Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis made his club-record 185th
career appearance for the Dynamo in all competitions, passing Brian Mullan’s
mark of 184. Davis also recorded his league-leading 10th assist of the season,
giving him three consecutive seasons with double-digit assists. The assist was
the 65th for Davis with the Dynamo in all competitions – he has recorded at
least 10 assists in all competitions in five of his six season with Houston.

The
win evened the all-time series between the clubs at 3-3-3 and gives Houston the
series victory over Seattle this year after the teams tied 1-1 on March 25. The
Dynamo have won three consecutive home games against the Sounders, dating back
to the 2009 playoffs. The win was just the second multi-goal win by either team
in the nine all-time matches.

Seattle’s
goal came on a 36th-minute penalty kick from Alvaro Fernandez. Houston
goalkeeper Tally Hall was credited with two saves in earning his sixth win of
the season. Defenders Bobby Boswell and Hunter Freeman both made their first
starts since June 18 on the back line.

Midfielder
Adam Moffat, playing his second game with the Dynamo after being acquired on
July 21, made his first start for the club in central midfield and was a key
figure in the victory alongside Geoff Cameron, who set up two of the three
goals with crosses. Moffat cracked four shots, including two that forced saves
from Kasey Keller.

The
Dynamo improved to 5-1-2 when scoring the first goal and 3-0-2 when leading at
halftime.

For
Houston, forward Brian Ching appeared in his 180th career MLS game, midfielder
Adam Moffat made his home debut while appearing in his 50th career MLS game,
and defender Corey Ashe tied a career high set last year with his 19th start of
the season.

In
addition to Brad Davis, the following Dynamo players reached milestone
appearances for the club in all competitions: Corey Ashe and Brian Ching (155),
Geoff Cameron (115), Andre Hainault (80), and Tally Hall (40).

The
Dynamo played without forward Calen Carr (concussion) and midfielders Danny
Cruz
(quad) and Je-Vaughn Watson (red card). Forward Will Bruin left the match
in the 31st minute with a left knee injury.

Next
Match: Saturday, August 6, 7 p.m. CT, Dynamo at Philadelphia Union, PPL Park,
Chester PA
Next
Home Match: Sunday, August 14, 8 p.m., Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers, Robertson
Stadium