Dynamo 2, Portland 1 -- postgame notes

Houston moves into tie for third place in Eastern Conference with win

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The
Houston Dynamo moved into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with
a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night at Robertson Stadium,
extending the Dynamo’s unbeaten streak to three games. Midfielder Adam Moffat,
acquired from Portland in a July 21 trade, scored a spectacular 40-yard goal to
lead the Dynamo attack.

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 2, PORTLAND 1

It
was the first of three games in seven days for Houston, which plays at New
England on Wednesday night and will host Real Salt Lake on Saturday. With 10
games remaining, Houston is currently in position to qualify for the
postseason.

Houston
is now 3-1-4 in its last eight games, dating back to June 25, and trails
second-place Philadelphia by three points and first-place Columbus by six
points in the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo are now unbeaten in the last 10 matches
captain Brian Ching has started (4-0-6), dating back to September 2010.

With
the win, the Dynamo evened their record at 7-7-10, reaching the .500 mark for
the first time since May 21, when Houston was 3-3-5. The win was the seventh of
the season at home for the Dynamo (7-3-3), surpassing last year’s total of six
(6-6-3).

The
Dynamo’s night began with a bang in the 17th minute when midfielder Adam Moffat
settled the clearance of a corner kick and rifled a 40-yard shot into the top
right corner of the net, scoring against his former team and notching his first
goal since July 3, 2010.

Houston
doubled its lead with a terrific passing sequence in the 27th minute.
Midfielder Brad Davis began the play on the left sideline with a no-look pass
to midfielder Colin Clark breaking into the penalty area. Clark threaded a pass
through the legs of a defender to forward Brian Ching, who bent a low shot
inside the far post for his fourth goal of the season.

For
Brad Davis, the assist broke a tie for the league lead in assists with David
Beckham, giving Davis 11 for the season. It was also the 75th assist of Davis’
MLS career. By playing 80 minutes in the match, Davis passed the 2,000-minute
mark for the season, the third straight year in which he has played at least
2,000 minutes after only doing so once in his first seven seasons.

Portland
pulled a goal back in the second half when Jack Jewsbury converted a
left-footed shot from near the penalty spot after a cross was deflected back to
him.

Houston
goalkeeper Tally Hall made four crucial saves on the night to help the Dynamo
hold on for a 2-1 win. Hall’s best stop came on an Eddie Johnson breakaway in
just the fifth minute, but he also reacted quickly to stop a Kenny Cooper one-timer
in the 84th minute and preserve the lead.

Dynamo
forward Carlo Costly made his home debut and the first start of his Dynamo and
MLS career, playing 56 minutes.

Captain
Brian Ching made the 150th start of his Major League Soccer career and scored
his fourth goal of the season. Ching has now scored three times in his last
three games.

For
their respective careers, defender Bobby Boswell made his 180th start and midfielder
Geoff Cameron his 75th start. It was also Cameron’s 95th career start for the
Dynamo in all competitions. Forward Cam Weaver came on as a substitute to make
his 55th appearance for the Dynamo in all competitions.

The
Dynamo played without forward Will Bruin (knee surgery) and midfielder Danny
Cruz
(quad).

Next
Match: Wednesday, August 17, 7 p.m. CT, Dynamo at New England Revolution,
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
Next Home Match: Saturday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.,
Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake, Robertson Stadium