High drama: Late goals by the Dynamo

A look back at the most dramatic tallies from Houston's six-year history

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo have given us some great memories over their six years of existence, often in the form of late dramatics. Robertson Stadium has been an intimidating place for opponents, in part because the Dynamo seem to keep pressing until they pull out a results. In fact, almost 20 percent of Dynamo home games in all competitions
(24 out of 123) have seen Houston either win or tie the game with a goal in the final 15
minutes.

Alex Dixon's 93rd-minute winner on Saturday is the most recent addition to that tradition, and while my by-now infamous call on SportsTalk 790 termed it "the most dramatic finish in Robertson Stadium regular-season history," a few goals on this list might give Dixon a run for his money:

 

Date Opponent Scorer Minute Result
4/22/06 Real Salt Lake Dwayne De Rosario 84 2-1 Win
6/3/06 LA Galaxy Eddie Robinson 85 2-1 Win
9/30/06 D.C. United Brian Ching 86 1-0 Win
10/29/06 Chivas USA (playoffs) Brian Ching 92+ 2-0 Win*
8/14/07 Pachuca (SuperLiga) Eddie Robinson 83 2-2 Tie (ET)
8/25/07 Columbus Crew Nate Jaqua 80 1-1 Tie
11/2/07 FC Dallas (playoffs) Brian Ching 97 4-1 Win*
4/6/08 FC Dallas Geoff Cameron 91+ 3-3 Tie
5/10/08 Colorado Rapids Dwayne De Rosario (pk) 87 2-1 Win
7/29/08 Pachuca (SuperLiga) Bobby Boswell 77 2-0 Win
10/7/08 San Francisco F.C. (CCL) Dwayne De Rosario 88 2-1 Win
10/15/08 San Jose Earthquakes Stuart Holden 93+ 2-1 Win
6/20/09 Real Salt Lake Brian Ching 89 1-1 Tie
8/9/09 Chicago Fire Stuart Holden (pk) 83 3-2 Win
9/19/09 Real Salt Lake Brad Davis 81 3-2 Win
11/8/09 Seattle Sounders (playoffs) Brian Ching 95 1-0 Win*
6/26/10 Colorado Rapids Joseph Ngwenya 79 2-2 Tie
6/29/10 Miami FC (U.S. Open Cup) Lovel Palmer 80 1-0 Win
7/15/10 Pachuca (SuperLiga) Joseph Ngwenya 85 2-1 Win
7/31/10 New York Red Bulls Brian Mullan 90 2-2 Tie
8/21/10 Chicago Fire Brian Ching 85 4-3 Win
4/17/11 New England Revolution Hunter Freeman 86 1-0 Win
5/28/11 FC Dallas Colin Clark 87 2-2 Tie
8/20/11 Real Salt Lake Alex Dixon 93+ 3-2 Win
         

* game-winning goal on aggregate

More common than usual this year have been late dramatics on the road, where the Dynamo have earned eight ties in 12 road games this year, several times with a late equalizer. In fact, this year's results account for four out of 11 Dynamo dramatic away goals:

 

Date Opponent Scorer Minute Result
5/13/06 at FC Dallas own goal 81 1-1 Tie
5/27/06 at New England Revolution Ryan Cochrane 85 1-1 Tie
6/24/07 at K.C. Wizards Patrick Ianni 81 1-0 Win
5/17/08 at Chicago Fire Bobby Boswell 82 2-1 Win
5/28/08 at FC Dallas Dwayne De Rosario 93+ 2-2 Tie
7/1/08 at Charleston Battery (U.S. Open Cup) Steve Wondolowski 89 1-1 Tie (ET)
11/1/08 at New York Red Bulls (playoffs) Kei Kamara 85 1-1 Tie
4/23/11 at Chicago Fire Bobby Boswell 83 1-1 Tie
6/25/11 at D.C. United Brian Ching 89 2-2 Tie
8/6/11 at Philadelphia Union Geoff Cameron 84 1-1 Tie
8/17/11 at New England Revolution Bobby Boswell 90 1-1 Tie

Which one of these goals stands out the most in your memory? Where does Dixon's tally rank in Dynamo history? Post a Facebook comment below or tweet @HoustonDynamo and let us know what you think.