The Houston Dynamo won the 2006 Carolina Challenge Cup Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 4,032 with a three-goal victory over the New York Red Bulls. In the second game of the evening, the Charleston Battery silenced D.C. United's hopes for the trophy with a 1-1 tie.
Houston's first goal was scored by forward Brian Ching in the 29th minute. Brian Mullan crossed from the right side, and Ching re-directed the ball past veteran goalkeeper Tony Meola into the left side of the goal.
The second goal came in the 70th minute after New York failed to fully clear a corner. Craig Waibel slipped a pass to fellow defender Ryan Cochrane, who blasted home from six-yards out.
Houston sealed the win 10 minutes later as Brian Mullan converted to give the Dynamo their third goal of the night.
New York Red Bulls (0-3) vs. Houston Dynamo (2-0-1)
March 25, 2006 -- Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston SC
Carolina Challenge Cup
HOU -- Brian Ching 1 (Brian Mullan 1) 29
HOU -- Ryan Cochrane 1 (Craig Waibel 1) 70
HOU -- Brian Mullan 1 (unassisted) 80
Houston Dynamo -- unavailable.
Charleston Battery -- unavailable.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial