The Dynamo got off to a flying start – literally – in their return home, as Brian Ching went horizontal to head home Brian Mullan’s cross for a 1-0 lead in just the fifth minute. Columbus rallied in the second half to tie the game on an Eddie Gaven penalty kick, giving the Dynamo their third tie in a row.
Columbus Crew (4-6-6) vs. Houston Dynamo (6-3-6)
July 04, 2006 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
HOU -- Bring Ching 8 (Brian Mullan 4) 5
CLB -- Eddie Gaven 1 (penalty kick) 66
Columbus Crew -- Noah Palmer, Ezra Hendrickson, Ritchie Kotschau, Chris Leitch, Chad Marshall, Eddie Gaven, Brandon Moss, Jose Retiz (Leonard Bisaku 32), Ricardo Virtuoso (Tim Ward 75), Kei Kamara (Knox Cameron 67), Joseph Ngwenya.
Substitutes Not Used: Andy Gruenebaum, Ivan Becerra, Sebastian Rozental, Eric Vasquez.
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Goldthwaite, Eddie Robinson, Craig Waibel, Wade Barrett (Brad Davis 83), Ricardo Clark, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Brian Ching (Ronald Cerritos 69), Alejandro Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Wells, Chris Aloisi, Kelly Gray, Stuart Holden, Chris Wondolowski.
CLB -- Ritchie Kotschau (caution; Obstruction) 27
HOU -- Ricardo Clark (caution; Obstruction) 39
CLB -- Joseph Ngwenya (caution; Dissent) 72
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (caution; Dissent) 73
CLB -- Leonard Bisaku (caution; Reckless Foul) 73
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: Adam Wienckowski; George Vergara
4th official: Colin Tait
Weather: Partly cloudy-and-86 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial