The Dynamo were dumped out of the Champions League in a shocking upset loss to the tournament’s weakest team, which entered the game with a -17 goal differential in five games. Two early goals put Houston in a hole, and despite goals from Geoff Cameron and, bizarrely, from goalkeeper Tally Hall, the Dynamo fell 3-2 and failed to advance.
The Houston Dynamo were eliminated from the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night, suffering a 3-2 upset loss to Salvadoran club Isidro Metapán in El Salvador. The Dynamo finish Group A with a 2-3-1 record and seven points, third out of four teams. Mexican club Pachuca and Panamanian club Árabe Unido advance to next year's quarterfinals.
The Dynamo will return to action on Sunday, when they face Western Conference co-leader Chivas USA in both teams' regular season finale at The Home Depot Center. The match will determine playoff seeding in the Western Conference.
Playing a 3-5-2 formation that included only three starters and without seven players due to injuries and suspension, the Dynamo surprisingly fell behind 2-0 in the first eight minutes, as first Elias Montes (7') and then Anel Canales (8') capitalized on turnovers to score and give Metapán a 2-0 lead.
The Dynamo carried play for most of the rest of the game. They pulled a goal back in the 28th minute when Brian Ching played a through ball to Geoff Cameron, who rolled a left-footed shot inside the far post for his first career international goal.
Houston tied the game with a bizarre goal in first half stoppage time, as goalkeeper Tally Hall boomed a long kick downfield, and after a collision between Dynamo players and Isidro Metapán goalkeeper Jose Luis Gonzalez, the ball bounced into the net. Hall was credited with the goal, the first ever by a Dynamo goalkeeper.
Jose Luis Gonzalez was taken out at halftime, and second-half goalkeeper Alvaro Alfaro made three huge saves to keep the Dynamo off the scoreboard. Alfaro made stops on Dominic Oduro (49), Ryan Cochrane (54), and Brian Ching (60) to keep Houston at bay.
Isidro Metapán got a fluky goal of its own in the 56th minute when midfielder Emerson Umaña unleashed a free kick that took a wicked deflection and wrong-footed Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall for what turned out to be the decisive goal.
The Dynamo played without forwards Luis Angel Landín (cup-tied) and Cam Weaver (knee); midfielders Corey Ashe (ankle), Ricardo Clark (knee), Danny Cruz (foot), and Brian Mullan (suspension); and defender Richard Mulrooney (knee surgery).
Defender Craig Waibel made his 110th appearance for the club; fellow defender Ryan Cochrane made his 75th.
Houston Dynamo (2-3-1) vs. Isidro Metapán (1-5-0)
October 21, 2009 -- Estadio Jorge Calero Suarez, Metapán ELS
2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League -- Group A
ISM -- Elias Montes 1 (unassisted) 7
ISM -- Anel Canales 1 (unassisted) 8
HOU -- Geoff Cameron 1 (Brian Ching 1) 28
HOU -- Tally Hall 1 (unassisted) 46+
ISM -- Emerson Umaña 1 (unassisted) 56
Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Craig Waibel, Eddie Robinson, Ryan Cochrane, Erik Ustruck (Abe Thompson 75), John Michael Hayden (Stuart Holden 46), Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis (Mike Chabala 71), Wade Barrett, Brian Ching, Dominic Oduro.
Substitutes Not Used: Tyler Deric, Pat Onstad, Bobby Boswell, Andrew Hainault
Isidro Metapán -- Jose Luis Gonzalez (Alvaro Alfaro 46), Jose Ricardo Alvarado, Alexander Escobar (Erick Prado 34), Ernesto Aquino, Ernesto Iraheta, Mario Aguilar (Oscar Jimenez 73), Hector Omar Mejia, Emerson Umaña, Andres Flores, Elias Montes, Anel Canales.
Substitutes Not Used: Jorge Moran, Ramon Valdez, Oscar Ulloa, Milton Molina
HOU -- Brad Davis (caution; Reckless Tackle) 56
HOU -- Ryan Cochran (caution; Tactical Foul) 79
HOU -- Geoff Cameron (caution; Dissent) 84
HOU -- Craig Waibel (caution; Dangerous Foul Play) 92+
Referee: Jose Pineda (HON)
Referee's Assistants: Roberto Giron (HON); Juan Rodas (HON)
4th official: Marion Mejia (SLV)
Weather: Clear-and-78 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial