The Houston Dynamo saw their winless streak extended to 10 consecutive Major League Soccer games Saturday night, falling 1-0 to the New England Revolution on the road at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. It was the Dynamo’s third straight loss in all competitions, each by shutout.
Although Houston dominated possession in the second half on Saturday night, earning nine corner kicks to New England’s three, the only goal of the game came in the 62nd minute. A long ball fell to Sainey Nyassi on the right wing, and his first touch got the ball to Ilija Stolica at the top of the box. Stolica, in just his second MLS game after being signed by New England, turned and fired a right-footed shot just inside the left post.
The game-winning goal was the only shot on goal by either team in the second half; Houston had numerous dangerous shots blocked by New England defenders in the penalty area.
Tonight’s game was the 200th in Dynamo club history in all competitions, including MLS regular season, MLS Cup playoffs, CONCACAF competition, SuperLiga, and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Richard Mulrooney started at right back for the 260th start of his MLS regular season career. Defender Bobby Boswell made the 155th start of his MLS regular season career. Midfielder Corey Ashe appeared in his 90th career MLS game and made his 40th career MLS start. Ashe left at halftime due to a hamstring injury.
The Dynamo played without defenders Mike Chabala (yellow card suspension) and Adrian Serioux (hamstring) and midfielder Brad Davis (quad). Defender Ryan Cochrane (adductor) was available as a substitute.
Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston, who retired from the Revolution as a player less than one month earlier, returned to face his former club for the first time. Ralston played for New England from 2002-10, playing in four MLS Cup finals (including both against the Dynamo).
Next Game: Saturday, August 21, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire, Robertson Stadium