In front of more than 25,000 passionate fans welcoming professional soccer back to Houston, the Dynamo crushed the Colorado Rapids in their inaugural match. Brian Ching became just the seventh player in MLS history to score four goals in a game, with Dwayne De Rosario assisting on each one. Alejandro Moreno brought the house down with a stoppage-time bicycle kick that earned Sierra Mist Goal of the Week honors.
Colorado Rapids (0-1-0) vs. Houston Dynamo (1-0-0)
April 02, 2006 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
HOU -- Brian Ching 1 (Wade Barrett 1, Dwayne De Rosario 1) 13
COL -- Kyle Beckerman 1 (Dedi Ben Dayan 1) 14
HOU -- Brian Ching 2 (Brian Mullan 1, Dwayne De Rosario 2) 37
HOU -- Brian Ching 3 (Brian Mullan 2, Dwayne De Rosario 3) 44
COL -- Jovan Kirovski 1 (unassisted) 52
HOU -- Brian Ching 4 (Dwayne De Rosario 4) 72
HOU -- Alejandro Moreno 1 (unassisted) 92+
Colorado Rapids -- Joe Cannon, Eric Denton, Pablo Mastroeni, Mike Petke, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman, Terry Cooke, Clint Mathis (Fabrice Noel 16), Dedi Ben Dayan (Hunter Freeman 34), Nicolas Hernandez (Cornell Glen 77), Jovan Kirovski.
Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul, Matt Crawford, Dan Gargan, Jacob Peterson.
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Goldthwaite, Kelly Gray, Ricardo Clark, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Adrian Serioux, Brian Ching, Alejandro Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Wells, Ronald Cerritos, Brad Davis, Patrick Ianni, Eddie Robinson, Marcus Storey, Craig Waibel.
COL -- Chris Wingert (caution; Obstruction) 32
COL -- Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Reckless Foul) 48+
COL -- Mike Petke (caution; Tackle from Behind) 62
COL -- Pablo Mastroeni (ejection; Second Caution) 86
Referee: Alex Prus
Referee's Assistants: George Vergara; Kyle Borne
4th official: Colin Tait
Weather: Clear-and-82 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial