The Dynamo almost pulled off the biggest series win in league history but ultimately fell to a relentless Pachuca attack. Houston’s aggregate lead was erased within 15 minutes, but the series remained tied into the second half. Brian Mullan and Brian Ching both gave the Dynamo one-goal leads in the second half, but Pachuca responded each time. A hat trick from Christian Giménez, including two penalty kicks and an amazing long-range strike in extra time, proved decisive as Pachuca advanced to the Champions’ Cup final and went on to win the continental title.
Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca
April 05, 2007 -- Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca MEX
CONCACAF Champions' Cup -- Semifinals, Game 2
PAC -- Gabriel Caballero 1 (Christian Gimenez) 4
PAC -- Christian Gimenez 1 (penalty kick) 15
HOU -- Brian Mullan 1 (Dwayne De Rosario 2, Brian Ching 1) 53
PAC -- Christian Gimenez 2 (penalty kick) 58
HOU -- Brian Ching 2 (Stuart Holden 1) 79
PAC -- Gabriel Caballero 2 (Leobardo Lopez) 86
PAC -- Christian Gimenez 3 (unassisted) 106+
Houston Dynamo -- Zach Wells, Craig Waibel (Stuart Holden 56), Ryan Cochrane, Eddie Robinson, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan, Kelly Gray, Dwayne De Rosario (Paul Dalglish 107), Brad Davis (Kevin Goldthwaite 76), Brian Ching, Alejandro Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Pat Onstad.
Pachuca -- Miguel Calero, Leobardo Lopez, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Jaime Correa, Marvin Cabrera (Paul Aguilar 78), Andres Chitiva (Marco Perez 115), Fausto Pinto, Gabriel Caballero, Christian Gimenez, Juan Carlos Cacho (Luis Angel Landin 74), Damian Alvarez.
Substitutes Not Used: Omar Arellano.
PAC -- Gabriel Caballero (caution) 50
PAC -- Juan Carlos Cacho (caution) 54
HOU -- Zach Wells (caution) 35
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (caution) 57
HOU -- Kelly Gray (caution) 90+
HOU -- Kevin Goldthwaite (caution) 101
HOU -- Paul Dalglish (caution) 108
Referee: Mauricio Navarro (CAN)
Referee's Assistants: Pedro Rebollar (MEX); Arturo Velazquez (MEX)
4th Official: Hugo Leon (MEX)
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial