With family and friends affected by Hurricane Ike heavily on their minds, the Dynamo played to a 1-1 tie with rival San Jose. Brian Ching’s 71st-minute header tied the match, and Ching celebrated by pointing proudly to the Dynamo badge on his chest.
Houston Dynamo (10-5-9) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (7-9-8)
September 13, 2008 -- Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA
SJ -- Ronnie O'Brien 4 (Arturo Alvarez 4) 50
HOU -- Brian Ching 10 (Brian Mullan 4) 71
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Richard Mulrooney, Bobby Boswell, Eddie Robinson, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan (Dwayne De Rosario 80), Ricardo Clark, Stuart Holden, Brad Davis, Nate Jaqua (Brian Ching 64), Kei Kamara (Patrick Ianni 87).
Substitutes Not Used: Tony Caig, Corey Ashe, Craig Waibel, Chris Wondolowski.
San Jose Earthquakes -- Joe Cannon, James Riley, Nick Garcia (Ryan Cochrane 81), Jason Hernandez, Eric Denton, Ronnie O'Brien (Shea Salinas 72), Francisco Lima, Ned Grabavoy, Darren Huckerby, Arturo Alvarez (Ryan Johnson 61), Scott Sealy.
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Gustavson, John Cunliffe, Kelly Gray, Jovan Kirovski.
HOU -- Kei Kamara (caution; Dissent) 15
HOU -- Richard Mulrooney (caution; Reckless Tackle) 31
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 62
SJ -- James Riley (caution; Delay of Game) 69
HOU -- Brian Mullan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 80
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (ejection; Second Caution) 85
HOU -- Pat Onstad (caution; Delay of Game) 93+
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee's Assistants: Corey Rockwell; Peter Balciunas
4th official: Richard Heron
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial