Lester Gretsch / Houston Dynamo

Dynamo open CCL play with scoreless tie

The Houston Dynamo opened play in the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League with a 0-0 tie on the road against Panamanian champion San Francisco F.C. Tuesday night at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City.

San Francisco F.C. moves into first place in Group B with two points from two games. The Dynamo and Pumas UNAM are second with one point each. Luis Angel Firpo, which plays Pumas tomorrow night, has yet to play.

The scoreless tie was the second time the Dynamo have earned a point in an international road game in five tries (0-3-2). The other came earlier this year against CSD Municipal. Houston will continue Champions League play with a road game against Pumas UNAM in Mexico City next Tuesday, September 30. The Dynamo will host San Francisco F.C. October 7.

Goalkeeper Pat Onstad made seven saves, including six in the first half, to earn his 10th overall shutout of the season in 27 games and run his season save total to 99. It was the Dynamo’s 13th shutout of the year in 35 games in all competitions.

Houston started only five regulars but still put out an experienced lineup. Brian Mullan, Brian Ching, and Dwayne De Rosario all came off the bench. The Dynamo are now 14-7-14 in all competitions this year.

Houston Dynamo (0-0-1) vs. San Francisco F.C. (0-0-2)
September 23, 2008 – Estadio Rod Carew, Panama City PAN
2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League -- Group B

Scoring Summary:

Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel, Bobby Boswell, Patrick Ianni, Wade Barrett, Geoff Cameron (Brian Mullan 59), Ricardo Clark, Stuart Holden, Corey Ashe, Nate Jaqua (Brian Ching 71), Kei Kamara (Dwayne De Rosario 75).
Substitutes Not Used: Tony Caig, Eddie Robinson, Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski.

San Francisco F.C. -- Carlos Valdes, Miguel Olivares, Santiago De Alba, Deivis Granados (Victor Suarez), Wess Torres, Temistocles Perez (Pablo Romero 81), Juan Solis, Manuel Torres, Angel Lombardo, Alberto Blanco (Boris Alfaro 71), Alberto Zapata.
Substitutes Not Used: Giovanni Gutierrez, Rusvel Saravia, Osvaldo Gonzalez, Luis McDonalds.

Misconduct Summary:
HOU -- Geoff Cameron (caution; Reckless Tackle) 6
HOU -- Corey Ashe (caution; Delaying a Restart) 62

Referee: Geoffrey Hospedales (T&T)
Referee's Assistants: Michael Ragoonath (T&T); Mentor Baptiste (T&T)
4th Official: Rolando Vidal (PAN)
Attendance: 3,400
Weather: Rainy-and-82 degrees

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial