Houston’s MLS Cup defense came to an abrupt and shocking halt, as the Dynamo lost to New York 3-0 in front of a sold-out home crowd despite a commanding 16-7 shot advantage. Dane Richards stunned the crowd with an early goal, and a Juan Pablo Angel penalty kick made it 2-0 before halftime. Houston pushed the game in the second half, but John Wolyniec scored on the counterattack to clinch the win for New York.
New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo
November 09, 2008 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Western Conference semifinals, Game 2
NY -- Dane Richards 1 (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 1) 25
NY -- Juan Pablo Angel 2 (penalty kick) 36
NY -- John Wolyniec 1 (Dane Richards 1) 81
New York Red Bulls -- Danny Cepero, Chris Leitch, Andrew Boyens, Diego Jimenez, Kevin Goldthwaite, Dane Richards (Macoumba Kandji 84), Luke Sassano, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Dave van den Bergh (Carlos Mendes 87), Juan Pablo Angel, John Wolyniec.
Substitutes Not Used: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Gabriel Cichero, Mike Magee, Juan Pietravallo, Jorge Rojas.
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Richard Mulrooney, Bobby Boswell, Eddie Robinson, Wade Barrett (Corey Ashe 46), Brian Mullan, Ricardo Clark, Dwayne De Rosario, Brad Davis (Stuart Holden 67), Brian Ching, Kei Kamara (Nate Jaqua 54).
Substitutes Not Used: Tony Caig, Geoff Cameron, Patrick Ianni, Craig Waibel.
NY -- Dave van den Bergh (caution; Tactical Foul) 5
NY -- Kevin Goldthwaite (caution; Tactical Foul) 28
NY -- Luke Sassano (caution; Tactical Foul) 47+
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (caution; Dissent) 62
HOU -- Pat Onstad (caution; Dissent) 69
HOU -- Brian Mullan (caution; Dissent) 73
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: Joe Fletcher; Sean Hurd
4th official: Alex Prus
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial