Cristian Maidana smashed in a free kick at the death to give the Houston Dynamo a 1-0 victory against his former club, the Philadelphia Union.
The win marks the first three points for the Dynamo in the Wade Barrett era.
Houston were the aggressor all evening long, maintaining the lion’s share of chances, as Philadelphia were forced to defend for large portions of the match. Andre Blake made numerous saves to keep the Union level until Maidana’s nearly perfect strike broke the draw.
The Union’s Joshua Yaro received a second yellow card late in the game, forcing his side to bunker in with 10-men for the closing minutes.
Houston Dynamo (4-8-5; 17 points) vs. Philadelphia Union (7-5-5; 26 points)
MLS Regular Season
July 2, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
HOU: Cristían Maidana 2 (unassisted) 90+5
Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; Jalil Anibaba, David Horst, Raúl Rodriguez, DaMarcus Beasley ©; Collen Warner; Giles Barnes (Andrew Wenger 84), Ricardo Clark, Alex Lima (Cristián Maidana 69), Boniek García; Will Bruin (Mauro Manotas 60)
Unused substitutes: Joe Willis, Agus, David Rocha, Sheanon Williams
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Cristian Maidana 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Will Bruin, Cristían Maidana and David Horst tied with 2); FOULS: 8 (Raúl Rodriguez 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8 (Alex Lima and Giles Barnes tied with 3); SAVES: 2 (Tyler Deric 2)
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Joshua Yaro, Richie Marquez, Fabinho; Brian Carroll ©, Tranquillo Barneta (Ken Tribbett 88); Ilsinho, (Leo Fernandes 63) Roland Alberg (C.J. Sapong 63), Warren Creavalle, Chris Pontius
Unused substitutes: Raymond Gaddis, John McCarthy, Walter Restrepo, Cole Missimo
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (C.J. Sapong 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (C.J. Sapong and Tranquillo Barnetta tied with 1); FOULS: 9 (Brian Carroll, Joshua Yaro and Warren Creavalle tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 4 (Brian Carroll, Roland Alberg, Tranquillo Barnetta and C.J. Sapong tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Tranquillo Barnetta 3); SAVES: 6 (Andre Blake 6)
PHI: Joshua Yaro (caution) 2
PHI: Joshua Yaro (ejection) 87
PHI: Warren Creavalle (caution) 90+4
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referees: Mike Rottersman, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath