MLS Snapshot: Houston Dynamo 2-0 Philadelphia Union


One game in 100 wordsIt was clearly difficult for the Philadelphia Union to play their third game in the past seven days, as would be the case for any team. Tired legs marked the Union’s defeat, which really began to surface when highly touted rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake could no longer save his the Dynamo clearly had the higher energy in the second half. The Dynamo have now finally snapped their winless streak

Goals: 51′–Brad Davis

Three moments that mattered:

52′ — Dynamo draw first blood — Brad Davis put his field vision into play when he found Giles Barnes on a lobbed through ball on the left wing, and the former West Bromwich Albion man slowly advanced near the penalty area before zipping a cross toward goal for a spiriting Will Bruin. He caps off this sequence with a diving tap-in goal.

83′ — Almost the equalizer from Philadelphia — At this point, it’s plainly obvious that the Union are exhausted, but they kept digging nonetheless. Fred connected with substitute Andrew Wenger on a through ball between defenders in the middle of the Union’s box, but Tally Hall thwarts a stretching Wenger at close-range. The score stays 1-0 in favor of the Dynamo.

90′ — Icing on the cake — If the Union were hoping to snag an equalizer, Houston quieted those thoughts by putting Ray Gaddis in an unfortunate position for the deflected own goal. Game over.


Houston — Tally Hall, Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, DaMarcus Beasley, Oscar Garcia (Brian Ownby 90’+1′), Luis Garrido, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis (Andrew Driver 76′), Giles Barnes, Will Bruin (Omar Cummings 87′)

Philadelphia — Andre Blake, Fabinho, Maurice Edu, Carlos Valdes, Raymon Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Amobi Okugo, Danny Cruz (Andrew Wenger 61′), Pedro Ribeiro, Vincent Nogueira (Fred 72′), Sebastien Le Toux (Conor Casey 76′)