Chivas USA 2-3 Houston Dynamo
Houston scored two goals in a three-minute span midway through the first half Sunday, then held off
The Dynamo (13-8-9) have 48 points along with Los Angeles, which held the tiebreaker over Houston for the top spot in the conference. The Dynamo will play the expansion
Andrew Hainault, Dominic Oduro and Abe Thompson scored for Houston, which improved to 6-1-5 against
The Dynamo’s playoff scenario, however, did not please coach Dominic Kinnear, who said his team would have to deal with fatigue and travel concerns ahead of the playoff opener.
“I’m not worried about their fitness, I’m worried about how many games they’ve played,” Kinnear said. “Now we’re playing on Thursday and the league didn’t take into account that we played in CONCACAF on Wednesday. It’s unfair.”
Houston, which played a CONCACAF Champions League match in El Salvador on Wednesday, will stay in Southern California until Tuesday before heading north to Seattle.
“We definitely didn’t achieve our goals. The
Failing to capitalize on its chances hurt
Instead, it was Hainault who opened the scoring for Houston in the 26th minute after Ryan Cochrane headed a corner kick to the front of the net.
Three minutes later, Brad Davis slipped a ball in the middle of the field as Oduro raced into the penalty area unmarked. He beat Zach Thornton from 15 yards to make it 2-0.
“We got the goal and it kind of gave us some confidence and a boost of energy,” Kinnear said. “We get a second goal and the confidence grows from there.”
Thompson padded the lead in the 52nd minute before
“The way we played, the way we fought, our energy, hopefully they will get rewarded because there was only one team on the field who played soccer, there was only one team on the field who had chances and that team lost,” he said. “Quite a few times the game can be cruel. We are not putting our head down.”