Dynamo 1, Union 0
The Houston Dynamo scored for the first time in a month and won
for the first time in nearly two months Saturday, lifting a weight
off their collective shoulders.
Ricardo Clark scored in the 59th minute and the Houston Dynamo
snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over the
Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
”We know what’s been going on,” Houston coach Dominic Kinnear
said. ”We have been peppered with questions over the last couple
weeks about not winning. This is a proud group, and we get a little
annoyed by it. … Any time you win – whether it is a great win or
the teams played poorly and you get a little lucky – you walk off
the field with a little enjoyment out of it.”
Houston (7-6-5) had not won since beating D.C. United 4-0 on May
”It’s nice to get one,” said Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall,
who finished with three saves. ”Sometimes it is not pretty in the
end. I don’t think we finished the game great. You look at it, it’s
three points and we haven’t had that in a while. We walk away with
smiles on our faces.”
Clark also put an end to Houston’s franchise record 388-minute
scoreless streak when he headed in Jermaine Taylor’s cross from the
left sideline from 8 yards out.
Clark said Taylor’s service on the goal was right where he
needed it to be, and he was trying to make the most of it.
”It’s three points,” Clark said. ”At the end of the day, that
is all we wanted. We could have finished a couple more
Houston had not scored since Warren Creavalle’s goal at Columbus
on June 1. The Dynamo’s previous record scoreless streak was 273
minutes in May 2007.
”It just gives us our confidence and gets us back to our
winning ways,” Houston forward Giles Barnes said. ”It gets us
back up the table and puts pressure on everyone on top of us.
Obviously, when you start scoring and obviously we had more
chances, so the mood was a lot different.”
Philadelphia (7-6-6) had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped,
dropping its first game since losing 5-3 at Montreal on May 25.
”You’re going to win some, and you’re going to lose some,
especially when you try to play in these kind of conditions, third
game in eight days, it’s just tough,” Philadelphia coach John
Hackworth said. ”So, thought our team put out a fantastic effort,
just wasn’t there tonight.”
Philadelphia’s best chance came before halftime when Hall
stopped Aaron Wheeler’s shot from the left box and Conor Casey’s
rebound attempt went high.
Casey said the Union did not establish what they wanted to do,
and in the end, they didn’t do enough to get a result.
”Today just wasn’t a very good day in general, but I think the
past month we’ve played pretty consistent,” Casey said. ”So, just
get back to what we were doing and take it from there.”