Dynamo beats Union 3-1 to clinch playoff spot

Oscar Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis scored in the second half,

and the Houston Dynamo beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 Saturday

night to clinch a spot in the MLS playoffs.

Houston’s victory, coupled with Columbus’ 3-2 loss at DC United,

means the Dynamo (14-8-11) can finish no worse than fifth in the

Eastern Conference and are into the postseason for the sixth time

in seven years. Houston is unbeaten in the last three games and

extended its home unbeaten streak to 25 games, dating to June

2011.

Philadelphia (10-16-6) had won two in a row.

Garcia put the Dynamo up 2-1 in the 71st minute, taking a pass

from Brian Ching, settling it down and blasting one from the top of

the arc. Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath got a hand on but it

still found the inside of the far post.

Davis converted a penalty kick in the 75th minute, sending the

ball into the left side as MacMath went right. Houston was awarded

the penalty kick after Carlos Valdes took down Will Bruin in the

box on a breakaway.

Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney tied it at 1 in the 19th minute,

taking a Sheanon Williams cross from outside the upper left box and

heading it inside the far post from 10 yards out.

Macoumba Kandji put the Dynamo ahead in the fifth minute, taking

a clear attempt off of Valdes’ foot, dribbling it inside the upper

box and hitting a shot inside the near post from 16 yards out.

Kandji had another chance in the 39th minute, getting a cross

from Davis on the end line, but his one-timer went over a wide open

net.