Saturday, March 19, 2011

Philadelphia Union Drop Houston Dynamo 1-0 in MLS Action

(Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loco Photography, Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved)

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 19, 2011) The Philadelphia Union jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 5th minute over the Houston Dynamo and held onto the lead to give Houston its first opening season home loss in club history before 19,385 fans

The score came on a short kick by defender Danny Califf when Sheanon Williams throw deep to the Dynamo side, talking them by surprise.

While the Dynamo tried to regroup, Sebastian Le Toux shot from five yards out; hitting the crossbar.

Califf got the ricochet and chipped it in for the game’s only score.

The entire game was very physical, with three yellow cards issued in the game; Philadelphia’s Carlos Ruiz in the 20th minute for a reckless foul, and Houston’s Brad Davis (22nd minute) and Califf (44th minute) for reckless tackles.

To start the second half, the game was lost on local television and monitors in the stadium as the power supplying the transmission truck went out and the signal was lost. It was back on line half-way though the second half.

The Dynamo controlled the ball the majority of the game but could not find the way to put it in the goal.

Numerous drives, break-a-ways and corner kicks failed to end in the desired result; that being a goal for the orange and white.

The Union defense, much improved from 2010, kept the Dynamo at bay and forced them to take shot after shot that was easily defended or quickly knocked or head away.

The best chance for the Dynamo came in the 67th minute when Brad Davis found Geoff Cameron on a free kick, but his hearer just missed the net.

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