Chivas USA held scoreless against Dynamo
Four games into the season, the Houston Dynamo offense came to life
for the first time. Goals from Geoff Cameron, Lovel Palmer and Dominic
Oduro gave the Dynamo a 3-0 win over West rivals Chivas USA.
Houston exploded early through Cameron and Corey Ashe. In the 12th
minute, Ashe found Cameron streaking between the two Chivas central
defenders, and Cameron snapped a low one-touch shot past keeper Zach
Thornton to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead.
Houston extended their lead eight minutes later. Palmer received the
ball 35 yards out and slipped his mark. With space in front of him, the
Jamaican midfielder unleashed a rocket that screamed past an
outstretched Thornton and landed in the upper 90. It has to be an early
candidate for goal of the year.
Chivas stuggled to create any good opportunities all game. Forward
Maicon Santos had the best look when he stole the ball from Robinson and
shot from distance. The effort though was easily saved by Dynamo Pat
Hoping to turn their fortunes around, Chivas
coach Martin Vasquez made two subs at halftime, bringing on rookie Ben
Zemanski and striker Justin Braun. The moves allowed Jesus Padilla to
move to the left wing and Sacha Kljestan out to the right wing and away
from the tight marking of Palmer.
The Chivas attack responded immediately to the changes. In the 49th
minute, Padilla found Kljestan in space down the right side, and the
U.S. international laced a shot toward the far post. Onstad extended
himself to preserve the clean sheet.
The Dynamo then wrapped things up in the 64th minute. Brad Davis
received a pass on the left side and his clean touch released him behind
the Chivas defense. Brian Mullan, offside at the moment, smartly held
his run allowing Davis to continue into the Chivas area. The left-winger
drew Thornton out and clipped the ball to Dominic Oduro, standing alone
in the middle. A simple tap in and Houston had the three points secure.
The final minutes saw few chances from either side, and the only
action of note came when teenaged Dynamo midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo
made his MLS debut.
With the win, Houston, who have not lost to Chivas in 10 games, have
now sit tied for 2nd place in the Western Conference. Chivas USA, which
have now been shut out three times in four games, lie in 6th place.
HOU -- Geoff Cameron 1 (Corey Ashe 1,
Eddie Robinson 1) 12
HOU -- Lovel Palmer 1 (Mike Chabala 1) 20
-- Dominic Oduro 1 (Brad Davis 2, Mike Chabala 2) 65
HOU -- Lovel Palmer (caution;
Reckless Tackle) 56
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistants: Craig Lowry; Kermit Quisenberry
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-79-degrees
Dwain Capodice is a contributor to MLSsoccer.com.
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