Goats salvage a point vs. Dynamo

Padilla scores as Espinoza logs his second assist in two games

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The Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA battled to a 1-1 draw on Sunday night at Robertson Stadium as Lovel Palmer’s early goal was ultimately canceled out by a Jesus Padilla header off a set piece in the second half.

Houston came out of the locker room with purpose to start the game. In the very first minute, a Cam Weaver dummy resulted in Dominic Oduro being sent in on goal. Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy, though, was quick off his line and made a great save to keep the match scoreless.

The Dynamo's early pressure paid dividends just moments later. In the sixth minute, Dominic Oduro broke behind the defense near the corner. He slid the ball back across the box and it deflected to an open Palmer, who easily finished from 15 yards out to give Houston an early 1-0 lead.

The remainder of the first half turned ugly, as the game turned physical. Three yellow cards were given out, including one for an Andrew Hainault foul on Jonathan Bornstein. Chivas' captain continued to play for a short time before ultimately being replaced by Padilla.

The subsitute would have his team’s best chance just moments later. In the 28th minute, Giancarlo Maldonado fed Padilla in on goal, but Dynamo 'keeper Tally Hall came off his line quickly to stone Padilla as Houston entered the half with a 1-0 lead.

Padilla, though, would have the last laugh in the 71st minute. Recently Chivas USA acquisition Rodolfo Espinoza notched his second assist in two games when he sent in a beautiful corner kick that found Padilla unmarked in front of goal. "El Gringo" calmly headed the ball past Hall to pull Chivas USA even at 1-1.

Houston had two fantastic chances to go ahead less than a minute apart in the 76th minute. Weaver fed Palmer behind the Chivas USA defense, but Kennedy again was quick off his line and saved Palmer’s effort well. Moments later, Adrian Serioux sent in a cross that found Joseph Ngwenya in front of goal, but the Zimbabwean’s header glanced just wide.

In stoppage time, Weaver had his own chance to play hero as a Danny Cruz cross resulted in a collision between Kennedy and his defense. The ball surprisingly fell to Weaver in front of an open net, but the Dynamo forward’s off-balance shot went over the bar and the game ended 1-1.

With the tie, Houston currently sit in first place atop SuperLiga Group A with four points, pending the results of the Pachuca and Puebla game later Sunday night. Both teams will take the field for the final game in the group stage of the 2010 SuperLiga on Wednesday night, with Houston hosting Puebla and Chivas USA hosting Pachuca.