USOC: Notes vs. Dynamo

3-1 win vs. Houston Dynamo (U.S. Open Cup), Robertson Stadium, Houston, Tex., 7/6/10

July 6 vs. Houston Open CUp Quarterfinals Braun Goal DL

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo
  • Chivas USA captured its first-ever victory in Houston as the Red-and-White took a 3-1 win over the Dynamo in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action on Tuesday night. Justin Braun had two goals and Michael Lahoud also scored in the effort.


  • The win gives Chivas USA a first-ever berth in the semifinals of the annual knock-out tournament, and the team will face either the LA Galaxy or Seattle Sounders FC, who play on Wednesday. Prior to 2010, the Red-and-White had only won a single game in the Open Cup, coming back in 2005; this season, Chivas USA has won twice, with a round-of-16 win coming last Tuesday against the Austin Aztex (USSF-2) in Fullerton, Calif.


  • It was also the Red-and-White’s first ever win in Houston in the team’s 10th match at Robertson Stadium. Chivas owned an 0-7-2 record all time at the Dynamo, and had only led a match in Houston once before, when Ante Razov scored early in a 3-1 loss on July 8, 2006. Razov’s goal was the only time Chivas USA had previously scored against the Dynamo on the road.


  • The first goal of the game came in the 5th minute, with forward Justin Braun starting the play, making a good run through the middle of the field when he was fouled. Mariano Trujillo took the free kick and found the forward alone in the box, and Braun headed home from about eight yards.


  • Chivas USA took a two goal lead in the second half, when Ante Jazic played a through ball for Michael Lahoud, who calmly finished past onrushing goalkeeper Tally Hall in the 65th minute. Lahoud almost scored his second goal minutes later, but Hall made a great save to touch a low shot wide.


  • Houston struck back late when Dominic Oduro deflected a Joseph Ngwenya shot past goalkeeper Zach Thornton in minute 86, but Braun iced the game four minutes later, taking a Houston clearance and dribbling through the Dynamo defense before flicking the ball over Hall.


  • Thornton had an excellent game in goal for the Red-and-White, making several big plays when called upon. Chivas USA also outshot Houston 8-5 on the night, with both Lahoud and Braun having three shots.


  • Chivas USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez, on tonight’s match: “This win is going to help us. We came in very convinced, serious, disciplined; the guys worked extremely hard and they see that if they work together... they can beat anybody.”


  • Chivas returns to Los Angeles on Wednesday, and will train on Thursday at The Home Depot Center. On Friday, the team departs for Kansas City, and will play the Wizards on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. PT, a match which will be broadcast on KDOC, KWHY, and W Radio 690 AM.


  • Next home game: Following the match at Kansas City, Chivas USA returns to The Home Depot Center on Thursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. PT in the team’s 2010 SuperLiga debut against Puebla F.C. of the Mexican First Division. The match could be the debut for midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who will be eligible for the team when the transfer window opens on July 15. For more information, or tickets to the match, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit .  

Chivas USA 3:1 Houston Dynamo
July 6, 2010 – The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:

CHV -- Justin Braun (Mariano Trujillo) 5

CHV -- Michael Lahoud (Ante Jazic) 65

HOU -- Dominic Oduro (Joseph Ngwenya) 86

CHV -- Justin Braun (unassisted) 90

Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Yamith Cuesta, Ante Jazic (Carlos Borja 66), Marcelo Saragosa, Michael Lahoud, Blair Gavin (Dario Delgado 71), Ben Zemanski, Jesus Padilla (Gerson Mayen 77), Justin Braun.

Substitutes Not Used: Jorge Flores, Osael Romero, Chukwudi Chijindu, Dan Kennedy.

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Justin Braun 3, Michael Lahoud 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Justin Braun 3); FOULS: 11 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Justin Braun 1); CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 1 (Zach Thornton 1)

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Ryan Cochrane (Mike Chabala 34), Craig Waibel, Eddie Robinson, Francisco Navas Cobo, Richard Mulrooney (Lovel Palmer 74), Joseph Ngwenya, Adrian Serioux, Samuel Appiah (Danny Cruz 56), Dominic Oduro, Cam Weaver.

Substitutes Not Used: Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell, Brian Mullan, Tyler Deric.

TOTAL SHOTS: 5 (Dominic Oduro 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Dominic Oduro 2); FOULS: 7 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 4 (Dominic Oduro 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Richard Mulrooney 2); SAVES: 3 (Tally Hall 3)

Misconduct Summary:

HOU -- Eddie Robinson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54

CHV -- Jesus Padilla (caution; Dissent) 68

HOU -- Craig Waibel (caution; Reckless Tackle) 93+

CHV -- Gerson Mayen (caution; Reckless Foul) 95+