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Played
August 27, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
BBVA Compass Stadium — Houston, Texas
Referee:‬ H. Cruz‎
 
23′ Cam Weaver
A. Arroyo 8′ (PG)
76′ Cam Weaver
 

Houston Dynamo 2-1 Arabe Unido: Weaver brace puts club atop Champions League group

Cam Weaver converted a pair of crosses to give the home side a come-from-behind victory over its Panamanian visitors.

By Thomas Floyd

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Cam Weaver has found minutes hard to come by for the Houston Dynamo in MLS this season, but the big forward made the most of his opportunity Tuesday in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Weaver, who has logged just 363 minutes in league play, bagged a brace as the Dynamo moved atop Group 1 with a 2-1 win over Panamanian side Arabe Unido at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Houston coach Dominic Kinnear deployed a reserve-heavy lineup with Houston in the thick of a playoff race, though regulars Tally Hall, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe and Adam Moffat did get the nod along with recently signed playmaker Alexander Lopez.

The visitors took an eighth-minute lead in controversial fashion, with Abdiel Arroyo drawing a penalty kick on Dynamo right back Mike Chabala by going down with minimal contact, then converting from the spot.

After Hall stoned an Humberto Ward breakaway to keep it a one-goal game, Houston tied the match in the 22nd minute. Running onto Ashe's cross from the left flank, Weaver sneaked between two defenders and hammered home a low, one-time volley from close range.

As the second half wore on, Arabe Unido increasingly turned to time-wasting in an attempt to grind out a point on the road. But Dynamo substitute Brad Davis made his mark in the 76th minute, floating a cross to the far post that Weaver nodded home to put Houston in front.

Houston (1-0-1) returns to Champions League action Sept. 25 when it hosts W Connection of Trinidad & Tobago.


Houston Dynamo

1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Eric Brunner
Defender
 - 
5
Warren Creavalle
Midfielder
65′
 - 
-
Mike Chabala
Defender
49′
 - 
26
Corey Ashe
Defender
23′
 - 
32
Bobby Boswell
Defender
 - 
10
A. López
Midfielder
76′
 - 
6
Adam Moffat
Midfielder
 - 
19
Alex Dixon
Midfielder
46′
 - 
14
Jason Johnson
Midfielder
54′ 66′
 - 
23
Cam Weaver
Striker
23′ 50′ 76′
 - 

Arabe Unido

 - 
-
M. Lloyd
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
-
 - 
32
H. Cummings
Defender
77′
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
Abdiel Macea
Midfielder
79′
 - 
-
A. Arroyo
Striker
8′ 59′
 - 
-
H. Ward
Striker
68′

Substitutes

28
 - 
8
 - 
3
 - 
11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
66′ 76′
 - 
27
B. García
Midfielder
46′
 - 
12
Will Bruin
Striker
76′
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
 - 
5
R. Paúl
Midfielder
59′
 - 
-
Bryan Flores
Midfielder
 - 
-
J. Caceres
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group 1 Matchday 3
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
R. Nava R. Nava
Striker
Toluca
7 0
N. Muñoz N. Muñoz
Striker
A.D. Isidro Metapán
5 0
A. Emaná A. Emaná
Midfielder
Cruz Azul
4 0
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0
Pavone Pavone
Striker
Cruz Azul
4 0