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  • November 3, 2011
  • • 8:45 PM
  • • John O'Quinn Field at Corbin J. Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Referee: R. Salazar
  • • Attendance: 24749

Houston Dynamo win Aggregate 3 - 1

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    Has to be almost done... and there it is. Houston into the conference final against Sporting Kansas City.
  • 90' + 1'
    SubstitutionCalen Carr Will Bruin
  • 90' + 1'
    Costly just took it on himself to have a run at goal. Put the shot well over the top.
  • 90'
    Into the final minute of regular time. 3 minutes added on for stoppages.
  • 87'
    Give Adu credit for having the technique to try that shot, but the angle was poor.
  • 85'
    Good news for MLS... almost 25K here in terms of fans. Bad news, hasn't been a great match. Very professional showing out of Houston, but that's taken some of the drama out of it.
  • 83'
    Even when Houston is in and could attack, ball gets pulled back and controlled. Few chances taken.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionBrian Ching Carlo Costly
    Ching coming off the pitch. The home fans always give him a great reception.
  • 79'
    Not an impressive match right now. Houston is well in control of proceedings.
  • 76'
    Hard to see much of a way back for the Union at this point in the match. Just not doing enough to get at Houston's back line.
  • 75'
    Carr has been a handful all night for Philly's back line. Getting some rough treatment for it as well.
  • 72'
    Houston with all 10 field players withing 30 yards of their own goal. Defending with numbers back.
  • 70'
    To the Union's credit, they are seemingly holding the ball a little more. But Houston still looks very comfortable.
  • 69'
    Couple of corners in a row here from Philly. A good spell out of the Union at least.
  • 68'
    Let's see if bringing on Adu, Mapp and Torres changes anything.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionVeljko Paunovic Freddy Adu
  • 67'
    SubstitutionGabriel Farfán Roger Torres
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Luiz Camargo
  • 66'
    SubstitutionDanny Mwanga Justin Mapp
  • 66'
    All three subs being made by Nowak. Big toss of the dice.
  • 66'
    Williams whips a ball across the face of goal. Nobody there.
  • 65'
    Ashe tries to find Ching in behind, Mondragon is once again on hand to deal with any danger.
  • 64'
    Dangerous ball from Le Toux... Houston gets it out for a corner. Ball looked like it bounced around in the box for ever before Hall finally got his hands on it.
  • 63'
    Cameron called for the foul. Not sure it was one, but the Union will have a chance to deliver a good ball here.
  • 59'
    Union still struggling to make a mark on the game. Finally a good hit on goal but Hall makes the save.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionDanny Cruz Jevaughn Watson
  • 56'
    And, despite what I said a bit ago, it's Houston getting all the pressure. Ching has another go and he wasn't the best option really. The Union are going to have to come up with something different.
  • 54'
    Mondragon on his toes to keep Carr out after a terribly defended ball from Hall.
  • 52'
    Weak effort from Ching. Needs to put his foot through the ball there and really have a go.
  • 51'
    Yellow Card Gabriel Farfán
  • 50'
    Houston looks content with defending its lead. Not that the Dynamo aren't getting forward, but I wouldn't expect too many chances to be taken.
  • 48'
    Two Union players after the same ball, both pull back and let it hit. Chance missed there.
  • 47'
    Geoff Cameron getting forward, Ching gives it back to him in the box and it ends up in Mondragon's hands.
  • 46'
    Action back on. Philly with the ball moving forward... Houston gets it cleared away.
  • At the death of the half, Houston makes the second frame even tougher through Ching. Come back for what should be a thrilling final 45 minutes.
  • 45' + 2'
    Goal Brian Ching
  • 45' + 2'
    And from the set play, Ching makes the foul pay anyway. What a header.. and Houston's clutch man comes up big again.
  • 45' + 2'
    Valdes just got away with one. Very easily could have been sent off.
  • 45' + 1'
    One minute added on. Pretty tame half really.
  • 45'
    Le Toux just dribbled himself into touch.
  • 44'
    Corner for Houston... once again cleared with no danger.
  • 42'
    Davis cuts in to his right foot and put a hard shot over the top.... Mwanga comes right back down the other end and hits a shot into the side netting.
  • 41'
    Le Toux has been limited in his touches tonight. Just tried a cross and left it well short.
  • 40'
    Well done by Sheanon Williams to stop Davis from getting down the line. The Union back four looks solid tonight.
  • 37'
    Good action end to end. Houston gets another chance from a set play, Davis again delivers a good ball and once again Philly gets it clear and heads the other way.
  • 36'
    Back down to the other end now and the Union have a corner... has to be knocked away by Hainault has to clear and the second ball in is collected by Hall.
  • 35'
    Houston still attacking. Philly defending well.
  • 34'
    The corner is dangerous as well. Hainault gets a head to it but can't put it on frame.
  • 33'
    And a dangerous delivery it was. Cleared behind for a corner.
  • 32'
    Philly gives away another foul. This time Davis will get a chance for a delivery.
  • 30'
    Yellow Card C. Valdés
    Foul and a card shown to Valdes. Took Ching down in the middle of the field. Good foul though.
  • 29'
    Carr called offside. Houston very nearly on the break and he gets caught the wrong side.
  • 27'
    The Union seem to thing they can hit over the top. Lot of balls coming in that way.
  • 25'
    Houston now holding the ball well. Still with most of the action near the UH symbol in the middle of the pitch.
  • 23'
    Another dangerous ball out of the back for Houston. Philly didn't do much with it, but the sloppy passing from Houston's back line could be very costly if it continues.
  • 21'
    Looked like a dangerous move from the Union. Hall had a ball bounce in front of him but he collected easily enough. Still, Philly is putting on some sustained pressure.
  • 20'
    Ching caught offside. Houston continues to look dangerous on counterattacks though. Philly is pushing high, trying to get the goal that will bring the Union back in the tie.
  • 19'
    Give Mwanga credit for some good work there, but Philly can't seem to get too much control on the match.
  • 18'
    Now Davis can deliver from a set play, good spot for the lefty, and a dangerous ball in is cleared away.
  • 16'
    Ashe got away with a poor touch there, and Houston gets in with a chance. Pulled back through the box invitingly and nobody on the end of it.
  • 13'
    Davis with a great ball in, bit too far, Houston wins a corner.
  • 11'
    Foul called, Ching taken down, no card given, shouldn't have been but the fans were calling for it.
  • 10'
    Union playing with fire a little. Carr nearly got on the end of a hopeful ball in a really dangerous spot.
  • 9'
    Lot of play in the middle of the park. Both sides working some simple combinations, looking for openings to really break forward. Finally Ashe has room to run, two little clips go uncalled and Philly comes away with the ball.
  • 6'
    Good play to open the match. Both team's looking set to attack, really have a go. Pretty even right from the start.
  • 3'
    Carr trying to break in for Houston, poked away but not out of danger... Ash ends up on it and has his touch taken away by Mondragon.
  • 2'
    Houston with the early possession. Fairly cool night in Houston, little windy, conditions are great for the game. First shot comes from Philly, well over the bar.
  • 1'
    Alright, we're going and we're live for you from Houston. Interesting to see how this plays out. McIlnerney getting the start for the Union.. should be fun to watch.
  • Looks like we'll be a bit behind schedule. Teams are being announced right now, hopefully we'll get to see some footy soon.
  • Allen Ramsey here with you from Robertson Stadium in Houston, getting set to take you through this game. We've got the Dynamo taking on Philly in the second leg of an Eastern Conference semi final. First match was a good one, and Houston brings a 2-1 lead into the home leg. Stay tuned, shouldn't be long now.