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  • October 30, 2011
  • • 5:00 PM
  • • Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 18539

Live Commentary

  • Until then, this is Shane Evans (@shanevans for all you Twitterers) signing off, saying good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • 90' + 4'
    There's the final whistle! Philadelphia fights hard but is downed by Houston 2-1 in the first leg of this Eastern Conference semifinal. The second leg will take place this Thursday.
  • 90' + 3'
    Ball still in Houston's end though little being done at the minute. Lots of balls bouncing around the area but getting cleared away.
  • 90' + 2'
    Union working hard to tie things up late on but we have a Dynamo player down in the other corner, hoping to milk some time off the clock, I presume.
  • 90'
    Four minutes of stoppages coming up...
  • 90'
    McInerney takes the ball on the hop and goes for the shot but is felled by his own momentum. Hears about it from Cameron as the crowd goes crazy for a penalty.
  • 88'
    Adu takes the ball down the right and puts in a lovely floated cross that is headed off the crossbar and out for a corner.
  • 86'
    The action doesn't end! Houston break and Davis gets a shot on goal with no one in front of him. Mondragon makes an amazing leaning save to keep the Union in it.
  • 86'
    A Williams deep throw bounces around the area but eventually lands in the grasp of Hall.
  • 85'
    Quickly back at the other end, Philly wins a corner.
  • 84'
    Houston beats the trap and Bruin goes in on goal with no one on him. He slides the ball across to Costly who fires the ball over the net.
  • 83'
    Philly wins the ball back quickly and Le Toux plays in Adu whose shot from the top of the area goes just over the bar.
  • 82'
    It goes wide of the mark but is cleared out for a Union throw. Williams plays it in deep but is cleared away.
  • 81'
    Another corner is won by the Union. Adu to take.
  • 80'
    All the play in Houston's end at the moment. Dynamo happy to sit back and absorb the pressure.
  • 78'
    Philadelphia works a nice move as Le Toux rushes onto a deep ball. He then holds it up and lays off to Williams who fires a deep shot that goes way off target. Goal kick.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionCalen Carr Will Bruin
  • 76'
    SubstitutionDanny Mwanga Freddy Adu
  • 76'
    Two subs are made as Bruin and Adu come on for Carr and Mwanga, respectively.
  • 76'
    Attendance for tonight's match 18,539.
  • 75'
    Lots of pressure from the home side now as it pushes hard for an equalizer.
  • 74'
    He strikes at goal and its just pushed away by Hall for a corner.
  • 73'
    Moffat takes down Williams about 25 yards from goal and Philly has another dangerous set piece opportunity. This time Torres over it.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionBrian Ching Carlo Costly
  • 71'
    Brian Ching comes off for Carlos Costly.
  • 70'
    Union get a nice chance as the ball goes all the way over the top to McInerney who tries to head back to Mwanga but its cleared just as he was lining up his shot.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionJustin Mapp Roger Torres
  • 68'
    Another substitution for Philadelphia as Torres comes on for Mapp.
  • 67'
    Carr gets his head on an Ashe cross, but it goes just wide of the far post.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionDanny Cruz Jevaughn Watson
  • 65'
    Yellow Card Brian Carroll
  • 65'
    Two consecutive corners come to nothing as Houston break on the second and force a yellow out of Carroll.
  • 64'
    Down the right, M. Farfan wins a corner for Philadelphia. Le Toux to take. While we wait, Cruz goes off for Watson.
  • 63'
    Farfan chips over the top to an on-rushing Mwanga who is thwarted beautifully by Cameron inside the area.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionStefani Miglioranzi Jack McInerney
  • 62'
    First substitution of the game: Miglioranzi for Jack McInereny.
  • 60'
    Miglioranzi turns the ball over to Ching who races down the pitch and has his shot blocked by a recovering Miglioranzi. Could have been much worse there for Philadelphia.
  • 57'
    Another free kick for Philly is parried away by Hall but goes out for a throw. Lots of time in the Houston end so far.
  • 56'
    Fouls aplenty in the first ten minutes of the second half. Teams getting very frustrated.
  • 54'
    Philly breaks quickly off the Mondragon grab and win a free kick at the side of the Dynamo area. Le Toux's kick is played around the area and ends at Mwanga's feet. His shot is scuffed and goes wide.
  • 53'
    Houston with another dangerous set piece opportunity from deep. Davis over it...curls it right into Mondragon's hands.
  • 51'
    Le Toux and Ashe go at it for a bouncing ball deep in Houston's end. The French forward is eventually whistled for the foul.
  • 49'
    Williams set to take a deep throw from the right. It bounces back out to him and he plays a nice cross in that is sent away.
  • 47'
    Union playing a bit higher up the pitch to start the second period.
  • 46'
    Houston with the tap and we're back in action here in the second half.
  • 45' + 3'
    There's your halftime whistle. Houston 2-1 Philadelphia. Time for some hot chocolate...
  • 45' + 2'
    The Dynamo nearly work something down the left with Boswell, Cruz and Ching interchanging, but Philly defend well.
  • 45'
    We will have a minimum of three minutes added on to the end of the first half.
  • 43'
    Houston wins another free kick in a dangerous area. Davis plays it in and the header is put over the bar by Cameron.
  • 42'
    Philadelphia trying to get something going before the half. Mwanga hits the endline and displays some nice skill but can't make anything of it.
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Sheanon Williams
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Adam Moffat
  • 40'
    Things getting real aggressive now. Williams takes down Moffat for a yellow and the Dynamo man gets up and pushes Williams down. He also sees yellow.
  • 39'
    ...right into the wall.
  • 38'
    Philly wins a free kick about 25 yards from goal, near the corner of the area. Le Toux standing over it...
  • 37'
    Lots of back and forth stuff now, but no real chances coming of it. Teams appear happy to go into the break for adjustments. Still some time left this half, though.
  • 34'
    Following Houston's second goal, the Union appear intent on seeing more of the ball.
  • 32'
    At the other end, Philly wins a free kick deep along the sideline. Played in hard, it bounces out of the box to Carroll who fires low and hard, but it's stopped by Hall.
  • 31'
    Philadelphia looking pretty sloppy so far defensively in this match. Not typical of this squad..
  • 30'
    Goal Calen Carr
    2-1 DYNAMO! Confusion for the Union as a ball chipped over the top isn't cleared and Mondragon doesn't come soon enough. Carr deposits with a man on his back to give Houston the lead.
  • 28'
    Yellow Card Danny Cruz
  • 28'
    Another yellow card, this time for Houston's Cruz as he fouls a Farfan.
  • 26'
    A Houston cross comes in and G. Farfan puts it behind for a one around him though. Mondragon gives him a little pat on the bum after screaming his head off at the young defender.
  • 25'
    Houston's game so far. Lots of possession, really pushing the Union around.
  • 24'
    Shortly after, the Union break on the counter and Mapp plays Le Toux through on goal but its JUST offsides. Le Toux not happy.
  • 22'
    Houston wins another corner and nearly tuck home a second set piece goal as the ball is bounced around the heads of a number of players before Mondragon gets his hands on it.
  • 21'
    Surging forward, Williams has a shot for Philadelphia that is bobbled by Hall but then snared before Le Toux can get a foot in.
  • 19'
    The Dynamo work a nice move down the right that is eventually put behind for a corner. Davis to take, as is tradition...
  • 18'
    From the free kick, which was ahead of goal, Davis flights it in and Hainault connects once more, but this time his flicked header is eaten up by Mondragon.
  • 17'
    Yellow Card Stefani Miglioranzi
  • 17'
    Miglioranzi goes in the book for a foul on Brian Ching.
  • 15'
    Houston seeing more of the ball in the early minutes with Philadelphia trying to hit back on the break.
  • 12'
    Corner comes in and is immediately cleared away by Le Toux. The Union then break through Mwanga who marches the length of the pitch and fires a shot that is saved well by Hall.
  • 11'
    The Dynamo trying to settle things down a bit and win a corner after Carr surges down the left and his cross put behind for a corner by Danny Califf.
  • 9'
    No time to rest in this one, folks. 1-1 in under 10 minutes of play. Great start here at PPL Park.
  • 7'
    Goal Sebastien Le Toux
    TIE GAME ALREADY!!! 1-1!!! Union come down the right and the ball is chipped in by M. Farfan who finds Le Toux in the box. The Frenchman slides it home to draw the Union level.
  • 5'
    Goal Andre Hainault
    GOAL! 1-0 Dynamo!!! Davis plays in the ensuing free kick from deep and it's nodded home easily by Andre Hainault. Where was the defending on that one?
  • 4'
    Yellow Card Gabriel Farfán
  • 3'
    G. Farfan tries to latch on to a deep cross towards his back corner with Danny Cruz receiving. The defender seems to have caught the Dynamo player with a high boot. He goes down, Farfan sees yellow.
  • 3'
    Philly wins a throw down the right side of its attacking third. Williams launches deep but its grabbed by Hall.
  • 2'
    Dynamo working it down the right side of the pitch but are shut down by the Farfan twins of Philadelphia.
  • 1'
    Union in their traditional navy and gold, while the Dynamo are rocking their equally traditional bright orange.
  • 1'
  • National anthem out of the way and teams being announced. Playoff soccer from PPL Park in just moments...
  • Teams coming onto the pitch now...
  • Definitely a little extra something here at PPL Park today. Playoff soccer will do that to a stadium, I suppose.
  • Players back in the locker room now. Only a matter of minutes until kickoff. Sit tight, folks!
  • For you Philly sports fans out there: Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies and James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers are the honorary captains for today's match.
  • For the visiting Houston Dynamo: Hall; Hainault, Boswell, Cameron, Ashe; Cruz, Moffat, Camargo, Davis; Ching, Carr. Subs: Deric; Taylor, Watson, Costly, Bruin, Freeman, Clark.
  • For the Philadelphia Union: Mondragon; Williams, Califf, Valdes, G. Farfan; M. Farfan, Carroll, Miglioranzi, Mapp; Le Toux, Mwanga. Subs: MacMath; Torres, Adu, Langley, McInerney, Nakazawa, Okugo.
  • I'm here at PPL Park on what is a lovely lovely fall afternoon for some Major League Soccer. Right now, both teams are out on the field warming up with kickoff just over a half an hour away. Here come your lineups...
  • Hello everyone!'s Shane Evans here with ya (that's @shanevans on the Twitters) for the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals between the Philadelphia Union and the Houston Dynamo.