HOUSTON, Texas -- A first-half goal from highly-criticized forward
Luis Angel Landin and a straight red card to Kansas City Wizards
midfielder Davy Arnaud set the tone for the night as the Houston
Dynamo got back on track, defeating the visiting Wizards 3-0.
Houston opened the scoring in the 24th minute of the first half when
Dominic Oduro worked past two Kansas City defenders and found Luis
Angel Landin, who chipped the ball past Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy
After Davy Arnaud was sent off for making contact with Dynamo
goalkeeper Pat Onstad late in the first half, the Dynamo took over the
game and added a second goal as Brian Mullan beat Nielsen from
distance after a great pass from Landin found him free in space
outside the Wizards box.
Landin’s great performance led to fan concern after the forward was
helped off the field in the final 20 minutes after being kicked in the
back of the leg
Kansas City had the best early chance of the match when they caught
Houston on the counter attack and found Kei Kamara in space to the
right. Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad moved quickly to cut down the
angle and forced Kamara to push his shot wide as he attempted to beat
Onstad to the near post.
Houston’s first good chance of the night came after Matt Besler of the
Wizards became the first player to see yellow from referee Terry
Vaughn in the 17th minute after a hard tackle on Dynamo midfielder
Brian Mullan just outside the box. The resulting free kick taken by
Brad Davis found its way past the way and clipped off the near post
and out of play.
The Dynamo took a 1-0 lead in the 24th when the two forwards linked up
for an atheistically pleasing run, pass and shoot combination. Oduro
found space on a long ball in between the Wizards defense and worked
his way in to the box as Luis Angel Landin came charging down the
right. Oduro passed the ball out to Landin, who softly chipped the ball
past Wizards keeper Jimmy Nielsen.
Terry Vaughn put his customary stamp on the match in the 33rd when he
showed a straight red card to Wizards forward Davy Arnaud. Arnaud got
free and ran in to the box as Pat Onstad dove to cover the ball.
Arnaud made contact with the keeper as he ran past and was quickly
dismissed by the referee.
Kei Kamara left the match at halftime as Craig Rocastle was brought on
in what appeared to be a tactical substitution for 10-men Wizards
The Dynamo wasted little time getting the game’s second goal as Brian
Mullan made a nice run on the right and beat Nielsen to the far post
with a hard, low shot. Luis Angel Landin got credit for the assist to
go with his first half goal.
Kansas City was unable to generate any offense down a player and the
frustration began to boil over as the Dynamo were able to attack and
run at will at the Wizards formation. After Wizards midfielder
Stephane Auvray was shown a yellow card for a trip on Dominic Oduro,
Midfielder Lovel Palmer helped pour on the pressure unleashing a
curling shot in the 57th minute that forced a reaction save from
The Dynamo should have gotten their goal from after a wild run of play
in the 59th minute. A long pass found Oduro onside and all alone down
the right wing. He moved in on Nielsen, beating the keeper with a
quick step over in the box but hit the post with his shot. The ball
rebounded right to Oduro who crossed to Landin on the far post. Landin
brought the ball down and if not for a fantastic save from Nielsen,
the Dynamo forward would have had his second goal of the match.
As soon as the ball went out of play, Jimmy Nielsen raced to the
official, complaining that Oduro was offside on the play. His
complaints fell on deaf ears and had the crowd raining down boos on
the Wizards goalkeeper for the remainder of the match.
Not all was positive on the night for Houston as Landin was helped off
the field in the 72nd minute after he was helped off the field after
being kicked in the back of the leg. In his post-match comments, head
coach Dominic Kinnear said he didn’t feel the injury was serious and
was optimistic about Landin’s availability for Wednesday against FC
The final goal of the night came in the 88th minute when Samuel Appiah
scored his first career MLS goal in his first MLS appearance after
Dominic Oduro found him with space on the left wing. Appiah turned
inside and beat Nielsen at the near post as the ball hit off the post
and crossed the goal line.
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