At the start of the game it appeared as though it would be an easy home win for the Houston Dynamo over the Chicago Fire. It was not. The hosts were made to fight the entire game for the eventual three points. Brian Ching was the hero of the night, scoring three goals. The second of the three was an impressive bicycle kick goal.
Chicago started off looking weak but immediately raised their game once they started to lose. They played a good game, and with the help of Bobby Boswell who scored an own goal, almost took home a point. However, Houston persevered and came up victorious.
The game started off with a bang as Wilman Conde cut down Dominic Oduro deep in Chicago territory in the second minute of the game. Chicago was noticeably tired, having played a game just three days ago against the New England Revolution.
In the fifth minute Lovel Palmer had an effort on goal, his shot sailing high. Dynamo had almost complete control of the ball, while Chicago looked extremely fatigued. The Dynamo maintained possession with their week off doing them well in terms of fitness.
The Dynamo had complete control of the ball early on. Within the first 15 minutes Oduro, Brian Mullan, and Palmer each had a shot on goal but were denied by Sean Johnson. The 6’4” goalkeeper made some big saves in the first half.
Houston continued to keep the pressure on and in the 31st minute they finally broke through. Johnson jumped for Richard Mulrooney’s corner kick but dropped the ball and Ching was able to clean it up for the goal. After the goal by Houston, Chicago finally picked up the pace.
An exciting second half started with an early goal by Houston. Mulrooney gently kicked the ball to Palmer who blasted it home. At this point Houston looked in the clear.
Then in 55th minute, substitute Calen Carr received a ball from Freddie Ljunberg in the box, shot it, and completely surprised Pat Onstad. Houston was blindsided by the strike, which halved the deficit.
In the 59th minute Ching scored one of his most impressive goals, a bicycle kick. This was Ching’s fifth goal of the season and second goal of the night. Ching’s goal extended Houston’s lead to 3-1.
The pressure was lifted off of Houston and they began to play a little more relaxed. In the 70th minute Patrick Nyarko and Boswell were chasing down a ball and it deflected off Boswell past the goalkeeper. Boswell scored an own goal and closed the gap 3-2.
Both teams were playing quite well as both had a chance to earn the three points. In the 80th minute Conde scored the equalizer for Chicago. Conde headed the ball in the net off of a Ljunberg corner kick. The score was tied 3-3, and at this point it was a pretty unpredictable game.
As both teams continued to attack, it looked as though the game could have gone either way, but in the 85th minute Ching scored his third goal of the night sealing the victory for Houston. He headed home a Mulrooney corner kick, which was Ching’s third goal and Mulrooney’s second assist.
Both teams never gave up, keeping the pressure on each other. But when the final whistle blew, Houston was in the lead. An amazing game with some amazing goals; definitely one of Brian Ching’s best games.
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