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All-time record: 3-6-4 (0-2-0 in playoffs)
At Talen Energy Stadium: 2-1-4
At Robertson Stadium/BBVA Compass Stadium: 2–5–0
Goals for: 13
Goals against: 15

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The 2017 iteration of the Dynamo has been a tale of two teams. At home, Houston boasts an impressive 6-0-1 record. On the road, however, the team is 0-3-0. Philadelphia will look to combine its recent success with Houston’s struggles away from BBVA Compass Stadium.

July 2, 2016: Houston Dynamo 1-0 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

Ex-Union midfielder Cristian Maidana finished off his old team Saturday with a spectacular free kick at the death, giving Houston Dynamo a 1-0 win in the Texas heat.

The Union looked poor for much of the evening, dealing with injuries and high temperatures, but looked to have done enough to earn a draw. However, Josh Yaro picked up his second yellow card late in the match after referee Edvin Jurisevic accepted a ludicrous flop by Mauro Manotas, and Warren Creavalle later conceded a foul in a dangerous position to set up Maidana.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

Philadelphia Union rolled into Houston without any strikers, and they rolled out without any points. Though a full coterie of goalscorers couldn’t have prevented Cristian Maidana’s sensational game-winner, at least one would have opened the game up for Philly in a way that made it winnable. With Roland Alberg up top, the Union attack was about as exciting as Independence Day 2, and it made about as much sense.

For all of Philly’s offensive struggles, they were solid in almost every area defensively. The two trouble spots were down the Union right and communication on crosses.

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Philadelphia Union
Andre Blake, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Joshua Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry, Brian Carroll, Warren Creavalle, Tranquillo Barnetta (Ken Tribbett 87′), Ilsinho (Leo Fernandes 63′), Chris Pontius, Roland Alberg (C.J. Sapong 63′).
Unused Subs: John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Cole Missimo, Walter Restrepo

Houston Dynamo
Tyler Deric, Jalil Anibaba, David Horst, Raul Rodriguez, DaMarcus Beasley, Collen Warner, Giles Barnes (Andrew Wenger 83′), Ricardo Clark, Alex (Cristian Maidana 69′), Oscar Boniek Garcia, Will Bruin (Mauro Manotas 60′)
Unused subs: Joe Willis, Agus, Sheanon Williams, David Rocha

Scoring Summary
HOU: Cristian Maidana — 90+5′

Disciplinary Summary
PHI: Josh Yaro (unsporting behavior) — 2′
PHI: Josh Yaro (second yellow) (unsporting behavior) — 87′
PHI: Warren Creavalle (unsporting behavior) — 90+4′

September 20, 2015: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

(Sorry for the autoplay video, it’s the only highlights from the game we could find.)

PSP Match Report Highlights

Tranquillo Barnetta scored his first goal for Philadelphia Union in the third minute and CJ Sapong tallied midway through the second half as the home side easily defeated Houston Dynamo at PPL Park Sunday night.

Barnetta finished a nice pass from Sebastien Le Toux to open the scoring before Sapong slotted in from close range on a clever ball from Fabinho in the second half.

The Dynamo looked poor throughout and failed to trouble John McCarthy for most of the evening. Sheanon Williams returned to PPL Park for the first time since his trade to Houston but failed to impact the match from left back.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

A fairly comprehensive win highlighted Philadelphia Union’s potential and problems Sunday night. More importantly, the match gave a clearer sense of how Philadelphia, with Maurice Edu in back, can approach the US Open Cup final against Sporting Kansas City.

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Philadelphia Union
John McCarthy, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis, Michael Lahoud, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana (Conor Casey 76′), Tranquillo Barnetta, Sebastien Le Toux, CJ Sapong
Unused Subs: Andre Blake, Warren Creavalle, Steven Vitoria, Brian Carroll, Fernando Aristeguieta, Eric Ayuk

Houston Dynamo
Tyler Deric, David Horst, Kofi Sarkodie (Luis Garrido 45′), A.J. Cochran, Sheanon Williams, Leonel Miranda, Brad Davis (Erick Torres 70′), Oscar Garcia, Ricardo Clark, Will Bruin, Giles Barnes (Mauro Manotas 81′)
Unused Subs: Joe Willis, Nathan Sturgis, Taylor Hunter, Rasheed Olabiyi

Scoring Summary
PHI: Tranquillo Barnetta (Sebastien Le Toux) — 3′
PHI: CJ Sapong (Fabinho, Tranquillo Barnetta) — 63′

Disciplinary Summary
HOU: Giles Barnes (Simulation) — 14′
HOU: Leonel Miranda (foul) — 60′
HOU: Luis Garrido (foul) – 90′

September 20, 2014: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Houston Dynamo

PSP Match Report Highlights

Coming off of their extra time US Open Cup Final loss to Seattle, Philadelphia Union turned in a dominant display against Houston Dynamo, but couldn’t find the back of the net, settling for a 0-0 draw. Playing in their third match in a week, the Union could have been forgiven for lacking energy, but against a Dynamo team content to sit back, they were happy to play the aggressor.

Unfortunately, poor finishing, and the scrambling defense of David Horst and AJ Cochran, kept the Union at bay. In the end, the hosts forced only 3 saves from Tyler Deric, despite firing 17 shots.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

When Jim Curtin took over from John Hackworth, his emphasis was on defensive organization and shape…That all changed in the Open Cup Final against Seattle.

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Philadelphia Union
Rais Mbolhi, Ray Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White (Amobi Okugo, 52), Sheanon Williams, Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira, Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux (Fred, 85), Conor Casey (Pedro Ribeiro, 61)
Unused Substitutions: Zac MacMath, Fabinho, Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz

Houston Dynamo
Tyler Deric, ­Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, AJ Cochran, DaMarcus Beasley; Andrew Driver (Brian Ownby, 82), Luis Garrido (Alexander Lopez, 74), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis; Giles Barnes, Omar Cummings (Jason Johnson, 88)
Unused substitutes: Eric Brunner, Servando Carrasco, Michael Lisch, Anthony Arena

Scoring Summary
None

Discipline Summary
75 – HOU: Sarkodie (caution)

Referee: Geoff Gamble

August 15, 2014: Houston Dynamo 2-0 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

An unfortunate own goal and an early second half tally from Will Bruin were enough to see Houston Dynamo run out 2-0 winners over a Philadelphia Union team playing its third game in 7 days.

Bruin tapped in from close range from a cross from Giles Barnes in the 51st minute and an unfortunate deflection off of Ray Gaddis from an Omar Cummings cross sealed the game for Houston in the 90th minute.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

So that is what a tired team looks like.

While Jim Curtin made changes to rest the tired legs of Conor Casey, Sheanon Williams and Ethan White, he asked the equally tired legs of Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux and Ray Gaddis to soldier on and cope with the Texas heat.

And cope they did not.

When all was said and done, the most telling stat may be the two shots on target the Union could muster. After looking to take the game to the Dynamo for the opening half hour, before fading badly down the stretch, the impotent offense’s failure to test Tally Hall was simply not good enough.

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Philadelphia Union
Andre Blake, Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Carlos Valdes, Fabinho, Brian Carroll, Amobi Okugo, Vincent Nogueira (Fred 72′), Sebastien Le Toux (Conor Casey 76′), Danny Cruz (Andrew Wenger 61′), Pedro Ribeiro
Unused Substitutions: Zac MacMath, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams, Michael Lahoud

Houston Dynamo
Tally Hall, Damarcus Beasley, Kofi Sardokie, Jermaine Taylor, David Horst, Brad Davis (Andrew Driver 76′), Luis Garrido, Oscar Garcia (Brian Ownby 90′), Ricardo Clark, Giles Barnes, Will Bruin (Omar Cummings 87′)
Unused Substitutions: Eric Brunner, Corey Ashe, Servando Carrasco, Tyler Deric

Scoring Summary
HOU: Will Bruin (Brad Davis, Giles Barnes) 51′
HOU: Ray Gaddis (OG) 90′

Disciplinary Summary
HOU: David Horst 28′ (foul)
PHI: Danny Cruz 45′ (dissent)
HOU: Damarcus Beasley 58′ (unsporting behavior)

April 19, 2014: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Houston Dynamo

PSP Match Report Highlights

Philadelphia Union’s winless streak stretched to six games Saturday when they played to a scoreless home draw with the Houston Dynamo.

The Union failed to capitalize upon Kofi Sarkodie’s controversial red card in the 82nd minute, with Andrew Wenger sending a point blank volley over the cross bar in the 92nd minute…

Philadelphia put not a single shot on goal all day despite outshooting Houston 11 to 0 in the second half. That second half marked a drastic turnaround from the first half, when Houston outshot Philadelphia 12 to 1.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

Yes, Philadelphia Union remain a work in progress, and they have shown signs that they are capable of being an elite MLS club.

But at some point, that work needs to translate into wins. Nearly one-fourth of the way through the season, that has happened just once. Once again, the Union failed to capitalize upon an opposition red card in a second half they largely controlled.

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Aaron Wheeler, Ray Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana (Leo Fernandes ’56), Andrew Wenger, Conor Casey (Sebastien Le Toux ’64)
Unused substitutes: Andre Blake, Austin Berry, Antoine Hoppenot, Michael Lahoud, Fabinho

Houston Dynamo
Tally Hall, Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe, Ricardo Clark (Servando Carrasco ’89), Andrew Driver (Warren Creavalle ’65), Tony Cascio (Omar Cummings ’76), Oscar Boniek Garcia, Giles Barnes, Will Bruin
Unused substitutes: Mark Sherrod, Alexander López, A.J. Cochran, Tyler Deric

Scoring summary 
None

Discipline summary
HOU: Sarkodie (foul), ’40 — yellow
HOU: Clark (foul), ’42 — yellow
PHI: Williams (unsportsmanlike behavior), ’61 — yellow
HOU: Sarkodie (time wasting), ’82 — yellow/red
HOU: Bruin (foul), 94 — yellow

September 14, 2013: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Houston Dynamo

PSP Match Report Highlights

Ricardo Clark scored the only goal of the game as the Houston Dynamo came into PPL Park and defeated the Philadelphia Union. Overshadowing the Union’s anemic offense though was a disallowed first half goal from Keon Daniel. Amobi Okugo was flagged offside and found guilty of interfering with Tally Hall as Daniel’s free kick from 40 yards sailed into the top far corner of the goal.

But the Union did themselves no favors, not forcing Dynamo goalkeeper Hall into a single save on the evening. Looking to avoid their first consecutive losses of the season, Philadelphia appeared devoid of ideas, firing 29 crosses into the Houston box while struggling to create much in the way of offense through any other channel.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

With the Union only scoring once in the last five matches and falling out of a playoff spot for the first time in months, things are getting desperate at PPL Park.

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Ray Gaddis (Antoine Hoppenot 79′), Fabinho, Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel (Michael Farfan 71′), Danny Cruz (Jack McInerney 61′), Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey
Unused substitutes: Oka Nikolov, Michael Lahoud, Roger Torres, Aaron Wheeler

Houston Dynamo Tally Hall, Warren Creavaille, Kofi Sardokie, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Giles Barnes (Servando Carrasco), Jason Johnson Brian Ownby 83′), Will Bruin, Cam Weaver (Omar Cummings 79′)
Unused substitutes: Brian Ching, Mike Chabala, Alexander Lopez, Erich Marscheider

Scoring Summary
HOU: Clark (Davis) 53’

Disciplinary Summary
PHI: Okugo (caution) 85’

Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Attendance: 18771

July 6, 2013: Houston Dynamo 1-0 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

The Union wrapped up their two-game road trip with a disappointing 1-0 loss at BBVA Compass Stadium in a match where the scoreline flattered their performance…

With both the Union and hosts Houston Dynamo without many of their top players through injuries and international callups, both Hackworth and Dominic Kinnear fielded cobbled together their lineups in an important contest for both sides. But while the Dynamo adapted to their makeshift lineup, the Union struggled to organize themselves with four true strikers on the pitch and ceded control of the game.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

Missing out on many of his first choice options in midfield, Hackworth issued what can only be construed as a vote of no confidence in his reserve midfielders, bringing in Antoine Hoppenot at left midfield and leaving Le Toux wide on the right while partnering Conor Casey with Aaron Wheeler up top. That Hoppenot has looked desperately out of place in the midfield was only the first issue with a starting XI that appeared, at face value, ill-suited to the task of grinding out a road result.

Unfortunately for the Union, practice mimicked theory. The redundancies of size in Casey and Wheeler and direct running in Hoppenot and Le Toux doubled down on the lack of creativity in Hackworth’s aggressive setup. The 4-2-4 look that has evolved during this week-long run of play has forced far too much responsibility on Brian Carroll, especially when pairing him with the overmatched Leo Fernandes.

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke; Ray Gaddis (Matt Kassel ’84); Sebastien Le Toux, Brian Carroll, Leo Fernandes (Roger Torres ’71), Antoine Hoppenot; Conor Casey, Aaron Wheeler (Don Anding ’60)
Unused substitutes: Chris Konopka, Chris Albright, Cristhian Hernandez, Jimmy McLaughlin

Houston Dynamo
Tally Hall; Warren Creavalle, Bobby Boswell, Eric Brunner, Jermaine Taylor; Oscar Boniek Garcia, Adam Moffat, Ricardo Clark, Andrew Driver (Alex Dixon 83); Giles Barnes (Jason Johnson ’76), Omar Cummings (Cam Weaver ’69)
Unused substitutes: Tyler Deric, Mike Chabala, Brian Ownby, Bryan Salazar

Scoring Summary
59 – HOU: Clark (Taylor)

Discipline Summary
45 – HOU: Boniek (caution)

Referee: Matthew Foerster
Attendance: 21,300

October 20, 2012: Houston Dynamo 3-1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

Despite having two weeks to prepare for Saturday night’s showdown at BBVA Stadium in Houston, the Union were outplayed throughout, slumping to a 3–1 defeat.

The Union were unable to keep possession in the midfield, with the central group of Adu, Carroll and Michael Lahoud all guilty of slow play, resulting in a rash of momentum killing turnovers.

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

McInerney’s angry gesticulation told the story. While he must learn to keep the cork in his bubbling annoyance and frustration, the passion he showed and effort he gave deserve praise.

With Adu unable to pull the trigger, Cruz on his own little island, and Michael Farfan working to cover the rest of the midfield, the ball was never made available for McInerney, who nevertheless kept his feet moving, albeit in vain.

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Scoring Summary
5 – HOU: Kandji (Moffat)
19 – PHI: McInerney (Williams)
71 – HOU: Boniek (Ching)
75 – HOU: Davis (penalty)

Discipline Summary
67 – PHI: McInerney (caution)

Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams (Antoine Hoppenot ’64); Danny Cruz (Roger Torres ’78), Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Freddy Adu (Gabriel Gomez ’58), Michael Farfan; Jack McInerney
Unused substitutes: Chris Konopka, Chandler Hoffman, Greg Jordan, Christhian Hernandez

Houston Dynamo
Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe; Ricardo Clark, Adam Moffat (Giles Barnes ’56), Brad Davis (Warren Creavalle ’85), Oscar Boniek Garcia; Will Bruin, Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ching ’66)
Unused substitutes: Tyler Deric, Andre Hainault, Cam Weaver, Calen Carr

Referee Mark Geiger

September 23, 2012: Philadelphia Union 3 – 1 Houston Dynamo

PSP Match Report Highlights

On the back of a Freddy Adu brace, the Union defeated Houston Dynamo 3-1 in an ill-tempered match at PPL Park on Sunday afternoon. The win snapped Philadelphia’s eight game winless streak and allowed the host to play spoiler against a Dynamo side that sits on the Eastern Conference playoff bubble.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

Against a lethargic Houston side who seemed to sleepwalk through the opening 60 minutes of a match they desperately needed, Philadelphia Union found their feet, and more importantly, the back of the net…

An empty bucket midfield with Cruz and Michael Farfan forced wide simply failed to produce adequate chances, and for the Union to maintain consistent offensive production, it remains necessary to remove the second holding midfielder…

If Gaddis and Williams were not in such scintillating form, the Union could again have come away from a match with little to show.

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes, Raymon Gaddis; Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan; Freddy Adu (Keon Daniel ‘57) (Antoine Hoppenot ’66), Josue Martinez, Danny Cruz (Chris Albright ’81)
Unused substitutes: Chris Konopka, Jack McInerney, Roger Torres, Chandler Hoffman

Houston Dynamo
Tally Hall; Andre Hainault (Cam Weaver ’81), Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Kofi Sarkodie; Ricardo Clark, Luiz Camargo (Giles Barnes ’63), Brad Davis; Oscar Boniek Garcia, Will Bruin, Macoumba Kandji (Calen Carr ’46)
Unused substitutes: Tyler Deric, Brian Ching, Adam Moffat, Warren Creavalle

Scoring Summary
28 – PHI: Adu
44 – HOU: Boniek (Bruin, Sarkodie)
50 – PHI: Adu (PK)
71 – PHI: Martinez (Okugo)

Discipline Summary
20 – PHI: Williams (caution)
42 – HOU: Davis (caution)
71 – HOU: Hall (caution)
75 – HOU: Carr (caution)
82 – PHI: M. Farfan (caution)

Referee Edvin Jurisevic

June 30, 2012: Houston Dynamo 2 – 1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

On a night when Philadelphia Union’s spirited fightback should have been the major talking point, another questionable refereeing decision has grabbed the headlines. With ten minutes remaining, referee Fotis Bazakos pointed to the spot as Brian Ching fell theatrically to the deck after the slightest of contact from Gabriel Farfan, allowing the Houston striker to net a penalty kick for the game-winner BBVA Compass Stadium…

After being thoroughly outplayed in the first half, the Union stormed out of the gates after halftime, and Keon Daniel leveled the score less than a minute into the second stanza. Both teams traded chances in a sloppy match where the points looked destined to be shared, but Bazakos’ decision in favor of the home side effectively settled the contest.

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

By electing to play a 4-3-3, the Union have decided to fight for midfield supremacy with only three midfielders. Given the personnel at their disposal, they cannot thrive using two players who have failed to gel over the first 14 matches of 2012. For whatever reason, most likely that they want to occupy the same space, Brian Carroll and Gabriel Gomez still have not found the chemistry that would inspire hope of them creating a consistent, dangerous midfield for the Union.

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Scoring Summary: 
20 – HOU: Davis (Kandji)
46 – PHI: Daniel (Carroll)
83 – HOU: Ching (PK)

Misconduct Summary: 
None

Lineups:
Houston Dynamo — Tally Hall; Andre Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe; Luiz Camargo (Warren Creavalle ’79), Brad Davis, Geoff Cameron; Boniek Garcia, Will Bruin (Brian Ching ’74), Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ownby ’71)
Substitutes Not Used: Cam Weaver, Nathan Sturgis, Tyler Deric, Colin Clark

Philadelphia Union —
Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams (Freddy Adu ’83), Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan; Brian Carroll, Gabriel Gomez (Michael Lahoud ’75), Michael Farfan; Keon Daniel, Jorge Perlaza (Antoine Hoppenot ’64), Lionard Pajoy
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Roger Torres, Chris Albright, Josue Martinez

Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Attendance: 19806

August 6, 2011: Philadelphia Union 1 – 1 Houston Dynamo

PSP Match Report Highlights

In the end, McInerney’s first strike of the season was not enough. Geoff Cameron equalized in the 85th and the Union dropped points for the second straight home match, tying the Houston Dynamo 1-1.

But through it all, Jack McInerney was a vitalizing force. Fronting the line, he created space and forced Bobby Boswell to climb him like a stepladder on headers.

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

But with a new lineup every night and very few players in front of Brian Carroll being anything close to consistent performers, the fans have often watched the team resort to long, direct tactics. It is disappointing not because we are a city of soccer purists who lift our nose at long balls, but instead our investment in this team suggests to us that there is a wealth of talent to be unlocked, and thus far it has only been seen sporadically.

The coaching staff says this is a team built for the long-term, and if that’s really true than the last thing it needs is a crutch. Even in a fluid system, an offense develops consistent points of strength. So far, the Union have none.

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Scoring Summary: 
PHI — Jack McInerney 1 (Sebastien Le Toux 8) 15
HOU — Geoff Cameron 4 (unassisted) 84

Misconduct Summary: 
HOU — Bobby Boswell (caution; Reckless Foul) 78
PHI — Carlos Valdes (caution; Reckless Foul) 83

Lineups:
Houston Dynamo — Tally Hall, Hunter Freeman (Jermaine Taylor 68), Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Colin Clark (Je-Vaughn Watson 62), Adam Moffat, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Cam Weaver (Carlo Costly 61).
Substitutes Not Used: Jason Garey, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Tyler Deric.

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Michael Farfan 46), Roger Torres (Danny Mwanga 46), Brian Carroll, Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney (Stefani Miglioranzi 66), Veljko Paunovic.
Substitutes Not Used: Keon Daniel, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Zac MacMath.

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Manikowski; Chris Strickland
4th Official: Ismail Elfath
Attendance: 18,524
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Cloudy and 77 degrees

March 19, 2011: Houston Dynamo 0 – 1  Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

In a game void of many chances, Danny Califf scored his first-ever goal for the Union just five minutes into the game, and Philly held on for the clean sheet.

When they did attack, Houston drove down Sheanon Williams’ right side, with Brad Davis as the driving force. Twice he was able to play balls into the box around Williams, but both were dealt with by a backline that, despite its newness, would demonstrate an encouraging cohesiveness throughout the game.

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Scoring Summary:
PHI — Danny Califf 1 (unassisted) 5

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey, Kyle Nakazawa (Gabriel Farfan 69), Brian Carroll, Stefani Miglioranzi, Justin Mapp (Danny Mwanga 58), Carlos Ruiz (Amobi Okugo 85), Sebastien Le Toux.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Agorsor, Jack McInerney, Roger Torres, Zac MacMath.

TOTAL SHOTS:6 (Sebastien Le Toux 2, Justin Mapp 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Justin Mapp 2); FOULS: 13 (4 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (3 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 1 (Justin Mapp 1); SAVES: 3 (Faryd Mondragon 3)

Houston Dynamo — Tally Hall, Hunter Freeman (Danny Cruz 71), Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Geoff Cameron, Lovel Palmer, Brad Davis, Jason Garey (Cam Weaver 57), Will Bruin (Dominic Oduro 61).
Substitutes Not Used: Mike Chabala, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Tyler Deric.

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Brad Davis 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 tied with 1); FOULS: 9 (Brad Davis 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Geoff Cameron 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Brad Davis 8); SAVES: 3 (Tally Hall 3)

Misconduct Summary:
PHI — Carlos Ruiz (caution; Reckless Foul) 20
HOU — Brad Davis (caution; Reckless Tackle) 22
PHI — Carlos Valdes (caution; Reckless Tackle) 44

Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
Referee’s Assistants: -Chris Strickland; Adam Garner
4th Official: Andrew Chapin
Attendance: 19,385
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear-and-76-degrees

October 2, 2010: Philadelphia Union 1 – 1 Houston Dynamo

PSP Match Report Highlights

The Union were on their heels much of the time and ended up fortunate to walk out with a draw. Houston outshot Philadelphia 16-7 and won 13 corner kicks, many of them on forced clearances headed out of bounds by Gonzalez, who was under constant pressure on the left side much of the second half.

Andrew Jacobson is the most underrated player on the Union. He plays hard, with a lot of intensity, and he’s a definite keeper.

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Scoring Summary: 
HOU — Andrew Hainault 1 (unassisted) 12
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 13 (Roger Torres 5) 40

Misconduct Summary:
PHI — Jordan Harvey (caution; Tactical Foul) 38
HOU — Brad Davis (caution; Tactical Foul) 58

Lineups
Houston Dynamo — Pat Onstad, Andrew Hainault, Richard Mulrooney, Adrian Serioux, Ryan Cochrane, Brad Davis (Danny Cruz 74), Corey Ashe, Lovel Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brian Ching, Dominic Oduro (Cam Weaver 78).
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Boswell, Mike Chabala, Joseph Ngwenya, Eddie Robinson, Tyler Deric.

Philadelphia Union — Brad Knighton, Jordan Harvey (Jack McInerney 83), Juan Diego Gonzalez, Sheanon Williams, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Kyle Nakazawa, Andrew Jacobson, Sebastien Le Toux, Roger Torres (Shea Salinas 76), Nick Zimmerman (Danny Mwanga 59), Alejandro Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: J.T. Noone, Amobi Okugo, Toni Stahl, Chris Seitz.

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Peter Balciunas
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja
Time of Game: 1:54
Attendance: 16,115
Weather: Clear and 70 degrees

May 29, 2010: Houston Dynamo 2 – 3 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

So this is what it took. Add a little winger. Stir. Mix in a suddenly on-fire overall No. 1 draft pick attacker. Add some defense that stops making foolish mistakes. Maybe even a great save by the keeper. Keep playing till the final whistle.

Whoa Danny Mwanga. A stoppage time goal in the second straight game? Methinks a legend is forming.

Scoring Summary:
PHI — Shea Salinas 1 (Michael Orozco 1) 39
HOU — Brian Ching 1 (Brad Davis 5) 52
HOU — Eddie Robinson 1 (Brad Davis 6) 59
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 5 (Danny Mwanga 1, Roger Torres 3) 69
PHI — Danny Mwanga 2 (Sebastien Le Toux 2) 93+

Misconduct Summary:
PHI — Jordan Harvey (caution; Reckless Foul) 23
PHI — Kyle Nakazawa (caution; Reckless Foul) 42
PHI — Cristian Arrieta (caution; Tactical Foul) 51
PHI — Stefani Miglioranzi (caution; Reckless Foul) 58
HOU — Brian Mullan (caution; Reckless Foul) 79

Lineups
Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Cristian Arrieta, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey, Shea Salinas (Roger Torres 62), Fred (Danny Mwanga 54), Stefani Miglioranzi, Kyle Nakazawa, Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno. Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Jacobson, Shavar Thomas, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Brad Knighton.

Houston Dynamo — Pat Onstad, Richard Mulrooney, Bobby Boswell, Eddie Robinson (Ryan Cochrane 76), Mike Chabala (Andrew Hainault 45), Danny Cruz, Brad Davis, Lovel Palmer, Brian Mullan, Dominic Oduro, Luis Landin (Brian Ching 46).Substitutes Not Used: Corey Ashe, Joseph Ngwenya, Cam Weaver, Tally Hall.

Attendance: 13,555
Referee: Steven DePiero
Referee’s Assistants: -Philippe Briere; Jason Cullum
4th Official: Jeff Gontarek
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-88-degrees

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