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EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP - 2L D.C. UNITED v HOUSTON DYNAMO 31 Willis Sun., Nov. 18, RFK Memorial Stadium (4 p.m. ET; NBC SN; UDN) LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: HOU 9 wins, 27 goals … DC 4 wins, 15 goals … Ties 2 2012 HEAD-TO-HEAD: HOU 2 wins, 7 GF … DC 1 win, 3 GF … 0 ties AT RFK STADIUM: 4/28: DC 3, HOU 2 (Santos 11, 70; De Rosario 54 - Bruin 50, 59) MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: HOU 1 win, 3 GF … DC 0 wins, 1 GF … 0 ties 4 3 Russell McDonald 5 Jakovic 22 Korb 23 18 Kitchen DeLeon 11 Saragosa The return to fitness of a number of United regulars is the big question heading into the second leg. Leading scorer Chris Pontius is the biggest question mark after he was forced off after just 12 minutes with a groin injury. “We were questioning whether I should play,” Pontius said. “I woke up, 26 8 felt good, went out in the warmups, took shots and felt good, so we went along with Boskovic Pajoy it.” ... Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and defender Brandon McDonald were also forced off as United head coach Ben Olsen used all three substitutes before the 12 9 hour. “It’ll be an interesting game going back to D.C.,” Olsen said. “We get to rest, Bruin Kandji they get to rest. You’re talking about two different teams when they’re healthy.” ... There is a chance Dwayne De Rosario, who has been out since Sept. 11 with a 11 27 knee injury, could be ready to return for the second leg. “He’s a lot further along 23 17 than I think we would have expected,” assistant coach Chad Ashton said. “I think Davis Garcia we’re very optimistic he could play. ... Limited minutes, for sure.” Said De Rosario: Barnes Camargo “I feel all right. It’s day-to-day ... Hopefully I could transpire my words into actions if I get the chance. That’ll be the goal.” ... With Bill Hamid suspended after being sent 26 8 off in the second leg of the semifinal series vs. New York, Joe Willis made his first 31 32 Ashe Sarkodie playoff start. “We had a lot of energy and then a few things didn’t go our way and Hainault Boswell all of a sudden we’ve got to make three subs for injuries,” Willis said. “A couple 1 goals later, and it’s almost like we didn’t know what happened.” ... United were also Hall missing Andy Najar for a second match through suspension after a ruling from the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Chris Korb played left back after missing the second New York match with a hamstring injury. “We did everything we can to prepare, we REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. just let in some weak goals,” said Nick DeLeon. “We tuned out and they capitalized SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Corey Parker; and that was that. They’re problems that we can fix and we’ll take care of that for 4th: Matthew Foerster the next game.” ... After not making a league appearance following his acquisition, Raphael Augusto came on as an early substitute. "It’s the first game he’s ever INJURY REPORT: D.C. UNITED -- OUT: FW Josh Wolff (lower back come in for us and he had some moments. He definitely makes the play that disc herniation); QUESTIONABLE: MF Chris Pontius (R groin should change the entire course of this series, but it didn’t," Olsen said. Pontius 13 strain); MF Marcelo Saragosa (R knee pain); DF Brandon McDonald (R calf spasms); PROBABLE: DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain) ... HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: MF Adam Moffat (concussion/chest injury); QUESTIONABLE: MF Rico Clark (L adductor strain); FW Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Jermaine Taylor (L knee sprain) SUSPENDED: DC: Andy Najar (through Nov. 18) D.C. UNITED SUBSTITUTES FROM 6 Chabala DF 7 De Rosario MF 9 Salihi FW 12 Augusto MF 15 White DF 17 Shanosky MF 19 Dudar DF 20 King MF 21 Woolard DF 24 Neal MF 25 Rozeboom MF 27 Tan FW 28 Hamid GK 29 Maicon Santos FW 50 Dykstra GK HOUSTON DYNAMO 3 4 5 6 7 10 13 14 15 16 18 19 22 24 25 28 SUBSTITUTES FROM Carr FW Taylor DF Creavalle DF Sturgis MF C Clark MF Watson MF R Clark MF Rolfe FW Weaver FW Moffat MF Soto MF Dixon MF Ownby MF Deric GK Ching FW Marscheider GK Like their opponents, the Dynamo were hit by injury in the first leg. Andre Hainault stepped in again at center back for Jermaine Taylor (knee sprain) and Luiz Camargo came into the midfield for Ricardo Clark (groin strain). Giles Barnes then came on for the injured Adam Moffat. “They played like men,” Boswell said. “Credit to all of the guys that came on and did their job. That’s what the coaches asked of them and they have done quite well to keep that going.” ... The introduction of Barnes brought on a tactical shift, and the Dynamo responded with three goals. "With Giles [Barnes] going in, we had to change our formation a little bit and push Brad [Davis] into the midfield and put Mac [Kandji] wide and I thought Mac had a good game," said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. ... Will Bruin scored his fourth goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs this season. “He has four goals in four games. I think the one thing with Will is that even though he wasn’t scoring goals at a particular time in the season, he was still getting chances. ... I think his effort and his willingness to work for the team, and he still gets on the end of stuff because of his hard work, it’s hard to do anything but play him," said Kinnear. Bruin also has seven goals in in six matches against D.C. United in league and cup play. “I think it’s just matchups,” Bobby Boswell said. “Great credit to him to get that goal. It’s a goalscorer’s goal and if he keeps scoring against D.C., I’ll take it.” ... Making his 11th consecutive start over the end of the regular season and the playoffs, Kofi Sarkodie scored his first playoff goal. “The kid’s battled ever since he’s gotten the chance to play,” Corey Ashe said. “I was really happy for him. It was a good finish and it was a good ball by Luiz [Camargo]. It was definitely what we needed, that’s for sure.” ... Moffat was listed as out on the club's injury report to start the week, but could return for the second leg. “It’s a head injury so there’s protocol to follow and procedures and stuff," said Moffat. "So far everything’s been good. The stuff we’ve done so far has been great. If it keeps going I’d love to get out there but we just need to see how it progresses.” 2012 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS 2012 D.C. UNITED POSTSEASON STATISTICS UNF POS PLAYER 18 M Nick DeLeon 26 F Lionard Pajoy 3 D Robbie Russell 8 M Branko Boskovic 19 D Emiliano Dudar 28 G Bill Hamid 5 D Dejan Jakovic 23 M Perry Kitchen 22 D Chris Korb 4 D Brandon McDonald 14 M Andy Najar 24 M Lewis Neal 13 F Chris Pontius 12 M Raphael Augusto 9 F Hamdi Salihi 11 M Marcelo Saragosa 31 G Joe Willis Own-goals received Team totals Opponent totals GP 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 1 3 3 1 1 3 2 3 3 GS 3 3 2 3 0 2 3 3 2 3 1 1 3 0 0 3 1 3 3 MIN 270 269 180 231 35 159 270 270 180 236 71 189 191 50 1 220 108 270 270 G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 A 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 SHT 4 8 0 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 6 0 0 1 0 30 47 SOG 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 11 15 FC 1 5 0 1 0 1 3 3 2 1 2 1 2 4 1 6 0 33 31 FS 0 6 2 5 0 0 3 6 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 31 33 OFF 1 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 1 CK 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 15 C 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 E 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 WHERE THE GOALS CAME FROM F A GOALS SCORED 3 4 MINUTES PER GOAL 90 68 HOW SCORED RIGHT FOOT 3 1 LEFT FOOT 0 2 HEADERS 0 0 OTHER 0 1 TYPE OF PLAY OPEN PLAY 1 1 CROSS 0 0 CORNER 0 1 REBOUND 1 0 PENALTIES 0 0 DIRECT FROM FREE KICK 0 0 FREE KICK (INDIRECT) 0 1 OWN GOALS 1 1 DISTANCE INSIDE GOAL AREA 0 3 INSIDE PENALTY AREA 3 1 OUTSIDE PENALTY AREA 0 0 UNITED GAME-WINNING GOALS: Nick DeLeon 1 GAME-WINNING ASSISTS: Robbie Russell 1, Lionard Pajoy 1 PENALTY KICK GOALS/ATTEMPTS: Chris Pontius 0-1 D.C. UNITED INDIVIDUAL GOALKEEPING UNF POS GOALKEEPER GP GS 28 G Bill Hamid 2 2 31 G Joe Willis 2 1 Team totals 3 3 Opponent totals 3 3 OT SO RECORD 0 0-0-0 0 0-0-0 1 0-0-0 0 0-0-0 MIN 159 108 270 270 SHTS 7 8 15 11 SV 7 5 12 8 GA 1 3 4 3 GAA 0.57 2.50 1.33 1.00 PG 0 0 0 0 PA 0 1 1 1 W 0 1 1 1 L 0 1 1 1 T 1 0 1 1 2012 HOUSTON DYNAMO POSTSEASON STATISTICS UNF POS PLAYER 12 F Will Bruin 31 D Andre Hainault 16 M Adam Moffat 8 D Kofi Sarkodie 3 M Calen Carr 11 M Brad Davis 17 M Luiz Camargo 27 M Boniek Garcia 26 D Corey Ashe 23 M Giles Barnes 32 D Bobby Boswell 25 F Brian Ching 13 M Ricardo Clark 5 D Warren Creavalle 1 G Tally Hall 9 F Macoumba Kandji 4 D Jermaine Taylor 15 F Cam Weaver Team totals Opponent totals GP 4 3 4 4 3 4 2 4 4 1 4 3 3 1 4 3 2 2 4 4 GS 4 2 4 4 3 4 1 4 4 0 4 0 3 0 4 1 2 0 4 4 MIN 324 215 295 360 192 352 96 360 360 65 360 23 270 2 360 159 145 22 360 360 G 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 A 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 SHT 16 2 5 2 7 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 6 0 0 4 1 1 51 61 SOG 7 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 16 15 FC 4 4 2 6 2 3 3 8 2 0 4 1 8 0 0 3 1 3 54 48 FS 2 2 1 3 8 8 0 4 6 2 0 0 6 0 0 3 0 0 48 54 OFF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 15 CK 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 20 C 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 3 E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WHERE THE GOALS CAME FROM F A GOALS SCORED 7 3 MINUTES PER GOAL 51 120 HOW SCORED RIGHT FOOT 4 1 LEFT FOOT 2 1 HEADERS 1 1 OTHER 0 0 TYPE OF PLAY OPEN PLAY 4 1 CROSS 0 1 CORNER 2 0 REBOUND 0 1 PENALTIES 0 0 DIRECT FROM FREE KICK 0 0 FREE KICK (INDIRECT) 1 0 OWN GOALS 0 0 DISTANCE INSIDE GOAL AREA 2 1 INSIDE PENALTY AREA 4 2 OUTSIDE PENALTY AREA 1 0 DYNAMO RECORD AT HALFTIME DC HOU LEAD 0-1-0 2-0-0 TIED 1-0-1 1-1-0 TRAIL 0-0-0 0-0-0 RECORD WITH FIRST GOAL DC HOU SCORE 1-1-1 2-0-0 ALLOW 0-0-0 1-1-0 GOALSCORING RECORD GOALS SCORED GP 0 1 2 3 4+ TOT AVG DC 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 1.00 HOU 4 1 1 1 1 0 7 1.75 GOALS ALLOWED GP 0 1 2 3 4+ TOT AVG DC 3 1 1 0 1 0 4 1.33 HOU 4 1 3 0 0 0 3 0.75 GOALS BY INTERVALS GOALS SCORED 1- 16- 31- 46- 61- 76TOT 15 30 45 60 75 90 DC 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 HOU 7 1 1 0 2 2 1 GOALS ALLOWED 1- 16- 31- 46- 61- 76TOT 15 30 45 60 75 90 DC 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 HOU 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 UNITED v DYNAMO GAME-WINNING GOALS: Will Bruin 2, Adam Moffat 1 GAME-WINNING ASSISTS: Calen Carr 1, Will Bruin 1 PENALTY KICK GOALS/ATTEMPTS: None HOUSTON DYNAMO INDIVIDUAL GOALKEEPING UNF POS GOALKEEPER GP GS 1 G Tally Hall 4 4 Team totals 4 4 Opponent totals 4 4 MIN 360 360 360 SHTS 15 15 16 SV 11 11 9 GA 3 3 7 GAA 0.75 0.75 1.75 PG 0 0 0 PA 0 0 0 W 3 3 1 L 1 1 3 T 0 0 0 OT SO RECORD 1 0-0-0 1 0-0-0 1 0-0-0 OT 0 0 OT 0 0 v No. 2 (1-1-1) No. 5 (3-1-0) NOVEMBER 18, 2012 | RFK STADIUM | 4:00 P.M. | NBC SPORTS NETWORK PROBABLE STARTING XI Pajoy (3GP/3GS, 0G/1A) Boskovic (3GP/3GS, 0G/0A) Pontius (3GP/3GS, 0G/0A) Saragosa (3GP, 3GS, 0G/0A) Kitchen (3GP/3GS, 0G/0A) DeLeon (3GP/3GS, 2G/0A) Korb (2GP/2GS, 0G/0A) Jakovic (3GP/3GS, 0G/0A) McDonald (3GP/3GS, 0G/0A) Russell (2GP/2GS, 0G/1A) Willis (2GP/1GS, 1 SO, 1 PK save) INJURY REPORT PROBABLE: Daniel Woolard (concussion like symptoms); Long Tan (L ankle sprain); Dwayne De Rosario (L MCL sprain) QUESTIONABLE: Chris Pontius (R groin strain); Marcelo Saragosa (R knee pain); Brandon McDonald (R calf spasms) OUT: Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation) D.C. UNITED COMMUNICATIONS CONTACTS Doug Hicks Kyle Sheldon Ryan Tronovitch Sarah Lerner (202) 587-5448 (202) 587-5450 (607) 237-3865 (202) 587-5440 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com @DCUDoug @kylesheldon @RyanTronovitch @SarahRLerner 2012 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS 2012 RECORD: 17-10-7 / (HOME: 12-1-4 AWAY: 5-9-3) PLAYOFF RECORD: 1-1-1 Sat. Sun. Sat. Fri. Sat. Sat. Wed. Sun. Sat. Wed. Sat. Sat. Wed. Sat. Sat. Sat. Sun. Sat. Sun. Sat. Sat. Sat. Sun. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Sat. Thu. Sun. Sat. Sat. Sat. Sat. Sat. Wed. Sun. Sun. March 10 March 18 March 24 March 30 April 7 April 14 April 18 April 22 April 28 May 2 May 5 May 12 May 16 May 19 May 26 June 16 June 24 June 30 July 15 July 21 Aug. 4 Aug. 11 Aug. 19 Aug. 22 Aug. 25 Aug. 29 Sept. 1 Sept. 15 Sept. 20 Sept. 23 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 7 Nov. 11 Nov. 18 Sporting Kansas City (L 0-1) at LA Galaxy (L 1-3) at Vancouver Whitecaps (D 0-0) FC Dallas (W 4-1) Seattle Sounders FC (D 0-0) at New England Revolution (W 2-1) Montreal Impact (D 1-1) New York Red Bulls (W 4-1) Houston Dynamo (W 3-2) at San Jose Earthquakes (L 3-5) at Toronto FC (W 2-0) at Houston Dynamo (L 1-0) Colorado Rapids (W 2-0) Toronto FC (W 3-1) New England Revolution (W 3-2) at Philadelphia Union (W 1-0) at New York Red Bulls (L 3-2) Montreal Impact (W 3-0) at Houston Dynamo (L 4-0) at Columbus Crew (L 1-0) Columbus Crew (W 1-0) at Sporting Kansas City (L 2-1) Philadelphia Union (D 1-1) Chicago Fire (W 4-2) at Montreal Impact (L 3-0) New York Red Bulls (D 2-2) at Real Salt Lake (L 1-0) New England Revolution (W 2-1) at Philadelphia Union (W 1-0) Chivas USA (W 1-0) at Portland Timbers (D 1-1) at Toronto FC (W 1-0) Columbus Crew (W 3-2) at Chicago Fire (T 1-1) New York Red Bulls (T 1-1) at New York Red Bulls (W 1-0) at Houston Dynamo (L 3-1) Houston Dynamo 7:30pm 7:00pm 10:00pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 4:00pm 7:30pm 6:00pm 7:30pm 10:30pm 4:00pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 9:00pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 8:30pm 5:00pm 7:30pm 4:00pm 8:00pm 9:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 7:00pm 10:30pm 1:00pm 7:30pm 4:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm CSN+ Galavision CSN NBC Sports Network DirectKick, MLS Live CSN+ CSN+ ESPN2 CSN CSN CSN NBC Sports Network CSN CSN DirectKick, MLS Live CSN, Galavision NBC Sports Network CSN CSN, Galavision CSN CSN DirectKick, MLS Live NBC Sports Network CSN DirectKick, MLS Live Galavision DirectKick, MLS Live DirectKick, MLS Live ESPN2 CSN, Galavision CSN CSN CSN NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Network GAME NOTES Blackout – first time in playoffs in 5 years D.C. United is one of Major League Soccer’s most storied clubs. The club has won four MLS Cups (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004), four Supporters’ Shields for putting together the best regular season record (1997, 1999, 2006, 2007), two U.S. Open Cup titles (1996, 2008) and two international trophies – the CONCACAF Champions Cup and InterAmerican Cup, both in 1998. Houston losses by 2+ goals When it comes to losing games by two goals or more, only Chivas USA (10), Toronto FC (9), New York (8), Montreal (8), and Portland (8) have more losses by two or more goals – none of which are still in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Three-goal deficit perspective Just over a year ago, D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario netted the fastest hat-trick in MLS history in a game against Real Salt Lake on 9/25/11. His three strikes in nine minutes puts into perspective the deficit United is facing. D.C. United – Highest seed remaining D.C. United took second place in the Eastern Conference and is now the highest seed remaining in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Black-and-Red would host MLS Cup on 12/1 if it moves past the Houston Dynamo. Offensive output coming from all over the field 11 different United players have contributed either a goal or an assist to the last 11 goals United has scored. United undefeated at home The Black-and-Red have been tough at home this season, with the only loss coming on 3/10 to Sporting KC. Since that game, United has gone 17 games without a loss – going 12-0-5. The previous record, at 13 games, was set in 2008. Beasts in the East D.C. United boasts an overall 9-4-0 mark in conference championship matches. Houston worst of all playoff teams on the road Of all 2012 playoff teams, the Dynamo has the worst regularseason road record, a mark of 3-9-5 (.324). Two of those wins came against bottom-feeders Toronto FC and Chivas USA. Second best streak this MLS season broke at nine To go along with its record 17 game unbeaten streak at home, the Black-and-Red went undefeated over nine games dating back to 9/15. During the stretch, United was 6-0-3, with an impressive four shutouts and only six goals against. United’s nine-match unbeaten streak was the longest active undefeated stretch in MLS until Houston beat the Black-andRed on Sunday. The only club that had gone more consecutive games without losing this season was Sporting Kansas City (12 matches). Fifteen multi-goal games Through 34 games this season, D.C. United has 15 multi-goal games. The Black-and-Red have netted four goals three times (against FC Dallas, the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire); three goals six different times (against the Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC, New England Revolution, Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew); and two goals six different times (against the New England Revolution twice, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls twice and Colorado Rapids). Roommates making an impact Nick DeLeon, Chris Korb, and Joe Willis have all been making their presence known while on the pitch so far through United’s impressive 2012 campaign. The three live together (once with Danny Cruz now with the Union) in Alexandria, Va. DeLeon has scored United’s two goals in the playoffs, Korb has been a regular at left back, and Willis saved Kenny Cooper’s penalty kick minutes before DeLeon scored the game-winner against New York on 11/8. Houston prone to giving up goals on the road Through 34 regular season games, only two teams gave up more goals while on the road than the Houston Dynamo (29) – last place Toronto FC (37) and seventh place Montreal Impact (32). The Dynamo were 3-9-5 on the road through the regular season, with big losses coming to the Vancouver Whitecaps (31 on 6/10), Montreal Impact (4-2 on 6/23), the Chicago Fire (31 on 9/2), the Philadelphia Union (3-1 on 9/23), and the Colorado Rapids (2-0 on 10/27). Najar joins Honduras while on suspension United defender Andy Najar joined the Honduran National Team for a friendly against Peru on 11/14 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX. Najar joined the squad on 11/12 and will return to training with the Black-and-Red Thursday following the match with Peru. United wins by 2+ goals When it comes to winning games by two goals or more, only LA (11), San Jose (9), Seattle (9), Colorado (8), New York (8), and Montreal (8) have won more games by two or more goals. When leading at half… D.C. United was a perfect 7-0-0 when leading at half through the regular season. United is one of two teams in the League to be perfect when leading at half, along with New York (9-00). Over two goals per game at home this year Not only is United putting together one of the most impressive streaks in club history, but the team is doing it in sizeable fashion as well. Through 17 regular season home games this year, United averaged over two goals per game at home with an impressive 38 goals inside the friendly confines of RFK Stadium. First strike is killer During the regular season, the Dynamo were a poor 1-9-2 when allowing the first goal, a winning percentage (.167) that matched League-worst Toronto FC. Scoring machine D.C. United has been able to find the back of the net this season at a very high rate, averaging almost 2 goals per game. Only three other teams scored more than the Black-and-Red through the end of the season (53): New York (57), LA (59), and San Jose (72). Ben Olsen – right substitutes at the right time Dating back to 9/15, almost every single one of Head Coach Ben Olsen’s substitutions have made an impact. On 9/15, Lewis Neal entered in the 56th minute and scored the game-winning goal. On 9/20, Maicon Santos entered in the 57th minute and tallied the game-winning assist. On 9/23, Branko Boskovic entered in the 57th minute and subsequently scored the gamewinner. On 10/6, Hamdi Salihi and Maicon Santos entered in the middle of the second half and Salihi notched the gamewinner on a rebound off of a Santos shot. On 10/20, Lewis Neal entered in the 69th minute and scored the game-winner in the 91st, on a pass from Branko Boskovic, who enetered in the 87th. Time frames to watch D.C. United has found the back of the net between the 61st and 75th minute more than any other timeframe this regular season (15 goals). Fifteen multi-goal games Through 34 regular-season games this season, D.C. United has 15 multi-goal games. The Black-and-Red have netted four goals three times (against FC Dallas, the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire); three goals six different times (against the Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC, New England Revolution, Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew); and two goals six different times (against the New England Revolution twice, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls twice and Colorado Rapids). DeLeon in the record books Previously, the club record for most League goals scored during a rookie season was five, achieved by Santino Quaranta (2001), Freddy Adu (2004), and Andy Najar (2010). Nick DeLeon, a rookie out of Louisville, netted his eighth of the year on Sunday, and second of the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, to secure his spot in the Black-and-Red history books. De Rosario tallies 100th MLS goal MLS Macgyver In 37 regular season games, Head Coach Ben Olsen has used 32 distinct starting lineups to lead the club to a second place Eastern Conference finish and its first post-season berth in five years. In United’s 2-2 tie against the New York Red Bulls on 8/29, captain Dwayne De Rosario scored his 100th career MLS goal (105 in all competitions). Only six others in League history have reached this milestone: Jeff Cunningham (134), Jaime Moreno (133), Landon Donovan (124), Ante Razov (114), Jason Kreis (108), and Taylor Twellman (101). When scoring the first goal… D.C. United has a 15-3-2 record when scoring the first goal this season. Impressive history D.C. United is the most successful professional soccer team in United States history. The club has won four MLS Cups (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004), four Supporters’ Shields for putting together the best regular season record (1997, 1999, 2006, 2007), two U.S. Open Cup titles (1996, 2008) and two international trophies – the CONCACAF Champions Cup and InterAmerican Cup, both in 1998. Career-high scoring this season Chris Pontius netted a career-high 12 goals in 34 regularseason games. This season has also seen Pontius develop into a clutch player – 6 of his 12 goals during the 2012 campaign were game-winning goals. He was also one of six players in the League to record a hat-trick (against New York on 4/22). D.C. UNITED-HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYER CONNECTIONS DWAYNE DE ROSARIO & Corey Ashe • Teammates with De Rosario on the Dynamo from 2007-08, winning an MLS Cup together in 2007. The championship match in 2007 was played at RFK Stadium where the Dynamo defeated the New England Revolution 2-1. & Brian Ching • Teammates with De Rosario on the San Jose Earthquakes from 2003-05 and then the Dynamo from 2006-08. Ching and De Rosario won three MLS Cups together, one with San Jose in 2003 and two with Houston in 2006 and 2007. The championship match in 2007 was played at RFK Stadium where the Dynamo defeated the New England Revolution 2-1. & Ricardo Clark • Teammates with De Rosario on the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005 and then the Dynamo from 2006-08. Clark and De Rosario won two MLS Cups together, both with Houston in 2006 and 2007. The championship match in 2007 was played at RFK Stadium where the Dynamo defeated the New England Revolution 2-1. & Brad Davis • Teammates with De Rosario on the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005 and then the Dynamo from 2006-08. Davis and De Rosario won two MLS Cups together, both with Houston in 2006 and 2007. The championship match in 2007 was played at RFK Stadium where the Dynamo defeated the New England Revolution 2-1. & Andre Hainault • Both De Rosario and Hainault have competed at the international level for Canada, most recently during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. NICK DE LEON & Colin Rolfe, Will Bruin • Dynamo reserve player Colin Rolfe led his and DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over Bruin’s Indiana Hoosiers in the spring of 2011. Six months later, Rolfe and DeLeon guided Louisville to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Indiana. & Alex Dixon • Dixon registered a game-tying assist for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in a 2-1 loss to DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals in the semifinal of the 2010 College Cup. & Kofi Sarkodie • Sarkodie’s (and D.C. United’s Perry Kitchen’s and Chris Korb’s) Akron Zips defeated DeLeon’s Lousiville Cardinals 1-0 in the 2010 College Cup championship. PERRY KITCHEN & Kofi Sarkodie • Played with Sarkodie (along with D.C. United teammate Chris Korb) on the 2010 College Cup-winning Akron Zips. Akron claimed the national championship by defeating D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals 1-0. CHRIS PONTIUS & Calen Carr • Carr tallied an assist in the California Golden Bears’ 2-0 win over Pontius’ UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos in the 2005 UCSB adidas Classic. & Tally Hall • Pontius’ UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated Hall’s San Diego State University Aztecs 2-1 in the first round of the 2006 College Cup, a national championship that the Gauchos ultimately ended up winning that year. D.C. UNITED PLAYERS IN THE PLAYOFFS Brandon McDonald - While with the San Jose Earthquakes, McDonald played in all three matches with three starts during the 2010 playoffs, which saw San Jose reach the Western Conference semifinals. Robbie Russell - Russell has one of the strongest playoff resumes on D.C. United’s squad, playing in 12 post-season games with 10 starts with his former club Real Salt Lake. In the 2009 MLS Cup finals, Russell converted the winning penalty-kick en route to his first MLS title. Maicon Santos - Santos has three career Major League Soccer appearances – two with Chivas USA in 2009 and one with FC Dallas in 2011. Santos also scored a goal in Chivas USA’s playoff run in 2009. Marcelo Saragosa - Marcelo Saragosa is one of the Black-and-Red most seasoned playoff veterans with eight playoff games, including five starts, under his belt with three different teams. Dwayne De Rosario - Few players can boast of as much playoff experience as De Rosario can. De Rosario has made 23 playoff appearances, 16 of them starts, and tallied 5 goals and 5 assists. He has won four MLS Cups, including two with Houston (2006, 2007) and two with San Jose (2001, 2003). De Rosario scored the Cup-winning goal at RFK Stadium on November 18, 2007 in a 2-1 triumph over the New England Revolution. Mike Chabala - Chabala made two playoff appearances, both as a starter, with the Houston Dynamo in 2009. Stephen King - King has made one playoff appearance as a substitute for five minutes in a Chicago Fire loss in 2008. Daniel Woolard - Woolard has made three playoff appearances (two starts), logging 198 minutes, all with the Chicago Fire in 2008 and 2009. Josh Wolff - Wolff has made 14 playoff appearances in five seasons with the Chicago Fire and the then-Kansas City Wizards, netting a goal and assisting on another. Wolff scored a goal in the Wizards’ 2004 MLS Cup loss to D.C. United. 2012 D.C. UNITED ROSTER No. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 50 Name Robbie Russell Brandon McDonald Dejan Jakovic Mike Chabala Dwayne De Rosario Branko Boškovi Hamdi Salihi Marcelo Saragosa Raphael Augusto Chris Pontius Andy Najar Ethan White Josh Wolff Conor Shanosky Nick DeLeon Emiliano Dudar Stephen King Daniel Woolard Chris Korb Perry Kitchen Lewis Neal Lance Rozeboom Lionard Pajoy Long Tan Bill Hamid Maicon Santos Joe Willis Andrew Dykstra Pos. D D D D M M F M M M/F M D F D/M M D M D D M M M F F GK F GK GK Ht. 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-0 5-9 6-0 6-1 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-8 6-0 5-9 6-4 5-10 6-4 5-8 5-10 5-9 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-5 6-4 Wt. 205 185 178 175 164 172 170 175 170 168 150 183 160 185 170 193 153 155 160 160 155 170 185 170 225 186 190 195 DOB 7-16-79 1-16-86 7-16-85 5-24-84 5-15-78 6-21-80 1-19-84 1-22-82 3-6-91 5-12-87 3-16-93 1-1-91 2-25-77 12-13-91 7-17-90 8-12-81 3-6-86 5-22-84 10-8-87 2-29-92 7-14-81 5-31-89 6-7-81 4-1-88 11-25-90 4-18-84 8-10-88 1-2-86 Hometown Amherst, MA Phoenix, AZ Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada Fresno, CA Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Vojvodina, Montenegro Shkoder, Albania Campo Grande, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Yorba Linda, CA Choluteca, Honduras Kensington, MD Atlanta, GA Sterling, VA Phoenix, AZ Buenos Aires, Argentina Medford, NJ Bedford, TX Gates Mills, OH Indianapolis, IN Leicester, England Walker, IA Norte de Santander, Colombia Dalian, China Annandale, VA Paracambi, Brazil St. Louis, MO Woodbridge, VA College_______________________ Duke University University of San Francisco University of Alabama-Birmingham University of Washington -------------------------University of California-Santa Bárbara -----University of Maryland University of South Carolina -----University of Louisville -----University of Maryland Midwestern State University University of Akron University of Akron -----University of New Mexico --------------------University of Denver Virginia Commonwealth University 2012 D.C. UNITED TRANSACTIONS Date 1/12/2012 1/17/2012 1/17/2012 1/17/2012 1/18/2012 1/20/2012 1/25/2012 2/2/2012 2/3/2012 2/6/2012 2/20/2012 2/27/2012 3/2/2012 3/7/2012 3/13/2012 4/24/2012 6/28/2012 7/28/2012 8/9/2012 8/9/12 8/16/12 Transaction Nick DeLeon selected in the first round (7th overall) of MLS SuperDraft Lance Rozeboom selected in second round (26th overall) of MLS Supplemental Draft Charles Rodriguez selected in third round (45th overall) of MLS Supplemental Draft Matthew Kuhn selected in fourth round (64th overall) of MLS Supplemental Draft Maicon Santos signed Danny Cruz acquired from Houston Dynamo in exchange for partial allocation Emiliano Dudar signed Hamdi Salihi signed as Designated Player Blake Brettschneider waived Marcelo Saragosa signed Dwayne De Rosario re-signed Andrew Dykstra signed Conor Shanosky loaned to Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Lance Rozeboom signed Lewis Neal signed Andrew Dykstra loaned to Charleston Battery Long Tan acquired from Vancouver Whitecaps FC Raphael Augusto acquired on loan from Fluminense Kurt Morsink retired Mike Chabala acquired from the Portland Timbers Lionard Pajoy and international roster spot acquired from Philadelphia for Danny Cruz D.C. UNITED MINI BIOS 3 | ROBBIE RUSSELL Russell is one of the few United players with an MLS Cup under his belt and will use his veteran experiences to help lead the team. Russell enjoyed a successful 2011 season at Real Salt Lake, in which he started 22 of the 26 matches he played, netting two assists in 1,809 minutes of action LAST GAME: Russell played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 9 | HAMDI SALIHI Salihi was signed in February of 2012 from Rapid Vienna of Austria's top division, where he was once the teammate of Branko Boskovic. Salihi, in three years with Rapid Vienna, tallied a prolific 53 goals in 90 total matches (all competitions). Salihi is already making his presence felt in D.C., leading the team with the highest goals per game average. LAST GAME: Salihi played one minute as a substitute in United’s 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on 11/8. 4 | BRANDON McDONALD McDonald is a hard-nosed defender who joined D.C. United midseason last year from the San Jose Earthquakes. McDonald has started in all of United’s matches this season with the exception of a suspension. LAST GAME: McDonald played 56 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 11 | MARCELO SARAGOSA Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa began his career with the youth teams at his hometown São Paulo FC in Brazil before moving to the LA Galaxy in 2004. After a brief return to São Paulo, Saragosa again joined the Galaxy in August 2005, playing four regular season games and two playoff games, helping the team win both the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup. Saragosa, who signed with the club in February of 2012, has added depth to the roster in the midfield. LAST GAME: Saragosa played 40 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 5 | DEJAN JAKOVIC Jakovic, a native of Ontario, Canada, has become a regular amongst the Black-and-Red back four. Jakovic is also becoming an integral part of the Canadian National Team, with several call-ups during 2012. Jakovic was signed on 2/27/2009 from Red Star Belgrade of Serbia. LAST GAME: Jakovic played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 12 | RAPHAEL AUGUSTO Augusto is a Brazilian midfielder who was acquired on loan from Brazil’s First Division side Fluminense on 7/28/12. Augusto was born on 3-6-1991 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. LAST GAME: Augusto made his D.C. United debut on 11/11, playing 50 minutes as a substitute in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 6 | MIKE CHABALA Chabala joind United on August 9, 2012 from the Portland Timbers. In his second season with the Timbers, Chabala has made nine appearances (six starts) during the team’s current campaign. The defender has logged a total of 657 minutes and helped the Timbers to a 3-4-2 record when in the lineup. LAST GAME: Chabala played 58 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-0 loss to the Montreal Impact on 8/25. 13 | CHRIS PONTIUS Pontius is currently D.C. United’s longest tenured player on the roster. After starting all 25 matches he played in during the 2011 season, Pontius suffered a broken right tibia and has made an impressive comeback, leading the team with twelve goals. LAST GAME: Pontius played 12 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 7 | DWAYNE DE ROSARIO De Rosario is the reigning 2011 MLS MVP after an outstanding 2011 season that saw moves from Toronto to New York and from New York to his eventual landing spot in our nation’s capital. De Rosario was the league's leading scorer with an MLS-best 16 goals and 12 assists, 13 of them coming while playing for United in 18 games. LAST GAME: De Rosario played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on 9/1. 14 | ANDY NAJAR Najar, a product of the D.C. United Youth Academy, was signed to a Generation Adidas contract on 3/22/10 with the first team and won the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Award. The then 17-year-old midfielder was the second player to sign with the senior squad directly from United’s Academy, joining goalkeeper Bill Hamid. LAST GAME: Najar played 71 minutes as a starter before receiving a double yellow card in United’s 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on 11/3. 8 | BRANKO BOSKOVIC Signed as a Designated Player on 6/14/2010, Boskovic appeared in 13 matches and started eight for D.C. in 2010. The midfielder joined United from Rapid Vienna in Austria. The 2011 season was cut short for Boskovic after an ACL tear early in the season. LAST GAME: Boskovic played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 15 | ETHAN WHITE White, a native of Kensington, Maryland, was signed on 12/14/2010 after playing for the University of Maryland. Last year, White racked up close to 2,000 minutes after appearing in 24 contests with 21 starts. LAST GAME: Has not yet played in 2012. 16 | JOSH WOLFF Wolff is a U.S. Soccer veteran spending numerous years in both MLS and with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Wolff signed with D.C. United on 12/15/2010 following his selection in the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Last year with D.C. United, Wolff started 23 of the 30 games he appeared in, netting five goals and assisting on seven. Wolff has also been a consistent fixture in international competition, playing in the 2000 Olympics, and the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. LAST GAME: Wolff played 19 minutes as a substitute in United’s 2-1 loss to Sporting KC on 8/11/12. 23 | PERRY KITCHEN Kitchen became the only rookie in United’s 16-year history to lead the team in minutes played (2,726) during his inaugural MLS season in 2011. The 19-year-old played in 31 MLS matches (30 starts), missing only three league contests due to international duty with the U.S. U-20s. LAST GAME: Kitchen played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 24 | LEWIS NEAL Lewis Neal was acquired on 3/13 after spending the 2011 season with USL Pro side Orlando City, helping the first-year club win the league’s championship. Neal, a left footer, is a versatile player who can play anywhere through the midfield. LAST GAME: Neal played 78 minutes as a substitute in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 18 | NICK DeLEON With the seventh overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected University of Louisville standout midfielder Nick DeLeon. In his senior season at Louisville, DeLeon ranked second on the team in scoring with six goals and six assists, starting every match during his senior season. In addition to earning All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big East First Team honors for the second straight year, DeLeon was the only Cardinal selected to the Big East All-Tournament Team. LAST GAME: DeLeon played 90 minutes as a starter and scored his eighth goal of the year in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 25 | LANCE ROZEBOOM A versatile and hard working midfielder, Rozeboom earned his contract with United thanks to a solid preseason performance. The 22-year old was selected in the second round (26th overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft from the University of New Mexico, where he finished his collegiate career with six and five assists in 78 matches (68 starts). LAST GAME: Has not yet played in 2012. 19 | EMILIANO DUDAR Dudar, a native of Argentina, joined D.C. United on 1/25/2012 from the Swiss side BSC Young Boys and is entering his first season in Major League Soccer. In the 2009/2010 season with BSC Young Boys, Dudar was named the Swiss Golden Player as the league’s defender of the year after playing in 31 Swiss League matches (all starts) that season. LAST GAME: Dudar played 34 minutes as a substitute in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 26 | LIONARD PAJOY Pajoy, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Union on 8/16 started in his United debut on 8/19 against the Philadelphia Union. Pajoy, a native of Norte de Santander, Colombia and currently in his first Major League Soccer season, has spent numerous years in the Colombian first division before coming to America in 2011. LAST GAME: Pajoy played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 20 | STEPHEN KING King played at the University of Maryland where he started all 93 matches that he played in over a four-year career. King was drafted in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire and saw time with Seattle Sounders FC before coming to United in 2010. LAST GAME: King played 7 minutes as a substitute in United’s 3-1 win over Toronto FC on 5/19/12. 27 | LONG TAN Tan, a native of Dalian, China is a promising young striker who joined the club on 6/28/12. Tan made his United debut on 7/21 against the Columbus Crew. Tan scored his first goal for D.C. United in United’s 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire on 8/22/12. LAST GAME: Tan played 1 minute as a substitute in United’s 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls on 8/29. 21 | DANIEL WOOLARD Woolard was signed on 1/6/2011 after spending time with USL side Carolina Railhawks. In 2011, he made an immediate impression and has been a consistent fixture in United’s starting 11. Woolard started all 26 games he played in last year and logged over 2,000 minutes. LAST GAME: Woolard played 63 minutes as a starter in United’s 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on 8/4/12. 28 | BILL HAMID The first D.C. United Academy player ever to sign with the first team, Hamid solidified his position as United’s first-choice goalkeeper last season. Hamid was rewarded for his continued success with inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT several times last year. The young goalkeeper earned his first cap on 1/21/12. LAST GAME: Hamid played 69 minutes as a starter in United’s 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on 11/8. 22 | CHRIS KORB Korb began his professional career after being selected in the second round (31st overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft on 1/13. The former University of Akron defender started all 12 matches that he played in for United, registering two assists in 1,020 minutes of action during the 2011 MLS season. LAST GAME: Korb played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 29 | MAICON SANTOS A physical target forward with vast experience, Santos boosts United’s attack with his outstanding technique and powerful left foot. The Brazilian striker rejoins De Rosario in D.C., after playing together for Toronto FC. Santos’s resume also includes stints with Dallas and Chivas USA. LAST GAME: Santos played 10 minutes as a substitute in United 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on 10/27. 31 | JOE WILLIS A reliable back-up goalkeeper, Willis made his MLS debut last year in the 4-0 win against expansion side Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The University of Denver graduate had a memorable first outing for the Black-and-Red, recording six saves and earning his first career win and shutout. Willis played three matches (three starts) for United, registering one shutout and 12 saves in 270 minutes of action during the 2011 MLS season. LAST GAME: Willis played 90 minutes as a starter in United’s 3-1 loss at Houston on 11/11. 50 | ANDREW DYKSTRA Dykstra’s hard work in preseason paid off, earning him a contract to cap off a successful trial period with United. The Woodbridge native spent the 2011 season with USL Pro team Charleston Battery, starting each of the 16 matches he played for the South Carolina side. The former Chicago Fire goalkeeper led the league with a 0.98 goals-against average and 16 goals against. LAST GAME: Has not yet played in 2012. D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo MLS Cup playoffs Eastern Conference Championship – Leg 2 Sunday, 18 November 2012 – 3 p.m. CT RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. Broadcast Information TV: The NBC Sports Network Radio: KPRC 950 AM, La Ranchera 850 AM (Spanish) Dynamo Media Contacts (@HoustonDynamo.com) Lester Gretsch (lgretsch@ 832‐633‐0632) Matt Pedersen (mpedersen@ 832‐794‐8673) Jonathan Kaplan (jkaplan@ 516‐965‐4664) DYNAMO CARRY TWO-GOAL AGGREGATE LEAD OVER D.C. UNITED TO WASHINGTON The Houston Dynamo carry a 3‐1 aggregate series lead over D.C. United heading into Sunday’s second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship at RFK Stadium. If the Dynamo win, draw or lose by one goal on Sunday, they will advance to the MLS Cup Final for the second consecutive year and fourth time in seven years. In the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship on Sunday, Houston earned a 3‐1 victory over D.C. to earn a two‐goal edge in the series. This is the first‐ever postseason meeting between the clubs. The two historic franchises have six MLS Cup titles and eight conference titles between them. Houston vs. D.C. United Houston is 10‐4‐2 all‐time against D.C. United (including Sunday’s 3‐1 win). The Dynamo are 2‐4‐1 all‐time in road games against D.C. United. The clubs met three times in the 2012 regular season and the Dynamo won both home games while United won its only home game in the series. United secured a 3‐2 win at RFK Stadium on April 28 as Will Bruin scored two goals for Houston while Maicon Santos bagged a pair and Dwayne De Rosario tallied the other goal for D.C. United. The Dynamo welcomed United to Houston on May 12 for the inaugural game at BBVA Compass Stadium. The visitors lost center mid Perry Kitchen to injury in the first half before Brad Davis delivered the game‐winner for Houston, a gorgeous, curling strike from 30 yards. The last regular season meeting between these foes came on July 15 as Houston opened a vital three‐ game homestand. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was issued a red card and the Dynamo were awarded a penalty after Hamid’s rash challenge on Macoumba Kandji. Up a man, the Dynamo rolled to a 4‐0 win behind goals from Davis, Bruin, Boniek Garcia and Brian Ching. DYNAMO PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP (4‐4‐2, Right‐Left) Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe; Boniek Garcia, Luiz Camargo, Giles Barnes, Brad Davis; Will Bruin, Macoumba Kandji DYNAMO NOTES _ Dynamo rally for 3‐1 lead in Eastern Conference Championship: The Dynamo scored three unanswered goals in the second half to secure a 3‐1 win over D.C. United in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Behind goals from Andre Hainault, Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie, the Dynamo will carry a 3‐1 aggregate series lead into the final leg of the two‐game series on Sunday. The win, in front of a BBVA Compass Stadium record crowd of 22,101, extended Houston’s home unbeaten streak to 30 games in all competitions. The Dynamo are now 8‐1‐0 all‐time in home playoff games, outscoring opponents 18‐6. It was Bruin’s fourth goal this postseason to set a franchise record for goals in a single postseason. It also extended Bruin’s franchise record for goals in a season to 16. The Dynamo are now 12‐6‐3 all‐time in the playoffs (counting 2006 MLS Cup final penalty kick victory as a tie). Three goals in playoff game for first time since 2007: Houston’s 3‐1 win over United on Sunday was the first time the Dynamo scored three goals in a playoff game since Nov. 2, 2007, a 4‐1 overtime win over FC Dallas (14 games in between). The only other time the Dynamo scored three goals in a playoff game was Nov. 5, 2006, a 3‐1 victory over Colorado in the Western Conference Championship. Kinnear one win shy of Bradley for third on playoff wins chart: With Sunday’s 3‐1 win over United, Dominic Kinnear improved to 13‐8‐4 as a head coach in the playoffs. With his next win, Kinnear will tie Bob Bradley for third on the Major League Soccer all‐time playoff wins chart. Fifth conference final in seven years: The Dynamo are in the conference championship for the second consecutive year and fifth time overall. Houston is 3‐1‐0 all‐time in conference championships, including last year’s 2‐0 win over Sporting KC at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Below are details on Houston’s conference championship game history: YEAR 2006 2007 Other notes from Sunday’s 3‐1 win over D.C. United: With four goals this postseason, Bruin has set a new franchise record for goals in a single postseason, surpassing Brian Ching, who scored three goals in the 2006 postseason. It was Hainault’s third career playoff goal to move to third on the franchise list for postseason goals. Goalkeeper Tally Hall earned his sixth career playoff win to tie Pat Onstad’s franchise record. Hall is 6‐2‐0 as a starter in the playoffs. It was Ching’s 25th career playoff game. It was Bobby Boswell’s 13th playoff start with Dynamo. He is now tied with Brian Mullan and Pat Onstad for third on the franchise list. It was Corey Ashe’s 11th career playoff game to tie Stuart Holden, Eddie Robinson and Wade Barrett for sixth on the franchise list. Houston is now 12‐6‐3 all‐time in the playoffs. GAME Western Conference Final Western Conference Final Western Conference Final Eastern Conference Final OPPONENT(HOME/AWAY) Colorado Rapids (Home) Kansas City Wizards (Home) SCORE Won, 3‐1 Won, 2‐0 DYNAMO GOALS Paul Dalglish (10’, 21’) Brian Mullan (71’) Nate Jaqua (35’) Dwayne De Rosario (81’) Andre Hainault (53’) Carlo Costly (87’) 2009 2011 LA Galaxy (Away) Sporting Kansas City (Away) Lost, 2‐0 (OT) Won, 2‐0 Dynamo take first leg in first‐ever playoff game at BBVA Compass Stadium: The Dynamo secured a 2‐0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Nov. 4 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Adam Moffat delivered a sensational goal in the 18th minute, a 25‐yard strike into the upper corner for an early lead and his first career playoff goal. In the 75th minute, Will Bruin, who scored two goals on Oct. 31 at Chicago and assisted on Moffat’s goal, sealed the win with his third goal this postseason off a pinpoint pass from Calen Carr, who earned his second assist in two playoff games while goalkeeper Tally Hall earned his third career playoff shutout. Bruin extends franchise single‐season goals record: Will Bruin has set a franchise record with 16 goals on the season after he led the Dynamo with 12 regular season goals. The second‐year forward has surpassed Brian Ching’s club record for goals in a season in all competitions, including playoffs. Ching scored 14 goals in 2008 (13 in regular season and one in Champions League) and 14 goals in 2006 (11 in regular season and three in the playoffs). Bruin leads Knockout Round win in Chicago: The Dynamo advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 2‐1 victory over the Chicago Fire in the MLS Cup playoffs Knockout Round on Oct. 31 at Toyota Park. Will Bruin scored two goals for the Dynamo in his first career playoff start. Bruin is the third Dynamo player in franchise history to score two goals in a playoff game. Brian Ching scored two goals in the 2007 Western Conference semifinal against FC Dallas and Paul Dalglish scored two goals in the 2006 Western Conference final versus Colorado. DYNAMO IN HISTORIC HOME TERRITORY Dynamo complete fourth unbeaten home season in MLS history: The Dynamo went 11‐0‐6 (W‐L‐T) in regular season home games in 2012, becoming just the fourth team in Major League Soccer history (est. 1996) to complete a season without a regular season home loss. Dominic Kinnear was also head coach of the 2005 San Jose Earthquakes, one of three teams to complete a perfect home season. The chart below lists the perfect home seasons in Major League Soccer history: TEAM Houston Dynamo LA Galaxy Real Salt Lake San Jose Earthquakes The Dynamo have second‐longest home unbeaten streak in MLS history: With the 3‐1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Oct. 20, the Dynamo extended their home unbeaten streak to 25 regular season games, the second‐longest streak in league history. The Dynamo have not lost a home game in over a year, with their last home defeat on June 18, 2011, a 2‐0 loss to Columbus. The chart below details the longest regular season home unbeaten streaks in Major League Soccer history: Team Real Salt Lake Houston Dynamo Columbus Crew LA Galaxy San Jose Earthquakes Houston Dynamo The Dynamo are unbeaten in 30 consecutive home games in all competitions, including last yearʹs playoff win over Philadelphia, two Champions League games this year and 2012 playoff victories over Sporting KC and D.C. United. The Dynamo are 8‐1‐0 all‐time in home playoff games and have outscored opponents 18‐6. The Dynamo have the best all‐time home win percentage in Major League Soccer history. Furthermore, Houston has lost just 17 home games in seven seasons, an average of 2.43 home losses per year. BEST ALL‐TIME HOME RECORDS IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER (Current; minimum 20 home games): TEAM WINS 61 155 35 122 LOSSES 17 65 14 55 DRAWS 32 43 15 55 PERCENTAGE .700 .671 .664 .644 Home unbeaten streak 29 25 22 18 18 17 Streak start date 6/6/2009 7/9/2011 6/28/2008 10/24/2010 9/25/2004 6/26/2008 Streak end date 5/14/2011 ??? 9/26/2009 10/16/2011 10/8/2005 6/20/2009 YEAR 2012 2011 2010 2005 HOME RECORD 11‐0‐6 12‐0‐5 11‐0‐4 9‐0‐7 Dynamo LA Galaxy Seattle Sounders Chicago Fire Late playoff heroics: Of Houston’s 29 all‐time playoff goals, a remarkable 18 have been scored after the 60th minute (62%), including four overtime goals. Three of those were scored by forward Brian Ching, with a tying header in the 2006 MLS Cup final and game‐winners in the second leg of Western Conference semifinals in 2007 and 2009. Ching is tied with Mike Magee of LA Galaxy for second among active MLS players with eight playoff goals, trailing only Landon Donovan (21). Dynamo out to defend Eastern Conference crown: Despite being the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Dynamo will try and defend their 2011 Eastern Conference title. A year ago, the Dynamo earned two important road wins – 2‐1 at Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and 2‐0 at Sporting Kansas City on Nov. 6 in the Eastern Conference final – to capture their third conference championship in six years. The Dynamo have excelled in the postseason over the years, posting a 12‐6‐3 all‐time record in the playoffs (counting 2006 MLS Cup final penalty kick victory as a tie). Road Warriors: The win in Chicago was Houston’s third road playoff win in the last two seasons. The Dynamo earned wins in Philadelphia and Kansas City a year ago after going 0‐2‐2 in their first four road playoff games (2006, 2007 MLS Cup finals at neutral sites excluded). Dynamo enter playoffs with lowest‐ever seed: The Dynamo are the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the lowest seed in club history, despite setting a franchise record with 53 points this season. Houston has been the 1 or 2 seed in each of its five previous trips to the playoffs. Dynamo seed history: 2011, #2 seed; 2009, #2; 2008, #1; 2007, #2; 2006, #2. Tough at Home: The Dynamo are 8‐1‐0 all‐time in home playoff games and have outscored opponents 18‐6. Houston’s only home loss was a 3‐0 setback against New York in the second leg of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinal. Mainstays: Midfielder Brad Davis has appeared in 20 of the Dynamo’s 21 playoff games in franchise history, starting 19. The 2011 MLS Cup final is the only playoff game Davis has missed. Forward Brian Ching has started 16 of Houston’s playoff games, but missed the 2007 MLS Cup final due to injury. Possession: The Dynamo won the possession battle in 27 of 34 regular season games this season. The Dynamo had less possession, 47 percent, on Oct. 27 at Colorado, but had 57% possession against Philadelphia on Oct. 20, 56% against Montreal, 66% against New England, 54% against Philadelphia on Sept. 23, lost the possession battle to Sporting Kansas City (59‐41%) and Real Salt Lake (58‐42%) but have mostly controlled possession. Houston had 67% against Chicago on Sept. 2, 58% against Toronto on Aug. 22, 65% against Columbus, 55% at New York on Aug. 10, 52% vs. New York on Aug. 3, 60% at Toronto, 58% vs. Montreal, a season‐high 71% against Kansas City on July 18 and 67% vs. D.C. United. Houston lost the possession battle to Sporting KC on July 7, 50.2%‐49.8%, had 61% vs. Chicago on July 3, 55% vs. Philadelphia, had less, 53‐47%, at Montreal, had 63% vs. Toronto, 54% against FC Dallas, 54% at Vancouver, 60% vs. LA, 62% at New England, 60% vs. Portland, 56% vs. D.C., 53% at New York, 54% at D.C., a 49‐51% disadvantage at Columbus, 55% at Chicago, 56% at Seattle, a disadvantage (48‐52%) at San Jose, and 53% at Chivas USA. Dynamo set franchise points record: With the 3‐1 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 20, the Dynamo set a new mark for points in a season, 53, surpassing the previous club record, 52, set in 2007. Dynamo advance to Champions League quarterfinals: The Dynamo secured passage to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 1‐1 draw versus C.D. Olimpia of Honduras on Oct. 23 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Andre Hainault’s second‐half header was the equalizer for the Dynamo (2‐0‐2), who won Group 3 with eight points to advance to the knockout stage, set for next March. It is Houston’s first trip to the CCL quarterfinals since 2009. Boniek García continues strong start: Boniek Garcia scored his fourth goal with the Dynamo in the 3‐1 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 20. The Dynamo are 11‐5‐6 in MLS play (playoffs included) since the Honduran midfielder’s debut on June 30 (record includes 1‐0 win over Real Salt Lake when Garcia missed game for international duty and 2‐0 defeat at Colorado on Oct. 27 in which Garcia did not play). Garcia has four goals and six assists and has played 90 minutes in each of his 20 games. Houston has outscored its opponents 31‐18 in the 20 matches Garcia has played. Despite not playing in the first 15 games of the season, Garcia had the second most assists on the club, six. The 28‐year‐old Designated Player signed with Houston on June 7 after playing for Honduran powerhouse C.D. Olimpia since 2003. The midfielder debuted for the Honduras national team in 2005 and has 73 appearances for his country, including five appearances in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Cold Blooded: The temperature at kickoff for Sunday’s 3‐1 win over D.C. United was 82 degrees. The Dynamo are now 12‐1‐4 this year when the temperature is 80 degrees or more. 14 of the 17 games were at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Houston was 9‐1‐6 in temperatures of 80+ in 2011, so the club is 21‐2‐10 since 2011 when the temperature is 80+. Brad Davis, Midfield Maestro: Midfielder Brad Davis recorded his 12th assist of the season on Sept. 29 vs. New England. It is the fourth consecutive season the all‐star midfielder recorded 12 or more assists in a season. Davis had 16 assists in 2011 (career‐high) and 12 assists in 2010 and 2009. Davis finished with the fifth most assists in the league, trailing leader Graham Zusi (15) of Sporting Kansas City. Bruin finishes one shy of Ching’s regular season goals mark: Will Bruin scored his 12th goal of the season on Oct. 6 vs. Montreal and finished the season one goal shy of Brian Ching’s franchise record of 13 goals in 2008. Bruin is one of only three players in team history to reach 10 goals, joining Ching (13 in 2008, 11 in 2006) and Dwayne De Rosario (11 in 2006). Davis sets career‐high for goals: Midfielder Brad Davis extended his career‐high for goals in a season with his eighth goal of the campaign on Oct. 20 vs. Philadelphia. Davis’ previous high for goals was six, set with Dallas in 2003. Dynamo win MLS Reserve League Central/Mountain division title: The Dynamo captured the Major League Soccer Reserve League Central/Mountain division championship with a 2‐1 win over the Chicago Fire on Oct. 13. Cam Weaver scored both goals for the Dynamo and led the club in scoring with 11 goals in nine games. The Dynamo Reserves finish the season 6‐2‐2 (20 points), a point better than rival FC Dallas (6‐3‐1, 19 points) to capture the division crown. It is Houston’s second MLS Reserve League division title. The Dynamo won the division crown in 2008 with a 9‐1‐2 record. Hall breaks former mentor Pat Onstad’s shutout record: Goalkeeper Tally Hall recorded his 12th shutout of the season on Sept. 29 against New England. With the clean sheet, Hall passed former teammate Pat Onstad, who set an individual franchise record with 11 shutouts in 2007, when the club had a total of 13 clean sheets in 30 regular season games. Hall finished tied for second in the league in shutouts, trailing only Jimmy Nielsen of Sporting Kansas City (15). Boswell sets career‐high for games in a season: Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell played in his 31st regular season game of the season on Sept. 29 vs. New England, surpassing his previous career‐high for games in a season of 30, set in 2006. The 29‐ year‐old has been a mainstay since his 2005 rookie season, appearing in at least 23 games and making 22 starts or more each season. Boswell has averaged 28.13 games and 27.75 starts per season in his eight‐year career. Boswell started on Oct. 20 versus Philadelphia for his 225th career regular season game. Brad Davis, Midfield Maestro: Midfielder Brad Davis recorded his 12th assist of the season on Sept. 29 vs. New England. It is the fourth consecutive season the all‐star midfielder recorded 12 or more assists in a season. Davis had 16 assists in 2011 (career‐high) and 12 assists in 2010 and 2009. Davis finished with the fifth most assists in the league, trailing leader Graham Zusi (15) of Sporting Kansas City. Davis continues to climb MLS all‐time assist chart: Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis recorded his 92nd career regular season assist on Sept. 29 vs. New England to pass Cobi Jones for seventh on the MLS all‐time assist chart. Davis is now nine assists behind the next man on the chart, Marco Etcheverry, who is sixth with 101 assists. Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston is the all‐time leader, with 135 assists. Second Half Savants: The Dynamo were 7‐3‐8 in regular season games in which they were tied at halftime and 7‐0‐2 when leading at the interval. Houston is 14‐3‐10 when tied or leading at the break. Kinnear passes Nicol on MLS all‐time wins chart: With the 2‐0 win over New England on Sept. 29, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear passed Steve Nicol on the all‐time Major League Soccer wins chart. Kinnear has 114 wins in nine seasons as head coach between Houston and San Jose and is tied for fourth on the all‐time wins list. The chart below details the coaches with the most regular season wins in Major League Soccer history: COACH Sigi Schmid Bruce Arena Bob Bradley Dominic Kinnear Frank Yallop Steve Nicol Boswell in elite company for games started: Bobby Boswell has started the most regular season games by an MLS defender since 2005, (222 starts). Also, Boswell is fifth among all MLS field players in games played since 2005, with 225. Player Bobby Boswell Drew Moor�� Chad Marshall Todd Dunivant Ugo Ihemelu Games started as a defender since 2005 222 214 193 182 176 TEAM Seattle* LA Galaxy* Chivas USA* Dynamo* San Jose* New England WINS 172 144 124 114 114 112 LOSSES 118 86 94 76 101 108 DRAWS 94 46 54 92 78 81 WIN % .570 .605 .555 .567 .522 .507 POINTS 608 454 416 434 420 415 Dynamo newcomer Giles Barnes makes debut at Kansas City: Midfielder Giles Barnes made his Dynamo debut on Sept. 14 at Kansas City. Barnes, 24, entered as a substitute for the final nine minutes of the 1‐1 draw. Barnes joins Houston with eight years of experience in the upper levels of English soccer. He has 138 total appearances in all competitions, including 35 games in the Barclays English Premier League. Barnes also made 12 appearances for England’s U‐19 national team. The attacking midfielder joined Derby County of England in 2005 at age 17 and helped the Rams gain promotion to the English Premier League in 2007. Barnes scored ten goals in 84 appearances with Derby County and earned its Young Player of the Year award in 2007. The London native spent 2010‐11 with West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League and made 19 appearances for the Baggies. Barnes played the 2011‐12 season with Doncaster Rovers of the English Championship, the second tier of English soccer. The winger tallied one goal and four assists in 36 appearances in all competitions last season. Ching ties Diaz Arce for 11th on MLS all‐time goal list: Dynamo forward Brian Ching scored his 82nd career MLS regular season goal on Sept. 2 at Chicago. Ching is now tied for 11th on the all‐time MLS scoring list with Raul Diaz Arce. Ching’s next target is 88 goals, where Carlos Ruiz and Roy Lassiter sit tied for ninth on the league’s all‐time chart. Ching sets new career‐high for games played: Dynamo forward Brian Ching set a new career‐high for regular season games played in a season on Sept. 2, with his 26th game of 2012. It is Ching’s 11th season in MLS, and the veteran twice recorded 25‐game seasons, in 2008 and 2004. Carr sets career high with fourth goal: Calen Carr set a career high with his fourth goal of the season on Aug. 3 All four goals were scored in a four‐game span, including two versus Kansas City on July 18. Carr scored 3 goals in 2010 and 2007. Ricardo Clark returns to Dynamo: Ricardo Clark made his return debut for the Dynamo on Aug. 10 at New York, appearing as a substitute for the final 15 minutes. The Dynamo completed the signing of the free agent midfielder on Aug. 8. Since leaving the Dynamo at the end of the 2009 season, Clark played for Eintracht Frankfurt of the German second division through February, when he was loaned to Stabæk Fotball of the Norwegian first division. A cornerstone of Houston’s 2006 and 2007 championship teams, Clark, a member of the 2006 MLS Best XI, scored 7 goals in 97 games played for the Dynamo between 2006 and 2009. Additionally, Clark has been capped 34 times by the U.S. Men’s National Team, including two starts in the 2010 World Cup. Cameron receives U.K. visa to complete transfer to Stoke City: Former Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron was granted a United Kingdom visa on Aug. 8, completing his transfer to English Premier League club Stoke City. Cameron, 27, made 116 regular season appearances for the club in five seasons, scoring 11 goals with 15 assists. The Attleboro, Mass. native played various roles in central midfield and center back for the Dynamo and was named an MLS All‐Star in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Cameron also won Houston’s Golden Boot in 2011 with five goals and five assists in a career‐high 33 games. Three’s Company (shutouts): After going over three years without three consecutive shutouts, the Dynamo recorded three clean sheets in a row twice in a seven‐game span in July and August. Houston kept its third straight clean sheet on Aug. 3 versus New York after recording three in a row to begin July. Before the run of six clean sheets in seven games, the last time Houston recorded three straight was May 30 – June 10, 2009. Davis, Cameron named All‐Stars: Midfielder Brad Davis and former Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron were named to the inactive roster for the 2012 MLS All‐Star Game. The Dynamo pair were among a group of 13 players named All‐Stars that did not compete in MLS’ 3‐2 win against Chelsea FC on July 25. The 13 inactive All‐Stars were voted on by the players. It is the fourth straight year that Davis is an All‐Star, and his fifth selection overall. Hall sets goalkeeper consecutive starts record: Tally Hall set a franchise record for consecutive regular season starts by a goalkeeper with his 47th consecutive start against FC Dallas on June 16. He broke the record of 46 set by Pat Onstad, from Sept. 13, 2008 – May 13, 2010. Hall started all 34 games in 2011 and the first 33 games in 2012, pushing the active record to 67 games, before the streak was snapped on Oct. 27 at Colorado. • BBVA Compass Stadium opener: The Dynamo opened the 13th soccer‐specific stadium in Major League Soccer on May 12. On a gorgeous, 82‐degree day in front of a sell‐out crowd of 22,039, the Dynamo honored past legends, including Wade Barrett, Pat Onstad, Eddie Robinson and Craig Waibel in a pregame ceremony that included the unveiling of 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup championship banners. Brad Davis provided a signature opening moment, delivering a beautiful, curling 30‐ yard strike for the game‐winning goal in the 67th minute. UP NEXT: MLS CUP 2012 The winner of the two‐game, aggregate score series between the Dynamo and D.C. United will advance to MLC Cup, set for Saturday, Dec. 1. Injury Report Presented by The Methodist Center for Sports Medicine (As of Tuesday, Nov. 13) HOUSTON DYNAMO OUT: MF Adam Moffat (concussion/chest injury); QUESTIONABLE: MF Rico Clark (L adductor strain); FW Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Jermaine Taylor (L knee sprain) D.C. UNITED OUT: FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); QUESTIONABLE: MF Chris Pontius (R groin strain); MF Marcelo Saragosa (R knee pain); DF Brandon McDonald (R calf spasms); PROBABLE: DF Daniel Woolard (concussion‐like symptoms); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain) HOUSTON DYNAMO NUMERICAL ROSTER/TECHNICAL STAFF No. Name 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Tally Hall Calen Carr Jermaine Taylor Warren Creavalle Nathan Sturgis Colin Clark Kofi Sarkodie Macoumba Kandji Pos. Ht. Wt. Born GK 6‐4 F D D M D F M M F M F F M M M M M M F M M D D 6‐0 6‐0 6‐0 5‐8 6‐4 6‐1 6‐2 6‐0 6‐4 6‐0 5‐8 5‐9 5‐8 6‐0 205 5‐12‐85 150 10‐4‐82 165 8‐14‐90 180 4‐11‐84 165 3‐22‐91 175 8‐2‐84 175 10‐22‐83 194 10‐24‐89 175 2‐15‐90 195 6‐10‐83 175 5‐15‐86 172 5‐4‐87 160 1‐3‐89 150 2‐7‐90 160 7‐14‐90 195 8‐30‐88 195 5‐24‐78 154 3‐14‐86 150 9‐4‐84 185 1‐5‐93 180 6‐17‐86 185 3‐15‐83 Pronunciation rhymes with RALLY cruh‐VAL Stir‐jiss KO‐fee sar‐KO‐dee Jeh‐Vaughn Rawlfe Moff‐it hoh‐SWAY Own‐be DARE‐ick ASH Bone‐ee‐ECK Mar‐shy‐der HAY‐no BOZ‐well Status 5‐10 180 1‐14‐85 International Generation adidas International Generation adidas International Homegrown Player Homegrown Player International Homegrown Player M/D 5‐10 150 7‐6‐87 mah‐KOOM‐bah KAHN‐gee 10 Je‐Vaughn Watson 11 Brad Davis 12 Will Bruin 13 Ricardo Clark 14 Colin Rolfe 15 Cam Weaver 16 Adam Moffat 17 Luiz Camargo 18 Josue Soto 19 Alex Dixon 22 Brian Ownby 23 Giles Barnes 24 Tyler Deric 25 Brian Ching 26 Corey Ashe 27 Boniek Garcia 28 Erich Marscheider 31 Andre Hainault 32 Bobby Boswell 5‐11 175 11‐8‐81 5‐10 150 2‐10‐83 5‐11 181 8‐5‐88 6‐1 5‐5 5‐9 6‐0 6‐2 GK 6‐3 Designated Player International GK 6‐3 Head Coach – Dominic Kinnear (9th year overall, 114‐76‐92 MLS) Assistant Coach – Wade Barrett Assistant Coach – Steve Ralston Goalkeepers Coach – Tim Hanley Head Athletic Trainer – Theron Enns Director, Soccer Operations – Nick Kowba Assistant Athletic Trainer – Shane Caron Equipment Manager – Michael Porter Houston Dynamo Player Bios *All Dynamo career stats are regular season only 1 TALLY HALL GK 6-4 215 Born: 5/12/85, SeaTac, WA Age: 27 Last Club: Esbjerg fB (Denmark) - 2007-09 College: San Diego State University Dynamo career: Fourth year – 72 GP, 72 GS, 19 SHO Goalkeeper with great size and shot-blocking ability returns as the starter in 2012 after making first MLS All-Star team in 2011 3 CALEN CARR FW 6-0 150 Born: 10/4/82, Berkeley, CA Age: 29 Last Club: Chicago Fire - 2006-11 College: University of California Dynamo career: Second year – 35 GP, 21 GS, 5 G, 2 A Fast, versatile forward acquired from Chicago in 2011 2012 playoffs: 3 GP, 3 GS, 192 mins, 0 G, 2 A 2012 MLS: 26 GP, 17 GS, 1512 mins, 4 G, 2 A 2012 CCL: 2 GP, 1 GS, 117 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 9 GP, 4 GS, 380 mins, 1 G, 0 A Record second assist this postseason on Bruin’s goal on Nov. 4 vs. SKC; tied Brad Davis’s franchise record for assists in a single postseason (2; 2011 and 2006) Earned third career playoff assist in 2-1 win over Chicago, assisting on Bruin’s second goal Played more minutes in 2012 (1,512) than last four seasons combined (1,282) Set career-high for goals in a season with four Assisted on Will Bruin’s goal on Oct. 6 vs. Montreal for second assist of season Headed goal vs. New York on 8/3, fourth in four games MLS Player of the Week, Team of the Week (Wk 20) Assist on Mac Kandji’s first goal vs. Montreal on 7/21, first of the year and first since 10/21/07 Scored two goals on 7/18 vs. Kansas City for first twogoal regular season game of his career Exited match vs. FC Dallas on 6/16 with left hamstring strain, missed next five matches Started seven consecutive MLS games at right mid before hamstring injury Offseason surgery to repair meniscus in left knee 2011: Started all four playoff matches and scored gamewinning goal in first leg vs. PHI on 10/30 Recovered from preseason concussion in 2011 to make 9 regular-season appearances, including 4 starts Last goal: 9/20/12 vs. C.D. FAS (CCL) Last goal (MLS): 8/3/12 vs. New York Red Bulls Last assist: 11/4/12 vs. Sporting Kansas City 2012 playoffs: 4 GS, 360 mins, 0.75 GAA, 1 shutout, 3-1-0 2012 MLS: 33 GS, 2946 mins, 1.18 GAA, 12 shutouts, 14-8-11 2012 CCL: 0 GP, 0 GS, 0 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 34 GS, 3,060 mins, 1.21 GAA, 6 shutouts, 12-9-13 6-2-0 in the playoffs as a starting goalkeeper Has equaled Pat Onstad for career playoff wins (6) With three career playoff shutouts, is one shy of Pat Onstad’s franchise record Set new franchise record for shutouts in a season by a goalkeeper with 12th on Sept. 29 vs. New England, surpassing Pat Onstad’s previous record of 11, set in 2007 Did not play at Colorado on Oct. 27, snapping MLSleading and franchise record 67-game regular season starting streak. Started every regular season game of 2011 and first 33 of 2012 before not starting on Oct. 27 Went 734 minutes without conceding a goal in run of play from June 30 to Aug. 10 Recorded three straight shutouts twice in seven-game span (7/3, 7/7, 7/15) and (7/21, 7/28, 8/3) Set a franchise record for goalkeepers by making his 47th consecutive start on 6/16 vs. FC Dallas, surpassing Pat Onstad’s mark of 46 2011: Posted a 1.21 GAA and notched six shutouts while playing every minute of the regular season (Dynamo Ironman of the Year). Notched two playoff shutouts and allowed just 2 goals in 4 games in 2011 Cup run. One of only four players to play all 3,060 minutes of the season in 2011, an MLS record. Most saves (’12): 7, 9/14/12 at Sporting Kansas City Last shutout: 11/4/12 vs. Sporting Kansas City Last goal: 10/21/09 at Isidro Metapán (CCL) Last assist: 4/2/11 at New York Last yellow card: 10/31/12 at Chicago 4 JERMAINE TAYLOR DF 5-10 195 I Born: 1/14/85, Portland, Jamaica Age: 27 Last Club: St. George’s SC (Jamaica) – 2009-11 Other Clubs: Harbour View F.C. (Jamaica) – 2004-09 Dynamo career: Second year – 40 GP, 36 GS, 1 G, 2 A Calm, experienced defender who provides depth across backline and remains a fixture for Jamaica national team (51 caps) 2012 playoffs: 2 GP, 2 GS, 145 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 27 GP, 26 GS, 2334 mins, 1 G, 1 A 2012 CCL: 1 GP, 1 GS, 90 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 13 GP, 10 GS, 925 mins, 0 G, 1 A Left 2-0 win on Nov. 4 vs. SKC in 55th minute with knee injury Played 90 minutes for Jamaica in October World Cup qualifying matches (Oct. 12, Oct. 16) Scored first MLS goal vs. New York on 8/3; pushed home a loose ball on a free kick in the 2nd minute Named to MLS Team of the Week (Week 18) for his performance at Kansas City on 7/7 Started at all three defensive position this season (RB, CB, LB) Recorded first assist of season with excellent cross from flank on Will Bruin’s first goal at D.C. on 4/28 In 2011, made 13 appearances (10 starts), while missing time due to injury and national team duty Last goal: 8/3/12 vs. New York Red Bulls (first in MLS) Last assist: 4/28/12 at Columbus Crew 5 WARREN CREAVALLE DF 6-0 165 Born: 8/14/90, Brooklyn, NY Age: 22 Last Club: University of Central Florida ROOKIE Acquired: Selected by Houston in second round of 2012 SuperDraft (No. 37 overall) Predominately a defensive midfielder in college, has begun transition to right back with Houston Led Dynamo Reserves field players with 808 minutes in nine games, playing all but two minutes during season Recorded first career assist on Sept. 29 vs. New England, entering as late sub before delivering cross on Garcia’s goal. Missed 8/22-9/20 with left ankle sprain suffered in 8/22 game at C.D. FAS Started at right back at Toronto FC on 7/28, switched to left back for final 12 minutes Made two starts in central midfield First MLS appearance and start in 3-1 loss at Vancouver on 6/10 (played 90 minutes at RB) Rookie started all nine Reserve League games Played at Furman University (2008-09) and University of Central Florida (2010-11) Two-time All-Conference USA First Team (2010, ’11) Two-time All-Southern Conference Second Team (‘08, ’09) Played for U.S. U-20 national team on a tour of Spain against Real Madrid, Atletico Marid, and Rayo Vallecano (2008) Last start: 10/27/12 at Colorado Last assist: 9/29/12 vs. New England M/D 5-10 150 6 NATHAN STURGIS Born: 7/6/87, Boca Raton, FL Age: 25 Last Club: Toronto FC (2011) Other Clubs: Seattle (2009-10), Real Salt Lake (2007-08), LA Galaxy (2006-07) College: Clemson University Dynamo career: 2012 debut *Traded from Toronto FC in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2012 SuperDraft on 12/29/11. Versatile player who can fill roles in midfield and defense, while offering both experience and youth to new club 2012 MLS: 5 GP, 4 GS, 332 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 CCL: 3 GP, 3 GS, 241 mins, 0 G, 3 A 2012 Reserves: 7 GP, 7 GS, 630 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 14 GP, 11 GS, 953 mins, 0 G,0 A CCL: Assisted on Andre Hainault’s equalizer vs. Olimpia on Oct. 23; third assist in three CCL games CCL: Played 90 minutes in Dynamo’s 1-1 draw at Olimpia on Aug. 30, assisting on Adam Moffat’s goal and receiving a straight red card in 61st minute Played 78 minutes in start on 6/10 at Vancouver Made Dynamo starting debut in 1-1 draw at Chicago 2011: Appeared in 14 games for Toronto FC, starting 11. Led club with 31 corner kicks 2012 playoffs: 1 GP, 0 GS, 2 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 11 GP, 5 GS, 479 mins, 0 G, 1A 2012 CCL: 3 GP, 3 GS, 270 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 9 GP, 9 GS, 808 mins, 0 G, 2 A Made MLS playoff debut as sub for final two minutes on Sunday vs. D.C. United 2010: Appeared in 20 games for Seattle, starting 16. Last start: 10/27/12 at Colorado Last goal: 9/18/10 at Columbus (only career goal) Last assist: 10/23/12 vs. Olimpia (CCL) 7 COLIN CLARK MF 6-0 180 Born: 4/11/84, Fort Collins, CO Age: 28 Last Club: Colorado Rapids (2006-10) College: Southern Methodist University Dynamo career: Third year – 33 GP, 23 GS, 5 G, 3 A Tricky, technical attacking midfielder acquired from Colorado in 2010. United States international (1 cap) Has started last 11 MLS games (including playoffs) at right back, the longest start streak of career, after not starting any of the first 27 games of season Recorded first MLS assist on Sept. 23 at Philadelphia Made first MLS start of 2012 on Sept. 6 vs. RSL Made 2012 debut as sub in 3-2 loss at D.C. on 4/28 Played 90 minutes in two of three games for the U.S. U-23 team in the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying, starting games vs. Cuba and El Salvador Played 90 minutes in US U-23s 2-0 win over rival Mexico in friendly in Frisco, Texas on Feb. 29. Started in 1-1 tie at SEA on 3/25/11, becoming youngest Dynamo player to start an MLS match at age 20 years, 3 days Last goal: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United Last assist: 9/23/12 at Philadelphia 9 MACOUMBA KANDJI FW 6-4 175 Born: 8/2/85, Dakar, Senegal Age: 27 Last Club: Colorado Rapids – 2010-11 Other Clubs: N.Y. Red Bulls – 2008-10 College: Georgia Military College Dynamo career: 2012 debut *Traded from Colorado in exchange for a conditional draft pick on 2/8/12. A tall, quick, athletic forward, who can play both the outside mid and forward positions. 2012 MLS: 14 GP, 6 GS, 655 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2012 CCL: 4 GP, 4 GS, 297 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 5 GP, 5 GS, 402 mins, 1 G, 2 A 2011 MLS: 29 GP, 17 GS, 1,486 mins, 4 G, 3 A CCL: Assisted on Bobby Boswell’s goal with free kick on Sept. 20 vs. FAS Scored winning goal in 1-0 win over RSL on Sept. 6, a stoppage-time penalty for first goal of 2012; it was Clark’s first MLS action since 7/3 (10 games without playing) 2011: Returned from 2010 ACL injury and made first MLS appearance for Houston on 4/10/11 Last start: 10/23/12 vs. Olimpia (CCL) Last assist: 9/20/12 vs. FAS (CCL) Last start: 8/30/12 at Olimpia (CCL) 8 KOFI SARKODIE DF 5-8 165 GA Born: 3/22/91, Dayton, OH Age: 21 Last Club: University of Akron Dynamo career: Second year – 17 GP, 14 GS, 0 G, 1 A Dynamic outside defender who likes to attack. Selected by Dynamo with No. 7 pick of 2011 MLS SuperDraft. United States U-23 international 2012 playoffs: 3 GP, 1 GS, 159 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 29 GP, 21 GS, 1630 mins, 4 G, 2 A 2012 CCL: 2 GP, 0 GS, 20 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 9 GP, 1 GS, 123 mins, 0 G, 0 A Made first career playoff start on Sunday vs. D.C Scored fourth goal on Oct. 20, opening goal in 3-1 win over Union to equal career-high for goals in a season Oct. 20 goal was first in nearly three months, after scoring two goals on 7/21 vs. Montreal Did not play vs. New England on Sept 29. First game he did not play since 6/23 at Montreal (15 consecutive starts) Set new career-high for regular season games with 29 in 2012, eclipsing previous high of 23, set in 2009 Assisted Calen Carr’s goal vs. New York on 8/3 2 goals against Montreal Impact on 7/21; his second career brace in MLS MLS Team of the Week (Week 20) Scored first goal since 4/3/10 (w/ NY) at Vancouver on 6/10, a side-footed half-volley from Brian Ownby’s cross in the 83rd minute 2012 playoffs: 4 GP, 4 GS, 360 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 10 GP, 7 GS, 695 mins, 0 G, 1 A 2012 CCL: 3 GP, 3 GS, 270 mins, 0 G, 1 A 2011 MLS: 7 GP, 7 GS, 582 mins, 0 G, 0 A Scored first MLS goal on Sunday against D.C. Made first career playoff start on Oct. 31 at Chicago 2011: Appeared in nine games (one start) for Colorado ... Playoffs: Made three appearances off the bench and totaled 102 minutes Last goal: 10/20/12 vs. Philadelphia Union Last assist: 8/3/12 vs. New York Red Bulls 10 JE-VAUGHN WATSON MF 6-1 175 I Born: 10/22/83, St. Catherine, Jamaica Age: 28 Last Club: Sporting Central (Jamaica) – 2005-11 Other Clubs: None Dynamo career: Second year – 41 GP, 24 GS, 1 G, 2 A Energetic player who can play a variety of roles in midfield. Jamaica international (21 caps) and finished as MLS MVP runner-up and named to MLS Bext XI. United States international (5 caps) 2012 playoffs: 4 GP, 4 GS, 352 mins, 0 G, 2 A 2012 MLS: 31 GP, 28 GS, 2523 mins, 8 G, 12 A 2012 CCL: 1 GP, 0 GS, 9 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 34 GS, 2,892 mins, 4 G, 16 A Earned second assist of 2012 playoffs and seventh career playoff assist on Sunday vs. D.C. Tallied sixth career playoff assist (club record) on Oct. 31 at Chicago with corner kick on Will Bruin’s opening goal Scored eighth goal of season with penalty in 3-1 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 20 Missed Oct. 6 game vs. Montreal with left calf strain Recorded 12th assist of season on Sept. 29 vs. New England. Fourth consecutive season with 12 assists or more. Set new career-high with seventh goal of season with great goal at Sporting KC on Sept. 14. Previous high of six goals was set in 2003 with Dallas Named to All-Star team for fifth time in 2012 Two assists at Toronto on 7/28 6 assists in 4 games from 7/15 to 7/28 Scored first-ever goal at BBVA Compass Stadium on 5/12, a stunning 30-yard bending strike for winning goal in 67th minute (MLS Goal of the Week nominee) 2011: Assisted two of three Houston goals in playoff series vs. PHI with free kick deliveries League MVP runner up after leading MLS with 16 assists 40 assists over last three seasons (16, 12, 12) Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week on seven different occasions, tied for the most in MLS Started every regular-season match for the first time in his career Last goal: 9/14/12 at Sporting Kansas City Last assist: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United Last yellow card: 10/31/12 at Chicago 12 WILL BRUIN FW 6-2 194 GA Born: 10/24/89, St. Louis, MO Age: 22 Last Club: Indiana University Dynamo career: Second year – 57 GP, 52 GS, 17 G, 5 A Forward saw significant playing time after being selected in the first round (No. 11) of 2011 MLS SuperDraft 2012 MLS: 19 GP, 13 GS, 1096 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 CCL: 4 GP, 3 GS, 282 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 1 GP, 0 GS, 44 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 22 GP, 11 GS, 1,163 mins, 1 G, 2 A Played 42 minutes for Jamaica at Guatemala on Oct. 12, and seven minutes vs. Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 16 in World Cup qualifying Started both games for Jamaica in September World Cup qualifying and played 90 minutes on Sept. 7 and 75 minutes on Sept. 11 vs. United States Returned to field on 7/15 after missing three games with a left groin strain Started six consecutive games to begin 2012 for his longest starting streak in his MLS career Scored goal and had two assists for Jamaica in pair of February friendlies vs. Cuba and New Zealand Acquired in April 2011 and made Dynamo debut as substitute in 1-1 tie at CHI on 4/23 Last start: 10/27/12 at Colorado Last goal: 8/22/12 at FAS (CCL) Last assist: 5/7/11 at Toronto FC 11 BRAD DAVIS MF 5-11 175 Born: 11/8/81, St. Charles, MO Age: 30 Last Club: San Jose Earthquakes (2005) Other Clubs: Dallas Burn - 2003-04, New York - 2002 College: Saint Louis University Dynamo career: Seventh year – 190 GP, 173 GS, 29 G, 74 A Original Dynamo player, 5-time MLS All-Star and winner of last three team MVP awards. Club's all-time leader in games, starts, and assists, the midfielder recorded 16 assists in 2011 2012 playoffs: 4 GP, 4 GS, 324 mins, 4 G, 1 A 2012 MLS: 32 GP, 31 GS, 2510 mins, 12 G, 4 A 2012 CCL: 1 GP, 0 GS, 6 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 25 GP, 21 GS, 1,693 mins, 5 G, 1 A Notched fourth goal of 2012 postseason on Sunday vs. D.C., setting club record for goals in a single postseason (4) and extending club record for goals in a season (16) Scored third goal of 2012 postseason on Nov. 4 vs. Sporting KC, setting club record for goals in a season (15) Scored two goals in first career playoff start on Oct. 31 at Chicago Third Dynamo player to record two-goal playoff game: Brian Ching (2007 Western Conference semifinal vs. FC Dallas) and Paul Dalglish (2006 Western Conference final vs. Colorado) 2012 playoffs: 3 GP, 3 GS, 270 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 11 GP, 8 GS, 760 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2012 CCL: 0 GP, 0 GS, 0 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 1 GP, 1 GS, 82 mins, 1 G, 0 A Scored first goal since returning to Dynamo on Sept. 29 vs. New England, a game-winner in 77th minute Played center back in 1-0 win over RSL on Sept. 6, earning MLS Team of the Week honors Made first appearance in return with Dynamo on Aug. 10 at New York (15 min. sub appearance) Played 82 minutes in Reserve game on Aug. 14 Led the Dynamo to two MLS Cups (2006, 07) in his first stint with the team (2006-2009) Named to the MLS Best XI in 2006 US international started two games in 2010 World Cup in South Africa Last goal: 9/29/12 vs. New England Last assist (MLS): 5/30/09 vs. Toronto FC 14 COLIN ROLFE FW 6-0 175 Born: 2/15/90, Spokane, WA Age: 22 Last Club: University of Louisville ROOKIE Acquired: Selected by Houston in first round of 2012 MLS SuperDraft (No. 18 overall) Hard-nosed forward, drafted by the Dynamo with the No. 18 overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. 2012 CCL: 0 GP, 0 GS, 0 mins, 0 G, 0 A First two-goal game since June 20 vs. Toronto (3-3 draw) Scored 12th goal of season on Oct. 6 vs. Montreal; one shy of Brian Ching’s club record 13 goals (’08) Scored in three consecutive games (4 goals total) from 4/15 to 4/28. It was the fifth time a Dynamo player has scored in three consecutive games (Ching 2006, 2008; Joseph Ngwenya 2007; Stuart Holden 2009) Two multi-goal games this season (at D.C. 4/28, vs. Toronto 6/20) MLS Team of the Week: Weeks 7, 8 and 16 2011: Scored five goals to tie for lead among MLS rookies while appearing in club-rookie-record 25 games Became fifth player and first rookie in Dynamo history to score a hat trick in 4-1 win vs. DC on 4/29 ... In the process, became second-youngest player in MLS history and fourth MLS rookie to record hat trick Last goal: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United Last assist: 11/4/12 vs. Sporting KC Last hat trick: 4/29/11 vs. DC United (only in MLS) 13 RICARDO CLARK MF 5-10 180 Born: 2/10/83, Atlanta, GA Age: 29 Last Club: on loan at Stabæk Football (Norway) (2012) Other Clubs: New York MetroStars 2003-04, San Jose Earthquakes 2005, Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) ‘10-12 College: Furman University Dynamo career: Fifth year – 108 GP, 105 GS, 8 G, 8 A Dynamo original returns to the club after a three-year stint in Europe. 2006 MLS Best XI, 2007 MLS All-Star First XI. United States international (34 caps) 2012 Reserves: 9 GP, 2 GS, 304 mins, 3 G, 1 A Made professional debut as a sub in USOC match at San Antonio on 5/29 Was productive in nine Reserve League games, scoring goals at Sporting KC on 3/27, at COL on 5/23 and vs. FCD on 6/16, and assisting on winner at FCD on 4/10 Named a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top college player in 2010 Appeared in 87 career games, with 79 starts, and finished with 33 goals and 21 assists Finished 2011 with 9 goals, 10 assists in 23 games 15 CAM WEAVER FW 6-4 195 Born: 6/10/83, Tacoma, WA Age: 29 Last Club: San Jose Earthquakes (2009) Other Clubs: FK Haugesund (Norway) – 2007-2009; Seattle Sounders (USL1) - 2006 College: Seattle University Dynamo career: Fourth year – 59 GP, 31 GS, 10 G, 3 A Towering target forward who missed end of 2011 season with hip injury 2012 playoffs: 2 GP, 0 GS, 22 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 9 GP, 2 GS, 253 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 CCL: 4 GP, 4 GS, 354 mins, 2 G, 2 A 2012 Reserves: 9 GP, 9 GS, 786 mins, 11 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 28 GP, 16 GS, 1,611 mins, 4 G, 1 A Scored five goals in final two Reserve League games – a hat trick @ RSL on Oct. 10 and two goals vs. Chicago on Oct. 13 – to finish season with 11 goals Appeared in 5 of final 7 regular season games CCL: Scored a goal and provided two assists in 4-0 win over FAS on Sept. 20 CCL: Scored goal in 3-1 win @ FAS on 8/22 Missed 2011 playoffs following October surgery to repair torn labrum in hip Scored four goals in 2011 to tie an MLS career high and added an assist … Four goals came in first 13 games; he played rest of year with labrum injury Last start: 10/27/12 at Colorado Last goal: 9/20/12 vs. FAS (CCL) Last assist: 9/20/12 vs. FAS (2) (CCL) Last two-goal game: 6/13/09 at FC Dallas 16 ADAM MOFFAT MF 6-0 175 Born: 5/15/86, Glasgow, Scotland Age: 26 Last Club: Portland (2011) Other Clubs: Columbus – 2007-10, Cleveland City Stars – 2007 (USL2); Elgin City – 2006-07 (Scotland); Ross County – 2005-06 (Scotland) Dynamo career: Second year – 36 GP, 34 GS, 4 G, 4 A Tenacious two-way midfielder acquired in July 2011 trade with Portland in exchange for Lovel Palmer and Mike Chabala CCL: Played 90 minutes in Dynamo’s 1-1 draw at Olimpia on Aug. 30, scoring equalizer with header Scored equalizer in 82nd minute vs. Columbus on Aug. 19, his second goal of year Missed three games (7/15-7/21) with groin strain Scored game-winning goal vs. FC Dallas on 6/16 in the 76th minute; first goal of the year Assist from corner kick on Bruin’s opening goal in 2-2 draw at Columbus on 4/21 Earned assist on Andre Hainault’s stoppage-time winner at Chivas USA on 3/11/12 2011: Key acquisition via trade helped Dynamo go 6-2-4 in his 12 starts while scoring two spectacular long-range goals and adding one assist Scored spectacular goal from nearly 40 yards out to key 21 win vs. POR on 8/14/11 ... Strike against his former club was voted MLS Goal of the Week Last goal: 11/4/12 vs. Sporting Kansas City Last assist: 10/20/12 vs. Philadelphia Union 17 LUIZ CAMARGO MF 5-8 172 I Born: 5/24/87, Vinheda, Brazil Age: 25 Last Club: Paraná Clube 2009-11 (Brazil Serie B) Other Clubs: Mogi Mirim 2009 (Brazil) Dynamo career: Second year – 33 GP, 22 GS, 1 G, 3 A Skilled, hard-tackling midfielder acquired in August 2011 2012 playoffs: 2 GP, 1 GS, 96 mins, 0 G, 1 A 2012 MLS: 26 GP, 16 GS, 1425 mins, 1 G, 1 A 2012 CCL: 4 GP, 3 GS, 244 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 7 GP, 6 GS, 515 mins, 0 G, 2 A Earned assist on Sarkodie’s goal vs. D.C. United on Sunday in first start of 2012 playoffs Made first MLS start since July 21 in 1-0 win over RSL on Sept. 6 Tallied first assist of 2012 on Will Bruin’s goal on 7/15 vs. D.C. United Scored first MLS goal on 5/19 at New England, a blistering half-volley in the 87th minute to equalize the match (Goal of the Week nominee) 2011: Played every minute of all four playoff games Key player in Houston's late surge, appearing in the last seven games and contributing two assists, while helping Houston go 4-0-2 in his six starts Set up game-clinching goal late in 2-0 win at KC on 11/6, playing long through ball to Carlo Costly 2012 playoffs: 4 GP, 4 GS, 295 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 23 GP, 22 GS, 1930 mins, 2 G, 3 A 2012 CCL: 3 GP, 3 GS, 270 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 13 GP, 12 GS, 1,103 mins, 2 G, 1 A (HOU only) Scored first career playoff goal on Nov. 4 vs. SKC- a sensational, 25-yard strike into side of net for 1-0 lead Set new career-high with third assist of the season on Oct. 20 vs. Philadelphia (Kandji’s goal) Last start: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United Last assist: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United Last goal: 5/19/12 at New England (first MLS goal) 18 JOSUE SOTO MF Born: 1/3/89, Fort Worth, TX Last Club: Dynamo Academy College: Southern Methodist University Dynamo career – Second year 5-9 160 HG Age: 23 2011: Made seven substitute appearances in league play and scored one goal in his rookie season Last start: 10/27/12 at Colorado Last goal: 8/20/11 vs. Real Salt Lake (first MLS goal) 22 BRIAN OWNBY MF 6-0 160 Born: 7/16/90, Glen Allen, VA Age: 22 Last Club: University of Virginia ROOKIE Acquired: Selected by Houston in first round of 2012 Supplemental draft (No. 7 overall) Hard-working outside midfielder who can run at opponents and offers pace on the right flank. Steady midfielder and home-grown product signed in Jan. 2011 after completing collegiate career at SMU 2012 MLS: Did not appear in an MLS match 2012 CCL: 1 GP, 0 GS, 4 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 6 GP, 4 GS, 429 mins, 0 G, 3 A 2011 Reserves: 10 GS, 873 mins, 0 G, 2 A CCL: Entered as sub in 86th minute on 8/22 at FAS, helping secure 3-1 win in CCL debut Loaned to the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the majority of 2012 season Played 15 minutes as substitute in USOC match at San Antonio on 5/29 2011: Rookie did not appear in a competitive match 19 ALEX DIXON MF 5-8 150 HG Born: 2/7/90, Bay City, TX Age: 22 Last Club: Dynamo Academy College: University of North Carolina Dynamo career: Second year – 11 GP, 1 GS, 1 G, 0 A Talented attacking player and home-grown product signed after three years at North Carolina. 2012 MLS: 7 GP, 0 GS, 115 mins, 0 G, 2 A 2012 CCL: 1 GP, 0 GS, 20 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 7 GP, 5 GS, 271 mins, 1 G, 0 A CCL: Entered as substitute in 70th minute on 8/22 at FAS, helping secure a 3-1 win Played 13 minutes as a substitute in 3-3 draw vs. Toronto on 6/20; secondary assist on Will Bruin’s 90th minute equalizer Made MLS debut as substitute at Vancouver on 6/10, played 12 minutes and earned first career assist on Mac Kandji’s 83rd minute goal Suffered left elbow dislocation in Reserve League game at Chicago on 4/16 Played four years at the University of Virginia (2008-11) Scored 19 goals and added 10 assists in 72 games 2011 All-ACC Second Team and NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Third Team Played for USA at FIFA U-20 World Cup (scored one goal in group stage match against Cameroon) 2007 Virginia High School Player of the Year Last appearance: 8/22/12 at FAS (CCL) Last goal: None in MLS Last assist: 6/20/12 vs. Toronto FC 23 GILES BARNES MF 5-11 181 I Born: 8/5/88, London, England Age: 24 Last Club: Doncaster Rovers F.C. (England) 2011-12 Other Clubs: West Bromich Albion (2010-11), Derby County (2005-09) Dynamo career: 2012 debut 2012 MLS: 3 GP, 1 GS, 114 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 CCL: 1 GP, 0 GS, 19 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 8 GP, 8 GS, 692 mins, 2 G, 3 A 2011 MLS: 7 GP, 84 mins, 1 G, 0 A Made first career MLS start on Oct. 27 at Colorado CCL: Made Champions League debut with 19-minute sub appearance vs. FAS on Sept. 20 Played 2 minutes as a sub on Sept. 6 vs. Real Salt Lake Made 2012 MLS debut on 5/9 at New York Tallied goal and two assists in 3-0 Reserve League win at Sporting Kansas City on 3/27 Started eight Reserve League games Quick, explosive attacking midfielder/winger with set-piece ability and English Premier League experience 2012 playoffs: 1 GP, 0 GS, 65 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 4 GP, 1 GS, 149 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 CCL: 2 GP, 2 GS, 159 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2012 Reserves: 2 GP, 2 GS, 153 mins, 0 G, 0 A Helped create Bruin’s goal on Sunday vs. D.C., forcing save from Willis before Bruin finished goal (first MLS Cup playoffs appearance) Made first career MLS start on Oct. 27 at Colorado Entered as sub for final 34 minutes in 3-1 win over Union on Oct. 20 CCL: Made Dynamo home debut on Sept. 20 vs. FAS and scored stunning 30-yard goal with strike into upper corner Made Dynamo debut as substitute for final nine minutes at Sporting KC on Sept. 14 Spent 2011-12 season with Doncaster Rovers of the English Championship, tallying one goal and four assists in 36 appearances in all competitions 138 total appearances in all competitions in England, including 35 games in the English Premier League 12 appearances for England’s U-19 national team Joined Derby County of England in 2005 at age 17 and helped the Rams gain promotion to the EPL in 2007 Scored ten goals in 84 appearances with Derby County and earned its Young Player of the Year award in 2007 Spent 2010-11 with West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League and made 19 appearances Last start: 10/27/12 at Colorado Last goal: 9/20/12 vs. FAS (CCL) GK 24 TYLER DERIC Born: 8/30/88, Houston, TX Last Club: Dynamo Academy College: North Carolina Dynamo career: Fourth year – 3 GP, 3 GS 6-3 195 HG Age: 24 CCL: Earned first CCL shutout in Houston’s 4-0 win vs. FAS on Sept. 20 CCL: Made first-ever international start on 8/22 at FAS, earning first win with two vital second-half saves on Alexander Larin Loaned out to San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) for their match vs. Puerto Rico Islanders on 8/5 (2-1 L) Recorded shutouts in four Reserve League wins – 2-0 vs. SKC on 8/14, 1-0 at FC Dallas 4/10, 3-0 win at SKC on 3/27 and 1-0 vs. Colorado on 3/13. Has recorded 10 shutouts in 19 Reserve League games since start of 2011 2011: Served as Tally Hall’s backup entire season Reserves: Led MLS Reserve League with six shutouts while playing every minute of all 10 games Last start: 10/27/12 at Colorado Last shutout: 9/20/12 vs. FAS (CCL) Most saves (Career): 5, 10/23/10 vs. Seattle FW 6-1 195 25 BRIAN CHING Born: 5/24/78, Haleiwa, HI Age: 34 Last Club: San Jose Earthquakes (2003-05) Other Clubs: LA Galaxy (2001) College: Gonzaga University Dynamo career: Seventh year – 155 GP, 127 GS, 56 G, 21 A Traded back to Houston on 2/16/11 after Montreal selected Ching in 2011 Expansion draft. Original Dynamo player and all-time leading scorer. The forward led or tied for the team lead in goals in five consecutive seasons (2007-2011) and set a franchise and personal record with 13 goals in 2008. United States international (45 caps, 11 goals) 2012 playoffs: 3 GP, 0 GS, 23 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 30 GP, 13 GS, 1385 mins, 5 G, 5 A 2012 CCL: 3 GP, 3 GS, 252 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 20 GP, 15 GS, 1,242 mins, 5 G, 1 A Earned fifth assist of season on Boniek Garcia’s goal in 3-1 win over Union on Oct. 20; equals career-high for assists, set in 2008 and 2005 Assisted on Ricardo Clark’s goal on Sept. 29 vs. New England, his 20th regular season assist for the Dynamo to pass Brian Mullan for second on franchise list Set new career-high for games in a season with 26th on Sept. 2 at Chicago; also matched 2011 total with fifth goal of season CCL: Started on 8/22 at FAS, scoring header goal in 12th min. and playing 90 minutes in 3-1 win Goal at FAS on 8/22 was sixth international goal with Dynamo, tying Stuart Holden for club record First ever Academy product; served as No. 2 goalkeeper in 2011 after strong outings in 2010 2012 MLS: 1 GP, 1 GS, 90 mins, 2.0 GAA, 0-1-0 2012 CCL: 4 GP, 4 GS, 360 mins, 0.75 GAA, 1 shutout, 2-0-2 2012 Reserves: 9 GS, 810 mins, 1.1 GAA, 4 shutouts, 6-2-1 2011 Reserves: 10 GS, 900 mins, 1.10 GAA, 6 shutouts, 6-4-0 Made first MLS start of 2012 on Oct. 27 at Colorado CCL: Helped lead Dynamo to quarterfinals with start in all four games as Dynamo went unbeaten to win Group 3 Drew and converted a game-winning penalty in the 83rd minute vs. Philadelphia on 6/30, his first goal at BBVA Compass Stadium and the 20th game-winning goal of his career Start at Vancouver on 6/10 was his 200th MLS appearance, 137 of which are with the Dynamo (second on all-time Dynamo list) Assisted on Will Bruin’s goal at Chicago, marking his 25th assist in all competitions for Dynamo Started opening day on 3/11 for the sixth time in seven years with Houston 2011: Was limited to 1,242 minutes in 20 appearances due to injury (hamstring, ribs, foot and adductor), the lowest minute total of his Houston career, but still tied for team lead with five goals Last goal: 9/2/12 at Chicago Last start: 10/23/12 vs. Olimpia (CCL) Last assist: 10/20/12 vs. Philadelphia Last two-goal game: 7/30/11 vs. Seattle Sounders Last hat trick: 8/21/10 vs. Chicago Fire (2 in MLS) 26 COREY ASHE DF 5-5 154 Born: 3/14/86, Orange County, CA Age: 26 Last Club: University of North Carolina Dynamo career: Sixth year – 160 GP, 106 GS, 1 G, 13 A Career midfielder switched to left back early in 2011 season and earned MLS All-Star selection Last assist: 10/6/12 vs. Montreal Impact 27 BONIEK GARCIA MF 5-9 159 I Born: 9/4/84, Tegucigalpa, Honduras Age: 28 Last Club: C.D. Olimpia (Honduras) 2003-12 Dynamo career: 2012 debut Acquired: Transfer from C.D. Olimpia on June 7, 2012 Versatile two-way midfielder who is a fixture for the Honduran national team (73 caps) 2012 playoffs: 4 GP, 4 GS, 360 mins, 0 G, 1 A 2012 MLS: 17 GP, 17 GS, 1530 mins, 4 G, 6 A 2012 CCL: 2 GP, 1 GS, 102 mins, 0 G, 0 A Earned first career playoff assist on Sunday vs. D.C. Scored fourth goal of season in 3-1 win over Union on Oct. 20, curling strong shot into side net Started both October World Cup Qualifiers for Honduras, playing 90 minutes at Panama on Oct. 12 and 77 minutes vs. Canada on Oct. 16 Scored for the second straight game, and third goal overall, on Sept. 29 vs. New England, volleying home Creavalle’s cross for 2-0 lead in stoppage time 7 assists and 4 goals in 21 MLS games with Dynamo; 90 minutes in all 21 games (playoffs included) Scored second Dynamo goal Sept. 23 at Philadelphia, a cracking equalizer off inside of far post Earned sixth assist with Dynamo on Davis’ goal Sept. 14 at Kansas City Played 90 minutes for Honduras in both of its World Cup qualifying wins over Cuba (9/7, 9/11) CCL: Played 90 minutes against former club in Dynamo’s 1-1 draw at Olimpia on Aug. 30 Started for Honduras in 2-0 friendly win over Boca Juniors on Aug. 15 Assist on Brian Ching’s goal on 7/28 at Toronto MLS Team of the Week (Week 19) Scored first MLS goal on 7/17 vs. D.C., with header from Andre Hainault cross (first headed goal of his career); also recorded assist on Bruin’s goal MLS debut in start vs. Philadelphia on 6/30, played 90 minutes at right wing Made 115 appearances for Olimpia, scoring 14 goals Played in 14 CONCACAF Champions League matches from 2008-2011, scored two goals, advanced to quarterfinals of 2010-11 CCL tournament International: 71 caps for Honduras at a variety of positions; (1 goal) 2012 playoffs: 4 GP, 4 GS, 360 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 30 GP, 30 GS, 2625 mins, 0 G, 2 A 2012 CCL: 1 GP, 1 GS, 90 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 32 GP, 30 GS, 2,617 mins, 0 G, 0 A Recorded second assist of season on Will Bruin’s goal on Oct. 6 vs. Montreal Started 21 consecutive MLS games before missing Sept. 23 game at Philadelphia with left hamstring strain Start vs. Portland on 5/15 was Ashe’s 137th MLS regular season appearance to move to second on the Dynamo alltime list Earned assist on Bruin’s second goal at D.C. at 4/28 Missed San Jose game on 3/17 with strained left hamstring 2011: Began season at right midfield but became starter at left back, starting 28 games Named MLS All-Star for the first time Last goal: 9/22/09 vs. Árabe Unido (CCL) Last goal: 10/20/12 vs. Philadelphia Last assist: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United 28 ERICH MARSCHEIDER GK 6-3 185 Born: 1/5/93, Vienna, Austria Age: 19 Last Club: Colorado Rush Soccer Club ROOKIE Acquired: Signed with Dynamo on Feb. 22, 2012 after trial Young, hard-working goalkeeper who signed with the Dynamo midway through the 2012 preseason Played three years of varsity soccer at Pine Creek High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Earned Golden Gloves honors as top goalkeeper in 2011 for Colorado Rush program DF 6-0 180 31 ANDRE HAINAULT Born: 6/17/86, Montréal, QC, Canada Age: 26 Last Club: FK SIAD Most - 2005-08 (Czech Rep.) Other Clubs: Sparta Prague 2008 (loan), Montreal Impact 2004-05 (USL1) Dynamo career: Fourth year – 104 GP, 100 GS, 6 G, 6 A Promising Canadian defender who can play anywhere on back line. Canada international (30 caps, 2 goals) I Scored game-winner in the 2nd minute of stoppage time for 1-0 win at Chivas USA on 3/11/12 2011: Dynamo Defender of the Year Played every minute of playoffs and led team with two goals Last start: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United Last goal: 11/11/12 vs. D.C. United Last assist: 7/17/12 vs. Sporting Kansas City Last yellow card: 4/21/12 at Columbus Crew 32 BOBBY BOSWELL DF 6-2 185 Born: 3/15/83, Austin, TX Age: 29 Last Club: D.C. United (2005-07) College: Florida International University Dynamo career: Fifth year – 145 GP, 144 GS, 9 G, 4 A Backbone of the Dynamo defense since joining club in 2008. United States international (3 caps) 2012 playoffs: 4 GP, 4 GS, 360 mins, 0 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 33 GP, 33 GS, 2930 mins, 2 G, 1 A 2012 CCL: 3 GP, 2 GS, 206 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 28 GP, 27 GS, 2,460 mins, 5 G, 1 A Set new career-high with 31st regular season game of season on Sept. 29 vs. New England Played full time in 37 consecutive MLS matches (3,380 consecutive minutes, including playoffs) before exiting Houston’s 1-0 win on Sept. 6 in the 74th minute with a stomach virus First assist of the year, a header off a Brad Davis corner kick, to Calen Carr at Toronto on 7/28 Two goals this year, both headers off of Brad Davis corner kicks (vs. TFC, vs. MTL) 5/12 vs. D.C. was his 200th Major League Soccer appearance in his eight-year career. 2011: Scored a career-high five goals to tie for the team lead, adding one assist Last goal: 9/20/12 vs. FAS (CCL) Last assist: 7/28/12 at Toronto FC Last yellow card: 9/29/12 vs. New England Last red card: 7/24/10 at Columbus Crew LEGEND: GK-goalkeeper; DF-defender; MF-midfielder; FWforward; I-international; HG-home-grown; GA Generation adidas; USOC-U.S. Open Cup; CCL-CONCACAF Champions League 2012 playoffs: 3 GP, 2 GS, 215 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2012 MLS: 25 GP, 24 GS, 2035 mins, 2 G, 3 A 2012 CCL: 3 GP, 3 GS, 270 mins, 1 G, 0 A 2011 MLS: 31 GS, 2,790 mins, 1 G, 0 A Scored third career playoff goal on Sunday vs. D.C. CCL: Scored equalizing header goal in 1-1 draw with Olimpia on Oct. 23 to help Dynamo advance to quarterfinals Played 90 minutes in both of Canada’s October World Cup qualifying matches, vs. Cuba on 10/12 and at Honduras on 10/16 Played 90 minutes in both of Canada’s September World Cup qualifying matches with Panama (9/7, 9/11) 3 assists this year is a new career high, zero assists last season (previous high: 2) Headed in game-winning goal vs. LA Galaxy on 5/26 off a Brad Davis corner kick MLS Team of the Week (Weeks 10 and 12) Made his 100th Dynamo appearance in all competitions at Columbus on 4/21, becoming the 15th player to reach 100 in franchise history HOW THE 2012 DYNAMO WERE ASSEMBLED Date 12/16/05 12/16/05 1/12/07 12/12/07 1/18/08 1/23/09 2/27/09 4/14/09 6/9/09 9/15/10 1/13/11 1/13/11 1/19/11 1/19/11 2/16/11 3/23/11 4/15/11 7/21/11 8/9/11 12/29/11 1/12/12 1/12/12 1/17/12 2/8/12 2/22/12 4/13/12 6/7/12 8/8/12 8/29/12 Player Brian Ching Brad Davis Corey Ashe Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Tally Hall Tyler Deric Andre Hainault Cam Weaver Colin Clark Kofi Sarkodie Will Bruin Josue Soto Alex Dixon Jermaine Taylor Calen Carr Je-Vaughn Watson Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo Nathan Sturgis Colin Rolfe Warren Creavalle Brian Ownby Macoumba Kandji Eric Marscheider Oscar Recio Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Giles Barnes Transaction type Moved with club from San Jose (SJ acquired 03 Supplemental Draft) Moved with club from San Jose (SJ acquired 05 trade) 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Round 2 (pick 26) Traded from D.C. United for Zach Wells 2008 MLS SuperDraft, Round 3 (pick 42) Signed as discovery player on free transfer from Esbjerg (Denmark) Signed as home-grown player (first in club history) Transferred from SIAD Most (Czech Republic) Traded from San Jose Earthquakes for Chris Wondolowski Traded from Colorado Rapids for Brian Mullan 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 7) 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 11) Signed as home-grown player Signed as home-grown player Transferred from St. George’s (Jamaica) Traded from Chicago Fire for Dominic Oduro Transferred from Sporting Central (Jamaica) Traded from Portland Timbers for Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer Loaned from Clube Paraná (Brazil) Traded from Toronto FC for conditional draft pick 2012 MLS SuperDraft Round 1 (pick 18) 2012 MLS SuperDraft Round 2 (pick 37) 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 (pick 7) Traded from Colorado for conditional draft pick Signed as trialist Loaned from C.F. Monterrey (Mexico) Transferred from C.D. Olimpia (Honduras) Signed as free agent (originally moved with club from San Jose) Signed as free agent Acquisitions by method MLS SuperDraft MLS Supplemental Draft Trade Home-Grown Player San Jose original Transfer Loan Trialist Free agent Acquisitions by first season with club 2006 3 2007 1 2008 2 2009 4 2010 1 2011 9 2012 9 6 1 7 3 2 5 2 1 2 DYNAMO GAME-BYGAME LINEUPS Dynamo at Chivas USA – 3/11/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Colin Clark Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson Brad Davis Brian Ching (C) (Macoumba Kandji 86) Will Bruin (Calen Carr 77) Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes – 3/17/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Jermaine Taylor Colin Clark (Nathan Sturgis 82) Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson Brad Davis Will Bruin (Calen Carr 67) Brian Ching (C) (Cam Weaver 67) Dynamo at Seattle Sounders – 3/23/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault (Jermaine Taylor 45) Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Colin Clark Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson (Luiz Camargo 67) Brad Davis Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (Macoumba Kandji 76) Dynamo at Chicago Fire – 4/15/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Jermaine Taylor Je‐Vaughn Watson Nathan Sturgis Luiz Camargo (Calen Carr 63) Corey Ashe Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (formations listed right‐to‐left) Dynamo at Columbus Crew – 4/21/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Jermaine Taylor Je‐Vaughn Watson (Calen Carr 79) Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo Corey Ashe (Macoumba Kandji 91) Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (Cam Weaver 84) Dynamo at D.C. United – 4/28/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault (Brad Davis 72) Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Jermaine Taylor Je‐Vaughn Watson (Calen Carr 59) Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo Corey Ashe (Kofi Sarkodie 82) Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) Dynamo at New York Red Bulls – 5/9/12 Tally Hall Jermaine Taylor Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Calen Carr Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo (Alex Dixon 56) Brad Davis (C) Cam Weaver (Will Bruin 61) Macoumba Kandji (Colin Clark 73) D.C. United at Dynamo – 5/12/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Jermaine Taylor Calen Carr (Colin Clark 71) Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson (Luiz Camargo 66) Brad Davis Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (Macoumba Kandji 84) (4‐4‐2 unless otherwise noted) Portland Timbers at Dynamo – 5/15/12 Tally Hall Jermaine Taylor Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Calen Carr Nathan Sturgis Luiz Camargo Brad Davis (C) (Alex Dixon 74) Will Bruin (Brian Ching 64) Macoumba Kandji (Colin Clark 71) Dynamo at N.E,Revolution – 5/19/12 Tally Hall Jermaine Taylor Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Calen Carr (Macoumba Kandji 76) Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson (Luiz Camargo 66) Brad Davis (Colin Clark 70) Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) LA Galaxy at Dynamo – 5/26/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Calen Carr (Colin Clark 75) Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson Brad Davis (Luiz Camargo 84) Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (Macoumba Kandji 72 Dynamo at Vancouver – 6/10/12 Tally Hall Warren Creavalle Bobby Boswell Nathan Sturgis (Brian Ownby 78) Corey Ashe Calen Carr Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo (Colin Clark 71) Brad Davis Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (Macoumba Kandji 71) F.C. Dallas at Dynamo – 6/16/12 Tally Hall Jermaine Taylor Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Calen Carr (Colin Clark 45) Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson (Luiz Camargo 75) Brad Davis Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (Macoumba Kandji 77) Toronto F.C. at Dynamo – 6/20/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Colin Clark (Brian Ownby 77) Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo (Je‐Vaughn Watson 57) Brad Davis (C) Will Bruin Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ching 63) Dynamo at Montreal Impact – 6/23/12 Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Corey Ashe Colin Clark (Brian Ownby 62) Adam Moffat Je‐Vaughn Watson (Luiz Camargo 51) Brad Davis Will Bruin Brian Ching (C) (Warren Creavalle 81) Philadelphia Union at Dynamo – 6/30/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Jermaine Taylor Bobby Boswell Corey Ashe Luiz Camargo (Warren Creavalle 79) Geoff Cameron Brad Davis (C) Boniek Garcia Will Bruin (Brian Ching 74) Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ownby 71) Chicago Fire at Dynamo – 7/3/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Luiz Camargo (Brian Ownby 69) Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) Boniek Garcia Will Bruin (Brian Ching 65) Macoumba Kandji (Colin Clark 9) Dynamo at Sporting KC – 7/7/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Luiz Camargo (Warren Creavalle 66) Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) Boniek Garcia Will Bruin (Brian Ching 66) Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ownby 80) D.C. United at Dynamo – 7/15/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Luiz Camargo Geoff Cameron Brad Davis (C) (Je‐Vaughn Watson 73) Boniek Garcia Will Bruin (Brian Ching 64) Macoumba Kandji (Calen Carr 64) Sporting KC at Dynamo – 7/18/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Warren Creavalle (Luiz Camargo 68) Brad Davis (C) Calen Carr Will Bruin (Brian Ownby 78) Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ching 60) Montreal at Dynamo – 7/21/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell (C) Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Luiz Camargo (Brad Davis 68) Warren Creavalle Boniek Garcia Calen Carr (Je‐Vaughn Watson 58) Will Bruin (Brian Ching 82) Macoumba Kandji Dynamo at Toronto FC – 7/28/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Warren Creavalle Bobby Boswell Andre Hainault Corey Ashe (Kofi Sarkodie 78) Boniek Garcia Adam Moffat Brad Davis Calen Carr (Je‐Vaughn Watson 83) Brian Ching (C) Macoumba Kandji (Luiz Camargo 74) New York Red Bulls at Dynamo – 8/3/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) Calen Carr (Je‐Vaughn Watson 74) Will Bruin (Brian Ching 56) Macoumba Kandji (Luiz Camargo 81) Dynamo at New York Red Bulls – 8/10/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Adam Moffat (Ricardo Clark 75) Brad Davis (C) Calen Carr (Luiz Camargo 66) Will Bruin (Brian Ching 70) Macoumba Kandji Columbus Crew at Dynamo – 8/19/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe (Cam Weaver 76) Boniek Garcia Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) Calen Carr Will Bruin (Brian Ching 76) Macoumba Kandji (Ricardo Clark 63) Dynamo at C.D. FAS – 8/22/12 (4‐4‐2) Tyler Deric Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Nate Sturgis Warren Creavalle (Brian Ownby 70) Je‐Vaughn Watson Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo (Brad Davis 81) Colin Clark (Josue Soto 86) Brian Ching (C) Cam Weaver Toronto FC at Dynamo – 8/15/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark (Je‐Vaughn Watson 77) Brad Davis (C) Calen Carr Will Bruin (Brian Ching 84) Macoumba Kandji (Adam Moffat 73) Dynamo at C.D. Olimpia – 8/30/12 (4‐3‐3) Tyler Deric Kofi Sarkodie Nate Sturgis Jermaine Taylor Andre Hainault (C) Boniek Garcia Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo (Bobby Boswell 64) Je‐Vaughn Watson Cam Weaver (Will Bruin 84) Colin Clark (Macouma Kandji 75) Dynamo at Chicago – 9/2/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Andre Hainault (Kofi Sarkodie 45) Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor (Brian Ching 63) Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Brad Davis (C) Je‐Vaughn Watson Will Bruin Macoumba Kandji (Calen Carr 81) Real Salt Lake at Dynamo – 9/6/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell (Cam Weaver 74) Ricardo Clark Corey Ashe Calen Carr Luiz Camargo Brad Davis (C) Macoumba Kandji Will Bruin (Alex Dixon 89) Colin Clark Dynamo at Sporting KC – 9/14/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe (Andre Hainault 74) Luiz Camargo Ricardo Clark Brad Davis (C) Boniek Garcia Will Bruin (Brian Ching 88) Macoumba Kandji (Giles Barnes 81) Dynamo vs. C.D. FAS – 9/20/12 (4‐4‐2) Tyler Deric Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Andre Hainault Warren Creavalle Je‐Vaughn Watson (Calen Carr 58) Adam Moffat Giles Barnes (Luiz Camargo 81) Colin Clark Brian Ching (C) (Alex Dixon 71) Cam Weaver Dynamo at Philadelphia – 9/23/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Andre Hainault (Cam Weaver 81) Jermaine Taylor Luiz Camargo (Giles Barnes 63) Ricardo Clark Brad Davis (C) Boniek Garcia Will Bruin Macoumba Kandji (Calen Carr 45) Dynamo vs. New England – 9/29/12 (4‐4‐2) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) (Warren Creavalle 91+) Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 74) Calen Carr (Brian Ching 65) Dynamo vs. Montreal – 10/6/12 (4‐3‐3) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell (C) Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Adam Moffat (Warren Creavalle 89) Calen Carr Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 72) Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ching 72) Dynamo vs. Philadelphia– 10/20/12 (4‐4‐2) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Adam Moffat (Giles Barnes 56) Brad Davis (C) (Warren Creavalle 85) Will Bruin Macoumba Kandji (Brian Ching 67) Dynamo vs. Olimpia – 10/23/12 (4‐4‐2) Tyler Deric Warren Creavalle Nathan Sturgis Andre Hainault Corey Ashe Calen Carr (Macoumba Kandji 85) Luiz Camargo Giles Barnes (Boniek Garcia 78) Colin Clark (Je‐Vaughn Watson 46) Cam Weaver Brian Ching (C) Dynamo at Sporting KC – 11/7/12 (4‐4‐2) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Andre Hainault Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) (Luiz Camargo 84) Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 74) Calen Carr (Macoumba Kandji 33) Dynamo at Colorado – 10/27/12 (4‐4‐2) Tyler Deric Warren Creavalle Nathan Sturgis Andre Hainault (C) Kofi Sarkodie Je‐Vaughn Watson Luiz Camargo Giles Barnes (Ricardo Clark 79) Alex Dixon (Brad Davis 62) Cam Weaver Macoumba Kandji (Calen Carr 71) Dynamo at Chicago – 10/31/12 (4‐4‐2) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) Will Bruin (Brian Ching 78) Calen Carr (Macoumba Kandji 78) Dynamo vs. Sporting KC – 11/4/12 (4‐4‐2) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Jermaine Taylor (Andre Hainault 55) Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Ricardo Clark Adam Moffat Brad Davis (C) Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 84) Calen Carr (Brian Ching 81) Dynamo vs. D.C. United – 11/11/12 (4‐4‐2) Tally Hall Kofi Sarkodie Bobby Boswell Andre Hainault Corey Ashe Boniek Garcia Luiz Camargo Adam Moffat (Giles Barnes 25) Brad Davis (C) (Warren Creavalle 88) Will Bruin (Brian Ching 88) Macoumba Kandji ROAD TO MLS CUP 2012 KNOCKOUT ROUND E#4 CHICAGO FIRE v E#5 HOUSTON DYNAMO Wed., Oct. 31 – Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. CHICAGO FIRE 1 2 v 2 1 HOUSTON DYNAMO W#4 LA GALAXY v W#5 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC Thurs., Nov. 1 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. LA GALAXY v VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS #2 REAL SALT LAKE v #3 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC Fri., Nov. 2 – CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC REAL SALT LAKE 0 0 v v 0 1 REAL SALT LAKE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC Thurs., Nov. 8 – Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah (Seattle Sounders FC win 1-0 on aggregate) #1 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES #4 LA GALAXY Sun., Nov. 4 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. LA GALAXY SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0 1 v v 1 3 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES LA GALAXY Wed., Nov. 7 – Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif. (LA Galaxy win 3-2 on aggregate) EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS #2 D.C. UNITED v #3 NEW YORK RED BULLS Sat., Nov. 3 – RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C. D.C. UNITED NEW YORK RED BULLS 1 0 v v 1 1 NEW YORK RED BULLS D.C. UNITED Thurs., Nov. 8 – Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. (D.C. United win 2-1 on aggregate) #1 SPORTING KANSAS CITY v #5 HOUSTON DYNAMO Sun., Nov. 4 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas HOUSTON DYNAMO SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2 1 v v 0 0 SPORTING KANSAS CITY HOUSTON DYNAMO Wed., Nov. 7 – Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Houston Dynamo win 2-1 on aggregate) WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP Sun., Nov. 11 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. LA GALAXY SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 3 v v 0 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC LA GALAXY Sun., Nov. 18 – CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash. 3 1 EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP Sun., Nov. 11 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas HOUSTON DYNAMO D.C. UNITED v v D.C. UNITED HOUSTON DYNAMO Sun., Nov. 18 – RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C. ��� MLS CUP 2012 Sat., Dec. 1 (4:30 p.m. ET; ESPN; TeleFutura; TSN; RDS) – hosted by finalist with best regular season record v KNOCKOUT ROUND HOU -- Will Bruin 1 (Brad Davis 1) 12 HOU -- Will Bruin 2 (Calen Carr 1) 46 CHI -- Alex 1 (Patrick Nyarko 1) 83 1 CHICAGO FIRE v HOUSTON DYNAMO Wed. Oct.. 31, Toyota Park (A: 10,923) 2 VAN -- Darren Mattocks 1 (Matt Watson 1) 3 LA -- Mike Magee 1 (Juninho 1, David Beckham 1) 69 LA -- Landon Donovan 1 (penalty kick) 73 12 Saunders 2 LA GALAXY v VANCOUVER WHITECAPS Thu. Nov., 1, The Home Depot Center (A: 14,703) 1 25 Johnson 6 Anibaba (75: Paladini) 23 Friedrich 22 Berry 4 13 Segares 21 Meyer 16 Jimenez (52: Sarvas) Gonzalez 2 Dunivant 12 Pause (46: Alex) 17 Pardo (60: Oduro) 23 Beckham 19 Juninho (83: Stephens) 4 Fernandez 18 Rolfe 14 Nyarko 10 Donovan 18 Magee 7 MacDonald 14 Buddle 7 Keane 3 Carr (78: Kandji) 12 Bruin (78: Ching) 22 Mattocks (59: Miller) 11 Davis 27 16 Moffat 14 16 Watson (80: Richards) Robson 13 Clark Garcia 28 11 Koffie 4 Rochat Thorrington 26 Ashe 4 Taylor 32 Boswell 8 Sarkodie 3 Harvey 6 DeMerit (70: Bonjour) 40 O’Brien 12 Lee 1 Hall 18 Knighton REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Ian Anderson; 4th: Juan Guzman TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Alex 4) TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Bruin 5, Carr 5) SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Friedrich, Nyarko 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Bruin 2, Carr 2) FOULS: 10 (4 tied with 2) FOULS: 16 (Garcia 4) OFFSIDES: 5 OFFSIDES: 1 CORNER KICKS: 9 CORNER KICKS: 4 SAVES: 4 (Johnson 4) SAVES: 6 (Hall 6) CAUTIONS NONE CAUTIONS Davis 67, Hall 91+ REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. AR1 (bench): Daniel Belleau; AR2 (opposite): Darren Clark; 4th: Ricardo Salazar TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Robson 3) TOTAL SHOTS: 23 (3 tied with 4) SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1) SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Beckham 2) FOULS: 12 (Robson 3) FOULS: 12 (5 tied with 2) OFFSIDES: 4 OFFSIDES: 1 CORNER KICKS: 0 CORNER KICKS: 9 SAVES: 5 (Knighton 5) SAVES: 3 (Saunders 3) CAUTIONS Juninho 43, Sarvas 87 CAUTIONS Bonjour 71, Lee 72 A goal in each half by forward Will Bruin gave the Houston Dynamo the victory against the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round match at Toyota Park. It was the first road win in more than three months for the reigning Eastern Conference champions. Bruin's first goal came on a free near-post header in the 12th minute on a corner kick from teammate Brad Davis, getting free in the heart of the penalty area and bouncing a deflected shot past Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Then, just 19 seconds after halftime, Bruin got his second on a blistering diagonal shot from inside the area after he was sprung by former Fire forward Calen Carr on the heels of a costly Chicago turnover. The Fire pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute when he ran onto a ball from Patrick Nyarko from the left flank and sent an angled shot off the far post and into the goal. But the rest of the match was an exercise in game management by the Dynamo, to advance into the semifinal series. The LA Galaxy's title defense moved on after a stirring comeback against visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Vancouver went ahead after just 182 seconds through rookie Darren Mattocks' finish, after carved out a yard of space in the area to finish a pass from Matt Watson. The Whitecaps' bunker defense then repeatedly thwarted LA's attack until the home side hit with two quick goals midway through the second half. LA outshot Vancouver, 23-9, but put only seven on target, and Whitecaps goalkeeper Brad Knighton was superb all night, his best save on a David Beckham free kick headed inside the left post just before halftime. But the equalizer came in the 69th minute. Beckham played a short corner to Juninho, who found Magee sneaking alone into the box and set him up perfectly for a side volley which gave Knighton no chance. Then four minutes later, Landon Donovan was trundled over by substitute Martin Bonjour in the area, and he finished his own penalty kick with aplomb for his record 21st postseason goal. EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - 1st LEGS DC -- own goal (Roy Miller) 61 NY -- own goal (Bill Hamid) 65 1 D.C. UNITED v NEW YORK RED BULLS Sat. Nov.. 3, RFK Memorial Stadium (A: 17,556) 1 HOU -- Adam Moffat 1 (Will Bruin 1) 18 HOU -- Will Bruin 3 (Calen Carr 2) 75 2 Sun. Nov., 4, BBVA Compass Stadium (A: 20,689) HOUSTON DYNAMO v SPORTING KC 0 28 Hamid 1 4 14 Najar McDonald 5 Jakovic Hall 22 Korb 8 Sarkodie 32 Boswell 4 16 13 R Clark Taylor (55: Hainault) 26 Ashe 11 Saragosa 23 Kitchen 18 DeLeon 13 Pontius Moffat 8 Boskovic (69: Neal) 27 Boniek 11 Davis 26 Pajoy 12 3 Carr (81: Ching) 14 Henry 9 Le Toux (80: Cooper) Bruin (84: Weaver) 17 Sapong (80: Dwyer) 20 Lindpere 11 17 Cahill 23 Kamara 8 Zusi 37 55 Julio Cesar Peterson (90: Convey) 6 Tainio McCarty 15 3 Pearce 4 Marquez (46: Miller) 5 Holgersson 16 Lade 16 Sinovic Espinoza (77: Joseph) 5 Besler 78 Collin 7 Myers 31 Robles 1 Nielsen REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Craig Lowry; AR2 (opposite): Adam Wienckowski; 4th: Jorge Gonzalez TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Pajoy, Pontius 3) TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Henry 5) SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Pontius 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Henry 2) FOULS: 8 (Saragosa 3) FOULS: 8 (Lade 3) OFFSIDES: 4 OFFSIDES: 0 CORNER KICKS: 5 CORNER KICKS: 3 SAVES: 2 (Hamid 2) SAVES: 5 (Robles 5) CAUTIONS Najar 71 SENT OFF Najar 71 CAUTIONS Lade 23, Pearce 75 REFEREE: Edvin Jurisevic. SAR (bench): Chris Strickland; JAR (opposite): Adam Garner; 4th: Fotis Bazakos TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Zusi 4) TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (R. Clark, Moffat 3) SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Sapong) SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Bruin, Moffat) FOULS: 11 (Collin 3) FOULS: 15 (R. Clark 4) OFFSIDES: 2 OFFSIDES: 2 CORNER KICKS: 4 CORNER KICKS: 3 SAVES: 0 SAVES: 1 (Hall 1) CAUTIONS Carr 27, Sarkodie 73 CAUTIONS Kamara 42 The first playoff match at RFK Stadium in five years had it all as the New York Red Bulls tied D.C. United 1-1 in a wild Eastern Conference Semifinal Series first leg. The drama began in the first half when United were awarded a penalty after New York defender Connor Lade was called for a handball in the box. The ensuing spot kick was taken by United’s Chris Pontius, who struck the ball hard, but New York goalkeeper Luis Robles guessed right and the ball was cleared in the 33rd minute. But United took the lead on the hour when Red Bulls substitute Roy Miller attempted to clear a ball sent into the box by Perry Kitchen, but sent his clearance directly into the top corner of his own goal. Five minutes later, the score was level when D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid jumped to corral a header by Heath Pearce and fell into his own net while holding the ball. The home side went a man down in the 71st minute. Right back Andy Najar was shown two yellow cards in very quick succession, the second after throwing the ball at referee Jair Marrufo, but the Red Bulls were unable to capitalize. The Houston Dynamo extended their unbeaten streak at home, handing top-seeded Sporting Kansas City a 2-0 loss in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 18th minute behind a brilliant strike from Adam Moffat. With Kansas City struggling to clear their area following a corner kick in the 18th minute, Will Bruin, nodded the ball into Moffat's path, and from well out of the area he unleashed a technically perfect strike inside the back post that Jimmy Nielsen could only wave at as it whizzed past him. Houston gradually took control of the game and eventually cashed in to score an all-important second goal 15 minutes from the end. Calen Carr turned KC defender Aurélien Collin and sped toward the end line, eventually picking out Bruin for a simple finish inside the six-yard box. The scoreline was a repeat of last season’s 2-0 Dynamo victory in the Eastern Conference Championship at Livestrong Sporting Park. WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - 1st LEGS 0 SEATTLE SOUNDERS v REAL SALT LAKE Fri., Nov. 2, CenturyLink Field (A: 34,941) 0 SJ -- Victor Bernardez 1 (free kick) 94+ 0 Sun. Nov., 4, The Home Depot Center (A: 27,000) LA GALAXY v S.J. EARTHQUAKES 1 1 Gspurning 12 Saunders 31 5 Johansson Parke 34 Hurtado 8 Burch 4 5 Franklin Gonzalez 21 Meyer 2 Dunivant 6 Alonso 8 3 Evans 19 Juninho 10 Rosales (94+: Zakuani) 13 Tiffert (82: Martinez) Sarvas 23 Beckham (78: Buddle) 18 Magee 26 Ochoa (57: Estrada) 17 Montero 7 Keane 10 Donovan 7 Espindola (46: Paulo Jr) 15 Saborio 8 Wondolowski 24 Lenhart (65: Gordon) 11 20 Grabavoy Morales (87: Alvarez) 8 Johnson 12 Corrales (69: Salinas) 81 30 Baca 5 Beckerman 4 Cronin Chavez (59: Dawkins) 17 Wingert 6 Borchers 3 18 (76: Olave) Watson-Siriboe 2 Beltran 15 Morrow 21 Hernandez 26 Bernardez 33 Beitashour Rimando 18 Busch REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Peter Manikowski; 4th: Armando Villarreal TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Keane 4) TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Wondolowski 4) SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Franklin, Keane) SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Bernardez 2) FOULS: 12 (Magee, Sarvas 3) FOULS: 11 (Wondolowski 3) OFFSIDES: 2 OFFSIDES: 2 CORNER KICKS: 2 CORNER KICKS: 3 SAVES: 2 (Saunders 2) SAVES: 2 (Busch 2) CAUTIONS none CAUTIONS Chavez 17 REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. AR1 (bench): Paul Scott; AR2 (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Allen Chapman TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Saborio 3) TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Ochoa 3) SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Saborio 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (5 tied with 1) FOULS: 13 (Paulo, Saborio 3) FOULS: 13 (3 tied with 3) OFFSIDES: 1 OFFSIDES: 2 CORNER KICKS: 3 CORNER KICKS: 8 SAVES: 5 (Rimando 5) SAVES: 4 (Gspurning 4) CAUTIONS Parke 47+, Evans 54 CAUTIONS Beckerman 53, Morales 56 Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake settled for their third 0-0 draw of the season, this time in the first leg of their Western Conference Semifinal Series. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was tested more often, making five saves, including diving stops off a pair of backto-back corners in the 33rd minute. First, he stopped a Sammy Ochoa header and then moments later he robbed Jhon Kennedy Hurtado's diving effort. But his performance was made even more impressive by the fact that he played the final 20 minutes after a collision gave him a swollen eye and nearly knocked him out of the game. Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning made four saves, his last saving the result in the 85th minute when he dove to his right to stop an Álvaro Saborío header. No goals have been scored in the last 299 minutes that the two teams have played against one another. The San Jose Earthquakes did it again, getting a goal late in stoppage time to overcome the LA Galaxy in the first leg opener of their Western Conference semifinal series at the Home Depot Center. It was an intense, defense-minded affair, with the Galaxy having more and better opportunities. Robbie Keane nearly broke the tie in the 86th minute, but his 26-yard blast caromed off the crossbar. Then in the 94th-minute, Víctor Bernárdez's free kick from 31 yards got through the Galaxy wall at the top of the box then goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who was unable to prevent the ball from rolling over the goal line. It was the fifth time this season the Quakes have scored a stoppage-time winner, including the May 23 meeting with the Galaxy in Carson, in which Alan Gordon headed home a 94th-minute decider as San Jose rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 triumph. EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - 2nd LEGS DC -- Nick DeLeon 1 (Robbie Russell 1, Lionard Pajoy 1) 88 0 NEW YORK RED BULLS v D.C. UNITED Thu. Nov.. 8, Red Bull Arena (A: 14,035) 1 KC -- Seth Sinovic 1 (Graham Zusi 1, Kei Kamara 1) 64 1 Wed. Nov., 7, Livestrong Sporting Park (A: 20,894) SPORTING KC v HOUSTON DYNAMO 0 31 Robles 1 Nielsen 5 16 Lade (91+: Miller) Holgersson 4 Marquez 3 Pearce 7 Myers 78 Collin 5 Besler 16 Sinovic 6 Tainio 20 Rosell 11 McCarty 17 Cahill 20 Lindpere (91+: Digao) 19 Joseph 15 Espinoza 23 Kamara 8 17 Sapong Zusi 33 Cooper 14 Henry 26 8 13 Pontius (92+: Dudar) Boskovic (72: Willis) Pajoy (91+: Salihi) 12 Bruin (74: Weaver) 3 Carr (33: Kandji) 18 11 Saragosa DeLeon 11 Davis (84: Camargo) 27 16 Moffat 23 Kitchen 13 R Clark Garcia 24 Neal 3 5 Jakovic 4 McDonald Russell 26 Ashe 31 Hainault 32 Boswell 8 Sarkodie 28 Hamid 1 Hall REFEREE: Mark Geiger. AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Greg Barkey; 4th: Jose Carlos Rivero TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Henry 5) TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (3 tied with 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (McCarty 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (DeLeon 2) FOULS: 14 (Henry, Tainio 3) FOULS: 12 (3 tied with 2) OFFSIDES: 0 OFFSIDES: 6 CORNER KICKS: 6 CORNER KICKS: 1 SAVES: 2 (Robles 2) SAVES: 6 (Hamid 5, Willis 1) CAUTIONS Marquez 61 SENT OFF Marquez 75 CAUTIONS Pajoy 71 SENT OFF Hamid 69 REFEREE: Allen Chapman. SAR (bench): Corey Rockwell; JAR (opposite): Corey Parker; 4th: Baldomero Toledo TOTAL SHOTS: 3 (Bruin 2) TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Sapong 6) SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Bruin) SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1) FOULS: 14 (Garcia 3) FOULS: 14 (Zusi 5) OFFSIDES: 0 OFFSIDES: 2 CORNER KICKS: 0 CORNER KICKS: 5 SAVES: 3 (Hall 3) SAVES: 1 (Nielsen 1) CAUTIONS Zusi 26, Myers 56 CAUTIONS Garcia 41, Ashe 84 D.C. United advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship after a late goal gave them a wild 1-0 win in the second leg of their semifinal series, the match postponed a day due to a heavy snowstorm. The match exploded in the 69th minute after referee Mark Geiger ruled that United goalkeeper Bill Hamid clipped Kenny Cooper on a breakaway inside the penalty area, giving a penalty kick and sending off Hamid. Cooper then took the ensuing spot kick against substitute Joe Willis and converted it, but it was called back as Henry and Tim Cahill were called for encroachment. On Cooper’s retake, he was denied by Willis, who dove low and to his left. Six minutes later, Rafa Márquez was sent off with a second yellow card for a foul on Chris Pontius, leaving both teams to finish the match with 10 men. With the game on the brink of extra time, Nick DeLeon found the winner when he got in behind New York’s defense two minutes from full time after a gorgeous through ball from Robbie Russell and hit a low shot past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles inside the far post. The Houston Dynamo advanced to a second straight Eastern Conference Championship, holding off Sporting Kansas City in their quest to erase a 2-0 first-leg deficit. Seth Sinovic scored the game's lone goal for SKC, allowing the Dynamo to survive 2-1 on aggregate. Despite wave after wave of attacks, Sporting couldn’t truly test Tally Hall in the Dynamo goal as Houston kept 10 men behind the ball. They finally broke through in the 64th minute. Kei Kamara drove the ball into the final third with a trademark run, laying off to a streaking Graham Zusi, who lifted the ball to the back post for a diving header by overlapping left back Sinovic from close range. Houston managed just three shots, none in the second half, as they focused on defending their narrow lead in the face of unrelenting SKC pressure. WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - 2nd LEGS SEA -- Mario Martinez 1 (Fredy Montero 1, Brad Evans 1) 81 0 REAL SALT LAKE v SEATTLE SOUNDERS Thu., Nov. 8, Rio Tinto Stadium (A: 19,657) 1 LA -- Robbie Keane 1 (Mike Magee 1) 21 LA -- Robbie Keane 2 (Landon Donovan 1, Tommy Meyer 1) 34 LA -- Mike Magee 2 (Landon Donovan 2, Sean Franklin 1) 39 SJ -- Alan Gordon 1 (Justin Morrow 1) 82 1 Wed. Nov., 7, Buck Shaw Stadium (A: 10,744) S.J. EARTHQUAKES v LA GALAXY 3 18 Rimando 18 Busch 2 Beltran (85: Gil) 4 Olave 6 Borchers 29 Mansally (86: Steele) 26 Bernardez Beitashour (12: Opara) (73: Gordon) 21 Hernandez 33 15 Morrow 5 8 Beckerman 20 Grabavoy 4 81 Chavez Cronin 30 Baca (57: Salinas) Johnson 11 Morales 10 Dawkins 15 Saborio 23 Paulo Jr (58: Espindola) 8 Wondolowski 24 Lenhart 7 Johnson 17 Montero (89: Estrada) 7 Keane 14 Buddle (59: Wilhelmsson) 15 Martinez (87: Scott) 3 Evans 13 Tiffert (73: Rose) 18 Magee 10 Donovan 6 8 Burch Alonso 19 Juninho 23 Beckham (76: Sarvas) 34 Hurtado 31 Parke 5 Johansson 2 Dunivant 5 Franklin 21 Meyer 4 Gonzalez 1 Gspurning 12 Saunders REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: David Gantar TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Wondolowski 4) TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (3 tied with 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Keane 2) (Gordon, Wondolowski) FOULS: 8 (Buddle, Donovan 2) FOULS: 9 (Bernardez, Morrow 2) OFFSIDES: 1 OFFSIDES: 4 CORNER KICKS: 1 CORNER KICKS: 6 SAVES: 1 (Saunders 1) SAVES: 2 (Busch 2) CAUTIONS CAUTIONS Beckham 17, Gonzalez 41 Bernardez 4, Lenhart 42 REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Kermit Quisenberry; 4th: Drew Fischer TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Johnson 4) TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Saborio 4) SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Johnson, Martinez 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (3 tied with 2) FOULS: 13 (Montero, Parke 3) FOULS: 10 (Saborio 4) OFFSIDES: 3 OFFSIDES: 0 CORNER KICKS: 5 CORNER KICKS: 7 SAVES: 9 (Gspurning 9) SAVES: 4 (Rimando 4) CAUTIONS None CAUTIONS Alonso 51 For the first time, Seattle Sounders FC were victorious in an MLS playoff series, getting the only goal of the entire Western Conference Semifinal in a 1-0 second-leg victory against Real Salt Lake. Mario Martínez, who started in place of the injured Mauro Rosales, made the most of his opportunity on the biggest of stages with his first-ever Seattle goal. Brad Evans first found Fredy Montero at the top of the box with enough time and space to pick out Martínez unmarked at the far post. The Honduran ripped a one-timer on the half-volley, beating RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando to the back post. It was the the first Seattle goal scored against RSL in all competitions this season, in five matches total. RSL had the run of play and the better chances on the night, forcing forced Sounders ‘keeper Michael Gspurning into perhaps his best performance of the season, with nine saves in all. The LA Galaxy finally beat the San Jose Earthquakes, taking a 3-1 win at Buck Shaw Stadium and completing a 3-2 aggregate victory in the Western Conference Semifinal Series. The Galaxy were on the way early. Robbie Keane walked through San Jose’s midfield and knocked a 22-yard shot off the post to tie the series on aggregate in the 21st minute. The Irish international then slipped in behind San Jose’s scattered backline on a 34th-minute counterattack, collecting a through ball from Landon Donovan and rounding Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch before slotting it home for his second of the evening. Mike Magee delivered the insurance goal in the 39th minute, making an unmarked run to the penalty spot and one-timing a pass from Donovan on the right. Alan Gordon gave San Jose hope in the 82nd minute when he turned home a mis-hit shot from Justin Morrow for his first career playoff goal. But the Earthquakes could not find the equalizer they needed to force overtime, as defender Ike Opara had a clear shot in second-half injury time, but pushed it over the bar. CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP - 1st LEGS DC -- Nick DeLeon 2 (unassisted) 27 HOU -- Andre Hainault 1 (Boniek Garcia 1, Brad Davis 2) 51 HOU -- Will Bruin 4 (unassisted) 68 HOU -- Kofi Sarkodie 1 (Luiz Camargo 1) 81 3 Sun. Nov.. 11, BBVA Compass Stadium (A: 22,101) HOUSTON DYNAMO v D.C. UNITED 1 LA -- Robbie Keane 3 (Landon Donovan 3, Sean Franklin 2) 46+ LA -- Mike Magee 3 (Sean Franklin 3, Robbie Keane 1) 64 LA -- Robbie Keane 4 (Christian Wilhelmsson 1) 67 3 Sun. Nov., 11, The Home Depot Center (A: 27,000) LA GALAXY v SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 0 1 Hall 12 Saunders 8 Sarkodie 32 Boswell 31 Hainault 26 Ashe 5 Franklin 4 Gonzalez 21 Meyer 2 Dunivant 17 Camargo 23 19 Juninho (46: Sarvas) 27 Garcia 16 Moffat (23: Barnes) 11 Davis (88: Creavalle) 9 Wilhelmsson (77: Stephens) Beckham 18 Magee 12 Bruin (88: Ching) 9 Kandji 10 17 Montero (65: Johnson) 7 Keane Donovan (84: Villarreal) 26 Pajoy 13 Pontius (12: Neal) 8 Boskovic 13 18 23 De Leon 27 Caskey (73: Zakuani) Tiffert (73: Rose) 15 6 Martinez 11 5 Jakovic 3 Evans 22 Korb Saragosa (40: Augusto) Kitchen 3 Russell 20 Scott Alonso 4 31 McDonald (56: Dudar) 34 Hurtado 31 Parke 5 Johansson 1 Gspurning Willis REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Craig Lowry; AR2 (opposite): Peter Manikowski; 4th: Geoff Gamble TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Bruin 5) TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Pajoy 3) SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Bruin 3) SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 tied with 1) FOULS: 9 (3 tied with 2) FOULS: 13 (Santos 4) OFFSIDES: 1 OFFSIDES: 6 CORNER KICKS: 6 CORNER KICKS: 2 SAVES: 1 (Hall 1) SAVES: 4 (Willis 4) CAUTIONS Kandji 76 CAUTIONS none REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): Frank Anderson; JAR (opposite): Corey Rockwell; 4th: Sorin Stoica TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Martinez 2) TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Keane 4) SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Evans 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Keane 3) FOULS: 7 (Caskey 2) FOULS: 12 (Wilhelmsson 4) OFFSIDES: 2 OFFSIDES: 5 CORNER KICKS: 3 CORNER KICKS: 8 SAVES: 3 (Gspurning 3) SAVES: 4 (Saunders 1) CAUTIONS none CAUTIONS Hurtado 14 The Houston Dynamo overcame an early opening goal to defeat D.C. United 3-1 in the first leg of their conference championship. The visitors took the lead in the 27th minute. Lionard Pajoy smacked the post with a terrific effort, but Nick DeLeon put the rebound into the back of the net. The Dynamo were level six minutes after the second-half restart. From a quickly taken free kick, Boniek Garcia drove a low ball across the sixyard box, where Andre Hainault buried it at the back post. United were hit by injuries, making all three substitutions before the hour mark, yet still nearly regained the lead, but Bobby Boswell headed a Pajoy effort off the line in the 67th minute. Barely a minute later Will Bruin made it 2-1 to Houston, bundling the ball home from close range after United 'keeper Joe Willis deflected a low cross after Giles Barnes turned the corner on the left. The Dynamo put the game away in the 80th minute. After United failed to clear corner, Kofi Sarkodie and Luiz Camargo played a nifty one-two, Sarkodie finishing it by finding the far corner with a low, driven shot. The LA Galaxy moved within 90 minutes of a record eighth MLS Cup final after a 3-0 rout against Seattle Sounders FC at The Home Depot Center. Robbie Keane scored two goals, his first coming in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. After a bit of clever build-up play, Landon Donovan sent a chip from the endline on the right to the opposite post where Keane slipped in to nod home. LA finished off the Sounders with two goals in a four-minute span midway through the second half. Mike Magee made it 2-0, finishing off a counter. Keane played the ball wide to Sean Franklin on the right flank, and his cross into the box found Magee alone in front of the net, where his first-time shot left goalkeeper Michael Gspurning no chance. Keane got the third three minutes later, after Donovan's shot from the top of the box was deflected, bounding high toward Christian Wilhelmsson near the right post. The Swedish winger chested down the ball, then poked it toward the left post where Keane raced in to knock it into the net.