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EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - 1L PHILADELPHIA UNION v HOUSTON DYNAMO Sun., Oct. 30, PPL Park (5 p.m. ET; ESPN2/Deportes) 1

LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: PHI 2 wins, 6 GF … HOU 0 wins, 4 GF … Ties 2

Mondragon

25

4

5

Califf

Valdes

Williams

15 G Farfan

7 Carroll

MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: first meeting

8

11

9

Torres

Adu

Le Toux

19

10

McInerney

Mwanga

3

25

Carr

Ching

11 Davis

5 17

16

Camargo

Moffat

20

32

Cameron

Boswell

26 Ashe

Cruz

31 Hainault

1 Hall

REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): C.J. Morgante; JAR (opposite): Corey Rockwell; 4th: Jasen Anno INJURY REPORT: PHILADELPHIA UNION -- OUT: GK Thorne Holder (concussion); FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain); DOUBTFUL: FW Veljko Paunovic (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Justin Mapp (L quad strain); PROBABLE: DF Joe Tait (R ankle sprain) ... HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: FW Cam Weaver (R hip) SUSPENDED: none WARNINGS: none

PHILADELPHIA UNION 2 3 6 12 13 14 16 17 18 21 22 23 24 26 27 31

SUBSTITUTES FROM Tait DF Gonzalez DF Miglioranzi MF Houapeu FW Nakazawa MF Okugo MF Paunovic FW Daniel MF MacMath GK Farfan MF Mapp MF Richter MF Holder GK Langley MF Pfeffer MF Harrison GK

2011 HEAD-TO-HEAD: PHI 1 win, 2 GF; HOU 0 wins, 1 GF; 1 ties AT PPL PARK: 8/6: PHI 1, HOU 1 (McInerney 15 -- Cameron 84)

HOUSTON DYNAMO 2 4 7 8 9 10 12 13 15 18 19 21 24 28 29

SUBSTITUTES FROM Robinson DF Taylor DF Clark MF Sarkodie DF Garey FW Watson MF Bruin FW Navas Cobo MF Weaver FW Soto MF Dixon MF Freeman DF Deric GK Newton GK Costly FW

Union manager Peter Nowak has an injury concern for the first playoff game in club history. Veljko Paunovic, who has started 12 of the last 14 games since the start of August, missed the regular season finale with a right hamstring strain and has not returned to full training. “Those kinds of injuries, you never know how it’s going play out. I don’t think it was anything major or that you would say that he’ll be out the whole series," Nowak said. "I’m not a doctor; I’m trying to find out what’s going to be the best recipe for [his return].” ... After missing four consecutive games with a right hip flexor injury, Danny Mwanga has featured in the last two games, playing the second half in the season finale. “I think at this point, I’m back at 100 percent. I think I got my speed back," Mwanga said. Said Sébastien Le Toux: “We need him. He’s a big piece up top with me. He can score big goals and I’m sure he’s going to help us. And maybe for the next game, I can play with him up top from the first minute and we can re-find our connection.” ... While it's Union's first playoff game in their second season, six players -- Danny Califf, Brian Carroll, Justin Mapp, Freddy Adu, Stefani Miglioranzi and Le Toux -- have a combined 27 playoff berths, seven title game appearances and five championships. “We haven’t held team meetings or anything but certainly in our own little way we’re tying to convey the kind of attitude you need to take into the playoffs,” said Califf. “There’s more emotion, more urgency, and everyone is juiced. I think we’re going to be ready.” ... All season, Nowak has chopped and changed his lineups and his tactics. In the season finale, he lined up Le Toux as a lone striker in a 4-2-3-1, then when Mwanga came on at halftime along with Freddy Adu, it became a 4-1-3-2. “We had guys who can really play the ball to the feet and try to spread it out,” Nowak said. “We had Sebastien Le Toux and Justin Mapp with their speed up top as well. We didn’t have that good fluidity throughout the game. ... Bringing on Freddy as well, he’s another technical player, so it gave us more options. Brian [Carroll] still did a good job in the middle. It gave us a little more going forward." The Dynamo enter the postseason as the hottest team in MLS, unbeaten in their last six (4-0-2). “This team, the last five or six games, has been under a lot of pressure,” Kinnear said. “... One game we’d be top of the conference and then we’d be fourth or fifth after the weekend was over. We’ve played catch up quite a bit this year and the last five or six have been a test for this group, home or away, and I think we’ve handled it well.” ... Key Dynamo contributors have also come into form. Brad Davis won the MLS assist title with his 16th assist in the season finale; he has three in the last four games. "The playoffs are a whole different story. This year has been a year where a lot of young guys have learned a lot," Davis said. "We started well and had a little lull in the middle of the year, but there is no better time to start playing well and I think the team has done that well." ... Carlo Costly scored his first league goal in the finale. “I think it’s huge for him,” said Davis. “He’s got a good mentality, and he’s continued to work hard. We knew it was going to come for him, and the way things are going hopefully he can rattle off a couple of more. Now’s the best time for him to start scoring goals.” ... The win against LA in the season finale also gave Dominic Kinnear his 100th league win, the fifth MLS coach to hit the century mark. “People doubted him early in the season, and look at what he’s done with us this year,” said Geoff Cameron. “It’s a tribute to him as a coach and his hard work, day in and day out, and his putting the right team out there. He’s got us in the playoffs, and we’re going to make a run for it.” ... The win against the Galaxy also pulled the Dynamo out of a potential wild card game. “Getting that week to rest, especially for guys who have some injuries here and there; it gives us some time to get back to 100 percent and get ready for a big playoff game,” said Cameron. “Missing the playoffs last year left a nasty taste in our mouth. Now back into it, we want to make a run for the cup.” ... Bobby Boswell scored his fifth goal in the season finale, pulling him into a four-way tie for the Dynamo's scoring lead. Two of the four are the current first-choice central defense pair: Boswell and Cameron.


HOUSTON DYNAMO vs PHILADELPHIA UNION – 2011 LEAGUE BOXSCORES HOUSTON DYNAMO 0, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1

PHILADELPHIA UNION 1, HOUSTON DYNAMO 1

March 19, 2011 -- Robertson Stadium

August 6, 2011 -- PPL Park

Scoring Summary: PHI--Califf 1 (unassisted) 5

Scoring Summary: PHI--McInerney 1 (Le Toux 8) 15 HOU--Cameron 4 (unassisted) 84

The only goal of the game came after just five minutes. A long throw into the box from Sheanon Williams from the right was turned onto the post by Sebastien Le Toux, but Danny Califf was there to prod home the rebound. Union won for the second consecutive season in Houston. The club’s first-ever win on the road in their expansion season came against Houston, one of just two away wins on the season.

Union took the lead in the 19th minute. Jack McInerney finished off a beautiful give-and-go with Sébastien Le Toux, flicking the ball past Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall with his right foot from inside the area for the opener. Le Toux hit the post when in on goal alone in the 84th minute, a miss that would haunt the home side seconds later, when Geoff Cameron ripped a long-range drive that sailed past Philadelphia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon for the leveler.

PHILADELPHIA UNION (4-4-2): Faryd Mondragon - Sheanon Williams, Carlos Valdes, Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey - Kyle Nakazawa (Gabriel Farfan 70), Stefani Miglioranzi, Brian Carroll, Justin Mapp (Danny Mwanga 58) - Carlos Ruiz (Amobi Okugo 85), Sebastien Le Toux.

HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-2): Tally Hall - Hunter Freeman (Jermaine Taylor 69), Andre Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe - Colin Clark (JeVaughn Watson 62), Adam Moffat, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis - Brian Ching, Cam Weaver (Carlo Costly 61).

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Le Toux 2, Mapp 2);SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Mapp 2);FOULS: 13 (4 tied with 2);OFFSIDE: 3;CORNER KICKS: 1;SAVES: Mondragon 3;CAUTIONS: Ruiz 21, Valdes 45;EJECTIONS: None.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Cameron 8);SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Cameron 2);FOULS: 19 (Weaver 4);OFFSIDE: 4;CORNER KICKS: 2;SAVES: Hall 3;CAUTIONS: Boswell 78;EJECTIONS: None.

HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-1-3-2): Tally Hall - Hunter Freeman (Danny Cruz 74), Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault - Lovel Palmer Corey Ashe, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis - Will Bruin (Dominic Oduro 61), Jason Garey (Cam Weaver 57).

PHILADELPHIA UNION (4-1-3-2): Faryd Mondragon - Sheanon Williams, Carlos Valdes, Danny Califf, Gabriel Farfan - Brian Carroll - Justin Mapp (Michael Farfan 46), Roger Torres (Danny Mwanga 46), Veljko Paunovic - Jack McInerney (Stefani Miglioranzi 66), Sebastien Le Toux,

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Cameron 4);SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 tied with 1);FOULS: 11 (Boswell 3);OFFSIDE: 1;CORNER KICKS: 8;SAVES: Hall 3;CAUTIONS: Davis 23;EJECTIONS: None

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (3 tied with 2);SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (M. Farfan 2);FOULS: 10 (McInerney 3);OFFSIDE: 3;CORNER KICKS: 4;SAVES: Mondragon 1;CAUTIONS: Valdes 82;EJECTIONS: None.

Referee: Abiodun Okulaja Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland, Adam Garner 4th Official: Andrew Chapin. Attendance: 19,385. Temperature: 76 and Clear.

Referee: Terry Vaughn Referee's Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Chris Strickland 4th Official: Ismail Elfath. Attendance: 18,524. Temperature: 77 and Cloudy.


HOUSTON DYNAMO vs PHILADELPHIA UNION – PLAYOFF HISTORY FIRST MEETING


2011 HOUSTON DYNAMO VS. PHILADELPHIA UNION (0-1-1) UNF 20 26 32 12 25 7 29 5 11 21 9 31 1 16 23 22 4 10 15

POS PLAYER MID Geoff Cameron MID Corey Ashe DEF Bobby Boswell FWD Will Bruin FWD Brian Ching MID Colin Clark FWD Carlo Costly MID Danny Cruz MID Brad Davis DEF Hunter Freeman FWD Jason Garey DEF Andre Hainault GK Tally Hall MID*Adam Moffat FWD*Dominic Oduro MID*Lovel Palmer DEF Jermaine Taylor MID Je-Vaughn Watson FWD Cam Weaver ----------Team totals Opponent totals

GP 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 2

GS 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 1

MIN 180 180 180 61 90 62 29 19 180 140 57 180 180 90 29 90 111 28 94

G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SHT 12 2 1 1 0 4 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 3 0 1

SOG 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

FC 3 1 5 0 1 0 1 1 4 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 5

FS 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

OFF 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CK 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

C 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 2

2 2

180 180

1 2

0 1

35 15

5 8

30 23

23 30

5 6

10 5

2 3

0 0

0 0

GP 2

GS 2

MIN 180

SHTS 8

SV 6

GA 2

GAA 1.00

PG 0

PA 0

W 0

L 1

T 1

2 2

2 2

180 180

8 5

6 4

2 1

1.00 0.50

0 0

0 0

0 1

1 0

1 1

GAME-WINNING GOALS: None GAME-WINNING ASSISTS: None PENALTY KICK GOALS/ATTEMPTS: None

UNF POS GOALKEEPER 1 GK Tally Hall ----------Team totals Opponent totals

SO O'TIME 0 0-0-0 0 1

0-0-0 0-0-0

2011 PHILADELPHIA UNION VS. HOUSTON DYNAMO (1-0-1) UNF 4 19 9 7 15 21 2 22 6 1 10 13 14 16 20 8 5 25

POS PLAYER DEF Danny Califf FWD Jack McInerney FWD Sebastien Le Toux MID Brian Carroll MID Gabriel Farfan MID Michael Farfan DEF*Jordan Harvey MID Justin Mapp MID Stefani Miglioranzi GK Faryd Mondragon FWD Danny Mwanga MID Kyle Nakazawa MID Amobi Okugo FWD Veljko Paunovic FWD Carlos Ruiz MID Roger Torres DEF Carlos Valdes D/M Sheanon Williams ----------Team totals Opponent totals

GP 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2

GS 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 2

MIN 180 66 180 180 110 45 90 104 114 180 76 70 5 90 85 45 180 180

G 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SHT 1 2 4 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

SOG 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

FC 3 3 2 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 2

FS 0 0 5 3 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 6 3 0 1 3

OFF 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

CK 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0

E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 2

2 2

180 180

2 1

1 0

15 35

8 5

23 30

30 23

6 5

5 10

3 2

0 0

0 0

GP 2

GS 2

MIN 180

SHTS 5

SV 4

GA 1

GAA 0.50

PG 0

PA 0

W 1

L 0

T 1

2 2

2 2

180 180

5 8

4 6

1 2

0.50 1.00

0 0

0 0

1 0

0 1

1 1

GAME-WINNING GOALS: Danny Califf 1 GAME-WINNING ASSISTS: None PENALTY KICK GOALS/ATTEMPTS: None

UNF POS GOALKEEPER 1 GK Faryd Mondragon ----------Team totals Opponent totals

SO O'TIME 1 0-0-0 1 0

0-0-0 0-0-0


  HOUSTON DYNAMO CAREER STATISTICS VS. PHILADELPHIA UNION (0-2-2) PLAYER Geoff Cameron Brian Ching Andre Hainault Eddie Robinson Brad Davis Corey Ashe Bobby Boswell Will Bruin Mike Chabala Colin Clark Ryan Cochrane Carlo Costly Danny Cruz Hunter Freeman Jason Garey Tally Hall Luis Angel Landin Adam Moffat Brian Mullan Richard Mulrooney Dominic Oduro Pat Onstad Lovel Palmer Adrian Serioux Jermaine Taylor Je-Vaughn Watson Cam Weaver Team totals Opponent totals

GP 3 3 4 1 4 3 3 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 1 3 4 4

GS 3 2 3 1 4 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 1 1 0 1 4 4

MIN 270 225 315 76 344 270 270 61 45 62 104 29 125 140 57 180 45 90 90 180 197 180 270 90 111 28 106 360 360

G 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6

A 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7

SHT 13 4 3 2 9 4 1 1 0 4 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 4 0 3 0 2 60 36

GOALKEEPER Tally Hall Pat Onstad ----------Team totals Opponent totals

GP 2 2

MIN 180 180

SHTS 8 11

SV 6 7

GAA 1.00 2.00

PG 0 0

4 4

360 360

19 14

13 9

1.50 1.00

0 0


  PHILADELPHIA UNION CAREER STATISTICS VS. HOUSTON DYNAMO (2-0-2) PLAYER Sebastien Le Toux Danny Mwanga Danny Califf Jack McInerney Shea Salinas Alejandro Moreno Roger Torres Cristian Arrieta Brian Carroll Gabriel Farfan Michael Farfan Fred Juan Diego Gonzalez Jordan Harvey Andrew Jacobson Brad Knighton Justin Mapp Stefani Miglioranzi Faryd Mondragon Kyle Nakazawa Amobi Okugo Michael Orozco Fiscal Veljko Paunovic Carlos Ruiz Chris Seitz Carlos Valdes Sheanon Williams Nick Zimmerman Team totals Opponent totals

GP 4 4 3 2 2 2 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 4 4

GS 4 0 3 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 2 3 0 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 4 4

MIN 360 143 270 73 76 180 149 90 180 110 45 54 90 263 90 90 104 204 180 250 5 180 90 85 90 180 270 59 360 360

G 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4

A 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2

SHT 8 4 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 36 60

GOALKEEPER Faryd Mondragon Brad Knighton Chris Seitz ----------Team totals Opponent totals

GP 2 1 1

MIN 180 90 90

SHTS 5 6 3

SV 4 4 1

GAA 0.50 1.00 2.00

PG 0 0 0

4 4

360 360

14 19

9 13

1.00 1.50

0 0


  CURRENT HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. PHILA. UNION (0-2-2)

CURRENT PHILADELPHIA UNION PLAYERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. HOUSTON DYNAMO (2-0-2)

PLAYER Geoff Cameron Brian Ching Andre Hainault Eddie Robinson Brad Davis Corey Ashe Bobby Boswell Will Bruin Calen Carr Colin Clark Carlo Costly Danny Cruz Hunter Freeman Jason Garey Tally Hall Adam Moffat Jermaine Taylor Je-Vaughn Watson Cam Weaver Team totals Opponent totals

GP 3 3 4 1 4 3 3 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 4 4

GS 3 2 3 1 4 3 3 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 4 4

MIN 270 225 315 76 344 270 270 61 45 62 29 125 140 84 180 90 111 28 106 360 360

G 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6

A 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7

SHT 13 4 3 2 9 4 1 1 1 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 0 2 60 36

PLAYER Sebastien Le Toux Danny Mwanga Danny Califf Justin Mapp Jack McInerney Roger Torres Freddy Adu Brian Carroll Gabriel Farfan Michael Farfan Juan Diego Gonzalez Stefani Miglioranzi Faryd Mondragon Kyle Nakazawa Amobi Okugo Veljko Paunovic Carlos Valdes Sheanon Williams Team totals Opponent totals

GP 6 4 3 8 2 3 2 11 2 1 1 5 2 3 1 1 2 3 4 4

GS 5 0 3 7 1 2 2 11 1 0 1 3 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 4

MIN 484 143 270 531 73 149 180 976 110 45 90 339 180 250 5 90 180 270 360 360

G 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4

A 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2

SHT 11 4 1 10 2 1 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 1 36 60

GOALKEEPER Tally Hall ----------Team totals Opponent totals

GP 2

MIN 180

SHTS 8

SV 6

GAA 1.00

PG 0

GP 2

MIN 180

SHTS 5

SV 4

GAA 0.50

PG 0

4 4

360 360

19 14

13 9

1.50 1.00

0 0

GOALKEEPER Faryd Mondragon ----------Team totals Opponent totals

4 4

360 360

14 19

9 13

1.00 1.50

0 0


PHILADELPHIA UNION GAME NOTES October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET at PPL Park – Chester, PA 2011 PHILADELPHIA UNION SCHEDULE DATE Opponent Result/Time (ET) TV Network 3/19 at Houston Dynamo 0-1 (W) 6abc 3/26 Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 (W) 6abc 4/2 at LA Galaxy 1-0 (L) TCN 4/6 at D.C. United (Open Cup) 2-2 (L) N/A 4/9 New York Red Bulls 1-0 (W) ESPN2 4/16 Seattle Sounders FC 1-1 (D) CSN 4/30 San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 (W) 6abc 5/6 at Portland Timbers 1-0 (L) FSC 5/11 LA Galaxy 1-1 (D) TCN 5/14 at FC Dallas 2-0 (L) TCN 5/21 Chicago Fire 2-1 (W) CSN 5/28 at Toronto FC 2-6 (W) CSN 6/4 at Colorado Rapids 1-1 (D) TCN 6/11 Real Salt Lake 1-1 (D) 6abc 6/18 at Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 (L) TCN 6/22 Sporting KC 0-0 (D) TCN 6/25 Chivas USA 3-2 (W) 6abc 7/2 at D.C. United 2-2 (D) FSC 7/9 at San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 (D) CSN 7/17 at New England Revolution 0-3 (W) CSN 7/20 Everton 1-0 (W) CSN 7/23 Real Madrid C.F. 1-2 (L) ESPN Deportes 7/29 Colorado Rapids 1-2 (L) FSC 8/3 at Chicago Fire 1-1 (D) CSN 8/6 Houston Dynamo 1-1 (D) 6abc 8/13 FC Dallas 2-2 (D) 6abc 8/20 at Columbus Crew 2-1 (L) TCN 9/3 at Real Salt Lake 2-1 (L) TCN 9/7 New England Revolution 4-4 (D) CSN/Galavision 9/10 Portland Timbers 0-0 (D) TCN 9/17 Columbus Crew 1-0 (W) TCN 9/23 at Sporting KC 1-1 (D) FSC 9/29 D.C. United 3-2 (W) ESPN2 10/2 at Chivas USA 1-1 (D) TCN 10/8 at Seattle Sounders FC 2-0 (W) CSN 10/15 Toronto FC 1-1 (D) CSN 10/20 at New York Red Bulls 1-0 (L) ESPN MLS PLAYOFFS - Eastern Conference Semifinal Round 10/30 Houston Dynamo 5:00 p.m. ESPN2 11/3 at Houston Dynamo 8:30 p.m. ESPN2

PHILADELPHIA UNION INJURY REPORT OUT: GK Thorne Holder (Concussion); FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain); DOUBTFUL: FW Veljko Paunovic (R Hamstring Strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Justin Mapp (L Quad Strain); PROBABLE: DF Joe Tait (R Ankle Sprain)

vs.

MATCH INFORMATION Deportes

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011 Kickoff: 5:15:00 p.m. EST Location: PPL Park (18,500; 120x75)

TV: ESPN 2 Talent: Rob Stone (Play-by-play); Taylor Twellman (Color Commentary)

Deportes

Philadelphia Union PR Contacts: Aimee Cicero (o: 610-497-8186, c: 610-209-3657); acicero@philadelphiaunion.com Cristina Maillo-Belda (o: 610-497-8187, c: 240-602-0488); cmaillo-belda@philadelphiaunion.com Houston Dynamo Contact: Jonathan Yardley (713) 276-7520 jyardley@HoustonDynamo.com

PHILADELPHIA UNION ROSTER

Deportes

# 1 15 4 5 25 7 9 8 11 19 10

Name Faryd Mondragon Gabriel Farfan Danny Califf Carlos Valdes Sheanon Williams Brian Carroll Sebastien Le Toux Roger Torres Freddy Adu Jack McInerney Danny Mwanga

Reserves: 18 Zac MacMath 27 Zach Pfeffer 22 Justin Mapp 21 Michael Farfan 13 Kyle Nakazawa 17 Joe Tait 14 Amobi Okugo

Pos GK DF DF DF DF MF MF MF MF FW FW

Ht 6-3 5-10 6-0 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-5 5-8 5-10 6-2

Wt 207 165 180 176 170 155 155 137 140 151 175

Age 40 23 31 26 21 30 27 19 22 19 20

Last Club FC Cologne Club America FC Midtjylland

Status I S S Independiente Santa Fe I Harrisburg City Islanders S Columbus Crew S Seattle Sounders S America de Cali I Sporting Benfica S U-17 Nat. Team GA Oregon State GA

GK MF MF MF MF DF MF

6-0 5-7 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-0

176 140 160 160 164 181 175

20 University of Maryland 16 FC Delco 27 Chicago Fire 23 UNC 23 UCLA 21 Dayton Dutch Lions 20 UCLA

GA HG S S S I GA


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET PLAYOFF BOUND

LAST MATCH VS. HOUSTON DYNAMO

Philadelphia Union will compete in their first MLS Cup Playoffs this Sunday when they host Houston Dynamo at PPL Park for the first match of a two-legged aggregate series. Philadelphia are coming off a 1-0 loss against local rival New York Red Bulls which saw the Union drop from second to third in the Eastern Conference. Houston Dynamo lined up against LA Galaxy in the last game of the MLS regular season and won by a score of 3-1 to jump from a wildcard finish into second place in the East. Houston Dynamo have yet to beat Philadelphia Union in their four meetings.

The last time Philadelphia Union met Houston Dynamo was in early August. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after Geoff Cameron’s late equalizer spoiled a strong Philadelphia performance. It was Philadelphia who took control of the game early when Jack McInerney tallied his first goal of the 2011 season. In the 15th-minute Colin Clark gave the ball up in his own half leaving Houston vulnerable at the back. Jack McInerney collected the loose ball and quickly found Sebastien Le Toux who returned the pass to McInerney who was making intelligent run off the ball. The forward found himself one-on-one with the keeper and was able to poke it past him, 1-0 Philadelphia. Shortly after, in the 18th-minute, Philadelphia found themselves in a four-on-two counter attack. Sheanon Williams’ pass was a fraction too late or else it would have been McInerney’s second of the night. After the break it was McInereney again creating for Philadelphia. On an early cross from Gabriel Farfan, the youngster recovered from a poor first touch with what was almost a spectacular acrobatic volley. In the dying moment of the game, Stefani Miglioranzi bent a beautiful through ball behind the defense to Le Toux whose shot was kept out by the post. The miss would prove costly. Just a minute later Geoff Cameron collected the ball from about 20 yards outside the Philadelphia penalty box and fired a shot into the right corner past an outstretched Mondragon. Philadelphia 1-1 Houston.

LAST MLS MATCH In the last game of the 2011 regular season, Philadelphia Union travelled to Red Bull Arena with an intention to secure first place in the Eastern Conference and to also play spoiler to their East coast rivals. New York, as expected, came out with an offensive approach needing a result to ensure a 2011 playoff berth. Dane Richard got New York ahead early in the 7th-minute when he scored a goal that few would expect of him. The five-foot-seven midfielder was left open in the middle of the box and was able to head the ball off the post, into the back of Faryd Mondragon and then back into the net. After a first half which saw New York control the majority of possession, Philadelphia made two substitution during the break. Danny Mwanga and Freddy Adu replaces Amobi Okugo and Zach Pfeffer in an effort to spark the Philly offense. Although Philadelphia pressured the New York backline throughout the second half, they were unable to find an equalizer. Sebastien Le Toux orchestrated the best opportunity when he sent a free kick from distance into the box. It appeared as though Valdes headed the ball into the back of the net, but was in an offside position and the goal was disallowed. The loss ended Philadelphia Union’s eight game unbeaten streak, a club record. Scoring Summary: NY -- Dane Richards 7 (Jan Gunnar Solli 7, Dax McCarty 6) 8' Philadelphia Union: Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo (Freddy Adu 46), Zach Pfeffer (Danny Mwanga 46), Brian Carroll, Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 70), Sebastien Le Toux, Michael Farfan. Substitutes Not Used: Jack McInerney, Stefani Miglioranzi, Kyle Nakazawa, Zac MacMath. New York Red Bulls: Frank Rost, Jan Gunnar Solli, Stephen Keel, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dax McCarty, Rafael Marquez, Teemu Tainio, Joel Lindpere, Luke Rodgers (Juan Agudelo 89), Dane Richards. Substitutes Not Used: Stephane Auvray, Mehdi Ballouchy, Corey Hertzog, Matt Kassel, Carlos Mendes, Bouna Coundoul.

Scoring Summary: PHI -- Jack McInerney 1 (Sebastien Le Toux 8) 15 HOU -- Geoff Cameron 4 (unassisted) 84 Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall, Hunter Freeman (Jermaine Taylor 68), Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Colin Clark (Je-Vaughn Watson 62), Adam Moffat, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Cam Weaver (Carlo Costly 61). Substitutes Not Used: Jason Garey, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Tyler Deric. Philadelphia Union: Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Michael Farfan 46), Roger Torres (Danny Mwanga 46), Brian Carroll, Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney (Stefani Miglioranzi 66), Veljko Paunovic. Substitutes Not Used: Keon Daniel, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Zac MacMath.

DOOPIN’ TO THE CUP Philadelphia Union are celebrating their first ever MLS Cup playoff run with their “Doopin’ To the Cup” promotion. The Commodore Barry Bridge and its toll booth collectors will be helping cheer on the Union this weekend, as the collectors will be wearing Union playoff t-shirts, while the bridge will be draped in “Go Union” banners. There will also be “Doopin’ to the Cup” banners located throughout PPL Park, as well as a special MLS Playoffs field logo. Harrah’s Chester is encouraging fans to continue the party postgame on Sunday, as the casino will be throwing a special PostGame Party, featuring Union players Justin Mapp and Michael Farfan.


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET UNION @ DYNAMO – 5/29/2010

HOUSTON ACQUAINTENCES

The first time Philadelphia Union met Houston Dynamo, they were able to record their first franchise away victory. After going into the half with a 1-0 lead, Philadelphia let two slip less than 15 minutes after the break. In an inspired final 30 minutes, Sebastien Le Toux equalized in the 69th-minute and Danny Mwanga scored deep into stoppage time to steal the three points with a 3-2 victory. The goal was the young forward’s second extra time goal in two games, the previous coming in a 1-1 tie against FC Dallas.

Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo have ten players that went to the same NCAA universities, all of whom come from the ACC. Houston’s Eddie Robinson (’9600), Corey Ashe (’03-06) Tyler Deric (’07) and Alex Dixon (’08-10) all spent time on Tobacco Road at the University of North Carolina, joining Philadelphia’s Sheanon Williams (’08) and Michael Farfan (’09-10). Houston’s Jason Garey (’02-05) went to the University of Maryland, as did Philadelphia’s Danny Califf (’98-00), Thorne Holder (‘07) and Zac MacMath (’08-10). Philadelphia assistant / goalkeeper coach Rob Vartughian coached and scouted for Maryland for seven straight seasons before moving to Philadelphia in 2009.

DYNAMO @ UNION – 10/02/2010 In the team’s second meeting, a pair of first half goals led to a 1-1 tie at PPL Park. Aside from conceding a goal in the 11th-minute, a solid defensive performance saw Philadelphia keep out 17 shots and 13 corner kicks. Manager Peter Nowak decided to rest some of his regulars including Danny Califf, Stafani Miglioranzi, Fred and Justin Mapp allowing a chance for younger players to shine. Roger Torres, in particular, made his presence known when he sent a perfect ball to Sebastien Le Toux to even the score at one. The 19-year old Colombian proved to be a handful for the Houston defense throughout the match. UNION @ DYNAMO – 3/19/2011 In the opening game of Houston’s final season at Robertson Field, Philadelphia Union scored early and were able to hold on to a 1-0 lead. The result was largely due to a fearless defensive performance. The backline was able to keep out 19 shots and eight corner kicks from Houston Dynamo. The win was one that set the tone for the season, instilling a confidence that the team could get the job done away from PPL Park after a 2-12-1 road record during the inaugural 2010 season. The only goal came when Sheanon Williams threw the ball into the box and found Sebastien Le Toux about six yards out. His shot ricocheted off the cross bar where Danny Califf was waiting to poke it in. The tally was the defender’s first goal with the Union.

DYNAMO BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS Houston Dynamo have a rich history of qualifying for the MLS playoffs. Since their inaugural season in 2006, Houston has made the playoffs every season besides 2010. In those four appearances they have made the Championship Final three times (2006, ‘07, ‘09) and MLS Cup twice (‘06, ‘07), winning on both occasions. Philadelphia Union are looking to mimic Houston’s sophomore success and show the Texas club an early exit this time around.

UNION VS. DYNAMO BY THE NUMBERS Offensive Conversion Rate (Goals/Shots) 2010 – Philadelphia 11.67% (35/300) vs. Houston 12.27% (40/326) 2011 – Philadelphia 10.81% (44/407) vs. Houston 10.02% (45/449) Defensive Conversion Rate (Goals Allowed/Opposition Shots on Goal) 2010 – Philadelphia 33.33% (49/147) vs. Houston 39.20% (49/125) 2011 – Philadelphia 34.62% (36/104) vs. Houston 28.67% (41/143)

UNION VS. DYNAMO: A HISTORY Going into the playoff series vs. Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union know they have a history of success against the Texas franchise. Over four games played, Philadelphia has won twice and tied twice. Both of Union’s wins have come away from home and the two ties have been home at PPL Park. If you were to look at the aggregate of those four games, Philadelphia would be ahead 6-4 with an impressive four away goals. If Philadelphia can continue their track record against Houston Dynamo over the next two games they will advance to the Eastern Conference Championship.

NOWAK VS. HOUSTON DYNAMO Aside from the four games vs. Houston Dynamo as Union manager, Peter Nowak was manager of D.C. United twice against Houston in 2006, Dynamo’s inaugural season. The teams split the season series, the first matchup favoring United 2-0 and the second going to Dynamo 1-0. Overall Nowak boasts three wins, one loss and two ties against Houston.


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET

RED HOT SEBASTIEN LE TOUX

YOUTH BEING SERVED

In the past 13 games, Sebastien Le Toux has netted ten times for Philadelphia Union and assisted twice. The French forward leads Philadelphia in goals (11) and assists (9). He has also taken the most shots for Philadelphia this season (81) and has put the most shots on target (30). Le Toux has also started, and played the full 90 minutes in all 34 of Philadelphia’s games this year, logging 3,060 minutes. During Le Toux’s two years with Philadelphia, he has played the full 90 minutes in 60/62 regular season matches. The only two fixtures he missed were away to LA Galaxy (5/1/10) and away to Real Salt Lake (5/8/10). His absence was due to a knee injury suffered during a U.S. Open Cup play-in match against New York Red Bulls.

Philadelphia Union field the youngest team heading into the MLS Cup playoffs. Houston fall in at number five nearly a year older, on average, than Philadelphia.  Philadelphia Union (24.81)  FC Dallas (24.83)  Columbus Crew (25.2)  Sporting KC (25.33)  Houston Dynamo (25.57)  Real Salt Lake (25.68)  Colorado Rapids (26.06)  Seattle Sounders FC (26.43)  LA Galaxy (26.53)  New York Red Bulls (26.65)

CARROLL’S CONSISTENCY Although Philadelphia Union field one of the youngest teams in this MLS Cup playoffs there are players in the squad who boast years of experience. Sunday will mark Brian Carroll’s ninth consecutive season as a member of a team in the MLS playoffs. Since the 2003 season with D.C. United, Carroll has logged 1,662 post season minutes. During that time he has made it to the semifinals three times (’04, ’06 and ‘08) and the finals twice (’04 and ‘08). He won the MLS Cup both times he made it to the finals, once with Nowak and D.C. United in 2004 and once with Columbus Crew in 2008.

MOVEMBER MOUSTACHE MONTH During the MLS Cup 2011, Soccer Kicks Cancer will support and participate in Movember, a moustache growing charity event that raises funds for men’s health, specifically cancers affecting men. Along with members of the Philadelphia Union Front Office, Stefani Miglioranzi and coaches John Hackworth and Rob Vartughian will also participate. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year. Additional game-worn, autographed memorabilia will be available for auction following the campaign.

DANGEROUS DYNAMO In their push for the 2011 MLS Cup playoffs, Houston have put together a nice run of form. Over their last five matches Dynamo’s results look like this: W-W-D-W-W. In their final game of the season they beat a LA Galaxy team who was resting most of their starters. Philadelphia Union have also enjoyed a string of quality results heading into the playoff race. Aside from their misstep against New York Red Bulls in the last game of the season, Philadelphia were riding an eight game unbeaten streak, the best in franchise history.

PLAYOFF DATES Major League Soccer announced the official MLS Cup 2011 playoff dates on August 9. Wild Card games will take place on October 26-27; Conference Semifinal first and second legs will run from October 29-30 and November 2-3, respectively. Conference Championships will be played on November 5-6 with MLS crowning a 2011 champion at the Home Depot Center on November 20. There is a gap between the Conference Championship matches and the MLS Cup Final because FIFA has reserved November 11th and 15th for international fixtures. Philadelphia Union’s second leg of the series will be on Thursday, November 3 at 8:30. The game could be Houston’s last match at Robertson Field. Dynamo will move to a new stadium for the 2012 season


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Union Pronunciation Guide # Name 1 Faryd Mondragón 2 Joe Tait 3 Juan Diego González 4 Danny Califf 5 Carlos Valdes 6 Stefani Miglioranzi 7 Brian Carroll 8 Roger Torres 9 Sebastien Le Toux 10 Danny Mwanga 11 Freddy Adu 12 Levi Houapeu 13 Kyle Nakazawa 14 Amobi Okugo 15 Gabriel Farfan 16 Veljko Paunovic 17 Keon Daniel 18 Zac MacMath 19 Jack McInerney 21 Michael Farfan 22 Justin Mapp 23 Ryan Richter 24 Thorne Holder 25 Sheanon Williams 27 Zach Pfeffer 31 Chase Harrison

Pos. GK D D D D M M M F F M M M M M F M GK M M M M GK D M GK

Pronunciation Far-EE-d Mon-dra-Gone Joe Tate WAN Dee-EGGO Gon-SAH-Les Danny KAY-liff Carlos Val-DES Stef-AHN-ee Mill-your-AHN-zee Brian CAH-rul Roger TORE-ez Sah-Bass-t-en Luh-TOO Danny Muh-WANG-guh Freddy A-Do Lev-ee Wah-poo Kyle Na-ka-zawa A-Moby Oh-Koo-go Gabe-REE-el Far-FAN Vel-ko Pow-na-vick Key-ON Dan-ee-el Zak Mack-MATH Jack Mac-ER-nern-ee Michael Far-FAN Justin Map Ryan Rick-ter Thorn Holder Shane-en WILL-yums Zach FEF-err Chase HAIR-ih-sin

Team Manager: Peter Nowak Coach: John Hackworth Assistant Coach / Goalkeeper Coordinator: Rob Vartughian Reserve Team Coach: Brendan Burke Youth Technical Director: Alecko Eskandarian

Peter NO-Vak John HACK-worth Rob Var-TOO-gan Brendan BURK Aleck-o es-can-DARE-en


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET PHILADELPHIA UNION 2011 PLAYER NOTES

1| FARYD MONDRAGON Name: Faryd Mondragon Number: 1 Position: GK Birthdate: 5/21/71 Birthplace: Cali, Colombia Height: 6-3 Weight: 207 Previous Club: FC Cologne Pronunciation: Fa-REED Mon-dra-gone 2008-2010: Started in 83 matches, logging more than 7,470 minutes with FC Cologne…Posted a 1.40 GAA average and a 72 save percentage with 17 clean sheets over his three seasons with FC Cologne in the German Bundesliga and German DFB Pokal…Holds the Bundesliga record for most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal with 565 minutes, set on 1/25/2010…Played with internationally-known striker and former FIFA World Cup Best Young Player, Lukas Podolski. LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. L; GA (1); SHT (5); SVS (4); C (0); E (0). 2| JOE TAIT Position: DF Birthdate: 4/2/1990 Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England Height: 6-1 Weight: 181 Previous Club: Dayton Dutch Lions (USL-Pro) Pronunciation: Joe Tate 2011: Signed by the Union on September 13, after he spent theww weeks on trial with the team. While on trial with the Union, Tait appeared in two MLS Reserve League matches, a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew and a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution in which Tait registered an assist. The Englishman also scored in a 5-3 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in an exhibition match. Tait moved to the United States in 2010 when he signed with the Baton Rouge Capitals of the USL Premier Development League. In his first season, the defender was named 2010 PDL Defender of the Year while leading his side to a third place finish. 3| JUAN DIEGO GONZALEZ Position: DF Birthdate: 9/22/80 Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia Height: 6-0 Weight: 160 Previous Club: Deportivo Pereira Pronunciation: wahn de-A-go gon-SAH-les 2010: Started all seven matches in which he played in for a total of 630 minutes...Played a full 90 minutes in first six matches in which he appeared LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in a 1-2 loss to Real Madrid on 7/23/11. Subbed on for Danny Califf. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (0); C (1); EJ (0)

4| DANNY CALIFF Position: DF Birthdate: 3/17/80 Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 Birthplace: Montclair, Calif. Previous Club: FC Midtjylland (Denmark) Pronunciation: Danny KAY- liff 2009-10: Signed on January 21, 2010 by Philadelphia after rights were previously acquired on December 3, 2009 … Named the captain of the Union before the club’s first-ever game against Seattle Sounders FC … Started all 28 games he appeared in logging 2,464 minutes, both being career highs … Assisted one goal (10/16 vs. NY). LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (2); FS (1); C (0); E (0).

5| CARLOS VALDES Birthday: 5/22/85 Position: DF Height: 6-0 Weight: 176 Birthplace: Independiente Santa Fe Pronunciation: Carlos Val-DES 2009-2010: Made 54 appearances for Club Santa Fe and scored one goal...Served as captain of the club and lead the team to the Colombian Cup title in 2009, beating Deportivo Pasto by a score of 3-1… 2005-2008: Made 97 appearances for America de Cali, scoring four goals...Became team captain and helped lead his team to the Torneo Finalizacion in 2008, beating Independiente Medellin by a score of 10 in the first game and 3-1 in the second game. LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. G (0); A (0); SHT (1); SOG (0); FC (3); FS (2); C (0); E (0). 6| STEFANI MIGLIORANZI Position: MF Birthdate: 9/20/77 Birthplace: Pocos de Caldas, Brazil Height: 6-1 Weight: 184 Previous Club: LA Galaxy Pronunciation: Stefani Mig – Lee – o - Ranzi 2010: Acquired by Philadelphia in the 2009 Expansion Draft... Started in 25 of his 26 appearances, totaling 2,097 minutes...Took 14 shots. LAST GAME: Played 1 minute in 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC on 10/8/11. Subbed on for Veljko Paunovic. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (0); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0). 7| BRIAN CARROLL Position: MF Birthdate: 6/20/81 Birthplace: Springfield, Va. Height: 5-10 Weight: 155 Previous Club: Columbus Crew Pronunciation: Brian CAH-rul 2010: Started 27 of 28 matches played for the Columbus Crew, amassing 2,390 minutes... Had one goal on seven shots... Received three yellow cards... Started both playoff matches for the Crew. LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. G (0); A (0); SHT (1); SOG (0); FC (1) FS (0); C (1); EJ (0).


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET PHILADELPHIA UNION 2011 PLAYER NOTES 8| ROGER TORRES Position: MF Birthdate: 7/13/91 Birthplace: Barrancabermeja, Colombia Height: 5-6 Weight: 137 Previous Club: América de Cali Pronunciation: Roger TORE-ez 2010: Made Union debut in team’s inaugural game on March 25 at Seattle … Notched assists in back-to-back games on April 10 and 15… Started 10 of his 25 appearances… Had six assists in 958 minutes of play. LAST GAME: Played 20 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. Subbed on for Justin Mapp. G (0); A (0); SHT (3); SOG (0); FC (0); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0) 9| SEBASTIEN LE TOUX Position: FW Birthdate: 1/10/84 Birthplace: Mont-Saint-Aignan, France Height: 6-0 Weight: 163 Previous Club: Seattle Sounders Pronunciation: See-BASS-t-en Luh-TOO 2010: Acquired by Philadelphia on November 25, 2009 in the MLS Expansion Draft from Seattle Sounders FC … Named MLS Player of the Week for Week 3 of the season for scoring a hat trick against DC United in the Home Opener, a 3-2 win against D.C. United … Won AT&T Goal of the Week for his bending strike against New England on July 31 ... Scored the franchise’s first-ever goal in that game ... Selected as an MLS All-Star for the first time by LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena ... Despite not being voted a member of the MLS All-Star First XI, started in the All-Star Game against Manchester United, playing the first half of a 5-2 loss ... First All-Star in Union history ... Named to 2010 MLS Best XI ... Awarded MLS Individual Fair Play Award ... Finished season with 14 goals and 11 assists, the highest combined total in MLS ... Set MLS record for percentage involvement in his club's goals with a 71.4 percent mark. LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. G (0); A (0); SHT (1); SOG (0); FC (0); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0) 10| DANNY MWANGA Position: FW Birthdate: 7/17/91 Birthplace: Kinshasa, Dem. Rep. of Congo Height: 6-1 Weight: 175 Previous Club: Oregon State University Pronunciation: Danny Muh-WANG-guh Drafted #1 overall in 2010 MLS SuperDraft 2010: Drafted #1 overall in 2010 MLS SuperDraft out of Oregon State University ... Made professional debut on March 25, along with his first start, in team’s inaugural game at Seattle … Scored first career goal on May 15 against FC Dallas to tie the match in stoppage time … First career goal won MLS Goal of the Week for Week 8 ... Scored stoppage time goals in three straight matches between May 15 and June 5 (Dallas, Houston, Chicago) ... Scored a game-winner in stoppage time against Houston in a 3-2 win on May 29, the first road win in club history .. Finished rookie season with seven goals and four assists ... Was a Rookie of the Year finalist. LAST GAME: Played 45 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. Subbed on for Zach Pfeffer. G (0); A (0); SHT (1); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (0) C (0); EJ (0).

11| FREDDY ADU Position: MF Birthdate: 6/2/89 Birthplace: Tema, Ghana Height: 5-6 Weight: 140 Previous Club: Benfica (Portugal) Pronunciation: Fred-Dee Ah-Doo 2011: Appeared in 11 matches for Caykur Rizespor (on loan from Benfica), scoring four goals. LAST GAME: Played 45 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. Subbed on for Amobi Okugo. G (0); A (0); SHT (1); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (2); C (0); EJ (0). 12| LEVI HOUAPEU Position: FW Birthdate: 6/22/89 Birthplace: Germantown, Md. Height: 5-8 Weight: 160 Previous Club: UMBC Pronunciation: Lev-ee WAH-poo Selected #41 overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft 2010: America East Striker of the Year ... scored 15 goals and added four assists in 20 games played. 2009: Recorded 13 assists, which tied for the second-most in a single season at UMBC … Produced 43 points, fifth-most in school history, and 15 goals … Earned All-Tournament team honors in the adidas Kick-Off Classic… Earned College Soccer News’ and Soccer America’s Team of the Week honors and America East Player of the Week accolade for games played Sept. 14-20… Was named America East Player of the Week and ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for games played Oct. 19-25… Earned Top Drawer Soccer.com’s Team of the Week for games played Nov. 2-9...Named First-Team AllTournament in the United Soccer League's Super-20 Men’s Tournament.

13| KYLE NAKAZAWA Position: MF Birthdate: 3/16/88 Height: 5-10 Weight: 164 Birthplace: Torrance, Calif. Previous Club: UCLA Pronunciation: Kyle Na-ka-za-wa Drafted #33 overall in 2010 MLS SuperDraft 2010: Drafted #33 overall out of UCLA...Made professional debut on May 1 at LA Galaxy … Recorded first career start on May 8 at Real Salt Lake … Notched first career assist on May 29 at Houston... Made 14 appearances and eight starts. LAST GAME: Played 16 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Chivas USA on 10/2/11. Subbed on for Justin Mapp. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (0); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0).


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET PHILADELPHIA UNION 2011 PLAYER NOTES

14| AMOBI OKUGO Position: MF Birthdate: 3/13/91 Birthplace: Hayward, Calif. Height: 5-11 Weight: 175 Previous Club: UCLA Pronunciation: A-Moby Oh-KOO-go Drafted #6 overall in 2010 MLS SuperDraft 2010: Drafted #6 overall by Philadelphia out of UCLA...Made professional debut on March 25 as a substitute in the team’s inaugural game at Seattle... Made four starts in 11 appearances for a total of 437 minutes. LAST GAME: Played 45 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. Subbed off for Freddy Adu. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (1); C (0); EJ (0) 15| GABRIEL FARFAN Position: FW Birthdate: 5/23/88 Birthplace: Wildomar, Calif. Height: 5-10 Weight: 165 Previous Club: Club America Pronunciation: Gabriel far - FAN 2011: Signed with Philadelphia on March 18, 2011 after trialing with club in preseason… made his professional debut the following day, in Philadelphia's opening game of the 2011 MLS season, a 1-0 win over Houston. LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (2); FS (2) C (0); EJ (0) 16| VELJKO PAUNOVIC Position: FW Birthdate: 8/21/97 Birthplace: Strumica, Macedonia Height: 6-0 Weight: 165 Previous Club: Partizan FK - Serbia Pronunciation: VEL-ko Pow-na-vick 2008: Played 9 matches for Partizan FK, scoring 1 goal. Career: Scored 73 goals in 341 matches. LAST GAME: Played 72 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC on 10/8/11. Subbed off by Danny Mwanga. G (0); A (0); SHT (2); SOG (1); FC (2); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0) 17| KEON DANIEL Position: MF Birthdate: 1/16/87 Birthplace: Lambeau, Trinidad & Tobago Height: 6-1 Weight: 170 Previous Club: Puerto Rico Islanders Pronunciation: Kee-ON Dan-ee-el 2010: Played with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USSF Division 2 Pro League…Scored two goals and two assists in 16 appearances…Helped team win the USSF Division 2 Pro League Championship as an eight seed in the playoffs. LAST GAME: Played 73 minutes in 1-2 loss vs. Columbus Crew on 8/20/11. Substituted out for Justin Mapp. G (0); A (1); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (0); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0)

18|ZAC MACMATH Position: GK Birthdate: 8/7/1991 Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Fla. Height: 6-2 Weight: 176 Previous Club: University of Maryland Pronunciation: Zak Mack-MATH Drafted #5 overall in 2011 MLS SuperDraft 2010: First-Team All-ACC selection...First Team TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Year...Named ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player after shutting out top-seeded North Carolina in title match and Virginia in the semifinals...Started in all 23 matches for the Terps...boasted a 0.64 goals against average with 69 saves...Secured a Maryland program-record 15 shutouts in 2010...Registered blank sheets versus No. 9 Duke, No. 2 UCONN, No. 5 Virginia, No. 13 William & Mary in the regular season and Penn and No. 15 Penn State in the NCAA Tournament...Had a career-high seven saves in victory against Colgate (10/19). LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC on 10/8/11. GA (0); SHT (2); SV (2); C (0); EJ (0).

19| JACK MCINERNEY Position: FW Birthdate: 8/5/92 Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tenn. Height: 5-9 Weight: 151 Previous Club: U-17 Men’s National Team Pronunciation: Jack Mac-ER-nern- e 2010: Drafted #5 overall by Philadelphia… Made professional debut on March 26 in Union’s inaugural game at Seattle…Made one start in his 17 appearances… Recorded three goals in just 350 minutes of play… Scored first career goal versus Los Angeles on 5/1 in the 84th minute…Scored the game-tying goal versus New England on 8/28 in the 82nd minute which helped lead to a stoppage time victory. LAST GAME: Played 27 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Toronto FC on 10/15/11. Substituted on for Freddy Adu. G (0); A (0); SHT (2); SOG (1); FC (0); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0)

21| MICHAEL FARFAN Position: MF Birthdate: 5/23/88 Birthplace: Wildomar, Calif. Height: 5-9 Weight: 160 Previous Club: UNC Pronunciation: Michael far - FAN Selected #23 overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. 2010: Named NSCAA First Team All-American, College Soccer News All American and NSCAA First Team All-Region ... Was member of First Team All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament Team ... MAC Hermann Semifinalist ... Registered five goals and three assists in 19 games played. LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (0); C (0) EJ (0)


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET PHILADELPHIA UNION 2011 PLAYER NOTES

22| JUSTIN MAPP Position: MF Birthdate: 10/18/84 Birthplace: Brandon, Miss. Height: 6-1 Weight: 160 Previous Club: Chicago Fire Pronunciation: Just-in Map 2009: Played 21 games, 11 starts, and recorded 1013 minutes on the field for Chicago…scored 1 goal (3/21 @ DAL) with 3 assists …Game tying assist to McBride 9/26 vs. TFC…Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Played full 90 minutes in the game @ WLM… SUPERLIGA; played 3 games staring 1 with a goal 6/23 vs. CHV… Signed by Philadelphia Union on July 27th, 2010… LAST GAME: Played 70 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. Subbed off by Roger Torres. G (0); A (0); SHT (1); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (2); C (0); EJ (0) 23| RYAN RICHTER Birthdate: 4/12/89 Position: DF Height: 6-2 Weight: 175 Birthplace: Southampton, Pa. Previous Club: La Salle University Pronunciation: Ryan Rick-ter Selected #5 overall in 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft 2010: Named Offensive Player of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year by the Atlantic 10 Conference after scoring a league-best 14 goals in 2010.... Finished career with 28 goals (5th all-time at La Salle) and 13 assists (10th all-time) for 69 points (5th all-time).... Was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team. LAST GAME: Played 9 minutes in 1-2 loss to Real Madrid on 7/23/11. Subbed on for Sheanon Williams. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0). 24| THORNE HOLDER Birthday: 4/4/1986 Position: GK Height: 6-4 Weight: 183 Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad Previous Club: Adelphi Pronunciation: Thorne Hole-Dir 2010: Named First-Team All-ASC and Co-Defensive MVP of the ASC Tournament… Received North Atlantic Second-Team All-Region honors from National Soccer Coaches Association of America… Played in 18 games, making 16 starts… Recorded 58 saves in 1,632 minutes in net… Allowed just 14 goals for a 0.77 GAA, which ranked 23rd in the nation… Had a .806 save percentage and finished with a record of 9-6-2 and eight shutouts 2009: Earned Atlantic Soccer Conference Goalie of the Week honors six times… Selected to the Atlantic Soccer Conference second team… Named to the first All-ASC First Team and the AllNorth Atlantic Region Third-Team… Named ASC Goalkeeper of the Week three times… Started 12 of the 15 games he played, stopping 52 shots in 1,203 minutes… His GAA of 0.70 ranked 17th in the nation and his save percentage of .893 ranked 20th 2008: Appeared in 14 games, starting in 12… Amassed 1,234 minutes of playing time…

Posted a 12-2 record, recording a 0.66 GAA and a .850 save percentage. LAST GAME: Played 45 minutes in 1-0 friendly win over Everton on 7/20/11. Subbed on for Zac MacMath. GA (0); SHT (0); SV (1); C (0); EJ (0). 25| SHEANON WILLIAMS Position: DF Birthdate: 4/17/90 Birthplace: Boston, Mass. Height: 5-11 Weight: 170 Previous Club: Harrisburg City Islanders Pronunciation: SHANE-en WILL-yums 2010: Signed with Philadelphia Union on August 31, 2010 from the Harrisburg City Islanders, the club's USL-2 affiliate... Played eight matches for the Union…Scored three goals in 19 matches and logged 1,402 minutes for the Islanders…Also played in U.S. Open Cup matches…Was named the "Upper 90" City Islanders Rookie of the Year. LAST GAME: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. G (0); A (0); SHT (1); SOG (0); FC (3); FS (2); C (0); EJ (0) 26| MORGAN LANGLEY Position: MF Birthdate: 6/9/89 Birthplace: Hawaii, USA Height: 5-10 Weight: 150 Previous Club: Harrisburg City Islanders Pronunciation: Morgan LAN-glee Langley lifted the City Islanders to the 2011 USL-Pro final, in which Harrisburg lost in a penalty shootout to the Orlando City Lions. During his first season on City Island, the midfielder appeared in 20 games, tallying his first two professional goals. The midfielder’s last tally of the season helped the Islanders claim the season series against the Dayton Dutch Lions in stoppage time on July 27. The 22-year old Hawaiian graduated from local Swarthmore College, where he led the school with 14 goals and 14 assists during his senior season, setting a program single-season record with 42 points. For his accomplishments, Langley was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year, finishing top 10 nationally in assists, assists per game, and points per game. Langley also received two All-American honors and was named to the NSCAA All-Region First Team, as well as the ECAC Division III South Region First Team. LAST GAME: Played 10 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Columbus Crew on 9/17/11. Subbed on for Roger Torres. G (0); A (0); SHT (0); SOG (0); FC (1); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0) 27| ZACH PFEFFER Position: MF Birthdate: 1/6/95 Birthplace: Dresher, Pa. Height: 5-7 Weight: 140 Previous Club: FC Delco Academy Pronunciation: Zach FEF-err 2010-11: Signed as the Union’s first Homegrown Player at the age of 15 years and 350 days... First player to join the 2010 expansion team from the MLS Homegrown Player initiative... Fourth youngest player ever to sign an MLS contract, behind Freddy Adu, Fued Ibrahim, and recently signed New England Revolution Homegrown Player Diego Fagundez. LAST GAME: Played 45 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. New York Red Bulls on 10/20/11. Subbed off for Danny Mwanga. G (0); A (0); SHT (2); SOG (1); FC (0); FS (0); C (0); EJ (0)


Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. ET PHILADELPHIA UNION 2011 PLAYER NOTES

31| CHASE HARRISON Position: GK Birthdate: 4/2/84 Birthplace: Huntington, WV Height: 6-3 Weight: 185 Previous Club: Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-Pro) Pronunciation: HAIR-ih-sin 2011: After his stint with Columbus Chase went back to Harrisburg. Harrison joined the Union on September 23rd from the Harrisburg City Islanders…During his second season with the club, the goalkeeper registered a total five shutouts in goal earning a 1.3 GAA and an 8-6-6 record… 2010: In 2010 Harrison left Harrisburg and jumped around to a number of different clubs. He made two appearances with Crystal Palace Baltimore before he moved to Portland Timbers where he again made 2 appearances before he was added to the D.C. United roster. When the postseason arrived, Chase signed a short-term contract with Columbus to backup Andy Gruenebaum after Will Hesmer got injured. 2009: The keeper earned eight shutouts, finishing with an 8-4-4 record and a 0.81 GAA…Named USL-2 GAA Champion and All-League Second-Team goalkeeper. As a collegiate athlete with Virginia Tech, Harrison broke a total record of 24 career shutouts, eight in a single season during his senior year, as well as a 1.12 GAA. After college Chase signed with Harrisburg City Islanders and made 19 appearances for them.


Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union Sunday, 30 October 2011 – 4 p.m. CT Eastern Conference semifinals -- Game 1 PPL Park, Chester PA Broadcast Information TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Radio: KPRC 950, La Ranchera 850

Dynamo Media Contacts (@HoustonDynamo.com) Lester Gretsch (lgretsch@ 832-633-0632) Jonathan Yardley (jyardley@ 713-876-4500) Jonathan Kaplan (jkaplan@ 516-965-4664)

DYNAMO AT PHILADELPHIA UNION The Houston Dynamo open the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs on the road on Sunday, taking on second-year club Philadelphia. The teams were separated by one point during the regular season, with Houston edging the Union for second place despite Philadelphia’s 1-0-1 record in the season series. The Dynamo have tied 1-1 in both matches at PPL Park, one on October 2, 2010 and one on August 6, 2011.

PLAYOFF NOTES 

Houston is 6-4-3 all-time in the MLS Cup Playoffs (counting the 2006 final as a tie). The Dynamo won championships in 2006 and 2007 and reached the Western Conference final in 2009. Houston has now been the No. 2 seed in its conference in four of five appearances, reaching the conference final in each of the three previous instances.

The Dynamo have only scored first in three of their 13 all-time playoff games, winning all three by shutout. Houston is 3-4-2 when allowing the first goal, including come-from-behind wins in the 2006 Western Conference final, the 2007 Western Conference semifinal second leg, and the 2007 MLS Cup.

Of Houston’s 17 all-time playoff goals, a remarkable 14 have been scored after the 60th minute, 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 ranks second among active players with seven playoff goals, trailing only Landon Donovan (17).

Midfielder Brad Davis has appeared in all 13 Dynamo playoff games, starting 12, while forward Brian Ching has started 12 but missed the 2007 MLS Cup final due to injury.

Three of the five starters return from Houston’s defense in the 2009 playoffs, which saw the Dynamo record a shutout streak of 312 minutes (fourth-longest in MLS postseason history). Defenders Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, and Andre Hainault are all playing the same positions, with Corey Ashe taking over the left back spot and Tally Hall stepping into goal.

Seven of the Dynamo’s 11 projected starters have playoff experience, although only three (Boswell, Ching, Davis) have appeared in at least 10 playoff games. Goalkeeper Tally Hall and midfielders Luiz Camargo, Danny Cruz, and Adam Moffat are likely to make their respective playoff debuts on Sunday.

According to MLSsoccer.com writer Elijah Miller, the Dynamo are the youngest team to qualify for the 2011 playoffs, with an average age of 26.44 through the first 33 games of the season, slightly younger than Eastern Conference opponents Kansas City (26.74), Columbus (26.90), and Philadelphia (27.00). That statistic is calculated by multiplying a player’s age by minutes played and dividing by a team’s total minutes played. Houston’s regular lineup includes Danny Cruz (21); Luiz Camargo (24); Corey Ashe, Andre Hainault, and Adam Moffat (25); and Geoff Cameron and Tally Hall (26).


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Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear earned his 100th career MLS regular season win in last Sunday’s regular-season finale. Kinnear became the fifth coach in league history to reach that milestone, joining Seattle coach Sigi Schmid (157), LA coach Bruce Arena (128), Bob Bradley (124), and Steve Nicol (112). Kinnear has quality to go with his quantity: his .567 career winning percentage ranks fourth in league history. Since a 3-0 loss at Chivas USA on July 23, the Dynamo have been one of the top teams in MLS, posting a 7-2-4 record in their last 13 games to clinch a playoff spot. That stretch includes a 7-1 record against Western Conference teams; Houston is 9-5-4 on the season against its former conference. Brazilian midfielder Luiz Camargo has started the last six MLS games for the Dynamo, and the team has posted a 4-0-2 record in those contests. The insertion of Camargo has allowed Geoff Cameron to shift to center back and has, for the last five games, pushed Andre Hainault to right back. The Dynamo have allowed just three goals from open play in six games with Camargo in midfield. Midfielder Brad Davis, a league MVP candidate, finished the season with 16 assists, the most in MLS and a career high. Davis also led the league in chances created, both overall and from the run of play, according to MLS stats partner Opta. In all competitions, Davis has recorded at least 11 assists for the Dynamo in five of his six seasons, falling short of that total only in 2007, when he missed 13 MLS games due to injury. Midfielder Danny Cruz has missed time due to injury in his third professional season, but the Dynamo are 6-2-5 when the 21-year-old sparkplug starts a match. All-Star Geoff Cameron has made seven starts on defense in 2011, including the final six games. When Cameron starts on defense, home or away, Houston’s goals against average has been exactly 1.00, while it rises to 1.31 in other road games and 1.26 in all other MLS games with Cameron not on defense. Although Houston’s wins in its final two road games of the season were its first road wins of the year, the Dynamo were among the hardest teams to beat all year when playing away from Robertson Stadium. Houston ranked second in the league in road ties with nine, trailing only New York (10), and tied for the fourth fewest road losses of any team with six, trailing Seattle (3), New York (5), and LA (5). Houston has scored in the final 11 minutes to win or tie a game on 10 separate occasions this season, including six times in a nine-game span from August 6-September 24. With a 10-3-4 home record, the Dynamo finished tied for second in MLS in home points per game (2.0) and tied the club record for home regular season wins, set in 2008 with a 10-1-4 record. The Dynamo are 6-0-2 in their last eight home games, dating back to a 2-0 loss to Columbus on June 18. Houston scored first in 14 out of 34 games on the season; the Dynamo are 9-1-4 when notching the first goal and 3-8-7 when the opponent scores first; there have been two 0-0 ties. Houston’s 10 results when allowing the first goal tied Seattle for the most in MLS; the Dynamo’s winning percentage when allowing the first goal (.361) ranked third. The Dynamo earned come-from-behind ties in all five of their regular-season visits to the United States’ Eastern Time Zone in 2011. Houston rallied for ties at New York (4/2), at D.C. United (6/25), at Philadelphia (8/6), at New England (8/17), and at Columbus (9/14).


SPREADING THE WEALTH The Dynamo received goals from 17 different players in 2011 out of a total of 25 field players who have taken the field in an MLS game. Houston has seven players with at least four goals, including co-scoring leaders Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Brian Ching, and Will Bruin with five goals each and Colin Clark, Brad Davis, and Cam Weaver with four goals apiece.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER The Dynamo scored 23 of their 45 goals (51.1%) in the final 15 minutes of a half, portions of the game that combine to make up 30 percent of a match. Houston scored 14 goals in the final 15 minutes, second in MLS.

RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS Brad Davis is playing his way to the top of the Dynamo statistic charts. Davis is the all-time club leader in games played in all competitions (197) and MLS (159); games started in all competitions (179) and MLS (145); minutes played in MLS (12,372); and assists in all competitions (71) and MLS (62). Davis also ranks second in team history in minutes played in all competitions (15,132) and third in goals in all competitions (23) and MLS goals (21).

ALWAYS THERE Goalkeeper Tally Hall was one of just four players in MLS to contest all 3,060 minutes of the MLS regular season so far. Hall and midfielder Brad Davis were the only Houston players to start each MLS game.

UP NEXT: SECOND LEG IN HOUSTON Houston will host Philadelphia in the second leg on Thursday night at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo are 5-1 all-time in home playoff games in Houston, winning three conference semifinal series with home wins in the second leg. The two other wins came in conference championship games.

NEW BLOOD Of the Dynamo’s 26 players on the roster, 14 are new to the orange in 2011. Houston acquired three players via draft (Kofi Sarkodie, Will Bruin, Evan Newton), four via trade (Colin Clark, Jason Garey, Calen Carr, Adam Moffat), five via international signings (Hunter Freeman, Jermaine Taylor, Je-Vaughn Watson, Carlo Costly, Luiz Camargo), and two via the Dynamo Academy (Alex Dixon, Josue Soto).

LOCAL FLAVOR Almost one-third of the Dynamo’s current roster has close ties to Texas. Six players are native Texans (Bobby Boswell, Tyler Deric, Alex Dixon, Hunter Freeman, Francisco Navas Cobo, Josue Soto), Colin Clark attended SMU in Dallas, and Jason Garey (Gonzales, La.) has a sister, Melissa, who was a standout player at Texas A&M University in College Station.


MISCELLANEOUS STATS - 2011 SEASON Quickest goal Quickest goal against Game-winning goals after 75’ (4)

Game-tying goals after 75’ (6)

Game-winning goals against after 75’ (2) Game-tying goals against after 75’ (3)

Hat tricks (1) Hat tricks against (1) Own goals (1) Own goals against (0) Red cards (7)

Red cards against (3)

Penalty kicks (3-3)

Penalty kicks against (5-5)

Youngest goalscorer Oldest goalscorer Youngest starter Oldest starter

Bruin (4), 4/29 vs. DC Richards (0:39), 5/21 vs. NY Freeman (86), 4/17 vs. NE Dixon (93+), 8/20 vs. RSL Bruin (79), 9/17 vs. SJ Cameron (87), 9/24 at FCD Boswell (83), 4/23 at CHI Clark (87), 5/28 vs. FCD Ching (89), 6/25 at DC Cameron (84), 8/6 at PHI Boswell (90), 8/17 at NE Carr (86), 9/14 at CLB Palguta (84), 5/4 vs. COL Salinas (86), 8/27 at VAN Zakuani (80), 3/25 at SEA Ballouchy (91+), 5/21 vs. NY Collin (90), 7/16 vs. KC Bruin, 4/29 vs. DC Braun, 7/23 at CHV Pearce (55), 6/11 vs. CHV none Sarkodie (72), 5/28 vs. FCD Palmer (52), 6/18 vs. CLB Clark (51), 7/16 vs. KC Ching (69), 7/16 vs. KC Watson (70), 7/23 at CHV Moffat (94+), 8/17 at NE Costly (64), 9/10 at KC Amarikwa (93+), 7/3 at COL Reis (94+), 8/17 at NE Ekpo (11), 9/14 at CLB Davis goal (12), 5/21 vs. NY (Sutton) Davis goal (41), 6/25 at DC (Hamid) Davis goal (47), 9/17 vs. SJ (Busch) Plata goal (50), 5/7 at TFC (Hall) Donovan goal (46+), 5/25 at LA (Hall) Fernandez goal (37), 7/30 vs. SEA (Hall) Mendoza goal (64), 9/14 at CLB (Hall) Mendoza goal (76), 9/14 at CLB (Hall) Will Bruin (21y,168d), 4/10 vs. VAN Brian Ching (33y,88d), 8/20 vs. RSL Kofi Sarkodie (20y,3d), 3/25 at SEA Brian Ching (33y,153d), 10/23 vs. LA


HOW THE 2011 DYNAMO WERE ASSEMBLED Date 12/16/05 12/16/05 12/16/05 1/12/07 12/12/07 1/18/08 1/15/09 1/23/09 2/27/09 4/14/09 6/9/09 3/4/10 9/15/10 12/3/10 12/17/10 1/13/11 1/13/11 1/18/11 1/19/11 1/19/11 2/16/11 3/23/11 4/15/11 7/21/11 8/4/11 8/9/11

Player Eddie Robinson Brian Ching Brad Davis Corey Ashe Bobby Boswell Geoff Cameron Danny Cruz Tally Hall Tyler Deric Andre Hainault Cam Weaver Francisco Navas Cobo Colin Clark Jason Garey Hunter Freeman Kofi Sarkodie Will Bruin Evan Newton Josue Soto Alex Dixon Jermaine Taylor Calen Carr Je-Vaughn Watson Adam Moffat Carlo Costly Luiz Camargo

Transaction type Moved with club from San Jose (SJ acquired 01 SuperDraft) 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) 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Round 3 (pick 41) 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 Signed as home-grown player Traded from Colorado Rapids for Brian Mullan Signed after rights traded from Columbus Crew for future draft pick Signed after rights traded from New York Red Bulls for allocation money 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 7) 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 11) 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, Round 1 (pick 7) 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 Atlas de Guadalajara (Mexico) Loaned from Clube Paraná (Brazil)

Acquisitions by first season with club 2006 3 2007 1 2008 2 2009 5 2010 2 2011 13

Acquisitions by method MLS SuperDraft Trade Home-Grown Player San Jose original Transfer Rights traded Loan Free transfer MLS Supplemental Draft

5 5 4 3 3 2 2 1 1


HOUSTON DYNAMO NUMERICAL ROSTER/TECHNICAL STAFF No. Name

Pos. Ht. Wt. Born

Pronunciation

1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 28 29 31 32

GK D F D M M D F M M F M F M M M M M D GK F D GK F D D

rhymes with RALLY

Tally Hall Eddie Robinson Calen Carr Jermaine Taylor Danny Cruz Colin Clark Kofi Sarkodie Jason Garey Je-Vaughn Watson Brad Davis Will Bruin Francisco Navas Cobo Cam Weaver Adam Moffat Luiz Camargo Josue Soto Alex Dixon Geoff Cameron Hunter Freeman Tyler Deric Brian Ching Corey Ashe Evan Newton Carlo Costly Andre Hainault Bobby Boswell

6-4 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-8 6-0 5-8 6-0 6-1 5-11 6-2 5-10 6-4 6-0 5-8 5-9 5-8 6-3 5-11 6-3 6-1 5-5 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-2

205 195 150 180 170 180 165 185 175 175 194 150 195 175 172 160 150 185 175 195 195 154 185 187 180 185

5-12-85 6-19-78 10-4-82 1-14-85 1-3-90 4-11-84 3-22-91 7-19-84 10-22-83 11-8-81 10-24-89 11-17-91 6-10-83 5-15-86 5-4-87 1-3-89 2-7-90 7-11-85 1-8-85 8-30-88 5-24-78 3-14-86 4-1-88 7-18-82 6-17-86 3-15-83

Status

CAY-len CRUISE

International Generation adidas

KO-fee sar-KO-dee

Generation adidas International

NAH-vahs

Generation adidas Home-Grown Player

MOFF-itt hoh-SWAY

International Home-Grown Player Home-Grown Player

DARE-ick

Home-Grown Player

ASH

HAY-no BOZ-well

Head Coach – Dominic Kinnear (8th year overall, 100-67-81 MLS) Assistant Coach – Wade Barrett Assistant Coach – Steve Ralston Goalkeepers Coach – Tim Hanley Head Athletic Trainer – Theron Enns Assistant Athletic Trainer – Shane Caron Equipment Manager – Michael Porter Director, Soccer Operations – Nick Kowba

International International


Houston Dynamo Player Bios 1

TALLY HALL

GK 6-4 205

Born: 5/12/85, SeaTac, WA Age: 26 Last Club: Esbjerg fB (Denmark) Third-year player who led all goalkeepers in selection to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. MLS: 34 GS, 3,060 mins, 1.21 GAA, 6 shutouts, 12-9-13  Stepped in as No. 1 goalkeeper and impressed while playing every minute of the regular season  MLS All-Star … Played 38 minutes as a sub on 7/27 vs. Manchester United  Was named to MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week four times (all after road games), a league high among goalkeepers  One of only four players to play all 3,060 minutes of the season, an MLS record  Made six saves in 1-1 tie at SEA on 3/25 near his hometown of Gig Harbor, WA  Set a career high in MLS play with eight saves, including several impressive stops of French star Thierry Henry, in 1-1 tie at NY on 4/2 … Also earned first career assist at NY with long ball to set up Cam Weaver’s game-tying goal  Turned in sterling performance with six saves in 0-0 tie at COL on 7/3  Matched his career high of eight saves in 1-1 tie vs. KC on 7/16 as Dynamo finished with nine players  Made four saves, including three key stops in the first half, as Dynamo recorded first shutout since 7/9 in 1-0 win at FCD on 9/24  Made four saves, including crucial stop of back-post deflection, to post road shutout in 2-0 win at POR on 10/14. Last goal: 10/21/09 at Isidro Metapán (CCL) Last assist: 4/2/11 at New York Last yellow card: 7/3/11 at Colorado Last shutout: 10/14/11 at Portland Most saves (2011): 8 (4/2/11 at NY, 7/16/11 vs. KC)

2

EDDIE ROBINSON

DF 6-1 195

Born: 6/19/78, Orlando, FL Age: 33 Last Club: University of North Carolina Experienced defender and four-time MLS Cup champion who provides depth on the back line.

MLS: 2 GS, 146 mins, 0 G, 0 A Reserves: 9 GS, 769 mins, 0 G, 0 A Career Playoffs: 19 GP, 17 GS, 1,648 mins, 0 G, 1 A  Made two appearances, both starts, in MLS play  First start came in 2-1 loss at TFC on 5/7  Started again on 6/11 vs. CHV and helped Houston take lead to break winless streak but suffered a knee injury and left after 56 minutes  Open Cup: Started and played 86 minutes but left due to injury in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6  Start was his 120th for the Dynamo in all competitions, making him the seventh player in club history to reach that milestone  Reserves: Dynamo Reserves captain, appearing in nine games and leading defense to five shutouts en route to a second-place finish in Central/Mountain Division. Last appearance: 6/11/11 vs. Chivas USA Last goal: 5/29/10 vs. Philadelphia Last assist: 5/22/10 vs. D.C. United Last yellow card: 9/18/10 vs. Toronto FC Last red card: 11/26/08 vs. Firpo (CCL)

3

CALEN CARR

FW 6-0 150

Born: 10/4/82, Berkeley, CA Age: 29 Last Club: Chicago Fire Fast, versatile forward acquired from Chicago early in 2011 season. MLS: 9 GP, 4 GS, 380 mins, 1 G, 0 A Reserves: 3 GS, 189 mins, 1 G, 1 A Career Playoffs: 5 GP, 1 GS, 134 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Recovered from preseason concussion to make nine appearances, including four starts  Made Dynamo debut with 10-minute stint as a sub on 8/17, helping Houston rally for 1-1 tie at NE  Came on in stoppage time and helped start play that led to Alex Dixon’s game-winning goal in 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20  Came on as a sub and fired in game-tying goal in 86th minute of 2-2 tie at CLB on 9/14  Made first Dynamo start in 2-1 win vs. SJ on 9/17


 Reserves: Played in three reserve games after returning from injury, notching a goal and an assist  Had goal and assist in 3-0 win vs. CHI on 10/1

5

Last start: 10/23/11 vs. LA Galaxy Last goal: 9/14/11 at Columbus Last assist: 10/21/07 vs. LA Galaxy (w. CHI) Last yellow card: 9/12/09 at Real Salt Lake (w. CHI) Last red card: 9/9/06 at Columbus (w. CHI)

4

JERMAINE TAYLOR

DF 5-10 180

I

Born: 1/14/85, Portland, Jamaica Age: 26 Last Club: St. George’s SC (Jamaica) Calm, experienced defender who provides depth on the back line. Jamaica international (44 caps). MLS: 13 GP, 10 GS, 925 mins, 0 G, 1 A Reserves: 5 GS, 405 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Made 12 appearances, 10 of them starts, and notched one assist despite missing time due to injury and national team duty  Opening Day starter at center back in his Dynamo debut on 3/19  Injured while on national team duty with Jamaica and did not return to lineup until 2-2 tie vs. FCD on 5/28  Returned from CONCACAF Gold Cup and went back into the starting lineup in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25  Helped lead defense to consecutive shutouts on 7/3 at COL and 7/9 vs. TFC  Left match vs. KC on 7/16 due to injury but returned at CHV on 7/23  Made first sub appearance in second half of 1-1 tie at PHI on 8/6  Played 90 minutes at left back in 1-1 tie at NE on 8/17  Started at center back in 3-0 loss at KC on 9/10  Moved to right back and delivered strong performance that included cross to Je-Vaughn Watson for an assist in 2-2 tie at CLB on 9/14  Reserves: Played in five Dynamo Reserves matches, four of which resulted in shutouts Last start: 9/14/11 at Columbus Last appearance: 10/1/11 vs. Chicago Last assist: 9/14/11 at Columbus Last yellow card: 9/14/11 at Columbus

DANNY CRUZ

MF 5-8 170 GA

Born: 1/3/90, Petersburg, VA Age: 21 Last Club: UNLV Aggressive, speedy midfielder in third season who provides pace and energy at wide midfield positions. MLS: 20 GP, 13 GS, 1,152 mins, 2 G, 3 A Reserves: 4 GP, 2 GS, 152 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Scored two goals with a career-high three assists despite missing significant time due to injury  Club was 6-2-5 in his 13 starts  After coming in as a sub in first two games, stepped into starting lineup at right midfield with trademark high-energy play in 1-1 tie at NY on 4/2  Assisted on game-winning goal in 3-1 win vs. VAN on 4/10, bending in a right-footed cross to set up Bobby Boswell’s goal  Also started vs. NE on 4/17 and at CHI on 4/23 before missing time due to knee injury  Returned as starter in 2-0 loss at SJ on 6/4  Scored first goal of season by racing behind the defense to give Houston the lead in 2-0 win vs. TFC on 7/9  Injured right quad in late July shortly before match vs. SEA on 7/30  Returned to first-team action as sub in 3-0 friendly win vs. Monterrey on 9/4  Returned to MLS play as substitute and helped set up game-tying goal in 2-2 tie at CLB on 9/14  Also came on as a substitute and helped set up gamewinning goal in 2-1 win vs. SJ on 9/17  Returned to starting lineup and scored spectacular long-range goal in playoff-clinching 2-0 win at POR on 10/14  Open Cup: Played all 120 minutes in midfield in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6 as Dynamo were eliminated in qualifying round Last goal: 10/14/11 at Portland Last assist: 9/17/11 vs. San Jose Last yellow card: 10/23/11 vs. LA Galaxy Last red card: 7/21/10 vs. Puebla (SuperLiga)


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COLIN CLARK

MF 6-0 180

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KOFI SARKODIE

DF 5-8 165 GA

Born: 4/11/84, Fort Collins, CO Age: 27 Last Club: Colorado Rapids Tricky, technical attacking midfielder acquired from Colorado in 2010. United States international (1 cap).

Born: 3/22/91, Dayton, OH Age: 20 Last Club: University of Akron Rookie selected No. 7 overall in 2011 MLS SuperDraft. United States U-20 international.

MLS: 29 GP, 17 GS, 1,486 mins, 4 G, 3 A Reserves: 6 GP, 5 GS, 392 mins, 1 G, 1 A Career Playoffs: 1 GP, 8 mins, 0 G, 0 A (2006 w. COL)  Returned from 2010 ACL injury and made first MLS appearance for Houston as a late sub in 3-1 win vs. VAN on 4/10  Made first MLS start for Dynamo at right midfield in 4-1 win vs. DC on 4/29  Played all 90 minutes and scored only Houston goal against his old team in 2-1 loss vs. COL on 5/4  Was dangerous as a sub in 2-1 loss at TFC on 5/7 and contributed cross that led to lone Houston goal  Came on as a sub and scored dramatic game-tying goal with cool, left-footed finish in the 87th minute of 2-2 tie vs. FCD on 5/28  Again was part of a dramatic finish as a sub when he set up Brian Ching’s 89th-minute equalizer in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25  Served corner kick that led to Geoff Cameron’s clinching goal in 2-0 win vs. TFC on 7/9  Returned from suspension in 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30, scoring from close-range and setting up Brian Ching in the second half  Nutmegged a defender with a slick pass to Brian Ching for second goal in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14  Scored from close-range after corner kick in 1-1 tie vs. CHI on 10/1  Open Cup: Made Dynamo debut and first appearance since ACL injury as a starter, playing 76 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6 as Dynamo were eliminated in qualifying round

MLS: 7 GP, 7 GS, 582 mins, 0 G, 0 A Reserves: 8 GP, 8 GS, 720 mins, 1 G, 1 A  Started in 1-1 tie at SEA on 3/25, becoming youngest Dynamo player to start an MLS match at age 20 years, 3 days  Made second start in 2-2 tie at FCD on 5/28 but was ejected in 72nd minute  Started and made key defensive play to clear ball off goal line in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25  Continued as starter in consecutive shutouts at COL on 7/3 and vs. TFC on 7/9  Open Cup: Started and played all 120 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6

Last goal: 10/1/11 vs. Chicago Last assist: 8/14/11 vs. Portland Last yellow card: 7/3/11 at Colorado Last red card: 7/16/11 vs. Kansas City

Last appearance: 7/23/11 at Chivas USA Last yellow card: 6/25/11 at D.C. United Last red card: 5/28/11 vs. FC Dallas

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JASON GAREY

FW 6-0 185

Born: 7/19/84, Baton Rouge, LA Age: 27 Last Club: Columbus Crew Experienced attacking option acquired in offseason. MLS: 10 GP, 2 GS, 164 mins, 0 G, 0 A Reserves: 10 GS, 900 mins, 3 G, 2 A Career Playoffs: 4 GP, 96 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Made Dynamo debut as starter in season-opening 1-0 loss vs. PHI on 3/19  Also started in 1-1 tie at SEA on 3/25  Open Cup: Started and played all 120 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6  Other: Came off the bench to score final goal in 3-0 friendly win vs. Monterrey on 9/4  Reserves: Led team with three goals and two assists Last appearance: 7/30/11 vs. Seattle Last goal: 9/14/10 vs. Joe Public (CCL) (w. CLB) Last MLS goal: 8/21/10 vs. COL (w. CLB) Last assist: 10/21/10 at Joe Public (CCL) (w. CLB) Last yellow card: 8/24/10 at Santos (CCL) (w. CLB)


10 JE-VAUGHN WATSON

MF 6-1 175

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Born: 10/22/83, St. Catherine, Jamaica Age: 28 Last Club: Sporting Central (Jamaica) Energetic midfielder capable of starting or coming off the bench in midfield. Jamaica international (13 caps). MLS: 22 GP, 11 GS, 1,163 mins, 1 G, 2 A Reserves: 7 GS, 482 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Acquired in April and made Dynamo debut as substitute in 1-1 tie at CHI on 4/23  Made first Houston start, stepping into central midfield, and assisted on Dynamo’s only goal in 2-1 loss vs. COL on 5/4  Moved to right midfield but stayed in starting lineup for next game and again set up Houston’s only goal in 2-1 loss at TFC on 5/7  Returned from Gold Cup to start in midfield and fed Brian Ching to set up a penalty kick in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25  Ejected after receiving two yellow cards in 3-0 loss at CHV on 7/23  Appeared as sub in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14 before starting in 1-1 tie at NE on 8/17 and 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20  Returned to starting lineup at CLB on 9/14 and notched first MLS goal, heading in a cross from countryman Jermaine Taylor, in 2-2 tie Last goal: 9/14/11 at Columbus Last assist: 5/7/11 at Toronto FC Last yellow card: 10/14/11 at Portland Last red card: 7/23/11 at Chivas USA

11 BRAD DAVIS

MF 5-11 175

Born: 11/8/81, St. Charles, MO Age: 29 Last Club: San Jose Earthquakes Original Dynamo and club all-time leader in games, starts, and assists. United States international (5 caps). MLS: 34 GS, 2,892 mins, 4 G, 16 A Career Playoffs: 13 GP, 12 GS, 1,158 mins, 2 G, 3 A  League MVP candidate after leading MLS with 16 assists  Earned fourth MLS All-Star selection … Started match on 7/27 and was one of game’s most active players in 61 minutes, firing three shots

 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  In MLS play, has now notched at least 10 assists in three consecutive seasons and four of the last six  Has moved into first place on all-time Dynamo list for games played (197 all competitions, 159 MLS) and games started (179 all comps, 145 MLS)  MLS Player of the Month for April after notching six assists in five games  Converted all three penalty kicks in MLS play  Assisted on all three Dynamo goals in 3-1 win vs. VAN on 4/10, the first three-assist game of his career  Assisted on two of Will Bruin’s three goals in 4-1 win vs. DC on 4/29, crossing for the second and serving a free kick for the third  Set up both Houston goals, including late equalizer, in 2-2 tie vs. FCD on 5/28, his third multiple-assist game of the season  Assisted the game-tying goal in 2-1 win vs. CHV on 6/11 with a free kick to Geoff Cameron and set up game-winning own goal with corner kick delivery  Scored third goal of the season with well-struck free kick nominated for Goal of the Week in 1-1 tie vs. KC on 7/16  Set up first two goals in come-from-behind 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20, breaking into penalty area to set up Brian Ching and serving corner to Bobby Boswell … Match was his 171st career start for Houston in all competitions, breaking tie with Pat Onstad for club record  Delivered corner kick to Geoff Cameron for late, game-winning goal in 1-0 win at FCD on 9/24  Helped Dynamo clinch a playoff spot by setting up opening goal in 2-0 win at POR on 10/14  Won MLS assist title with accurate cross to Carlo Costly in 3-1 win vs. LA on 10/23  Other: Notched penalty-kick goal and an assist in 3-0 friendly win vs. Monterrey on 9/4. Last goal: 9/17/11 vs. San Jose (pk) Last assist: 10/23/11 at LA Galaxy Last yellow card: 9/17/11 vs. San Jose Last red card: 8/30/09 at Colorado


12 WILL BRUIN

FW 6-2 194 GA

Born: 10/24/89, St. Louis, MO Age: 22 Last Club: Indiana University Forward who saw significant playing time after being selected in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. MLS: 25 GP, 21 GS, 1,693 mins, 5 G, 1 A Reserves: 5 GP, 3 GS, 285 mins, 2 G, 1 A  Netted five goals to tie for lead among all MLS rookies while appearing in club-rookie-record 25 games, including a dominating hat trick against D.C. United  Became first Dynamo rookie to start on Opening Day in 1-0 loss vs. PHI on 3/19  Set up Cam Weaver’s game-tying goal with a header to earn first professional assist in 1-1 tie at NY on 4/2  Scored first professional goal with left foot after rounding goalkeeper to seal 3-1 win vs. VAN on 4/10  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 ever score three goals in a game ... Named MLS Player of the Week for his performance  Was fouled to earn penalty kick and set up first goal in 2-2 tie vs. NY on 5/21  Left match with knee injury in 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30  Returned to first-team action in friendly vs. Monterrey on 9/4 and started MLS match at CLB on 9/14  Scored late game-winning goal as substitute in 2-1 win vs. SJ on 9/17  Open Cup: Came on as a sub to play 37 minutes and create some of Houston’s best chances in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6  Reserves: Played in five reserve games and ranked second on team with two goals, adding an assist  Scored twice in first half to key 3-0 win vs. eventual division winner CHI on 10/1  Set up second goal in 2-0 win at KC on 10/18. Last goal: 9/17/11 vs. San Jose Last assist: 4/2/11 at New York Last yellow card: 5/14/11 at Real Salt Lake

13 FRANCISCO NAVAS COBO

MF 5-10 150 HG

Born: 11/17/91, Houston, TX Age: 19 Last Club: Dynamo Academy Second-year professional provides depth in midfield. Reserves: 9 GP, 5 GS, 547 mins, 0 G, 1 A  Did not make a competitive appearance during his second professional season  Other: Made first appearance of year with first team as a substitute in 2-0 Dynamo Charities Cup loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on 7/20  Also appeared as substitute in 3-0 friendly win vs. Monterrey on 9/4  Reserves: Started his first Dynamo Reserves match and assisted on game-winning goal from free kick in 1-0 win vs. KC on 4/11  Made steal to set up Kofi Sarkodie’s game-winning goal in 1-0 win vs. COL on 6/7. Last MLS appearance: 4/17/10 vs. Chivas USA Last start: 7/6/10 vs. Chivas USA (USOC)

15 CAM WEAVER

FW 6-4 195

Born: 6/10/83, Tacoma, WA Age: 28 Last Club: San Jose Earthquakes Target forward who has been ruled out for the season following hip surgery. MLS: 28 GP, 16 GS, 1,611 mins, 4 G, 1 A Reserves: 2 GS, 180 mins, 0 G, 0 A Career Playoffs: 2 GP, 16 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Out for season following October surgery to repair torn labrum in hip  Scored four goals 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  Open Cup: Started and played 83 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6  Other: Started and scored opening goal with deflected shot from outside penalty area in 3-0 friendly win vs. Monterrey on 9/4. Last appearance: 9/17/11 vs. San Jose Last goal: 5/28/11 vs. FC Dallas Last assist: 5/28/11 vs. FC Dallas Last yellow card: 7/30/11 vs. Seattle Last red card: 10/4/09 vs. Kansas City


16 ADAM MOFFAT

MF 6-0 175

17 LUIZ CAMARGO

MF 5-8 172

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Born: 5/15/86, Glasgow, Scotland Age: 25 Last Club: Portland Timbers Tenacious two-way midfielder acquired in July 21 trade.

Born: 5/24/87, Vinheda, Brazil Age: 24 Last Club: Paraná Clube (Brazil) Skilled, hard-tackling midfielder acquired in August.

MLS: 13 GP, 12 GS, 1,103 mins, 2 G, 1 A (HOU only) Reserves: 1 GS, 90 mins, 0 G, 1 A (HOU only)  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  Had been limited to four games and 100 minutes in league play with Portland  Made Houston debut as substitute in 3-0 loss at CHV on 7/23  Stepped into starting lineup and helped Houston to 3-1 win vs. SEA with active performance in home debut on 7/30  Scored spectacular long-range goal from nearly 40 yards out to key 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14 ... Strike against his former club was voted MLS Goal of the Week  Ejected at final whistle of 1-1 tie at NE on 8/17 and was suspended for match on 8/20 vs. RSL  Earned assist on Je-Vaughn Watson’s goal with lofted pass to start play on 9/14 at CLB  Rifled long-range shot into top right corner to open scoring in 3-1 win vs. LA on 10/23  Reserves: Played all 90 minutes and set up game’s only goal with square pass to Jason Garey in 1-0 win vs. RSL on 8/21 after being suspended for previous day’s game

MLS: 7 GP, 6 GS, 515 mins, 0 G, 2 A Reserves: 1 GS, 82 mins, 0 G, 0 A  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  Made MLS debut as substitute in 3-0 loss at KC on 9/10  Made first start in 2-2 tie at CLB on 9/14  Started and set up game-winning goal with cross in 2-1 win vs. SJ on 9/17  Turned in strong performance and assisted on Danny Cruz goal in 2-0 win at POR on 10/14  Other: Made Dynamo first-team debut with strong 90 minutes in central midfield in 3-0 friendly win vs. Monterrey on 9/4, drawing a penalty kick that led to Houston’s second goal  Reserves: Debuted in 3-0 loss at COL on 9/1, playing 82 minutes in midfield.

Last goal: 10/23/11 vs. LA Galaxy Last assist: 9/14/11 at Columbus Last yellow card: 9/17/11 vs. San Jose Last red card: 8/17/11 at New England

Reserves: 10 GS, 873 mins, 0 G, 2 A  Rookie did not appear in a competitive match  Other: Made first professional appearance with first team as a substitute in 2-0 Dynamo Charities Cup loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on 7/20  Also came on as a sub in 3-0 friendly win on 9/4 vs. Monterrey, the club he grew up cheering for  Reserves: One of two players to start all 10 matches for Dynamo Reserves, mostly in midfield but also at left back, contributing two assists  Notched both assists with pinpoint delivery in 3-2 loss vs. FCD on 5/29.

Last assist: 10/14/11 at Portland

18 JOSUE SOTO

MF 5-9 160 HG

Born: 1/3/89, Fort Worth, TX Age: 22 Last Club: Dynamo Academy Steady midfielder and home-grown product signed after completing collegiate career at SMU.


19 ALEX DIXON

MF 5-8 150 HG

Born: 2/7/90, Bay City, TX Age: 21 Last Club: Dynamo Academy Talented attacking player and home-grown product signed after three years at North Carolina. MLS: 7 GP, 84 mins, 1 G, 0 A Reserves: 9 GP, 8 GS, 731 mins, 1 G, 0 A  Made seven substitute appearances in league play and scored one goal in his rookie season  Made professional debut in 1-1 tie at NY on 4/2  Played a career-high 28 minutes in 1-1 tie at NE on 8/17  Came on as sub three days later and scored dramatic game-winning goal, his first as a professional, in final seconds of stoppage time in 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20, curling in left-footed shot from top of the penalty area  Open Cup: Made first Dynamo start and played 120 minutes in midfield in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6  Other: Started and played all 90 minutes at three different positions in 2-0 Dynamo Charities Cup loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on 7/20  Reserves: Three of eight starts came at forward and five in midfield  Fractured finger in 3-0 loss at COL on 9/1  Scored opening goal with outstanding individual effort in 2-0 win at KC on 10/18. Last appearance: 8/20/11 vs. Real Salt Lake Last start: 4/6/11 vs. Sporting KC (USOC) Last goal: 8/20/11 vs. Real Salt Lake

20 GEOFF CAMERON

MF 6-3 185

Born: 7/11/85, Attleboro, MA Age: 26 Last Club: University of Rhode Island Emerging star who rebounded from 2010 injury to be key starter in 2011. United States international (1 cap). MLS: 33 GS, 2,970 mins, 5 G, 5 A Career Playoffs: 4 GP, 3 GS, 330 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Won team’s Golden Boot with a career-high five goals (tied for team lead) and five assists (Golden Boot tiebreaker)

 Named MLS All-Star for second time in three seasons and played 52 minutes at center back vs. Manchester United on 7/27  Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week five times, twice in midfield and three times on defense  Scored Houston’s first goal of the season in 1-1 tie at SEA on 3/25, firing in the rebound of a shot that hit the crossbar  Made his 100th appearance for the Dynamo in all competitions in 1-1 tie at CHI on 4/23, becoming the 14th player in team history to do so  Contributed first two assists of season in 4-1 rout vs. DC on 4/29, making a steal and left-footed pass to set up Will Bruin’s first goal and starting the play that led to Bruin’s second  Started at center back for first time in 2011 in 2-0 loss at SJ on 6/4  Scored second goal of the season with header from free kick in 2-1 win vs. CHV on 6/11, a match in which he started in midfield but moved to defense after Eddie Robinson’s injury  Made run through midfield to assist on Brian Ching’s game-tying goal in 89th minute of 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25  Netted third goal by firing home loose ball in the box in 2-0 win vs. TFC on 7/9  Set up two of three goals from central midfield with accurate crosses in 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30, earning an assist on Brian Ching’s header  Scored dramatic game-tying goal with accurate shot from outside penalty area in 84th minute of 1-1 tie at PHI on 8/6  Started at center back in 2-2 tie at CLB on 9/14 and moved into midfield to set up Calen Carr’s gametying goal in 86th minute  Consensus man of the match in 1-0 win at FCD on 9/24 after helping defense post shutout from center back and heading in game-winning goal in 87th minute Last goal: 9/24/11 at FC Dallas Last assist: 9/14/11 at Columbus Last yellow card: 9/10/11 at Kansas City Last red card: 10/10/10 vs. New England


21 HUNTER FREEMAN

DF 5-11 175

Born: 1/8/85, Tyler, TX Age: 26 Last Club: IK Start (Norway) Experienced defender and Texas native acquired in the offseason after two years in Norway. MLS: 23 GP, 22 GS, 1,909 mins, 1 G, 2 A Reserves: 4 GS, 337 mins, 0 G, 0 A Career Playoffs: 2 GS, 180 mins, 0 G, 0 A (2007 w. NY)  Regular at right back much of the season before shifting to substitute role in September  Scored late game-winning goal in goal-line scramble in 1-0 win vs. NE on 4/17  Assisted on Cam Weaver’s goal with long throw-in to clinch 4-1 win vs. DC on 4/29  Made his 100th career MLS appearance in 1-1 tie vs. KC on 7/16  Returned to starting lineup in 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30 and contributed assist with deft pass to Colin Clark to set up third goal Last start: 9/10/11 at Kansas City Last goal: 4/17/11 vs. New England Last assist: 7/30/11 vs. Seattle Last yellow card: 8/17/11 at New England Last MLS red card: 8/26/06 at Chicago (w. COL)

24 TYLER DERIC

GK 6-3 195 HG

Born: 8/30/88, Houston, TX Last Club: Dynamo Academy First ever Academy product who served as No. 2 goalkeeper after strong outings in 2010.

Age: 23

Reserves: 10 GS, 900 mins, 1.10 GAA, 6 shutouts, 6-4-0  Served as Tally Hall’s backup throughout 2011 season  Open Cup: Started qualifier vs. KC on 4/6 and turned in strong performance with four saves, including point-blank stop on Omar Bravo, as Dynamo lost 1-0 in extra time  Other: Played 90 minutes in Dynamo Charities Cup vs. Bolton Wanderers on 7/20 and made four saves in 2-0 loss  Played 90 minutes in 3-0 friendly win vs. Monterrey on 9/4 and made four saves to earn first shutout of the season

 Reserves: Led MLS Reserve League with six shutouts while playing every minute of all 10 games Last start: 4/6/11 vs. Sporting KC (USOC) Last shutout: 10/16/10 at San Jose Most saves (‘11): 4, 4/6/11 vs. Sporting KC (USOC) Most saves (Career): 5, 10/23/10 vs. Seattle

25 BRIAN CHING

FW 6-1 195

Born: 5/24/78, Haleiwa, HI Last Club: San Jose Earthquakes Dynamo all-time leading scorer and team captain. United States international (45 caps, 11 goals).

Age: 33

MLS: 20 GP, 15 GS, 1,242 mins, 5 G, 1 A Career Playoffs: 18 GP, 16 GS, 1,530 mins, 7 G, 1 A  Was limited to 1,242 minutes in 20 appearances due to injury, the lowest minute total of his Houston career, but still tied for team lead with five goals  Has missed time with injuries to hamstring, ribs, foot, and adductor  Made first start at NY on 4/2 but left game in first half after two collisions with goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul  Made second start on 6/25 at DC and inspired club to come-from-behind 2-2 tie by drawing a penalty kick and scoring dramatic game-tying goal with header in 89th minute  Notched first assist of season with difficult through ball to Danny Cruz for opening goal in 2-0 win vs. TFC on 7/9  Ejected in 1-1 tie vs. KC on 7/16  Returned and keyed 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30, contributing to Colin Clark’s first goal and notching two of his own -- a header and a back-post one-timer -- to reach 75 goals in his MLS career  Scored eventual game-winning goal in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14, curling in a right-footed shot inside the penalty area  Tied game at 1-1 with one-time finish in dramatic 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20, his fourth goal in five games Last goal: 8/20/11 vs. Real Salt Lake Last assist: 7/9/11 vs. Toronto FC Last yellow card: 8/21/10 vs. Chicago Last red card: 7/16/11 vs. Kansas City


26 COREY ASHE

DF 5-5 154

29 CARLO COSTLY

FW 6-2 187

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Born: 3/14/86, Orange County, CA Age: 25 Last Club: University of North Carolina Career midfielder switched to left back early in season and earned MLS All-Star selection.

Born: 7/18/82, San Pedro Sula, Honduras Age: 29 Last Club: Atlas de Guadalajara (Mexico) Talented, experienced forward acquired in August 2011. Honduras international (51 caps, 20 goals).

MLS: 32 GP, 30 GS, 2,617 mins, 0 G, 0 A Reserves: 1 GS, 45 mins, 0 G, 0 A Career Playoffs: 3 GP, 60 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Began season at right midfield but became starter at left back, starting 28 games at left back  Named MLS All-Star for the first time and played 29 minutes in All-Star Game vs. Manchester United on 7/27  Appeared in 100th career MLS match in 1-1 tie at SEA on 3/25  First moved to left back on 4/2 vs. NY to match up with Dane Richards  Made 150th career appearance for Dynamo in all competitions in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25  Open Cup: Came on as a substitute and played 44 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6

MLS: 11 GP, 7 GS, 576 mins, 1 G, 1 A  Contributed one goal and one assist while helping Houston to strong finish  Made Dynamo and MLS debut as substitute and helped Houston rally from behind in 1-1 tie at PHI on 8/6  Made first start in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14  Helped Dynamo rally for 1-1 tie on 8/17 at NE, heading shot from corner kick that was saved, leading to Bobby Boswell’s goal  Earned first MLS assist by feeding Brad Davis to set up Brian Ching’s goal in 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20  Was ejected in 3-0 loss at KC on 9/10  Drew foul that led to opening goal in 2-0 win at POR on 10/14 that helped clinch playoff spot  Scored first MLS goal with powerful header in 3-1 win vs. LA on 10/23

Last goal: 9/22/09 vs. Árabe Unido (CCL) Last assist: 10/10/10 vs. New England Last yellow card: 8/20/11 vs. Real Salt Lake Last red card: 8/26/09 at Árabe Unido (CCL)

28 EVAN NEWTON

GK 6-2 185

Born: 4/1/88, Virginia Beach, VA Age: 23 Last Club: Old Dominion University Rookie goalkeeper with good size and experience selected in 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. NASL: 2 GS, 180 mins, 1.50 GAA, 1 shutout, 1-0-1  Rookie goalkeeper was loaned out to FC Tampa Bay of the NASL from May-October and did not appear for Houston  NASL: Made two league appearances for FC Tampa Bay, posting a 1-0-1 record and one shutout  Made first appearance for Tampa Bay in second half of friendly against EPL club Bolton Wanderers on 7/14, making six stops and earning victory in 1-0 win  Made league debut and made four saves to record shutout in 4-0 win at Atlanta on 8/6  Made eight saves in wild 3-3 tie at Montreal on 8/10

Last goal: 10/23/11 vs. LA Galaxy Last assist: 8/20/11 vs. Real Salt Lake Last yellow card: 10/23/11 vs. LA Galaxy Last red card: 9/10/11 at Kansas City


31 ANDRE HAINAULT

DF 6-0 180

Born: 6/17/86, Montréal, QC, Canada Last Club: FK SIAD Most (Czech Rep.) Defender who can play outside or center back. Canada international (24 caps, 2 goals).

MLS: 31 GS, 2,790 mins, 1 G, 0 A Career Playoffs: 3 GS, 330 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Defensive stalwart played almost every minute when not on national team duty  After opening season as starting left back, started much of the season at center back before moving to right back in September  Played every minute of the first 13 games of the season, in the process setting a club record for most consecutive minutes by a field player with 2,925  Named to MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week for standout performance in 0-0 tie at RSL on 5/14  Rested on 9/14 at CLB, his first start missed when available for the Dynamo since 5/29/10, ending a streak of 4,095 minutes played when available  Returned to lineup at right back in 2-1 win vs. SJ on 9/17 and stayed on the outside the rest of the season  Scored first goal of the season by heading in a free kick to help Dynamo clinch playoff spot with 2-0 win at POR on 10/14  Went entire season without receiving yellow card until finale vs. LA on 10/23 Last goal: 10/14/11 at Portland Last assist: 7/31/10 vs. New York Last yellow card: 10/23/11 at LA Galaxy Last red card: 8/26/09 at Árabe Unido (CCL)

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32 BOBBY BOSWELL

DF 6-2 185

Born: 3/15/83, Austin, TX Age: 28 Last Club: D.C. United Backbone of the Dynamo’s since joining club in 2008. United States international (3 caps). MLS: 28 GP, 27 GS, 2,460 mins, 5 G, 1 A Reserves: 2 GS, 180 mins, 0 G, 0 A Career Playoffs: 10 GP, 9 GS, 924 mins, 0 G, 0 A  Scored a career-high five goals to tie for the team lead, adding one assist  Contributed goal and assist in first half of 3-1 win vs. VAN on 4/10, equaling his MLS scoring output from the previous two seasons combined  Notched second goal of season to tie match with late header in 1-1 tie at CHI on 4/23  Scored in consecutive games on 8/17 and 8/20 to earn MLS Player of the Week honors from the website Soccer By Ives … Netted dramatic equalizer with close-range tap-in at 90-minute mark of 1-1 tie at NE on 8/17 ... Headed in corner kick to tie game 2-2 in come-from-behind 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20  Scored fifth goal of season early in second half of 3-1 win vs. LA on 10/23  Open Cup: Wore captain’s armband and played all 120 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6 Last goal: 10/23/11 vs. LA Galaxy Last assist: 4/10/11 vs. Vancouver Last yellow card: 9/24/11 at FC Dallas Last red card: 7/24/10 at Columbus LEGEND GK-goalkeeper; DF-defender; MF-midfielder; FW-forward; I-international; HG-home-grown; GA-Generation adidas; USOC-United States Open Cup; CCL-CONCACAF Champions League


2011 HOUSTON DYNAMO STATISTICS, ALL GAMES (13-11-13) Includes MLS regular season, U.S. Open Cup qualifying, Dynamo Charities Cup, friendly

UNF POS PLAYER GP GS MIN 1 GK Tally Hall 34 34 3060 20 MF Geoff Cameron 34 34 3035 11 MF Brad Davis 36 35 2990 31 DF Andre Hainault 32 32 2850 32 DF Bobby Boswell 31 30 2760 26 DF Corey Ashe 35 31 2734 21 DF Hunter Freeman 24 23 2059 12 FW Will Bruin 27 22 1806 15 FW Cam Weaver 31 19 1803 7 MF Colin Clark 32 21 1725 MF Lovel Palmer 20 17 1570 5 MF Danny Cruz 23 14 1311 25 FW Brian Ching 21 16 1287 10 MF Je-Vaughn Watson 23 12 1230 16 MF Adam Moffat 14 13 1193 4 DF Jermaine Taylor 13 10 925 8 DF Kofi Sarkodie 10 8 777 17 MF Luiz Camargo 8 7 604 29 FW Carlo Costly 11 7 577 DF Mike Chabala 8 3 386 9 FW Jason Garey 13 3 374 3 FW Calen Carr 9 4 371 2 DF Eddie Robinson 4 4 304 24 GK Tyler Deric 3 3 300 19 MF Alex Dixon 9 2 294 FW Koke 7 2 233 18 MF Josue Soto 2 0 48 DF Jordan Graye 1 0 34 FW Dominic Oduro 1 0 29 13 MF Francisco Navas Cobo 2 0 28 own goals TEAM 37 37 3360 OPPONENT 37 37 3360

G 0 5 5 1 5 0 1 5 5 4 1 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 48 41

A 1 5 17 0 1 0 2 1 1 3 0 3 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

C 1 2 5 1 7 2 2 1 3 1 5 6 0 3 4 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

42 37

54 46

8 5

UNF GOALKEEPER GP GS MIN SH SV GA GAA PG PA W L T SO 1 Tally Hall 34 34 3060 140 99 41 1.21 5 5 12 9 13 6 24 Tyler Deric 3 3 300 15 12 3 0.90 0 0 1 2 0 1 TEAM 37 37 3360 152 111 44 1.09 5 5 13 11 13 7 OPPONENT 37 37 3360 161 113 48 1.29 4 4 11 13 13 10


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