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Goalie Scores, but Dynamo Falters

A long ball by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall from his own end does not appear to touch anyone and bounces into the net during a Champions League match at Metapan in El Salvador on Wednesday night. Foul on Brian Ching? Nothing called, goal counts, Metapan fumes. Unfortunately for the Dynamo, it wasn't enough. Needing a victory to clinch a quarterfinal berth, Houston lost on the road, 3-2, to a winless opponent that had been outscored 17-0, sending Panama's Arabe Unido to the knockout stage. Huge disappointment for MLS.

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2009; 11:35 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS  
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Crazy stuff, and no astroturf to blame. Too bad Houston got bounced 3-2.

Posted by: rademaar | October 22, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Obviously, it's Garber's fault.

Posted by: very_clever_username | October 22, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I hope people are as hard on Houston as they were on the MLS clubs that slipped up last year. Out of the 5 groups MLS teams have drawn in this tournament thus far, Houston had the easiest. This is just as bad as New England getting knocked out by Joe Public or Chivas losing to Tauro FC last year.

No disrespect to Metapan, but there isn't a single MLS starter on their team, and probably only a couple that could even make an MLS bench regularly. They really aren't very good at all. They keep their shape, they work hard, but other than that there's not much to them. I guess people might try to point out that the third goal was unlucky for the Dynamo, but any claims of bad luck are wiped away when your keeper scores from 80+ yards to pull you level at the end of a dreadful first half. Plain and simple, this was a winnable game and a group they should have gotten out of with ease.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 22, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Obviously, it's Garber's fault.

Posted by: very_clever_username | October 22, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse


Blah blah blah... fix schedule congestion... blah blah blah... increase roster limits... blah blah blah... increase the salary cap...

Posted by: Kenobi | October 22, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

That looks like a clean play from Ching. If anything, the goalie encroached on Ching's position.

Posted by: redskinsux | October 22, 2009 2:35 AM | Report abuse

How were the announcers so calm? It's like they didn't want to be there.

Posted by: nycrishi | October 22, 2009 2:47 AM | Report abuse

y@ nycrishi

There appears to be a meteor. It is not particularly large, but it is definitely heading toward the stadium.

Are you sure it's a meteor?

Oh, sure, whatever. Saw one once. I think we are all destined to die here today.

In other news...

That was one freak goal.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 22, 2009 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Wait... Why was Tally Hall even in this match? Haven't the Dynamo already clinched their spot in the MLS Playoffs? I haven't seen the rest of the highlights, but I'm guessing there's a pretty good chance that Pat Onstad wouldn't have given up 3 goals.

Posted by: DCUMD | October 22, 2009 6:49 AM | Report abuse

DCUMD, Tally Hall was in the match because the other reserve, Tally Ho, was out fox-hunting.

Kenobi, You forgot blah, blah, therse are meaningless "Cups" which no one watches or cares about anyway. Blah, blah...

Posted by: Ron16 | October 22, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Pathetic MLS, PATHETIC!!! Any arguments Garber has against increasing both the roster size and salary cap for every team is out the window. Of course the owners want to make more money, yeah, and the customers want to keep watching mediocre MLS teams get bounced by low level clubs in EL SALVADOR!!! Sigh....

Posted by: elfelixg | October 22, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

it isnt roster size/salary cap its RESERVE DIVISION.

Honestly CCC CL is going to be impossible for MLS teams to compete in as long as both CL and MLS schedules stay the way they are.

1) Major congestion during the late 2 months of MLS play

2) The knock-out rounds are during our pre-season, while mexican teams are just finishing up one of their seasons.

3) Can someone verify if teams get to submit new rosters for the knock-out stage?

other than that, my Dynamo were pitifully in need of some finishing last night. Oduro is not an answer and I don't think Ching has had proper form since missing Confeds Cup, I really think Landin would have helped last night (even if he cannot run to save his life). If anything this gives Dynamo a reason to focus completely on MLS for the first time in... oh wait, since early summer when they didn't lose in 10+ matches. :D D D D A L E D Y N A M O

Posted by: crocken | October 22, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen, the CONCACAF Champions League!

Posted by: Kev29 | October 22, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Could there have been more lifeless commentary from the FSC commentators? Sounded like Rogandino and Sullivan, and they came across like they just didn't care.

Posted by: mmathai1 | October 22, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Houston deserved to lose. If you give up such a stupid goal as the first when the defender hesitated to clear the ball and then Oduro misses two sitters, what more could be said? Oduro is useless.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | October 22, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I think the lesson here is every MLS team needs to be sponsored by Bimbo. And every WPS team for that matter.

Does the League have another official pre-made toast sponsorship?

Posted by: IamAM | October 22, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

If anything, Ching was pushed into the goalie. Good no call; but nine times out of ten that's called against Ching.

Can't believe the MLS is so crappy in these tournaments. But, with such small rosters what do we really expect?

Posted by: hacksaw | October 22, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Wait... Why was Tally Hall even in this match?

Posted by: DCUMD

That was my first thought as well -- their first team should've been playing.

Posted by: Reignking | October 22, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Crocken makes a good point about the lack of reserve division. I'd like to see MLS bring this back next year. They could find a way to make it less of a financial drain on the clubs. Maybe separate it into a couple smaller divisions so DC/NY/Phi play each other a bunch of times. I just don't see how we can ever expect guys like John DiRaimondo and Ely Allen (and even Danny Szetela) to improve when they only get to play in 3-4 matches a year.

Posted by: DCUMD | October 22, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Chest_Rockwell, wow, relax there, buddy. it's just a game. why so angry? also, Houston WAS one of those teams from last year.

Posted by: fed-up-united | October 22, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Houston returning to last season's form as the biggest chokers in MLS.

Posted by: Brokenbil | October 23, 2009 5:30 AM | Report abuse

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