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MLS Game Summary - D.C. United at Houston



(Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Houston 4, D.C. United 3

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Brian Ching scored twice and Stuart Holden had a goal and an assist, as the U.S. national team players led the Houston Dynamo to a 4-3 win over D.C. United on Saturday in their first MLS game since June.

Brad Davis opened the scoring for Houston and Ching scored a pair of goals in just over a minute to cap a three-goal outburst late in the first half and the Dynamo clinched the wild win when Holden converted a penalty kick after half.

Luciano Emilio came off the bench to score two of United's three second-half goals, the second in the 87th, but D.C. couldn't finish the comeback. Fred had United's other goal.

Houston (10-5-5) bounced back from its first loss at Robertson Stadium in more than a year - 1-0 to the New England Revolution last week - to secure the best record in MLS.

United (6-4-10) lost for the second time in its last five and has just one win in its last six.

Davis opened Houston's scoring outburst in the 36th with a shot that skipped through traffic and beat D.C. goalie Josh Wicks to the far post. Dominic Oduro and Mike Chabala assisted the goal.

Ching followed with his sixth goal of the season in the 38th, sending a blast into the upper-right corner from 16 yards after a turnover by D.C. Oduro added his second assist on the goal, and Holden also assisted on the strike.

Ching followed just a minute later with his seventh of the season, converting an assist from Chabala in the 39th with another shot into the right side.

Emilio cut into the deficit early in the second half, converting a long pass from Bryan Namoff for his seventh of the season.

But Oduro drew a questionable penalty kick in the 65th, and Holden easily beat Wicks for his fifth of the season and the eventual game-winner.

Fred converted a pass from Jaime Moreno in the 74th for his second of the year and Emilio added his eighth off an assist from Burch in the closing minutes to set up an exciting finish where both teams had chances but neither converted.

Houston begins a two-game week Thursday at FC Dallas, which crushed the Kansas City Wizards 6-0 on Saturday. Houston also hosts Chicago on Sunday. United has next week off before visiting Toronto FC.

08/01 23:00:16 ET