MLS Game Summary - Houston at FC Dallas

(Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: FC Dallas 1, Houston 0

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - Jeff Cunningham followed up his four-goal outing with the match-winning goal against the Houston Dynamo on Thursday, leading FC Dallas to a 1-0 win at Pizza Hut Park.

Cunningham scored four goals in a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, and added his fifth in his last two matches in the 20th minute to up his career total to 113 - which ranks third all-time in MLS.

FC Dallas (6-9-5) won back-to-back games for the first time all year and moved level with Real Salt Lake for sixth in the Western Conference.

Houston (10-6-5) has the best record in MLS, but has just one win in its last five matches and two in its last eight.

Dallas was impressive early, as Cunningham nearly scored on the first scoring chance of the match and Brek Shea drilled the crossbar in the fifth minute.

Cunningham was handed a chance to give Dallas in the lead in the 12th when he was fouled just inside the penalty area by Bobby Boswell but failed to convert the spot kick.

Houston goalie Pat Onstad bailed out his defender with a diving save, but the league's top goalie couldn't deny Cunningham again later in the half.

Cunningham avoided Boswell to win the ball about 35 yards out, dribbled around another Houston player and then slotted perfectly into the right side for his ninth of the season, which is tied for second in the league.

Neither side was impressive in the second half, with Houston's lowlight coming in the 74th minute when Brad Davis received a red card while on the bench.

Dallas nearly put the match away in the 86th when Andre Rocha drilled the bar, but its defense did well against Houston's solid offense, allowing just one shot that Dario Sala handled.

FCD posted just its third shutout of the season, and will try to build on the win July 15 at the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew.

Houston returns home Sunday to host the Chicago Fire, who are currently second in the Eastern Conference.

08/06 22:55:29 ET