MLS Game Summary - Houston at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Houston 1, Philadelphia 1
Chester, PA (Sports Network) - Sebastien Le Toux scored his 13th goal of the
season and the Philadelphia Union tied the Houston Dynamo, 1-1, on Saturday at
PPL Park in Major League Soccer.
Andrew Hainault opened the scoring for Houston in the 12th minute, but Le Toux
responded five minutes before half for the Union, who earned their 11th result
in 13 home matches this season.
Philadelphia (7-13-7) is 5-2-6 at home this season, including two early-season
matches at Lincoln Financial Field, but was officially eliminated from playoff
"It's always disappointing when you're not in the playoffs," Union coach Peter
Nowak said, "[but] we still made progress.
"It's [only] a matter of time [before we get better]."
Houston (7-14-6), which was previously eliminated from postseason contention,
earned just its fifth road result of the year. The Dynamo are just two points
off the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Hainault put Houston in position to earn its second straight road win with the
early goal, when he scored his first in 25 matches. Hainault, a defender, ran
onto a rebound at the edge of the six-yard box and scored inside the near post
before Union goalie Brad Knighton could recover from his initial save on Brad
Le Toux had a chance to tie the match inside 25 minutes but, after he drove to
the left side of the area, Houston goalie Pat Onstad raced out and dove to win
the ball off his feet to prevent a shot.
Onstad wasn't as fortunate later in the half, when Roger Torres drove a cross
from the right side that Le Toux settled with a perfect first touch to set up
his team-high 13th goal, also one off the MLS lead.
Le Toux played the pass with his left foot, then in one swift motion unleashed
a right-footed shot to the left side of the net from 12 yards, leaving Onstad
"Spectacular," Nowak said. "His finishing touch was spectacular."
The Dynamo nearly turned a late spell of possession into the match-winner, but
Knighton and the Union were saved by the crossbar on a header from Cam Weaver
in stoppage time. Houston won at D.C. United, 3-1, last weekend.
"Cam Weaver, if he had that chance back, he would've scored," Houston manager
Dominic Kinnear said.
The Union needed a victory to have any chance of making the playoffs, but were
eliminated before the final whistle after Seattle Sounders FC beat Toronto FC,
3-2, earlier Saturday.
Philadelphia hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday in its next match, while
Houston hosts New England Revolution on Oct. 10.
10/02 19:35:19 ET