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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 contention.

"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 Davis.

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 no chance.

"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