Thursday, March 15, 2007

CONCACAF Champions Cup - The Early Report: Is an all-MLS final in the works? Though badly outplayed and outworked during the first half, the Houston Dynamo counterattacked well in the second half and left College Station with a surprising 2-0 goal lead after the first leg of the home and home series. Brian Ching took a chipped pass, from Paul Dalglish, over the defense, and headed it home into the corner of the goal. It appeared that Ching was in an offsides position behind the Pachuca defense. Despite protestations from Pachuca defenders no offsides was called. With the Dynamo working to protect their one-goal lead, Craig Waibel headed a ball of the line and preserving the lead. The Dynamo's best player, Dwayne DeRosario came on as a late substitution to get his feet wet against Pachuca, and he soon reaped an unexpected dividend. DeRosario played a nice ball into space for Brad Davis. After catching up to the ball, Davis delivered a great cross that was knocked home by Chris Wondolowski.

In the second-half of the TV doubleheader treat, D.C United take on Chivas of Guadalajara, from rain-soaked R.F.K. Stadium in D.C. Still suffering from a bug of some kind, I've chosen to stay warm and dry, watching the game on TV. Hopefully, D.C. will have one more home game in the Champions Cup tourney, hosting the first leg of the final. I'll make sure to be there, whatever the weather. You can look for my take on tonight's game in a couple of hours.

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