HOUSTON - APRIL 17: Lovel Palmer #22 of the Houston Dynamo celebrates his first half goal with his teammates at Robertson Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

SuperLiga 2010: Dynamo Draw With Chivas USA, 1-1

The Houston Dynamo battle Chivas USA in their second match of the 2010 SuperLiga tournament at Robertson Stadium.

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Pictures: Dynamo Draw Against Chivas USA in SuperLiga

Last night, the Houston Dynamo looked for revenge against Chivas USA after the Goats knocked Houston out of the U.S. Open Cup just over a week ago. While Houston dominated the game, they were unable to win, and ended the game sharing the points with Chivas. 

Katy Umana, a friend of SBNation Houston, witnessed Houston's win and was able to snap a few shots of some of the highlights.

 

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Midfielder Lovel Palmer collects the ball before netting the game's opening goal. 

 

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Dominic Oduro pushes up the field and creates space against Chivas USA's defense. It was Oduro's run and pass that set up the Lovel Palmer goal. 

 

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Corey Ashe has a cross blocked by a Chivas USA defender. Ashe had a decent game and was effective crossing from the side of the pitch.  

 

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Andrew Hainault (left, orange) battles in the air with Michael Umana (4, center) and Ante Jazic (6, right) for possession of the ball.  

 

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Corey Ashe goes on a run do the right side of the pitch. 

 

For a look at all of Katy's amazing work, please check out her flickr page here.

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Padilla and Palmer The Difference In SuperLiga Draw

Jesus Padilla and Lovel Palmer were the difference makers in Sunday night’s SuperLiga draw between the Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA.

Lovel Palmer opened up the scoring early in the first half when he scored off of a Dominic Oduro cross that was deflected by a Chivas USA defender. Palmer, who started the match as a center-attacking midfielder, was able to collect the ball, take his time, and coolly slot one home from inside the box.

The Dynamo had a number of half-chances throughout the first half, but were unable to convert any other attacks into significant scoring opportunities.

Despite controlling nearly all of the possession in the first half, the Dynamo defense was kept busy and Tally Hall was forced to make an impressive save against Jesus Padilla, who was substituted on early in the match following an injury to Jonathan Bornstein. Padilla found himself 1-on-1 with an onrushing Tally Hall who had run about 15 yards off his line to shut down the attack. Padilla struck a clean shot, but Hall was able to use his body to deflect it away from goal.

Following that save, Chivas USA looked a bit better and was able to maintain possession for spells of time. However, Houston was still the better team in the first half.

The second half was a bit more of the same for both teams. Chivas was able to build a few more attacks, but the Dynamo continued to shut them down and quickly regain possession. Houston had a few chances early in the half and a Lovel Palmer blast from about 35 yards tested Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

It was Chivas, though, who surprised with a goal in the 71st minute. Jesus Padilla was able to get on the end of a corner kick and bury in a goal with his head. On replay, the Dynamo defense broke down and Padilla was left completely unmarked; it almost looked like Houston was not ready for the kick. Tally Hall could do nothing to stop the shot and found themselves level with Chivas with only 19 minutes remaining.

The Dynamo came closest to scoring a winner, twice failing to score from inside the box. The first attempt came when Joseph Ngwenya missed a sitter of a header inside the six-yard box, and the second occurred in stoppage time when forward Cam Weaver was denied a winner after his shot bounced wildly off the pitch.

Tonight’s draw keeps Houston in good position to advance with four points ahead of Wednesday’s game and helps keep Chivas USA’s tournament hopes alive. As it stands now (ahead of the Pachuca/Puebla match), Houston leads the group with four points, Puebla is in second with three points, Chivas in third with one point, and Pachuca in last with no points.

The group could get very interesting depending on tonight’s Pachuca v. Puebla match. If Pachuca wins, they will have three points and will be hoping to beat Chivas USA midweek, theoretically giving them 6 points. If the two Mexican teams draw, Pachuca will only have one point and Puebla will have six, putting pressure on the Houston Dynamo to win their game on Wednesday. If Puebla wins, they will be guaranteed to advance beyond the group stage and won’t need to pick up any sort of result against Houston.

Regardless of what happens in the second of tonight’s games, the draw between Houston and Chivas USA keeps hopes alive for both teams and results in what could be a fantastic finish to group play.

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Full Time: Padilla Goal Enough For A Draw With Houston

Jesus Padilla’s second half equalizer for Chivas USA was all the Goats needed in order to share tonight’s points with Houston Dynamo. Both teams had chances throughout the second half, but only Padilla was able to convert when he headed in a goal off of a corner kick.

Check back here for more post game thoughts in a bit.

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Jesus Padilla Equalizes for Chivas In the 71st Minute

In the 71st minute Chivas USA midfielder Jesus Padilla scored the equalizing goal with a header off of a corner kick. Padilla was left totally unmarked in the box and scored with ease. Goalkeeper Tally Hall could do nothing to save the shot and was quick to get after his defense.

After allowing an easy goal like that, it looks like Houston could practice their marking on set pieces.

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SuperLiga 2010: Dynamo Lead 1-0 At Half

The Houston Dynamo opened up tonight’s second SuperLiga match looking like a team with something to prove. After being knocked out of U.S. Open Cup by Chivas USA just over a week ago, Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear’s team came out of the locker room looking for revenge against the Goats from Southern California. Chivas USA’s line-up indicated that the team has to take something from tonight’s match if they want to stay in this competition. However, the team’s play at the start of the half was uninspired and allowed the Dynamo to immediately take control of the match.

After coming out strong, Houston’s effort and focus were awarded when Lovel Palmer scored a goal in the sixth minute. The goal came off a deflected Dominic Oduro cross that found the feet of Palmer, who took his time before slotting a shot home into the corner of the net. Palmer started the match in the center-attacking midfield role and is clearly enjoying taking his chances on goal.

The Dynamo continued to push in attack and saw a number of chances almost materialize but were unable to double their lead. Thus far, Houston has controlled all aspects of the match and has looked the better side. The team clearly realizes that a win tonight effectively could knock Chivas USA out of the competition and would allow them to cruise on Wednesday night when they take on Puebla from the Primera Division in Mexico.

Chivas USA’s best chance of the first half came in the 26th minute when Tally Hall ran about 15 yards off of his line at an onrushing Jesus Padilla, who shot, only to have Hall save with his body. Following that save, Chivas USA looked a bit better and was able to maintain possession for spells of time. However, Houston was stil the better team in the first half and will be hoping the second half brings more of the same.

Both teams have accumulated for a few cards and it will be interesting to see if either team loses players if the match stays physical. A hot and humid Houston night may slow down the second half, but the Dynamo will be looking to shut down a Chivas USA in need of a win.

Check back here for more updates in the second half.

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Lovel Palmer Gives Dynamo 1-0 Lead In Sixth Minute

Lovel Palmer scored the opening goal in the 6th minute after coolly slotting in a shot from inside the box after a Dominic Oduro cross deflected to him. Oduro’s cross came after he made a fantastic run into the corner of the pitch and used his speed to create space.

The Houston Dynamo have really come out strong so far tonight and it is clear they realize that a win tonight means they can cruise on Wednesday against Puebla. Chivas USA will have to respond quickly if they want to hang in the game and have any chance of advancing out of the group stage of the SuperLiga tournament.

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Line-Ups: Chivas Start Best In Must Win

Chivas USA are using what looks like their best possible line-up for tonight’s SuperLiga match. Following last week’s loss to Puebla, Chivas need to get something from tonight’s match to continue play in this tournament.

Here is Chivas USA’s starting XI:

GK: Kennedy
D: Borja
D: Umana
D: Delgado
D: Jazic
M: Espinoza
M: Saragosa
M: Gavin
M: Bornstein
F: Lahoud
F: Maldonado.

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Line-Ups: Dynamo Mixing Youth and Veterans To Protect Players

The Houston Dynamo look to be playing the usual 4-4-2 tonight and are fielding a team with a mix of back-ups and the usual starters. The mixed line-up doesn’t necessarily mean Coach Kinnear’s team is taking the night off or thinks Chivas USA will be an easy opponent; more likely, the Dynamo are resting a few players ahead of Wednesday’s match against Puebla and this weekend’s match in Columbus against the crew.

Here is the starting line-up:

GK: Hall
RB: Hainault
CB: Boswell
CB: Robinson
LB: Chabala
CDM: Serioux
LM: Davis
RM: Ashe
CAM: Palmer
F: Oduro
F: Weaver

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SuperLiga 2010: Houston Dynamo Vs. Chivas USA, 7:00 CST

The Houston Dynamo face Chivas USA in their second match of the 2010 SuperLiga tournament Sunday night at Robertson Stadium. In their first SuperLiga match on July 15, the Dynamo defeated Mexican rival Pachuca 2-1 behind striker Joseph Ngwenya's timely double.

Tonight, the Dynamo take on a Chivas team that is coming off a 2-1 loss in their SuperLiga opener against Puebla FC. Michael Umana scored the lone goal for Chivas. This came on the day that the club premiered its three latest additions to the roster: Mexican League veteran midfielder Rodolfo Espinoza, Venezuelan forward Giancarlo Maldonado and Paulo Nagamura.

Chivas will be looking for a better result with the new trio of players. Come out to Robertson tonight to support your Dynamo!

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