HOUSTON - JULY 21: Dominic Oduro #23 of the Houston Dynamo is knocked off the ball by Orlando Rincon #2 of Puebla in the second half of SuperLiga play at Robertson Stadium on July 21 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

SuperLiga: Dynamo Win 1-0 To Advance Out Of Group Stage

The Houston Dynamo take on Puebla of Mexico in tonight's SuperLiga clash. Houston need a result to control their own destiny, but could advance with a loss if Chivas fails to produce against Pachuca.

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Final: Dynamo Win 1-0 To Set Up Clash With Morelia

Oscar Reyna just sounded the final whistle and Houston advance to play against Morelia of Mexico. It was a scrappy and ugly game here in Houston, but all that matters is the Dynamo won and continue in the tournament.

Check back here later for some more information and analysis on tonight’s match.


Handbags! Puebla and Houston Literally Fight It Out! Red Cards Fly!

Too much to happening to coherently report, but here’s what you need to know.

In the 87th minute Anthony Obodai and a Puebla player clashed in the middle of the field. A fight broke out and two Puebla players received red cards for the altercation. At least one Dynamo player received a yellow card.

Just over one minute later, Dominic Oduro sprinted down the pitch and was set up for a 1-on-1 with Juan Garcia Rulfo only to be brought down from the side inside of the box. Apparently referee Reyna thought Oduro dove and gave him a yellow card. He then thought that Oduro already was on a yellow and gave him a red card. There was some confusion as to if Oduro was already on a yellow and the referee caught it too late, having already sent the forward off.

All of this occurred after Dynamo midfielder Danny Cruz was sent off in the 77th minute for a second yellow card.


Hainault Nearly Doubles Lead For Houston

Just two minutes after Dominic Oduro opened up the game with a goal, defender Andrew Hainault nearly doubled Houston’s lead off of a free kick. The ball was delivered behind the wall and into Hainault’s path, but instead of tapping the ball in, he tried shooting, propelling the ball just over the goal.


Oduro Gives Houston The Edge In the 64th Minute

Dynamo forward and substitute Dominic Oduro opened up the scoring in the 64th minute when he scored off of a set piece. The pass came in and Cam Weaver headed a shot on target, but substitute keeper Juan Garcia Rulfo blocked it off the line and back into play, only to have Oduro shoot/deflect the ball into the back of the net.

The goal may not have been pretty, but it puts Houston in great position to advance out of the group stage.


Half-Time: Dynamo and Puebla Drawing In SuperLiga Sleeper

The first half of tonight’s SuperLiga game in Houston was so languid the referee stole the show and has been the most discussable component of tonight’s match so far. Referee Oscar Reyna of Guatemala has been the main story of the first half and has been incredibly inconsistent in his calls and has slowed the game down. No one ever wants to see a referee interject himself in the game, but we are unfortunately seeing that right now. Hopefully, Reyna will swallow his whistle in the second half and let the two teams play.

The action on the field has been pretty quiet but Puebla has looked the most dangerous of the two sides. They may not be starting their best line-up, but the squad looks good and is very quick. Early in the match, Puebla’s forwards were able to exploit the Dynamo back line’s lack of pace and get behind for scoring chances. As the half progressed, Houston’s midfield did a better job of holding up the ball and controlling possession, giving the defense a rest while keeping Puebla away from goal. However, Puebla’s offense has the potency to strike without warning, and, like we have seen throughout the season, Houston has been vulnerable on the counter-attack.

Puebla’s best chance of the half came in the seventh minute when one of the forwards missed a sitter of a header from inside the six that bounced off the pitch and over the goal. The Mexican attack had a few runs get behind Houston’s back line, but the Dynamo defense ultimately was able to shut down the attack and regain possession.

The Dynamo’s best look at goal came in the 37th minute Brad Davis sent a corner kick into the box. Adrian Serioux and Edgar Hernandez battled in the air for the ball and Serioux was able to get his head on it, but the shot was blocked down. He was able to take another shot at goal but it was deflected to Cam Weaver who attempted a bicycle kick but was called for a foul. Houston has been able to mount a few attacks, but build-up play outside the box has been slow, allowing the Puebla defense to track back and shut down any chance of goal.

Ultimately, both teams look like they are playing for the draw. With Puebla already qualified for the next round and Houston only needing a draw, both teams seem to be satisfied seeing this one out as a nil-nil tie.

Check back here for second half highlights and analysis as soon as anything happens.


Line-Ups: Puebla Field Conservative Starting XI

Puebla looks to be starting a relatively conservative starting XI mixing a few starters with a some players who typically play back-up roles.

Here’s Puebla’s starting XI:

F: Felipe Ayala
F: Isidro Sanchez
M: Edgar Lugo
M: Carlos Rivera
M: Yasser Corona
M: Felipe Gonzalez
D: Alvaro Ortiz
D: Juan Garcia
D: Melvin Brown
D: Orlando Rincon
GK: Edgar Hernandez

Subs: Juan Garcia Rulfo (GK), Pablo Aja, Jose Gonzalez, Gabriel Pereyra, Alvaro Gonzalez, Mario Ortiz, Rodrigo Salinas


Line-Ups: Anthony Obodai Gets First Official Start For Houston

Line-Ups: Anthony Obodai Gets First Official Start

The Dynamo are starting with a mix of veterans and young talent. Of note, Anthony Obodai, Houston’s new signing gets his first start as an official member of the squad. Lovel Palmer looks to return to the CAM position he has flourished in lately and Adrian Serioux fills in at center-back to give Bobby Boswell a rest.

Here’s the complete line-up:
F: Cam Weaver
F: Joseph Ngwenya
M: Brad Davis
M: Anthony Obodai
M: Lovel Palmer
M: Danny Cruz
D: Mike Chabala
D: Adrian Serioux
D: Ryan Cochrane
D: Andrew Hainault
GK: Tally Hall

Subs: Tyler Deric (GK), Richard Mulrooney, Brian Mullan, Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell, Brian Ching, Dominic Oduro


SuperLiga: Dynamo In Must-Win Against Puebla

The Houston Dynamo face Puebla of the Mexican Primera Division in tonight's SuperLiga clash at Robertson Stadium in Houston. Puebla are in the fortunate position of already qualifying for the next round after being both Pachuca and Chivas USA. The story is a bit different for the Houston Dynamo who need a result to make things easy of them to qualify. A win or a draw see Houston advance out of the group stage, but Houston may advance with a draw depending on how Chivas USA fares against Pachuca in Los Angeles.

It is a hot and humid night and we just had rain, so the pitch should be slick.

Check back here for line-ups which should be posted shortly and updates throughout the match.

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