Article by Pedro Gomes
New York Red Bulls 1, Houston Dynamo 0
The Houston Dynamo traveled to Red Bull Arena to face off against the New York Red Bulls to end their 7 game road stint before they open up BBVA Stadium against DC United this Saturday on NBC Sports. But before they could open up their wonderful new stadium they still had to take care of business at Red Bull Arena. However, it was the New York Red Bulls that came out strong to start the game and got an early goal from Kenny Cooper on a very unconventional goal. Cooper had just lost possession near the top of the box trying to dribble around a couple of Houston Defenders, and just as Houston had won possession Corey Ashe sent a weak back-pass to Tally Hall that he was not expecting. Cooper stayed with the play and hustled toward the ball and Tally Hall lunging clearance ricocheted off of Cooper and into his net to give New York a 1-0 lead in the 7’. New York then appeared to shift more into defensive play for the remainder of the first half and Houston dominated possession but could not find the back of the net. New York’s offense came back to life in the second half with the insertion of Juan Agudelo but Houston still created better opportunities. Houston Captain, Brad Davis had two very good looks at goal but sent a shot over the cross bar for one, and a header just wide of the left post in the other. The gane ended 1-0 in favor of New York and the 11,315 fans left the Arena happy to see New York earn their third straight 1-0 victory.
Chicago Fire 0, Real Salt Lake 0
The Chicago Fire hosted Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park in front of 13,544 supporters. The Fire opened up the game with some good pressure on the Salt Lake defense and got the best chance of the game early in the 3’. Patrick Nyarko sent a dangerous cross to the top of the 6 yard box where Dominic Oduro was waiting for an open header that he sent off the cross bar. The remaining chances of the first half were mostly all long range efforts that did not truly test either keeper. The second half saw more tenacious defense and a couple of half chances that neither team was able to convert. The game ended in a 0-0 draw that Real Salt Lake was more than happy to walk away with a result and 1 point on the road.
FC Dallas, 0 Seattle Sounders 2
The Seattle Sounders traveled to Frisco, TX to face off against FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium where 10,092 supporters were on hand to support their clubs. Seattle nearly jumped ahead to an early lead in the 18’ with a nice quick counter-attack that saw an Andy Rose shot go straight to the feet of Mauro Rosales a few yards in front of goal. Rosales’ initial shot was saved by Hartman and his rebound attempt hit off the crossbar to keep the game at 0-0. FC Dallas nearly took the lead in the 39’ but Scott Sealy’s header was saved off the post by Seattle’s Bryan Meredith. Seattle would eventually break the deadlock in the 68’ when Cordell Cato won an individual battle on the right side of the box and found Freddy Montero near the top of the box. Montero made a quick cut back and lost his defenders and slammed home a near post missile to give Seattle the 1-0 lead. Montero would put the Sounders up 2-0 just a few minutes later when Alex Caskey sent a low hard cross toward the box. The cross took a deflection on the way in and Montero beat his man to the ball with a diving header near the top of the 6 yard box and into the back of the net. The match ended with Seattle stealing 3 point from FC Dallas at home and sets up a great contest this weekend with Real Salt Lake.