Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Pachuca continues Mexican dominance over MLS teams
by Ridge Mahoney, September 17th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The Houston Dynamo, the only MLS team to get so much as a tie on the road against a Mexican team in competitive play, came up two goals and a man short Wednesday night.

Edgar Benitez and Paul Nicholas Aguilar scored for Pachuca as it posted a 2-0 victory over Houston, which played the second half a man down following a second caution issued to forward Dominic Oduro in first-half stoppage time.

Of the 18 matches MLS teams have played against Mexican clubs south of the border, there is only a 4-4 tie earned by Houston against UNAM in the Concacaf Champions League nearly a year ago. MLS teams have been outscored, 60-14, in Mexico.

Houston didn't start eight starters from its 2-1 loss at Columbus on Sunday. They include recent Mexican signing Juan Angel Landin, who is cup-tied. U.S. international Jose Francisco Torres started for Pachuca.

Pachuca applied pressure from the kickoff and after twice threatening the Dynamo goal, Benitez scored in the 26th minute. He ran onto a long ball and outpaced the Dynamo defense long enough to shoot past keeper Tally Hall from just inside the penalty area. Hall foiled Benitez later in the half by using his arm to block a shot and then snuffed Juan Carlos Chaco's follow-up attempt.

Shortly before the goal, Oduro had been cautioned, and when he tackled playmaker Christian Gimenez from behind in the final minute of the first half, referee Elmer Bonilla pulled out the yellow card and then the red.

Aguilar added an insurance goal in the 74th minute to highlight a second half dominated by the host. Gimenez played him a pass and Aguilar evaded tacklers at the edge of the penalty area to hit a shot that took a deflection and skipped past Hall.
 
Houston, which sits in third place with four points from three games, hosts group leader Arabe Unido of Panama (seven points) next Tuesday at Robertson Stadium. Pachuca, in second with six points, next plays pointless and goalless Isidro Metapan in El Salvador.

Sept. 16 in Pachuca
Pachuca 2 Houston Dynamo 0. Goals: Benitez 26, Aguilar 74.
Pachuca - Calero, Perez, Aguilar, Munoz, Torres, Correa, Gimenez, J.Torres (Alvarez, 77), Manso (Montes, 68), Cacho (Caballero, 68), Benitez.
Houston - Hall, Barrett, Cochrane, Boswell, Waibel, Davis (Chabala, 74), Hayden, Ustruck (Mullan, 64), Cameron, Ching (Weaver, 46), Oduro.
Red card: Oduro 45.
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (El Salvador).



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Sounders 2 forward Jones named USL Player of the Week    
Seattle Sounders Homegrown signing Darwin Jones was named the USL Player of the Week for the ...
TV Report: MLS adds to international presence    
After deals with Sky Sports (Britain) and Eurosport (Europe), Major League Soccer has signed agreements with ...
USA-Switzerland Player Ratings     
The USA tied Switzerland, 1-1, in Zurich on Tuesday. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team took a 1-0 ...
U.S. U-23s fall to Denmark's U-23s    
The U.S. under-23 national team finished with a split of its two games on its European ...
MLS Trade Central: NYCFC adds young Norwegian keeper    
Norwegian goalkeeper Eirik Johansen, who spent time with New York City FC in preseason, has been ...
What They're Saying: Eric Hansen    
"We were definitely looking for something that was much more athletic, much more kid-friendly. In the ...
What They're Saying: Jim Grozdanich    
"We tried to purposely make it confusing." -- Jim Grozdanich, assistant general manager at Centaur, which ...
Honduras completes Gold Cup field    
Honduras survived its playoff series with French Guiana, rallying from 3-1 down after the first leg ...
Video Pick: MLS Goals of the Week    
Real Salt Lake's Jordan Allen, Red Bull Mike Grella, Orlando's Kaka, Montreal's Jack McInerney and D.C. ...
Leroux-Wambach trade shakes up NWSL    
Two weeks after saying she'd skip the 2015 NWSL season with the Western New York Flash ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives