The Revs have depth up front and in goal, and the Dynamo doesn't. New England extended its unbeaten regular-season run against the two-time defending champs to six games by winning, 2-0, at
Robertson Stadium Thursday with goals by veteran Steve Ralston
and rookie Kheli Dube
, and a penalty-kick save by Matt Reis
Houston generated a fair number of good
chances but those shots that weren't misfired were snuffed by Reis, who bailed out a four-man back line to post a fifth shutout of the season in a meeting of elite teams impaired by international
Both teams were depleted of players on national team duty. New England played without midfielders Kenny Mansally
(Gambia), Khano Smith
(Bermuda) and Shalrie
(Grenada), as well as injured striker Taylor Twellman
. U.S. forward Brian Ching
missed the match for Houston, as did goalkeeper Pat Onstad
and midfielder Dwayne
Houston sorely missed Ching, who scored twice in a 3-1 defeat of Toronto last weekend, as forwards Franco Caraccio
and Chris Wondolowski
among the Dynamo players who failed to convert good opportunities. Geoff Cameron
and Brian Mullan
each had three shots as Houston outshot the revs, 15-7; Mullan fired one shot from a
sharp angle between Reis' ankles that just missed the far post, and belted a bouncing, first-time effort that the New England keeper did well to swat to safety.
Stand-in keeper Tony
handed New England a goal by allowing a bouncing Dube shot to carom off his chest into the net 10 minutes before halftime for the second Revs' goal. Dube set up Ralston for the first goal
in the eight minute by muscling past defender Pat Ianni
to push a ball that Ralston tapped in at the far post.
Reis turned away a Stuart Holden
penalty kick after
won the ball from Caraccio with a sliding tackle that referee Mark Geiger
ruled to be a foul. Holden hit the ball hard to Reis right at a convenient height for the
keeper, who pushed it aside at full stretch with both hands.
The Revs (8-3-2) are unbeaten in their last six games and improved their regular season record against Houston to 3-0-3. The
loss ended a three-game unbeaten run for the Dynamo (4-4-5).