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Houston Dynamo 2-1 Seattle Sounders: Match Report

James Riley opened the scoring in the eleventh minute with his second goal of the season, but his defensive errors lead to both Houston goals. Geoff Cameron beat both Riley and Patrick Ianni to score the Dynamo equalizer in the 27th minute. Houston found the go-ahead goal in the second half when Mike Chabala smacked a cross past Riley and found Cam Weaver waiting in front of goal, ready to expose even more of Seattle’s defensive weakness. Weaver’s header gave the home side their winner.

Seattle also missed two perfect opportunities in front of the Houston net. Blaise Nkufo missed an absolute sitter while staring at an open goal, and Ianni had a glorious opportunity to head the ball straight into the net, but instead flipped it over the bar. One can only hope that the Sounders were simply conserving energy for their playoff match next week.

Seattle leave Robertson Stadium still uncertain of their playoff positioning, with the slot dependent on how San Jose and Colorado perform in their final matches. Despite a loss, at least the Sounders head home with no injuries and no red cards, meaning the regular starting XI is the lineup that will almost certainly start next Sunday.