Arellano hits winner against Dynamo

July 15, 2008

HOUSTON -- Omar Arellano scored the only goal as Chivas de Guadalajara held off Houston 1-0 Tuesday night in Group A play of Superliga.

A crowd of 28,723, the fourth-largest Dynamo crowd in Robertson Stadium history, saw the match.

Arellano stole the ball from Patrick Ianni in the middle of Houston's defensive zone and fired a low line drive that got under the diving Pat Onstad and into the middle of the net for the lone goal in the 71st minute.

Houston had several chances, with Franco Caraccio stopped by goalkeeper Ernesto Miche twice -- once on a point-blank shot from the left side of goalkeeper's area in the 56th minute, and on a header from the middle in the 63rd minute.

Brad Davis' shot was blocked in the 56th minute, as well, and in the 64th minute, Craig Waibel had a header and a rebound shot stopped by Miche, who ended up with six saves.

Chivas took control of Group A with six points and will face Atlante, which has three points, in the group finale for both teams Saturday at San Jose. Houston has three points and is tied with Atlante for second heading into the group finale with winless D.C United on Saturday in Washington.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press