• FT

    DC United

    1

    America

    0

  • FT

    Houston

    1

    Morelia

    1

NORTH AMERICAN SUPERLIGA

Spartan Stadium, San Jose, United States

Referee: Walter Quesada Cordero | Attendance: 11236

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Houston

  • Joseph Ngwenya 1'

1 - 1

FT

Morelia

  • Marcio Batista 74'

Dynamo settles for tie with Morelia

HOUSTON -- The Houston Dynamo could not sustain a

blazing start against Monarcas Morelia.

Despite scoring just 10 seconds into the contest, the Dynamo had

to settle for a 1-1 tie with Morelia in its SuperLiga matchup.

The result leaves Houston (1-0-1) and fellow MLS team D.C.

United tied atop group B with four points apiece. The squads

meet Wednesday night in Houston, and a victory by either team

will wrap up the group title.

"This was a very good game played by both teams," Morelia coach

Jose Luis Trejo said. "Both teams has many opportunities and in

the end, it was an even score. It was just a really good game

(and) result for everybody. The Dynamo played a very good game.

They play at a very high level and they have done really good

in the tournament here."

It did not take defending MLS champion Houston long to strike

against its Mexican counterpart.

Off the opening kick, the Dynamo scored when Joseph Ngwenya took

a crossing pass from Brian Ching and drew Morelia keeper Moises

Munoz out of position. Ngwenya beat Munoz to the near corner

of the net just 10 seconds into the match.

In the sixth minute, the Dynamo nearly doubled the lead when

Stuart Holden took a pass from Ching, but this time Munoz was

there to make the stop.

Ching made a nifty move to get free before finding Holden, who

was waiting just inside the top of the box. Holden tried to

kick the ball across his body and send his shot into Munoz's

arms.

In the 15th minute, Morelia nearly tied the game on a free kick

from 22 yards out. Fernando Arce sent a bending kick toward the

near post, but Houston keeper Zach Wells - normally a backup

behind Pat Onstad - made the save to preserve the lead.

The Dynamo continue to pressure Munoz, with Ching and Ngwenya

hooking up in the 24th minute for another shot on goal.

In the near corner, Ngwenya sent a perfect cross to the net and

Ching, seemingly out of nowhere, sent a header toward the goal.

Munoz got just enough to send the ball out of bounds, setting up

a fruitless corner kick.

Richard Mulrooney nearly made it 2-0 in the 68th minute when he

sent a hard shot from about 40 yards out after settling a

deflected pass by the opposition. The shot, uncontested by

Morelia, sailed just three feet over the crossbar.

The missed chances came back to haunt the Dynamo when Morelia

tied the game in the 74th minute.

Marcio Batista took advantage of a miscue by Wells, who

misplayed a bouncing pass. The ball came down to Batista and he

fired a shot into the net for a 1-1 tie.

"It was just a miscommunication between myself and about four of

my teammates," Wells said. "I got the ball about a

split-second before and the defense came right through it. It

came out of my hands and went the wrong way, obviously. We had

the right people in place to defend it, but somehow they got it

through."

Munoz finished with five saves while Wells had two.