- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 2, 2009

From combined dispatches


DYNAMO 4, D.C. UNITED 3: Brian Ching scored twice in the first half as the Houston Dynamo held on for a win against D.C. United on Saturday night.

Houston (10-5-5) extended its lead in the Western Conference to six points on Seattle.

The Dynamo scored three goals in a three-minute span in the first half, with Brad Davis tallying in the 36th minute before Ching scored twice a minute apart. Houston held a 4-1 lead in the second half, but Luciano Emilio’s second goal pulled United (6-4-10) within one in the 87th minute.

Dominic Oduro set up Davis’ goal and the first one scored by Ching, who fired a shot that hit just inside the upper-right corner of the net. Ching made it 3-0 in the 39th minute after getting a pass from Mike Chabala and hitting his shot from 10 yards out just inside the far post.

Emilio got United on the board in the 48th minute off a lead pass from Bryan Namoff, seeing his shot from the right box deflect off Houston’s Julius James and over goalkeeper Pat Onstad. Houston’s Stuart Holden answered with a penalty-kick goal in the 66th minute before United’s Fred scored in the 75th minute from 25 yards to make it to 4-2.


FC GOLD PRIDE 3, FREEDOM 2: Adriane scored unassisted in the 84th minute to give the Gold Pride a home win against Washington in Santa Clara, Calif.

Homare Sawa scored twice in the first half to give Washington a 2-1 lead.



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