- The Washington Times - Monday, October 30, 2006

HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Ching scored a goal in stoppage time last night to give the Houston Dynamo a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA and a 3-2 aggregate score victory in the two-game Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

Houston advances to face the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Western Conference finals at home Sunday.

Chivas won the first game of the total-goal series 2-1 last Sunday.

Houston led 1-0 after the 90th minute, when officials said there were two minutes stoppage time to play. Well into stoppage time, Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Mullan assisted on Ching’s goal, a header from three yards out.

Brad Davis’ penalty kick in the 64th minute put Houston ahead 1-0.

After a scoreless first half, the game heated up 10 minutes into the second half, with the two teams receiving six yellow cards and a red card in less than 10 minutes.

One of the penalties came in the 57th minute when Chivas forward Juan Francisco Palencia got into a heated argument with an official and received a yellow card and then a red card.

Palencia, who scored the go-ahead goal in the first game of the series last week, was ejected.

The most costly penalty for Chivas came in the 63rd minute when defender Tim Regan got a yellow card for pushing De Rosario inside the box in what would have been an almost clear shot for De Rosario.

Davis took the penalty kick and sent it into the top right side of the goal from 10 yards out.


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