The Seattle Sounders nine-match MLS unbeaten streak came to a grinding halt on Saturday night as the Houston Dynamo rolled to a 3-1 win behind two Brian Ching goals. The Dynamo raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, only slipping up temporarily late in the first half and allowing a penalty kick goal. Houston was creative, potent in the attacking third and easily capable of taking advantage of the Sounders' defensive miscues throughout, making this match less than competitive for much of the way.
Colin Clark drew first blood for the Dynamo, hammering home a goal in the seventh minute. It's become a recurring theme for the Sounders, whose defense has been exploited early during the winning streak. In the 23rd minute, Ching got his first, heading home a lovely ball from Geoff Cameron to give the Dynamo a 2-0 lead, leaving Seattle stunned.
Seattle got one back just before the half as Fredy Montero was dragged down in the box, drawing a penalty. Alvaro Fernandez stepped up and buried the resulting penalty kick, cutting the Houston lead to one. It was as close as Seattle would get.
In the second half, Ching found himself free at the far post, burying his second goal of the day after a nice bit of buildup. Facing a two-goal deficit, Seattle was unable to battle back, and faded quietly into the night.