HOUSTON, TX - MAY 12: Fans carry banners for the grand opening of BBVA Compass Stadium as DC United plays the Houston Dynamo on May 12, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

MLS, Week 10: Houston Dynamo Open New Stadium With Win

In Saturday's early games, the Montreal Impact drew the LA Galaxy in front of 60,000, while the Houston Dynamo won to open their new stadium.

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Major League Soccer 2012, Week 10: What We Learned

BBVA Compass Stadium stole the show in Week 10 for MLS while 60,000-plus packed the Big O in Montreal. RSL and New York ended the week on top their respective conferences as well.


Philadelphia Union Vs. New York Red Bulls: Final Score 3-2; NYRB Win Topsy-Turvy Match

A bizarre game at PPL Park ended up in a 3-2 win for the New York Red Bulls, despite the Philadelphia Union more than doubling their shot total. It was a match that had more or less everything - some great goals, a bizarre red card, two separate comebacks and some incredible misses.

Joel Lindpere got us going with a screamer in the 17th minute, beating Zac MacMath at his near-post with a left-footed shot, but the Union were dominating and soon replied through Lionard Pajoy, who nodded home a Freddy Adu cross shortly after the half-hour mark. Adu was an unholy terror in the first half, causing huge problems for the visiting defence, but he was, incredibly, dismissed for a dive just before halftime after going down in the box. It looked like a penalty live, but replays showed minimal contact. Nevertheless, it was a highly controversial red card and it looked as though the Red Bulls would be able to break out of their defensive shell in the second half.

That didn't go so well. Pajoy got his brace from an improbable angle just after halftime, skipping past two New York defenders before rolling a shot by Ryan Meara to put the Union up 2-1. Despite having the man advantage, the Red Bulls looked slightly lost - until Markus Holgersson stole in from a corner to bring the game back to level pegging. Kenny Cooper completed the comeback a few minutes later, staying onside to round MacMath and slot home with a composed finish.

Despite being down to ten men, the Union threw bodies forward and really ought to have equalised on more than one occasion. They failed to because of Meara putting in some fantastic blocks and also because of some incredible misses. Michael Farfan had the best chance of the match in the 86th minute, but managed to shoot wide despite being presented with an open goal from all of 15 inches away, and Carlos Valdez managed to swing and miss at said shot from similar distance as it trundled past.

The Union played better football and probably had the better chances, but with finishing like that it's impossible to say that they deserved to win.


Seattle Sounders Vs. Real Salt Lake, 2012 MLS: Final Score, RSL Win 1-0

The Seattle Sounders should be strong favorites at Centurylink Field against more or less any opposition, but Real Salt Lake conducted a smash and grab raid to claim all three points and to end their hosts' winning streak at five. They hardly dominated, the match, but they had the majority of the chances as Seattle's attack failed to breach an organized RSL back line, while the Sounders' attempts to push forward left spaces into which the visitors could surge.

Eddie Johnson had the best chances for the home side but was incredibly wasteful whenever he was presented with a clear sight of Nick Rimando's goal. Seattle continued probing for the entirety of the first half, but they were shocked by an RSL counterattack just after the break, which saw Fabian Espindola collect the ball, pass to Luis Gil and then finish the midfielder's chipped through pass first-time, ending Bryan Meredith's long clean sheet streak.

Sigi Schmid attempted to get his side back into the game with the introduction of Alvaro Fernandez for the ineffectual David Estrada, but the Uruguay international couldn't provide the impetus to break down a solid defensive effort from the visitors, and the final score would remain 1-0 Real Salt Lake.


Chicago Fire Vs. Sporting Kansas City, 2012 MLS: Sporting Drop Second Straight

Sporting Kansas City have lost for the second straight game, but with no disrespect intended to the Chicago Fire, this loss had more to do with Sporting's mistakes than anything brilliant that was created by the home side. Kansas City took a first half lead and held that lead until the 60th minute, when they proceeded to throw the game away in a matter of two minutes. Chicago took advantage, and went on to win 2-1.

Bobby Convey scored the game's first goal in the 31st minute, finishing off a cross by Roger Espinoza. That attack and goal came just one minute after an unfortunate injury for the Fire, which forced starting defender Arne Friedrich to leave the game. The Fire defense might not have been completely sorted out after the sub, and Friedrich's injury was likely at least partially responsible for the goal.

Sporting were in control until the 60th minute, when Aurlien Collin gave away a penalty, hauling down Dominic Oduro in the box. Sebastian Grazzini stepped up and buried the spot kick, leveling the score at 1-1. Just one minute later, Grazzini became the victim of an elbow by Espinoza, for which the Honduran international received a straight red card.

With their opponents down to 10 men, the Fire took control of the match and finally made the most of that advantage in the 81st minute. Patrick Nyarko set up the goal, capitalizing on a bad giveaway by Kei Kamara and slotting a pass to Oduro, who finished the chance to seal a 2-1 win for the Fire.


Houston Dynamo Vs. DC United: Final Score 1-0, BBVA Compass Stadium Opens With Home Win

The Houston Dynamo inaugurated BBVA Compass Stadium with a 1-0 win over DC United. Pomp and ceremony were the order of the day as the 22,000-capacity, soccer-specific stadium got its first match, with highlights being an incredibly slow championship banner unveiling as well as what appeared to be a series of surface-to-air missiles firing at orange helicopters overhead (Texas is crazy!).

The opening was a good deal more interesting than the actual game, which mostly featured nothing much at all before Brad Davis spiced things up with a goal in the 67th minute. Houston were comfortably outplaying and outshooting their guests, but didn't come particularly close to a goal until Davis picked up the ball, turned, and curled a shot straight into Bill Hamid's top corner. The goalkeeper got a touch to the ball but couldn't keep it out, and Davis ran off to celebrate in the crowd.

After that, several chances fell Houston's way, with Brian Ching -- an original Dynamo -- spurning two clear opportunities to add to the lead and make the game safe. DC United threw bodies forward as they pushed for an equaliser late on, but Tally Hall was equal to their tries on goal and Houston kept the points.

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