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Superliga 2010 Update: Houston, Puebla Take 2-1 Wins To Top Of Group A


HOUSTON - JULY 15: Joseph Ngwenya center of the Houston Dynamo receives high fives from Corey Ashe #26 after the Houston Dynamo defeated Pachuca CF 2-1 on two goals by Ngwenya at Robertson Stadium on July 15 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston was able to overcome a shaky night from their defense to register a 2-1 victory over Pachuca, opening Group A play in Superliga 2010. A brace from Danny Ngwenya - his second goal dramatically headed home in the 85th minute - bested Damian Manso's 51st minute tally to put Houston at the top of the group after one round.

However, Houston coach Dominic Kinnear will have concerns about a defense that was exploited most of the night, allowing Pachuca striker Darío Cvitanich four strong chances on goal.  With none of the chances converted, Dynamo fans were left with their own claim to superiority: A second half, Brian Ching goal that was waved-off after a phantom offside call.

Houston is joined at the top of Group A by Puebla, the Camoteros also recording a 2-1 win, getting goals from Nicolás Olivera and Álvaro González.  Puebla's attacking tandem converted goals from counters in the sixth and 62nd minutes, giving the visitors a comfortable lead. Costa Rican Michael Umaña scored a consolation goal late for Chivas USA, who join Pachuca at the bottom of Group A.

Superliga takes Friday off before Group B resumes play on Saturday. Chicago will host New England before Morelia, topping the group, takes on Pumas.  Both matches will be played at Toyota Park in Bridgeview ahead of Sunday's action in Group A.

Group A
Rk Team G W D L GF GA P
1 Houston 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
1 Puebla 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
3 Chivas USA 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
3 Pachuca 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Group B
Rk Team G W D L GF GA P
1 Morelia 1 1 0 0 5 1 3
2 New England 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
3 Pumas 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
4 Chicago 1 0 0 1 1 5 0
Schedule/Results
July 15, Houston 2, Pachuca 1
July 15, Puebla 2, Chivas USA 1
July 18, Houston vs. Chivas USA
July 18, Pachuca vs. Puebla
July 21, Houston vs. Puebla
July 21, Chivas USA vs. Pachuca
Schedule/Results
July 14, New England 1, Pumas 0
July 14, Morelia 5, Chicago 1
July 17, Chicago vs. New England
July 17, Morelia vs. Pumas
July 20, New England vs. Morelia
July 20, Chicago vs. Pumas
Goalscorers
2
Joseph Ngwenya, Houston

1
Álvaro González, Puebla
Elias Hernández, Morelia
Steven Kinney, Chicago
Jaime Lozano, Morelia
Damian Manso, Pachuca
Rafael Marquez, Morelia
Nicolás Olivera, Puebla
Luis Angel Rey, Morelia
Miguel Sabah, Morelia
Zack Schilawski, New England
Michael Umaña, Chivas USA