Dynamo Defeat Heat 2-1
The Houston Dynamo played their first of two exhibition matches during the World Cup break Thursday, defeating the Laredo Heat 2-1 in front of 6,111 fans at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. Felix Garcia, whose MLS rights are still owned by the Dynamo while he remains an amateur, put the Heat on the board early with a goal in the second minute. After stealing the ball from Dynamo defender Ryan Cochrane, Garcia took two steps and, from 25 yards out, found the back of the net past goalkeeper Tally Hall. Garcia’s speed plagued the Dynamo defense until he left the game in the 45th minute with an apparent injury. Houston midfielder Brian Mullan came into the game in the second half and caused problems for the Heat defense. Mullan stole the ball and drew a foul in the penalty area in the 68th minute, and Brad Davis converted the penalty kick to even the score. The Dynamo kept the pressure on the inexperienced Heat defense and broke through in the 85th minute, when Lovel Palmer found Dominic Oduro down the left flank. Oduro took two touches and perfectly placed the ball in the upper right-hand corner of the net to seal the game for Houston.