Monday, November 19, 2007

De Rosario Rallies Houston Dynamo For Repeat at MLS Cup 2007

De Rosario Rallies Houston Dynamo For Repeat at MLS Cup 2007.
Down a goal with less than a half hour remaining in their 2007 campaign, the Houston Dynamo rallied behind the relentless play of Dwayne De Rosario to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1, at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Saturday (11/18) and capture the team's fourth MLS Cup title in seven years.

De Rosario, 29, set up teammate Joseph Ngwenya, just in front of the opposition goal in the 62d minute. Ngwenya took two point blank shots on keeper Matt Reis, the second slipping past for the equalizer.

Moments later, the Canadian born De Rosario scored the winning goal himself, heading home a cross from about 12 yards out in the 74th minute. "I would normally volley it," De Rosario said, commenting on the goal after the match, "but I decided to head it in and luckily it went in."

Just 3 minutes from full time, Houston keeper Pat Onstad rescued his team's victory with a stunning save of Jeff Larentowicz' blast from inside the 8 yard line.

The win marks the second straight title since the San Jose Earthquakes moved to Houston and were renamed the Dynamo. The team also won MLS Cups--as San Jose--in '01 and '03.

New England have now played in the last 3-, and 4 of the last 6-, MLS Cup finals, but have yet to walk away with the trophy.

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