FRISCO – The Houston Dynamo defeated the New England Revolution 4-3 on penalty kicks to earn their first-ever MLS Cup in front of 22,427 fans at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
In one of the most exciting title bouts in MLS Cup history, the Dynamo needed late-game heroics from forward Brian Ching to send the match into PK’s, the first ever shootout in the championship game.
After a goalless 90 minutes, New England’s Taylor Twellman gave the Revolution a 1-0 lead in the 113th minute after he rocketed a left-footed shot past the outstretched arms of Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad.
Less than a minute later, on the ensuing possession from the kickoff, Brian Ching headed home a cross from six yards out to level the game at 1-1.
Ching, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, then connected in the fifth round of penalties to put Houston up 4-3, before New England’s Jay Heaps had his attempt denied by a diving Onstad to clinch the title for the Dynamo.
NE -- Taylor Twellman 3 (Khano Smith 1) 113
HOU -- Brian Ching 3 (Brian Mullan 3) 114
Penalty Kicks Summary (After 120 minutes):
HOU -- Kelly Gray, Goal
NE -- Shalrie Joseph, Goal
HOU -- Stuart Holden, Goal
NE -- Matt Reis, Goal
HOU -- Dwayne De Rosario, Goal
NE -- Pat Noonan, Wide Right
HOU -- Brad Davis, Saved
NE -- Taylor Twellman, Goal
HOU -- Brian Ching, Goal
NE -- Jay Heaps, Saved
NE -- Joe Franchino (caution; Reckless Foul) 16
HOU -- Brad Davis (caution; Reckless Foul) 23
HOU -- Ryan Cochrane (caution; Professional Foul) 99
HOU -- Craig Waibel (caution; Professional Foul) 103
Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Ryan Cochrane (Kelly Gray 102), Eddie Robinson, Craig Waibel, Brad Davis, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Adrian Serioux (Stuart Holden 114), Brian Ching, Paul Dalglish (Alejandro Moreno 81).
Substitutes Not Used: Martin Hutton, Zach Wells, Chris Aloisi, Kevin Goldthwaite, Chris Wondolowski.
New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, Avery John, Michael Parkhurst, Andy Dorman (Clint Dempsey 62), Joe Franchino (Khano Smith 53), Daniel Hernandez (Jeff Larentowicz 111), Shalrie Joseph, Steve Ralston, Pat Noonan, Taylor Twellman.
Substitutes Not Used: T.J. Tomasso, Doug Warren, Jose Manuel Abundis, Jose Cancela, James Riley.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry; Nate Clement
4th Official: Kevin Stott
Weather: Sunny, 61 degrees