Posted on October 21, 2012
HOUSTON — Honduran Oscar Boniek Garcia struck for the game-winner in the 71st minute to help lift the Houston Dynamo into the Major League Soccer playoffs in a 3-1 victory over the Philaelphia Union at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.
With the score tied at 1-1, Boniek Garcia finished a field-length counterattack as he fired a shot off the hands of goalkeeper Zac MacMath and into the net before a sellout crowd of 22,039.
The win boosted the Dynamo to 14-8-11 and 53 points to clinch one of the five Eastern Conference playoff spots. Houston also finished their first season at their new stadium unbeatan at 11-0-7. The Union (36 points) dropped to 10-16-6.
“It’s great consistency,” Houston coach Dominic Kinnear was quoted by the Houston Chronicle. “I have been lucky to be a part of a great coaching staff that has coached real good guys and real good professionals. Some of these guys have been here since the first day. They enjoy the playoffs. They understand how hard it is to get there.
“We all benefit from the players’ efforts, and no one more so than me. I’m happy for the fans that came out tonight. It was a wonderful evening for them. All of the credit goes to the guys, but the fans have something to do with it as well.”
Categories: Central America, Honduras
Tags: Dominic Kinnear, Houston Chronicle, Houston Dynamo, Major League Soccer, Oscar Boniek Garcia, Philadelphia Union