Revolution edge Dynamo in penalty kicks
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England goalkeeper Matt Reis tipped a shot by Corey Ashe off the crossbar in the eighth round of penalty kicks to give the Revolution a 6-5 penalty shootout victory over the Houston Dynamo Tuesday for the SuperLiga championship.
New England and Houston were tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation and 2-2 at the end of two 15-minute overtime periods.
In the penalty kick shootout, New England defender Chris Albright converted his chance against Pat Onstad for a 6-5 lead, while the left-footed Ashe then had his potential drive stopped by Reis.
In the first 15-minute overtime, Houston regained the lead when reserve forward Kei Kamara headed in a cross from the left side from Brian Ching in the 98th minute.
But, in the 102nd minute, New England's Shalrie Joseph headed in the equalizer for the Revolution, converting an indirect kick from the left side by Steve Ralston.
The defending MLS Cup champion Dynamo and New England matched first-half goals. Nate Jacqua converted for Houston in the 18th minute and Ralston accounted for the Revolution goal in the 41st minute. Jacqua ran onto a long free kick taken by Dynamo rookie midfielder Geoff Cameron that New England defender Amaechi Igwe misplayed, unable to clear the ball and forcing Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis out of position in which to make a save.
In the shootout: New England's Ralston, Joseph and Taylor Twellman converted chances in the first five-man rotation, while Houston's Craig Waibel, Chris Wondolowski and Ricardo Clark scored for the Dynamo.
Tied at 3-3 in the shootout, the teams then went to a sudden victory shootout with Jeff Larentowicz and Chris Tierney scoring on the first two chances for New England, while Wade Barrett and Kamara converted for the Dynamo.
New England, unbeaten (3-0-3) in regular season MLS matches all-time with Houston, including 3-0 and 2-0 victories over the Dynamo this season, had advanced to the SuperLiga title match by compiling a 3-0-1 record, not having allowed a goal at home in its three matches in Foxboro.
Houston had scored nine goals in winning three of its four SuperLiga matches. Houston had beaten New England in the past two MLS Championship matches, earning a 2-1 victory in 2007 and a 2-1 victory (on penalty kicks) in 2006.