CHESTER, Pa. — Ricardo Clark scored in the 53rd minute to lift the Houston Dynamo to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
The Dynamo (11-10-7) snapped a four-game winless streak and moved past Union (10-10-9) in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Philadelphia extended its winless streak to five matches, scoring just once in that stretch.
Clark flicked a header off a free kick from Brad Davis for his third goal of the season. Tally Hall got his seventh shutout of the season without having to make a save.
The Union had a goal nullified in the 30th minute when Amobi Okugo was called for being offsides.
“It was tough for the fans, they are excited to see a goal and to have it called back in that fashion. The refs were indecisive about what it was,” Okugo said in a statement by the team. “The fans come here and they are an experienced, intellectual fan base. They’ll let you know if it’s a bad call or if it’s the right call. We feel gutted for the fans. We need to take these two weeks and make sure we come out stronger and better – bottom line.”
Philadelphia leading scorer Jack McInerney entered as a substitute for Danny Cruz in the 61st minute but went scoreless for his 12th consecutive game.
“This is a cruel game sometimes,” Hackworth said. “It just feels like in a lot of ways, we can’t catch a break. That’s not the reason that we are sitting here where we are (in the standings), but sometimes you need the ball to bounce your way a little and certainly not have outside factors take goals away and affect your game.”
Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear and midfielder Boniek Garcia both missed the game while serving suspensions.