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Recap: Dynamo beat Union 1-0, go fourth in East

The Houston Dynamo played ugly and got lucky, riding a Ricardo Clark goal to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union. They'll take the 3 points - and a playoff spot - back home to Houston.

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Before the game even started it looked like a tough go for the Dynamo. Dominic Kinnear  and Boniek Garcia were back in Houston, serving suspensions, Adam Moffat had been traded to Seattle for Servando Carrasco, and a terrible road record for the season. By the end of the game the suspensions were over, Carrasco had debuted and the Dynamo had a hard earned three points.

The game didn't start out so rosy as Coner Casey sent in a wide header setting the tone for the Union for the night. A few minutes later Will Bruin sent one high and wide as he has been fond of so far this season leaving fans prepared for a long night. In the 30th minute, the Union appeared to open their scoring account but the goal was called off when Amobi Okugo was judged (probably wrongly) to be obstructing Tally Hall's view. This kept the two teams level at 0-0 going into the half.

As the second half got underway, it appeared that the second half would go much as the first had. Then, in the 53rd minute, Brad Davis sent in a ball into the box towards Ricardo Clark and the Dynamo had itself an old time set piece goal. Clark's header was the second one Clark has against the Union this season - both of which would turn out to be game winners.

Casey's head was busy for the Union but not accurate as none of his attempts made it into the net. The Dynamo backline looked a lot sturdier with Jermaine Taylor back from international duty as he cleared a number of Philly's chances. As the team began to make substitutes the pace of the game began to pick up up and down the field.

Surprisingly, Carrasco came on as a substitute for Giles Barnes in the 72' minute. Traded for from Seattle barely 24 hours ago he looked strong despite no time to train with the team. Once he has training time? Look out MLS.

The game was finished with only 10 men on the Dynamo side after Brian Ownby suffered an injury with the team was out of substitutes but it didn't matter. Hall kept a clean sheet and the Dynamo will take three points back to Houston.