Brian Ching Makes The Cut For The World Cup (So Far), But Dynamo Lose
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The Houston Dynamo got a taste of their own medicine Thursday night, as two early goals lead to their 3-1 demise at the hands of Real Salt Lake. The defending champs finally broke their eight-game winless streak against the Orange, led by Costa Rican international Alvaro Saborio's two goals.
RSL pounced on the Dynamo quickly in the third minute. Kyle Beckerman's sent a soft cross that found Robbie Finley, who beat his defender to head the ball into goal. The goal was Finley's first of the season -- he led the defending champs with 12 tallies last season.
The Dynamo's defense never tightened up their coverage, and were punished a second time in the 24th minute. After a whiffed clearance attempt by Dynamo defender Adrian Serioux, Saborio notched his first goal of the game -- a quick shot to the near post that beat the outstretched arms of Pat Onstad. He converted again in the 60th minute with a header off a free kick.
Brian Mullan brought a goal back for the Orange in the 72nd minute with a low shot that snuck in past the defense and RSL's keeper. That was essentially their offense Thursday night as they only had one other shot on goal, a header from Brad Davis that was denied by RSL keeper Nick Rimando.
The game ends the Dynamo's brutal stretch of four games in 13 days, in which they went 2-2. They get some time off before they're back on the field next Saturday, May 22 against the worse team in the league, DC United.
U.S. announces provisional 30-man World Cup roster
U.S. Men's National Team coach Bob Bradley named his initial list of 30 players to be called to camp ahead of the FIFA World Cup. The list must be trimmed down to 23 players for the tournament, so performance in camp and two friendlies against the Czech Republic and Turkey later this month will help Bradley cut that list down.
The biggest exclusion was that of forward Charlie Davies, who was involved in a serious car accident late last year. Even though he made a quick, miraculous recovery, he didn't get medical clearance from his French club, Sochaux, which was the ultimate reason for his exclusion.
Here's the list 30 men that will be called into camp by positions.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Dynamo), Findley (RSL), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)
Camp will begin on May 15, ahead of the USMNT's game against the Czech Republic on May 25 in Hartford, Connecticut. Bradley's final 23-man roster has to be submitted by June 1. The Americans open up World Cup play in South Africa on June 12 against England.