2006 MLS championship goes to Houston Dynamos

Friday, November 17, 2006

Ninety minutes wasn't long enough to decide the Major League Soccer's 2006 Championship game last Sunday between the Houston Dynamo and the New England Revolution. At the end of regulation play the score stood at 0-0.

Two 15 minute overtime periods commenced. In the 113th minute Revolution striker Taylor Twellman finally put the ball into the net from 18 meters out, giving New England a 1-0 lead. Minutes later - one commentator mentioned it happened while New England was still celebrating its goal - Houston's Brian Ching, with a header assist from Brian Mullan, brought the score back to a tie at 1-1.

Five minutes later the championship game went into a best-of-five penalty kick period.

Making the final score 4-3, Brian Ching made the winning kick that finally gave Houston the 2006 Major League Soccer championship as the record crowd of 22,427 in Frisco's Pizza Hut Park watched.