Ching's late goal gives Dynamo draw at D.C.Jun 26, 2011 - 12:25 AM Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - Brian Ching returned to the starting lineup for the first time since early April on Saturday, and spoiled Charlie Davies' 25th birthday.
Ching scored in the 89th minute, equalizing Davies' 73rd-minute goal, and the Houston Dynamo tied D.C. United, 2-2, at RFK Stadium in Major League Soccer.
Ching made his last four appearances off the bench for the Dynamo, but started for just the second time and played a part in both goals. He won a penalty in the first half that Brad Davis converted and added his first goal of the year.
Houston (4-6-7) remained winless on the road in eight matches this season, but earned its fifth draw. United (4-5-6) failed to win at home for the sixth time in eight matches this season, slumping to just a 2-2-4 record.
Davies opened the match with a decent chance in the seventh minute, but United waited until the 31st to open the scoring. Chris Pontius settled the ball just outside the area and drove a shot just inside the left post from 20 yards.
Houston responded to Pontius' fifth goal of the season in the 41st, when Ching drew a foul on United goalie Bill Hamid inside the area and Davis converted to the bottom-right corner for his second goal of the year.
United nearly regained the lead before half, as Dax McCarty had a shot cleared off the line and Davies had a header turned over the bar by Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall on two quick chances.
Corey Ashe and Danny Cruz both hit the right post for Houston after half, then United found the go-ahead goal through Davies in the 73rd. Andy Najar took the ball deep into the area before losing possession and Davies hammered the loose ball into the net from six yards.
Davies and Najar celebrated at the left corner flag in honor of his birthday, but his eighth goal of the year - which tied him with the Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan and Red Bull New York's Thierry Henry for the MLS lead - would not hold up.
With just one minute remaining in normal time, Colin Clark sent a short cross into the area and Ching rose to head the ball from 10 yards inside the right post, leaving Hamid no chance.
D.C. returns to MLS action on July 2 at the Philadelphia Union, while Houston plays its next match July 3 at the Colorado Rapids.
- HOUSTON: 2
D.C. UNITED: 2
Jun 25 7:59 PM
- Houston Dynamo Goal - Ching (1) 89th minute.
Dynamo 2, D.C. United 2 2nd - 90'Jun 25 7:53 PM
- D.C. United Goal - Davies (8) 73rd minute.
Dynamo 1, D.C. United 2 2nd - 75'Jun 25 7:38 PM
- Houston Dynamo Goal - Davis (2) (PK) 41st minute.
Dynamo 1, D.C. United 1 1st - 43'Jun 25 6:50 PM
- D.C. United Goal - Pontius (5) 31st minute.
Dynamo 0, D.C. United 1 1st - 33'Jun 25 6:39 PM
- HOUSTON: 0
D.C. UNITED: 0
1st Half - 1'
Jun 25 6:07 PM
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