Because really, after yesterday afternoon, a perfect game from Roy Halladay and an 11-goal Stanley Cup Finals opener for the Flyers just weren't enough...
Danny Mwanga scored in the 93rd minute of a wild match in Houston to give the Union a 3-2 win over the Dynamo. It was Philadelphia's first road win of the season, and in club history.
There are video highlights below, as well as a quote sheet courtesy of the Dyanmo.
I've also added video highlights of the U.S.' win over Turkey to my blog post from that game.
Have a great weekend. I am going to attempt to take a little time off, believe it or not. I hope to get Take Two from the Union-Dynamo game up on Tuesday morning, then Rank and File on Wednesday. On Thursday, I'm leaving for Chicago, and I'll be at Toyota Park to bring you live coverage of the Union's game against the Fire.
It just doesn't end, does it?
On the game
I think for the team, it means the work paid off. It was a tough environment we played in, and a victory like that over the Houston Dynamo is very good because it's very difficult to play here. We come back to score a goal in injury time, and it's very special. I feel like this is a work in progress. This is still a very young group who wants to work and win the games, and for me it's a work in progress. We are eight weeks in the season, and we have 22 games in front of us.
On scoring late
We scored in the 94th minute against Dallas. We play disciplined, we play efficient, we play effective, and that is the three most important factors in this game. I think we executed all three things to perfection.
On the game
I think in the first half, we came out and did what we wanted to do. We kept possession of the ball, we created chances, and we went into the half up 1-0. In the second half, we gave up two free kicks in two dangerous areas. Houston is always dangerous at free kicks. That's their bread and butter, and they got two good goals off it.
On the game
We came out pretty hard, and we knew that Houston was a very good team, especially at home. We knew it would be a hard game. So we came out to try and play hard and help each other and not give up till the referee blew the whistle. We all stick together and stayed focus for the whole game, and I'm very happy we came away with a win.
On the game-winning goal
It was a great feeling. I came in last game and was able to score a goal, and that was definitely a great effort. As a forward, you know you need to bring something to the table to help your team, and I was able to score that goal and help my teammates, and I am very excited for it.
Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear
On the game
It's disappointing. It's a terrible way to end the game. To have a lead in the second half and play the way we did in the second half is a huge letdown for us. We scored two great goals. I'm not pleased about having to make two defensive substitutions when we have some great firepower on the bench that we could not go to. I give Philadelphia credit. They came in, worked hard, and gave us problems.
On the injury substitutions
It's one of those things where you are thinking about substitutions as the game goes on because we play Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, and I hopefully had a plan in place, and that wasn't going to happen because those two subs came along. Brian's inclusion into the team gave us life and energy, but we just looked too spaced, too far apart and that's the sign of an inconsistent team. When you are confident, everyone is happy and talking, and when things aren't going your way there are a lot of quiet voices out there.
On his team's performance
We had a couple decent looks. I'm not pleased though. We were inconsistent again. I let the guys know, I wasn't happy with them at halftime. All in all, the guys should be disappointed, I think we all are.
If the game against Dallas gave any indication of the way they are playing, they don't care about their record, they are here to play and try and win. That is why you have to give them credit. They gave us problems by winning a lot of first balls and winning a lot of second balls and never giving up. And that is the one thing we said before the game, this team is fighting for everything. I said if we don't come out and meet them head on, we would have trouble and we were asking for it.
It's hard to talk about inconsistency because I think if you look at it, you can point at certain things, we aren't doing this correctly and then we are doing this correctly. I can define inconsistency for you: One game the forwards are holding the ball well and the next game the forwards are not holding the ball well. The outside backs are passing the ball well one game and not passing the ball well the next game. We are dangerous on set pieces one game and not the next.