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March 15, 2007
HOUSTON (AP) -- Brian Ching and Chris Wondolowski each scored a goal and goalkeeper Zach Wells made three saves as the Houston Dynamo got a 2-0 upset win over Mexican club FC Pachuca on Thursday.
The semifinal match of the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Club tournament was postponed one day after a power failure at the stadium on Wednesday.
The win gives the Dynamo a 2-0 lead in the aggregate scoring series that will conclude in Pachuca, Mexico, on April 5.
Ching scored in the 57th minute when he headed a pass from Paul Dalglish past goalkeeper Miguel Calero.
Ching was the MVP of the 2006 MLS Cup Final when Houston beat the New England Revolution in November.
Wondolowski, who entered the match in the 77th minute for Ching, took a cross pass from Brad Davis and beat Calero in the 84th minute giving Houston a two-goal lead in the series.
Pachuca must win the next match by at least two goals to force penalty kicks. A three-goal win will give them the victory; anything less and Houston will advance to the semifinal round.
Christian Gimenez had two strong scoring chances turned away, with one coming in each half. In the opening 45 minutes, his point-blank shot was stopped by Wells.
Then, with another chance to give his team a 1-0 lead, Gimenez chipped a shot over the Houston defense and toward the goal.
But the Dynamo's Craig Waibel got in position and stopped the ball from entering the net setting up Ching's goal just minutes later.