Soon after Brian Ching earned a penalty kick Saturday night against the Philadelphia Union, he was ready for Brad Davis to take the shot.
No Dynamo player is more accurate in dead-ball situations than Davis, but nobody has scored more goals in franchise history than Ching.
So with the game on the line in the 83rd minute, Davis surprised most in the stadium by asking Ching to take the kick. Ching originally declined before accepting the opportunity and scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory.
"I was like, 'You're the one that normally takes it. It's fine,'â" Ching said. "He insisted, so I was like, 'OK, that's fine, I'll take it.' The good thing is it went in and we got the win."
One for the fans
Ching nailed it off the crossbar before a crowd of 19,806 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The goal was his second of the season and, perhaps more importantly, his first at the stadium.
The Dynamo (6-5-5) remain undefeated (4-0-2) at their new venue, which opened May 12.
"As you know, it was Brian Ching's first goal in the new stadium," coach Dominic Kinnear said. "I was happy for him. It was a winning goal."
The match marked the MLS debut of Dynamo designated player Boniek Garcia, the Honduran national team star who tormented the Union (3-9-2) down the right side and got an assist.
In the 19th minute, Garcia worked the ball down the right wing and crossed it to Mac Kandji just outside the 18-yard box.
Kandji took one touch and tapped it to Davis, who gave the Dynamo a 1-0 lead.
After playing a strong first half, the Dynamo gave up the lead just 36 seconds into the second half when Keon Daniel tied the score with a shot from 22 yards out.
"We came out great in the first half," Kinnear said. "I thought in the second half we came out a little bit flat-footed, but then I thought we took it to them."
Nine minutes after coming off the bench in place of Will Bruin, Ching was preparing to head a Davis cross when Gabriel Farfan fouled him in the box. Ching then did the rest.
"It's special," Ching said. "I know the crowd has been cheering for me to get one. I'm thankful for that. They're behind me, and I'm just happy the ball went in and we got three points."