Dynamo beats Fire 2-1, sets MLS recordAP , Associated Press
Apr. 15, 2013 3:30 AM ET
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Dynamo set a Major League Soccer record for the longest home unbeaten streak in all competitions with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.
Houston has not lost a home game across all competitions in 35 matches, beating the previous mark set by Real Salt Lake from 2009-11.
"The streak means a lot," said Brad Davis, who scored one of Dynamo's goals and played a key role in the other. "You always want to defend your home turf, and every other team will say the same thing. But we take a lot of pride in this and playing here."
Davis scored the winner in the 81st minute with a shot from 25 yards. He was involved in the opening goal, providing the cross for Will Bruin's header in the 26th.
"We have won and tied games in all different fashions," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said. "And the one thing that I never question is the team's attitude or their desire to try."
In other Sunday matches, Will Johnston's curling free kick in the 78th minute helped Portland to a 1-0 win over San Jose and Montreal held the Columbus Crew to a 1-1 draw.
Montreal's Marco Di Vaio and the Crew's Domenic Oduro traded goals 4 minutes apart in the second half in the Montreal match that had been delayed a day by a snowstorm.
There was some controversy in the close match at Portland, with San Jose forward Alan Gordon sent off after a earning a second yellow card in the 68th minute, not long after appearing to use a slur directed against Johnson before the deciding goal.
"I think it's probably better that I don't comment on that," Johnson said about Gordon's comment. "It's a very sensitive matter. I'd prefer the league go through with their protocol."
Gordon was escorted from the locker room after the game by team personnel and did not speak with reporters.
He later released a statement via the club.
"I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who watched tonight's match on NBC Sports Network. The language I used came during a heated moment. I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions," the statement read.