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Monday Postmortem: Dissecting Week 26

Richards wins LA-NY, Wizards lose their magic
Postmortem: LA-NY

Welcome to the first installment of the Monday Postmortem, a new feature here on MLSsoccer.com in which we break down the most recent week of action as the push for the playoffs heats up.

As potential weeks to launch a column go, this one could hardly have been better: There was a hat trick in Toronto (though not by a Red), one of the most hotly anticipated games in league history in LA, a pair of record unbeaten streaks extended, and, of course, the unruly playoff picture.

Also: For the second straight week, no scoreless draws! 

Let’s get to it:

Match Report: Houston Dynamo

Report: DC 1, Houston 3

Andy Najar brilló de nuevo pero lamentó la derrota

El joven hondureño quiere llevarse el premio al Novato del Año
Najar sigue brillando

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- El mediocampista hondureño del D.C. United Andy Najar aseguró tener sentimientos encontrados por la derrota que recibió su club ante el Houston Dynamo por 3-1 y por sus posibilidades a consagrarse como el Novato del Año en la actual temporada.

El Dynamo venció al United en el RFK con tres goles en la segunda mitad del partido para quebrar la ilusión de un triunfo que había sembrado Najar con un gol sobre la media hora de juego en la primera mitad del encuentro realizado en el estadio RFK de D.C.

Olsen: We let each other down, again

Late collapse familiar to DC, who concede three unanswered goals
DC let each other down

Andy Najar vs Houston Dynamo - September 25, 2010

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WASHINGTON — D.C. United played well against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night, controlling possession, combining crisply, creating chances and defending in organized numbers.

The problem was, they only did so for 66 minutes, and only had one goal to show for it.

Houston erased all that with an inspired five-minute stretch that began with Devon McTavish’s own goal in the 66th and included Geoff Cameron’s headed game-winner four minutes later. The Dynamo ultimately left RFK Stadium as 3-1 winners.

El United fue víctima de sus propios errores ante el Dynamo

Houston venció 3-1 a D.C. United
United en el fondo

HOU - DC

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WASHINGTON.- Houston Dynamo se valió de un gol en propia puerta del defensor rival, Devon McTavish (min. 66), otro de su mediocampista Geoff Cameron (min. 70) y un tercero de Dominic Oduro (min. 98) para derrotar al D.C. United 3-1, en un entretenido partido realizado en el estadio RFK de la capital.

Con la victoria, el Dynamo mejoró su marca a 7-14-5 para con 26 puntos mantenerse con posibilidades matemáticas de alcanzar un boleto a la Liguilla de 2010, en la que marcha en las últimas casillas de la Conferencia Oeste.

Match preview: Houston Dynamo

Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 7:30 PM - RFK Stadium
Match Preview: Houston

United president meets with supporters

Kevin Payne initiates dialogue as DC begin building for 2011
DC president meets fans

D.C. United were one of the first MLS clubs to foster effective, cooperative partnerships with their fans and supporters’ groups and, for many years, the result was an atmosphere in the stands to match the quality of the soccer being played at RFK Stadium.

But after nearly three years of struggle, frustrated rumblings are rippling through the club’s fan base. And the club has responded.

James has shot to impact another former club

DC defender's goal on TFC wreaked havoc; now he'll face Dynamo
James vs. another ex-team

Julius James

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WASHINGTON – With his game-winning goal against Toronto FC two weeks ago, D.C. United defender Julius James helped unleash havoc at his former club. Head coach Preki and general manager Mo Johnston were both sacked within days of the loss that nudged TFC further away from a playoff spot.

James is far too polite to admit it, but part of him surely took great satisfaction from making such an impact on the club that traded him to Houston less than a year after drafting him.

Olsen expects tough match from Houston

United likely to shuffle midfield for physical enounter
Olsen expects tough match

Ben Olsen

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WASHINGTON — Their 2010 record does not match their reputation, but D.C. United interim coach Ben Olsen still expects a vintage Houston Dynamo performance when the Western Conference underachievers visit RFK Stadium on Saturday night.

Previa: D.C. United – Houston Dynamo

Los colistas de ambas conferencias pugnan por el honor
Previa: DC United-Dynamo

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Lo Básico

Qué: Jornada 26, temporada regular de la MLS

Quién: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo

Cuándo: Sábado, 25 de septiembre, 2010 (7:30 p.m. ET)

Dónde: RFK Stadium (Washington, DC)

TV: MLS Direct Kick, MLSsoccer.com/ Match Day Live

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