HOUSTON -- Cam Weaver scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 76th minute, and goalkeeper Tally Hall made a pair of vital saves to spark the Houston Dynamo to a 2-1 victory over Arabe Unido in a CONCACAF Champions League match on Tuesday night.
The win boosted the Dynamo (1-1-0, 4 points) into the Group 1 lead with a September 25 meeting with DIRECTV W Connection (0-1-1, 1 point) at home looming. Arabe Unido (three), which fell to 1-0-1, visits the Trinidad & Tobago side on Sept. 19.
After Abdiel Arroyo’s penalty kick lifted the visitors to an early advantage at BBVA Compass Stadium, Weaver equalized with his first goal of the night in the 22nd minute.
U.S. international midfielder Brad Davis, who came on for Jason Johnson midway through the second half, created the game-winner as he floated a cross from the left flank into the penalty area. Weaver found some open space and headed it home from four yards.
Hall was at the top of his game for most of the night, denying Ward on a breakaway in the 15th minute and saving an attempt by second-half sub Orlando Rodriguez, who has eight career CCL goals, in the 82nd minute.
Referee Hugo Cruz of Costa Rica handed out eight yellow cards, four to each team.
The Panamanian side earned an opportunity to draw first blood, when Houston's Michael Chabala committed a foul in the penalty area. Arroyo converted the subsequent spot kick in the eighth minute, placing his attempt into the lower right corner to give Arabe a 1-0 lead.
Just seconds after going ahead, Arabe Unido goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd was forced to deny Weaver from point-blank range.
Houston located the back of the net in the 22nd minute. Weaver found himself loosely marked with three defenders yards away and the forward converted a left-wing feed from an overlapping defender Corey Ashe from in-close to knot the game at 1-1.
The Dynamo has never lost to Arabe Unido in three all-time CCL games (2-1-0).
Weaver’s two-goal performance gives him five career goals in the competition, breaking the club record that he shared with Brian Ching, Stuart Holden and Kei Kamara.