Mariners down A-League champs Melbourne in season opener; Houston Dynamo fall in Dallas

Melbourne Victory 0 – Central Coast Mariners 2 (A-League, August 6, 2009) The Mariners struck after just nine minutes as young Matt Simon struck a boot in the Melbourne box to convert a loose free-kick. Five minutes later it was two as debutant and former Celtic man Michael McGlinchey saw a shot deflect off Rodrigo Vargas and into the net.

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FC Dallas 1 – Houston Dynamo 0 (MLS, August 6, 2009) After Jeff Cunningham saw his 13th minute penalty saved by Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad, the forward soon made amends in the 20th minute as Cunningham beat Houston’s Geoff Cameron to a loose ball and dribbled past two defenders before firing a shot from outside the box into the right corner of the net.