Press Release

MATCH RECAP: Tacoma Defiance Earns 2-1 Road Win Over Houston Dynamo 2


HOUSTON, TEXAS – Tacoma Defiance (2-1-1, 8 points) defeated Houston Dynamo 2 (1-3-1, 5 points) 2-1 Sunday evening at SaberCats Stadium. Hal Udertiz and Gio Miglietti scored the goals for Defiance to send the club home with all three points.

Following a scoreless first half, Houston struck first via a penalty kick in the 48th minute. After a Houston attacker was pushed down inside the box, Roberto Avila converted the ensuring penalty for the lead.

Tacoma equalized 20 minutes later via penalty of its own, as Uderitz calmly converted for his third goal of the year. Houston’s Isaiah LeFlore committed a foul inside his own area in the 69th minute to cause the penalty. The foul resulted in LeFlore's second yellow of the match, sending Dynamo 2 down to 10 men for the remainder of the contest.

The match remained level until the dying moments when Travian Sousa sent in a cross to the front of goal that deflected off a Houston defender and its goalkeeper before falling to the feet of Miglietti for the short-range strike. The goal marked Miglietti's first of the year.

Following today’s result, Wade Webber’s side returns to Starfire Stadium for its second home match of the season, taking on Galaxy II on Sunday, April 30 at Starfire Stadium (8:00 p.m. PT /


Tacoma Defiance 2 – Houston Dynamo 2 1

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Venue: SaberCats Stadium

Referee: DeShaun Beard

Assistants: Nicholas Goyette, Jake Brochu

Fourth official: Sean Caouette

Weather: 61 degrees and mostly cloudy


HOU – Roberto Avila (penalty) 48’

TAC Hal Uderitz (penalty) 70’

TAC – Gio Miglietti 90’


HOU – Griffin Dorsey (caution) 33’

TAC – Blake Bowen (caution) 34’

HOU – Isaiah LeFlore (caution) 60’

HOU – Isaiah LeFlore (ejection) 69’

HOU – Yair González (caution) 74’

HOU – Omar Grey (caution) 79’


Tacoma Defiance – Andrew Thomas; Cody Baker (Gio Miglietti, 64’), Hal Uderitz, Stuart Hawkins, Travian Sousa; Sebastian Gomez (Jack Jeremiah, 80’), Fito Ovalle – captain, Antonio Herrera (Elias Katsaros, 64’); Paul Rothrock, Braudilio Rodrigues, Blake Bowen (Snyder Brunell, 84’)

Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley

Total shots: 5

Shots on goal: 2

Fouls: 9

Offside: 2

Corner-kicks: 1

Saves: 8

Houston Dynamo 2 – Andrew Pannenberg, Mujeeb Murana, Talen Maples – captain, Micael (Omar Grey, HT), Isaiah LeFlore; Griffin Dorsey (Yair González, HT), Charles Auguste, Jacob Evans (Jathan Juarez, 72’), Nelson Quiñónes (Papa Ndoye, 77’), Diego Gonzalez, Roberto Avila (Isaiah Reid, 81’)

Substitutes not used: Jonathan Munteanu, Joe Farouz, Paolo Ríos, Cesar Cordova

Total shots: 22

Shots on goal: 8

Fouls: 14

Offside: 3

Corner-kicks: 8

Saves: 1