HOUSTON - MAY 28: Cam Weaver #15 of the Houston Dynamo celebrates with Will Bruin #12 after scoring in the first half against FC Dallas at Robertson Stadium on May 28, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Down a man and a goal after Kofi Sarkodie's ejection, staring another loss to their rivals from the north right in the face, the Houston Dynamo dug deep and got an 88th minute equalizer from Colin Clark to earn a hard fought 2-2 draw with FC Dallas in a physical match that was typical of clashes between the two teams.
The first 45 minutes was a mostly entertaining bit of soccer. Both teams were able to generate attack and create good chances, with both netting nice goals as well. The Dynamo definitely had the better possession numbers but the trend of not being able to take advantage of it continued for most of the half. I'm not trying to be a total downer, they looked better with Kofi Sarkodie and Je-Vaughn Watson providing some much needed speed down the right side of the field. The more balanced attack allowed Brad Davis to have more space and helped lead to the Dynamo's goal.
After falling behind 1-0 in the 27th minute, the Dynamo continued to attack and push forward and it finally paid off right before the half. Brad Davis made one of his patented hard runs down the left wing before stopping on a dime and firing a cross back in to the Dallas box. Cam Weaver was alone in space about 10 to 15 yards out and redirected the ball to the far post, easily beating Kevin Hartman. It wasn't the first time Houston attackers were free in space in the Dallas box, but it was the first time they were able to take advantage of it.
Second half saw it's fair share of chances on goal and hard challenges, but as per usual in MLS, the referee inexplicably carded soft fouls and allowed dangerous hard challenges to go punished. On particular foul from Zach Loyd on Geoff Cameron let the Houston midfielder down for a couple minutes and very easily could have led to a knee injury or broken leg.
Dallas scored in the 69th minute as Houston once again conceded a set piece goal as Martin Chavez's corner was easily headed home by Ugo Ihemelu. It's not the first time we've seen a goal like that this season and I doubt it will be the last.
Just a couple minutes later, Kofi Sarkodie made a really dumb decision on a tackle and picked up his second yellow card, earning him an ejection. Dominic Kinnear was not happy with the rookie fullback as he walked of the pitch.
Colin Clark saved the day for Houston in the 88th minute, getting free in the box after receiving great pass from Brad Davis. Clark cooly accelerated towards Hartman, forcing the keeper off his line, and beating him with a low hard shot to the far post. Lovely strike from the midfielder and a huge point saving goal for the Dynamo. While it's still not the result the team is ultimately looking for, there was definitely a better feeling from this 2-2 finish compared to the same score last weekend against New York.