It was a tough afternoon for both the Houston Dynamo and the Colorado Rapids at BBVA Compass Stadium. Each club had opportunities to best the other, but with several missed chances, the two clubs parted ways with a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon.
In the first half, Houston seemed to be a bit more aggressive early, but the scoreline was even at 0-0 heading into stoppage time. Shortly before the whistle, a corner kick gave the Rapids the lead and momentum going into the half. Rookie Dillon Powers sent in the corner and Drew Moor was able to set himself free in the box and headed in the go ahead goal.
The second half was largely made up of two things: a huge goal from Giles Barnes that equalized the match and referee Juan Guzman issuing out discipline.
In the 66th minute, Barnes picked up a loose ball in the midfield and slowly moved closer and closer to the goal. As he hit the top of the 18 yard box, Barnes fired off a shot that caught the upper corner of the net - nothing goalkeeper Clinton Irwin could do to stop the perfect strike.
The Dynamo turned up the pressure after that tying goal, but couldn't find the go ahead goal. Towards the final moments of the match, the Rapids fought back and had several opportunities to score. Colorado actually looked to have a bit more steam down the stretch, something that the Dynamo are normally known for.
In stoppage time, frustrations mounted as Dynamo captain Brad Davis was issued a yellow card for giving the referee a talking to. Minutes later, Davis came in with a sliding challenge on Nathan Sturgis. The referee skipped the second yellow and immediately grabbed a red card to send the captain off for the final seconds of the match.
The Dynamo extended their MLS record home unbeaten streak in all competitions to 36 games, while setting a new record for league home unbeaten games with 30. Both teams will probably feel like they should have gotten the full three points with all the missed chances for each to score a winner.
With the draw, the Dynamo improve to 4-2-2 with 14 points and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference. Next up for the orange is an MLS Cup rematch with the LA Galaxy in the Home Depot Center next Sunday, May 5. Davis will miss the match after seeing red against Colorado.
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