Recap: Dynamo Only Get A Point Against Timbers

Scott Halleran

The Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers each fought to a 1-1 draw with both goals coming in the first half. The return of Brad Davis and forward production are the silver linings in a somewhat disappointing result for the Dynamo.

The Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers faced off on a day when the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers would also play each other in the NBA Playoffs. The Dynamo changed from their usual 4-4-2 and went to their other familiar formation the 4-3-3. This seemed to work well especially early on as the Dynamo enjoyed control of the midfield and the better chances on goal. The Dynamo welcomed back Captain Brad Davis to the lineup in great fashion as he sent in a perfect cross to Will Bruin who headed the ball down into the goal in the 16th minute.

The home side's lead wouldn't last too long as the Portland Timbers found a way to equalize in the 33rd minute. The Timbers sent in a through ball which split the Dynamo defense and Gaston Fernandez promptly buried the ball past the sliding Kofi Sarkodie into the back of the net.

Both teams came out to start the 2nd half looking a bit weary from the heat as each side looked sluggish. The Dynamo dodged an injury scare as Giles Barnes went down for an extended amount of time clutching his shoulder after a clean challenge.

Before the 70th minute, a poor back pass by the Timbers to keeper Donovan Ricketts led to a free kick inside the box after Ricketts handled the ball. The whistle came late and the fans and head coach Dominic Kinnear were visibly upset until the foul came.

The Dynamo built up a few chances and kept the ball on Portland's half of the field but failed to convert their chances. Late game sub Mark Sherrod nearly found the net after a very good pass from Andrew Driver, but the ball was poorly struck and sliced off to the side.

The game ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw, but the return of Brad Davis and the end of Will Bruin's goal scoring drought remain bright spots for the team moving forward. The Dynamo will travel to Los Angeles to play Chivas USA at 9:30 PM Central on May 3.

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