Kevin Stott appears to have gone to the Oprah School of Referees. "YOU get a card!" "YOU get a card!" "YOU get a card!" -Aaron Campeau
Behind goals from Geoff Cameron and Cam Weaver, two assist from Brad Davis and a boisterous crowd of 23,990, the Houston Dynamo closed out the disappointing the 2010 MLS Season on a positive note with a 2-1 defeat of the Seattle Sounders.
The Sounders struck first in the 11th minute. Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric made two great saves on Nate Jaqua, but a long rebound of the second fell right to Sounders defender James Riley about 15 yards from goal. Riley wasted little time rocketing the ball in the top corner of the net, easily beating the diving Deric.
Houston would not go quietly in to the afternoon however as in the 27nd minute, Dominic Oduro found Brad Davis who flicked it forward to the advancing Geoff Cameron. Cameron sent his shot low to the far post that beat midfielder Sanna Nyassi and Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller to draw the Dynamo back even at 1 goal apiece.
Two minutes before the goal, the Dynamo were robbed of a penalty kick opportunity as match referee missed a clear handball by Jeff Parke in the box. Another match, another blown call by a USSF official. Things didn't improve for Stott in the first half as he appeared to miss a penalty against Tyler Deric, instead giving a yellow to Steve Zakuani for simulation. If nothing else, MLS officials are consistently inconsistent.
The Dynamo roared out of the locker room wasting little time in taking a 2-1 lead. Brad Davis found Mike Chabala on the left wing who sent a cross in to the Seattle box that found Cam Weaver. Weaver went up strong over the Seattle defense and headed the ball past Keller. With his two assist on the day, Brad Davis ties his career record for assist in a season with 12.
The game slowed down considerably through much of the second half after Weaver's goal with neither team generating much in the way of offense aside for a handful of corners both ways.
The crowd was given a chance to make some noise in the 74th, when Brian Ching entered the match for goal scorer Cam Weaver. It was Ching's first playing time since suffering a knee injury against the Philadelphia Union on September 25th.
Tyler Deric was strong for the Dynamo in goal in only his second career start.