The Houston Dynamo have a knack for late match goals. After Saturday afternoon's match, they have set a new standard for the dramatic. With just seconds left in stoppage time, Warren Creavalle headed in a shot that salvaged a valuable road point for the Dynamo.
Toronto surely is beating themselves up after poor defensive marking on what likely was the final play of the match. Ricardo Clark was able to head the ball in the direction of Creavalle, who simply angled the ball perfectly to the top of the net.
The Reds opening the scoring in the 58th minute on a beautiful strike from Jeremy Hall. Hall shook Luiz Camargo near the top of the box and sent in a laser past Tally Hall to give Toronto the lead.
The outcome of match really was a poor indicator of the actual play on the field. Toronto controlled most of the match and came close to adding to the scoreline on several occasions. The Dynamo struggled with poor form for much of the match, but losing three starters in a short span surely contributed to that.
In the 41st minute, midfielder Adam Moffat left the match with an apparent hamstring injury and was replaced by Creavalle. When the clubs came out of the tunnel for the second half, Brad Davis was unexpectedly replaced by Luiz Camargo in midfield. Finally, in the 62nd minute, defender Jermaine Taylor was sent off for a foul against Robert Earnshaw.
With two key starters leaving the match to injury early and playing with a man down for the final 30 minutes, the Dynamo have to be pleased to escape with a point.
With the draw, the Dynamo (4-2-1) remain in second place in the Eastern Conference with 13 points. Toronto (1-2-4) sit in seventh position in the East with seven points. The match was their fourth straight draw.
Next up for Houston is an April 28 meeting with the Colorado Rapids (2-4-2, 8 points) at BBVA Compass Stadium.