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RECAP: Houston DOOP'D By Referee, Tie Union 0-0

A second yellow led to a red card that left the Dynamo down a man, but they managed to hang on for a tie.

When the referees take center stage during a game fans lose.
When the referees take center stage during a game fans lose.
John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Dynamo entered PPL park looking to stop a three game losing streak while the Philadelphia Union looked to turn around a five game winless streak.

Houston dominated the first ten minutes of the match by controlling the midfield. The Dynamo earned a free kick after Kofi Sarkodie was tripped up, but Andrew Driver's ball went right to the Union's goalkeeper. The Union briefly began to gain some time with the ball but Houston quickly recovered and Boniek ripped off a shot on goal that was easily stopped by Zac MacMath.  The Dynamo almost let the Union have one when Tally Hall chose to roll the ball out to Ricardo Clark who wasn't ready for the ball allowing the Union to get ahold of the ball. Hall was able to recover and get to the ball in time, but it was an uncharacteristic lapse by the team. A corner kick in the 38th minute led to a great shot from Will Bruin, but it hit the post as the Dynamo began to get closer and closer to scoring. A header from David Horst seemed destined for goal until it found itself buried in Clark's chest.

The Union started the second half with an early set piece that was sent over goal, but it helped them to start the second half with momentum. Jermaine Taylor came up with a huge block as Conner Casey had a chance at an empty net. Moments later Okugo sent a header over the net as the Dynamo were put back on their heels. Losing control of the midfield let to a Union dominated second half.

In the 82nd minute Kofi Sarkodie was shown a second yellow card for time wasting leaving the team to play the rest of the match down a man. The referee appeared to be unaware that Sarkodie already had a yellow card in the match as he walked away after issuing the card. Despite being down a man the team was able to hold on to the tie for a road point against the Union.

The Dynamo have their third road match on Wednesday against the New York Red Bulls.

Houston Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Horst, Taylor, Ashe; Cascio (Cummings 75'), Clark (Carrasco 89'), García, Driver (Creavalle 65'); Bruin, Barnes

Philadelphia Union: MacMath, Gaddia, Wheeler, Okugo, Williams, Edu, Carroll, Nogueira, Maidana (Fernandes 56'), Casey (Le Toux 62'), Wenger