The Houston Dynamo kicked off at BBVA Compass Stadium against conference rival Sporting Kansas City in a bizarre game. Dominic Kinnear decided to shake things up for the slumping Dynamo by starting backup goalkeeper Tyler Deric over Tally Hall and Alexander Lopez over Warren Creavalle. Corey Ashe was also a surprise omission with Ashe not even making the player sheet.
The match got off to a bizarre start with A.J. Cochran and Paulo Nagamura challenging each other for a 50/50 ball in the air inside of 5 minutes. Both men went down, but Cochran got up and re-entered the game while Nagamura had to be taken off. Just a few minutes later following a Dynamo corner, David Horst injured his left leg and had to be subbed off for Eric Brunner.
In the 21st minute things took another twist as Toni Dovale was shown a straight red for elbowing Alex Lopez in the face while Lopez was shown a yellow for language following the incident.
Even though the Dynamo had a man advantage on Sporting Kansas City, they struggled to keep SKC out of the game. Following a throw in, Servando Carrasco played a poor pass which was intercepted and shot towards the goal only to be saved off the line (yes the 2nd consecutive week with one of these) by Eric Brunner. The Dynamo were able to possess the ball in the midfield, but struggled to connect with their forwards and create their own dangerous opportunities. The opportunistic SKC took advantage of a poor pass by Eric Brunner just before halftime which led to Soony Saad beating Tyler Deric to take the visitors (that were down a man) up a goal at half-time.
The second half started off with the Dynamo struggling to take advantage of the 10-man SKC while Sporting Kansas City used a variety of ways to kill off some of the clock. Things went from bad to worse in the 68th minute as a free kick opportunity saw the ball go off of AJ Cochran's shoulder and was ruled a handball inside the box resulting in a penalty. Dom Dwyer buried the ball into the corner passed a frozen Tyler Deric. As the game wore on the Dynamo became more desperate which led to rushed passes and shots leading to forced errors for the home team.
The Dynamo went on to fall 2-0 to the 10-man SKC. With the loss the Dynamo head into the World Cup break on a 4 game losing streak. For the time being the Dynamo hold onto the 4th place spot in the Eastern Conference. However, that time may be limited with other teams playing this weekend. The Dynamo next plays the Laredo Heat on June 11th, but their next league game isn't until June 29th when they'll travel to Montreal to face the Impact.