The Houston Dynamo again seemed to look much better with the new additions of DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido Sunday night in
An uncharacteristically bad stutter-step penalty kick by Brad Davis could have given the orange a first half lead. In the last half hour of action, tragedy struck. David Horst unluckily deflected a Marco Pappa shot into the net; then Rico Clark committed an ill-advised, overzealous foul on Obafemi Martins that resulted in a penalty for
It is a shame that otherwise the Dynamo had a good plan and a decent game. The team was well positioned on defense and Luis Garrido helped make the centerbacks’ job easier.
Meanwhile the Sounders couldn’t really create much on offense as
In the 24th minute, the Houston Dynamo were awarded a penalty kick on a clear handball by Djimi Traore after Boniek Garcia's shot forced the call. On the same play and just a split second before, Will Bruin attempted a shot and in the process injured himself on a bad step in the ugly looking artificial turf at CenturyLink.
Inexplicably, the usually reliable Brad Davis decided to try and fake Stefan Frei with a stutter-step. It failed miserably as his shot was not strong enough and Frei got it easily. Penso might have missed Frei getting off his line too early and too far out.
That miss would doom
Will Bruin (before his injury) and Rico Clark each had headers that could have gotten in but Houston overall did not finish the chances they had.
Things got weird at the start of the second half as Bruin stepped in on the field when Jason Johnson should have been the one in.
In any case the young Jamaican saw some rare MLS action and started with a couple of good details on offense, although he would later fade away. Omar Cummings was not available in the list of 18 players so JJ got the break.
In true 2014 Houston Dynamo fashion, "it" happened. In the 69th minute, Marco Pappa got past Luis Garrido just outside the box and attempted a shot on goal. David Horst unluckily deflected the shot, and Tally Hall could not react in time as
After that Horst looked rattled and unsure. For this game, Jermaine Taylor seemed the better of the two centerbacks.
Five minutes later, Ricardo Clark made a huge mistake on a
Pineda scored despite Tally Hall guessing correctly; the goalie could not clear the ball out and instead bounced off his gloves and in.
The game was pretty much over. Andrew Driver came in and tried hard with some good crosses from the left side, and Johnson woke up late to try from extreme long distance and forcing a late Frei save.
REFEREE: Chris Penso.
AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Mike Rottersman; 4th: Daniel Radford
SEA: Neagle, Martins (2), Pineda, González
HOU: Garrido, Sarkodie
SEA: Martins (2nd yellow)
GOALS: 1-0 Pappa 69’, 2-0 Pineda (PK) 75’