There’s still one match left to play, but the Houston Dynamo’s 2015 campaign has effectively come to a close.
Any chance of making the postseason would have also depended on the Timbers and Earthquakes losing out, but the last two games of the season were must-wins for Houston, and they just didn’t get the job done in the final match of the year at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The first half didn’t generate a ton of chances for either team, but the Dynamo had a good counterattacking chance in the 12th minute, when Bruin took an intercepted pass all the way to the backline, but instead of looking for a teammate with a higher percentage shot, he tried a very tight angled shot that the keeper easily scooped up. 5 minutes later, Obafemi Martins had a 1-on-1 shot on the goal that just barely went left past Deric.
Ricardo Clark opened it up in the 65th minute with a low strike from outside the box that threaded its way past the fingertips of the keeper and into the lower left corner. Brad Davis set him up for the goal with a left-footed cross that gave Clark the ball right at the top of the box.
But in fashion that has become so typical of this 2015 Dynamo side, they just couldn’t hold on to the lead to save their season and secure the win. In the 82nd minute, Seattle was awarded a corner kick taken by Andreas Ivanschitz. Brad Evans slowed the ball down a little with a deflection off his foot, enough for Obafemi Martins to slap it into goal with the side of his head, ending the Dynamo’s season.
Houston still has one more meaningless match to get through before looking ahead to a long offseason. The Dynamo will travel up to BC Place to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps next Sunday.
Houston: Ricardo Clark 65’
Seattle: Obafemi Martins 82’
Yellow: Gonzalo Pineda 40’, Andreas Ivanschitz 55’, Luis Garrido 64’, Chad Barrett 71’
Houston (4-4-2): Tyler Deric, Oscar Garcia, David Horst, Sheanon Williams, DaMarcus Beasley, Leonel Miranda (Alex 74’), Ricardo Clark, Luis Garrido, Brad Davis (Rob Lovejoy 90+2’), Giles Barnes, Will Bruin (Mauro Manotas 87’)
Seattle (4-4-2): Stefan Frei, Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick (Zach Scott 82’), Erik Friberg (Andy Rosee 62’), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda (Chad Barrett 68’), Andreas Ivanschitz, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins