After a week filled with injury concerns and international call-ups. Houston started all of their injured players including Ricardo Clark. The winless Colorado Rapids had their own injury list to contend with as they travelled to Houston for the game.
The Dynamo started the game with a lot of energy and several early chances. The best came in the 10th minute when Brad Davis sent the ball into the box and Ricardo Clark directed it toward Will Bruin. The forward was unable to get a good foot on the ball and mishit the shot, sending it wide of the net. Later, Davis put his left foot to work as he blasted the ball in from 20 yards out but it went right to Clint Irwin in the 27th minute.
Marcelo Sarvas had the Rapids first chance as he shot the from 15 yards out, but Tyler Deric was there to parry the ball away. The shot seemed to give the Rapids some life as they started to gain better control of the midfield.
Tyler Deric once again made a save that should be a Save of the Week nomination in the 31st minute of the game. Gabriel Torres got the ball to Starvas who was 1v1 as he put the ball towards the net. Deric somehow got a palm to it and sent it over the bar.
The Dynamo had a quick start to the second half as the team got the ball down the field and Leonel Miranda crossed the ball across the box to Davis. The midfielder's shot was blocked. A minute later a yellow card was issued to Jared Watts, but the free kick from the Dynamo was cleared by the Rapids. The second half fell into a quiet lull that was eventually broken by a shot from Cronin. The shot was wide of the net. but the Rapids followed it a few minutes later with another wide shot. The Dynamo had several chances as the game began to wind down but they were unable to make anything of them as they went wide of the net. The second half substitutes seemed to breathe some life into the Dynamo, but it wasn't enough to break the stalemate as the game ended without a goal.
Neither team was able control possession as each team took turns dominating the ball throughout the game. The Dynamo were unable to get many shots at the net and Will Bruin was invisible for most of the night. While rookie Rob Lovejoy didn't play a perfect game had a strong game in the midfield. This game was a good chance to look at the depth of the Dynamo and while it didn't produce three points it did produce one point which is a step up from last season.
The Dynamo travel to Seattle next weekend to take on the Seattle Sounders on April 4.
Houston: Deric; Sarkodie, Horst, Rodríguez, Beasley; Miranda (82' Hoffman), Clark (68' Steinberger), Sturgis, Davis, Lovejoy (59' Lopez); Bruin
Colorado: Irwin; Harrington, Burling, Watts, Burch; Cronin, Pittinari; Powers (83' Sanchez), Sarvas, Ramiez (77' Badji); Torres