After their weekday charity match against Manchester City was cancelled due to poor pitch conditions at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Houston Dynamo made their way to New York to take on New York City FC. Playing in front of a crowd of 26,211 fans at Yankee Stadium the Dynamo saw their early success and taste for three points slip into a tie and a single point on the road.
The Dynamo lineup saw one major change with Brad Davis out with a bone bruise, Alex Lopez was back in the starting lineup for the Houston Dynamo and Giles Barnes had the captain's armband.
David Villa started things off in a hurry taking an early shot at the net. Luckily for the Dynamo it went just outside of the far post. The Dynamo were the first to get on the board, however. Alex Lopez sent in a perfect corner to David Horst who headed the ball down. Will Bruin was in the middle of the box and finished the ball off as it fell to his feet for the 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
Villa tried to answer the goal a few minutes later, but it went right to the waiting arms of Tyler Deric. Several Dynamo players tried their hand at goal in the first half-- Raul Rodriguez sending one off the crossbar, Luis Garrido with a wide shot and DaMarcus Beasley sending it into the side netting.
In the 45th minute of the game Rodriguez was called for a handball (one debated by some Dynamo fans on Twitter) and NYCFC was awarded a penalty. David Villa took the penalty kick sending in a low-ball off the side of his foot. Deric guessed the right direction on the kick, but he wasn't able to stop the shot as Villa drew NYCFC level with the Dynamo.
The second half saw less chances at goal for the Dynamo and as second half substitutes began to trickle in the tone of the game changed as NYCFC gained ground defensively. The Dynamo saw quality chances decrease while NYCFC saw theirs increase. New York took advantage of their small home field and had 20 fouls by the end of the game while the Dynamo had just 11.
The closer it got to the 90-minute mark the more alive New York seemed to come. Poku crossed the ball to Brovsky who played a diving header towards the net but Deric's diving save was better as he pushed it off the line. A minutes later it would be Brosvky again with a near game winner. As the game went into stoppage time Deric was kept busy as New York kept firing shots at him as they looked for a winning goal.
New York wouldn't get it as the final whistle would blow with each team earning a point. The Dynamo had the edge in most of the stat lines but they weren't able to find it on the field and even ceded the edge during the last fifteen minutes of the game.
The Dynamo return to a rain soaked Houston to play the New York Red Bulls on June 5.
Houston Dynamo: Deric, Rodriguez, Horst, Taylor, Beasley, Boniek (78' Lovejoy), Garrido, Clark, Lopez, Barnes, Bruin
New York City FC: Saunders, Wingert, Facey, Hernandez, Brovsky, Ballouchy (68' Poku), Jacobson, Mix, Nemec (79' Mullins), Velasquez (58' Shelton), Villa