Mother nature has not been kind to the city of Houston slamming the city with rain storm after rain storm this spring and now summer. Rain hit Houston again on Tuesday afternoon which lead to flooding at BBVA Compass Stadium. After some squeegeeing and leaf blowing of the field the teams were finally able to get out and start the match.
Both teams started the game out firing with the Houston Dynamo taking the ball right into the box only to have it blocked by Colorado. The Rapids in turn took it down the field and took at shot at goal. The two kept up the pace as they went back and forth on the field. The Dynamo had the edge as they found success on the wings, but they were repeatedly denied by Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
As the first half wound down 19-year-old Mauro Manotas got the Dynamo on the scoreboard. Nathan Sturgis sent in a cross as Manotas made a run to the near post and directed the ball to goal with a glancing header.
Marlon Hairston tried to follow up the Dynamo goal with a goal of his own for the Rapids by was denied by goalkeeper Joe Willis.
Colorado looked to get momentum early in the second half as they had a good chance at goal after winning a free kick. Vicente Sanchez sent in a free kick in the 52nd minute that Jared Watts attempted to head to goal. In a bit of misfortune for the Rapids the ball slammed off the post and away from the net. That wasn't to be their only chance as Kevin Doyle got past David Host in the 60th minute to send a shot at the net, but it went wide of goal. The Rapids misfortune continued as Willis came up big to deny Marcelo Sarvas in the 70th minute. A backheel pass in the box got the ball to Sarvas who got off a low shot that was stopped by a diving Willis.
The tide slowly turned back to the Dynamo after a few substitutions in the 72nd minute. Chandler Hoffman got into great position as he got off a shot in the 83rd minute but his shot was blocked by MacMath. Willis and MacMath would take turns making saves as time ran out on the game and the Dynamo won 1-0.
The Dynamo have a MLS regular season game on Friday, July 3 against the Chicago Fire.
Houston Dynamo- Willis, Sarkodie, Horst (72' Hunter), Cochran, Ashe, Miranda, Sturgis, Steinberger, Alex (79' Lopez), Hoffman, Manotas (72' Clark)
Colorado Rapids- MacMath, Hairston, Greenspan, O'Neill, Burch, Sanchez, Cromin, Powers, Watts (55' Sarvas), Eloundou (80' Badji), Doyle