Disappointment, disappointment, disappointment. Feels like it's all we Dynamo fans know recently.
The odds were not stacked in Houston's favor Friday night. This was the second road match in a row for Owen Coyle's men, who had to fly from one coast to another after a disappointing loss in Foxboro last week. That match was made especially difficult for the Dynamo by over four hours of rain delays that prevented the match from ending until after midnight local time.
Coyle shook up the lineup a bit, going with a 4-4-2 that put Brad Davis up top with Bruin and featured midseason acquisition Rasheed Olabiyi making his first start in orange.
The first half went just about as well as it possibly could for Houston. In the 40th minute, Boniek Garcia drove the ball towards the backline in the box and slid it sidewise past three defenders and the keeper to put the Dynamo up 1-0.
Just before halftime, Brad Davis sent a through ball up to the right corner of the box and Will Bruin slipped it past the keeper to his left, very similarly to Garcia's goal. At the half, Houston had a 2-0 lead and everything seemed good to go.
Things began to unravel in the 76th minute. Darlington Nagbe drove the ball towards the box, passed it right to Lucas Melano, who passed it back to a now wide-open Nagbe, who was able to squeeze it between keeper Tyler Deric's legs. The Timbers dealt the gut-wrenching blow about ten minutes later. Diego Valeri looped a long pass in towards a crowded box and Lucas Melano flicked it far post past the outstretched Deric.
The Timbers did go down to ten men in this contest, but it came too late for the Dynamo to have time to capitalize. In the 91st minute, Erick Torres received a long lob and began streaking towards goal, and Diego Valeri earned a straight red for shamelessly elbowing him in the neck just to stop the play. The Timbers fans may have a comeback to celebrate, but there was nothing to celebrate about their character when they cheerily applauded Chara for his dirty foul.
The Dynamo will continue their road trip with a Wednesday tilt against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, before returning home next Saturday.
Houston: Boniek Garcia 40', Will Bruin 45'
Portland: Darlington Nagbe 76', Lucas Melano 86'
Yellow: Boniek Garcia 32', Luis Garrido 73'
Red: Diego Chara 90+1'
Houston(4-4-2): Tyler Deric, Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, Raul Rodriguez, Sheanon Williams, Oscar Boniek Garcia, Luis Garrido, Rasheed Olabiyi (Nathan Sturgis 61'), Alex, Brad Davis (Leonel Miranda 89'), Will Bruin (Erick Torres 72')
Portland(4-5-1): Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Alvas Powell, Nat Borchers, Liam Ridgewell, Jorge Villafana Dairon Asprilla 82'), Diego Chara, Will Johnson, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Rodney Wallace (Fanendo Adi 57'), Lucas Melano