Wednesday night after coming off a win to San Jose the Dynamo were looking to put together back to back wins as they hosted the Seattle Sounders. Both Seattle and Houston had gotten wins over the weekend and their positions in the Western Conference dictated that both needed to come away with three points and a win.
Each team has a big rivalry game coming up this weekend which forced both coaches to lineup with the weekend in mind. Chad Marshall and Clint Dempsey did not make the trip to Houston. For Houston, Cubo Torres found himself back in the starting lineup while Mauro Mantoas was on the bench.
The first half was a quiet one for both sides. As the first half started to wind down Alex sent a ball over the top to Anibaba who got the ball into the box. Anibaba took a low shot but Frei was able to get down and stop the shot with his legs.
Seattle’s Brad Evans nearly got the Dynamo on the scoreboard in the 65th minute of the game. Andrew Wenger crossed the ball into the box towards Will Bruin but Evans got in between the two. His attempt on the ball almost found the back of the net but instead went out wide of the net. A minute later Bruin got a head on a corner kick from Boniek Garcia. The header headed straight down and Frei was able to collect the ball as it came off the ground.
After blocking multiple shots from the Dynamo, Seattle attempted to play the ball out of the back. Alex wrestled the ball away from Roldan and Ricardo Clark and Bruin worked to keep the ball out of Seattle’s hands. With one touch Wenger got his shot off and past Frei to find the back of the net giving the Dynamo a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute.
It looked like the Sounders may have equalized minutes later. but it was ruled that the entire ball did not cross the goal line. On replay it looked like the ball probably crossed the line but the camera angles weren’t great and didn’t provide conclusive 100% undeniable proof.
Seattle would find the equalizer during stoppage time of the match. Nicolas Lodeiro was on the receiving end of a cross while waiting at the penalty spot. His ball went easily into the net as the players in orange around him just watched the ball go by.
When the final whistle blew it was 1-1 on the scoreboard but the stats told an interesting story. The Dynamo had 22 shots on the night with six of them coming in the first half. For the Sounders they only had six shots with five of them coming in the second half. The second half was the far more productive (and interesting) half of the game and the Dynamo seemed to gain back much of the ground they had given up in the first half. Yet they ended the game with nearly equal time of possession and a 1-1 scoreline.
The Houston Dynamo have made an art form of giving up late goals. Maybe not an art form but they’ve gotten really good at it. Too good if you are a Dynamo fan. It doesn't get much later than giving up a goal in the 94th minute of the game. It was another heartbreaking goal to give up for the Dynamo and dropped points that the team desperately needs.
Now the Dynamo turn their sights to Saturday’s game against FC Dallas and the hopeful return of El Capitan to Houston.