The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City faced off on Wednesday night in a make-up of their game that had to be postponed due to Hurricane Harvey. Instead of playing the game in late August the game was moved to the second week of October and right around World Cup Qualifying. Both squads were short a few players who were out due to international duty.
The first 30 minutes of the game produced little excitement as both teams appeared to be playing to not lose the game. It wasn’t until the 33rd minute when Saad Abdul-Salaam passed the ball to Jimmy Medranda who ripped a shot off and right past Tyler Deric to give SKC the 1-0 lead.
Tomas Martinez tried to answer for Houston a few minutes later with a shot from distance but goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was able to push it over the bar. Two minutes later Andrew Wenger crossed the ball to Vicente Sanchez who’s shot then went off the post.
Houston came out with more bite in the second half, but shots from Mauro Manotas and Ricardo Clark were well off target. It was the 63rd minute of the game when the Dynamo finally found the back of the net. Martinez scored on a left footed volley that went screaming past Dykstra. The play started further up the field thanks to a beautiful pass from Sanchez to AJ DeLaGarza who crossed the ball into the goal scorer.
The Dynamo were finally able to take the lead thanks not to one of their players but SKC’s Erick Palmer-Brown. Martinez sent in a curling free kick that Palmer-Brown attempted to clear but instead hit the ball into his team’s own net and gave Houston the 2-1 lead.
Alex came in after the own goal and immediately tried to extend the Dynamo lead but his shot went right to Dykstra. In stoppage time Alex again tried to find the net running from one end of the field to the other with the ball. Rather than passing the ball to the men in orange around him he held on an took a shot which Dykstra stopped but the ball came out from underneath him. Cubo Torres ran up to try and tap in the ball but he was unable to get on it. After what felt like a very long five extra minutes the final whistle blew and the Dynamo were able to hold on to walk away with a 2-1 victory and three points.
Sunday, the Houston Dynamo will face Sporting Kansas City in Kansas City. It will be another big game as both teams are fighting to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Tonight's Dynamo Starting XI: Deric; DeLaGarza, Senderos, Leonardo, Remick; Clark ©, Alexander, Martínez; Manotas, Sánchez, Wenger #HOUvSKC pic.twitter.com/QNLs7XHMkD— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) October 11, 2017
Your #SportingKC starting XI that will look to clinch a playoff berth tonight vs @HoustonDynamo! #HOUvSKC pic.twitter.com/Cf77jB0dkH— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) October 11, 2017
First @usbank sub for #SportingKC as @DiegoRubio_ replaces Gerso up top. We're all square at 1-1.#HOUvSKC pic.twitter.com/Bv80cdMBIW— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) October 12, 2017
Enter Cubo. #HOUvSKC pic.twitter.com/fgKjTH7Z7V— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) October 12, 2017
77' | Dynamo sub: Alex on for Eric Alexander.— Corey Roepken (@RipSports) October 12, 2017
HOU 2-1 SKC
Searching for an equalizer, #SportingKC brings on another @usbank sub as @Kharltonbelmar makes his @MLS debut.— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) October 12, 2017
2-1 #HOUvSKC pic.twitter.com/uKzcgwGY4w
90' + 3' | Dynamo sub: Jalil Anibaba on for Dylan Remick.— Corey Roepken (@RipSports) October 12, 2017
HOU 2-1 SKC