With the international break winding down Houston headed to Minnesota looking to get their first road win of the season. Even though the break was over a number of players are still missing MLS action as their teams continue to advance in the Gold Cup. The Dynamo were without Cubo Torres, Boniek Garcia, Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto while MNUFC were without Johan Venegas, Francisco Calvo and Jermaine Taylor. On the Dynamo side Memo Rodriguez got his first MLS start in the game.
The Dynamo dominated early getting off three shots within the first six minutes of the game. Unfortunately, Bobby Shuttleworth did a good job defending goal against Houston’s attack. Andrew Wenger nearly put the Dynamo up early but his shot went just to the outside of the net.
The frustration continued through out the first half as Houston squandered shot after shot. By the end of the first half Houston had 14 shots to Minnesota’s one. However, of the 14 shots 10 where either off target or blocked. In spite of the number of shots Houston only had possession 37.8% of the time in the first half.
In the second half, Tyler Deric came out to stop a shot from Kevin Molino but failed to shut down the play. The ball went past Deric leaving defender AJ DeLaGarza to make the goal line stop and keep Minnesota off the board.
Houston had less chances at goal in the second half and continued to struggle to come away with anything from the chances they did get.
The Dynamo walked away with 19 shots in the game to the Loons four. They finished the game with 34.3% possession. While a point on the road is nothing to turn your nose up at the number of missed shots in this game make it feel like a win that got away.
The Dynamo are on the road again on Saturday against DC United.