It looked like it was going to be back-to-back games with disappointing results for the Houston Dynamo until a stoppage time comeback helped the Dynamo walk away with a draw against Los Angeles FC. Houston scored two goals during the five minutes of stoppage time to level the game 2-2.
The game was 90 minutes late getting under way due to lightning in the area but it didn’t take long for LAFC to put the Dynamo on their back foot. Latif Blessing scored in the fourth minute to give the visitors a lead early in the game. Adama Diomande made a pass to Blessing on the left as Dynamo players gave them plenty of space to work in. As Joe Willis was drawn out to try and stop the shot from Blessing, Blessing was able to put the low shot just past him for the goal.
LAFC had a clear edge in the game with 55.7% possession in the first half. They had four shots to Houston’s one. The Dynamo were whistled for 11 fouls in the first half while LAFC were called for six.
The Dynamo didn’t get their first shot on target until the second half. Mauro Manotas put his shot on target early in the second half but LAFC keeper Tyler Miller was able to knock it away.
As the second half wore on the Dynamo looked like they were finally making some headway in front goal. Then as the Dynamo looked the best they had all night they gave up another goal to LAFC. Once again it was Diomande setting up the goal as he put the ball behind the Dynamo defense. This time he found Mark-Anthony Kaye who scored from inside the box to make it 0-2.
As five minutes of stoppage time was shown on the board it seemed like the game was all but over with and the Dynamo were down by two goals. Yet, the game was far from over as the team showed, for once, they still had some fight left in them.
In stoppage time DaMarcus Beasley sent a long ball up the field to Manotas. As Miller came out to try and stop the shot, Manotas sent the ball past him scoring in the 94th minute of the game to help spark the team.
But it was Philippe Senderos who scored the second goal for the Dynamo, helping the team to walk away from the game with a point. The defender shot the ball with his left foot falling backwards from the effort. The ball took a deflection off of LAFC player and into the back of the net to make it 2-2. The whistle blew just seconds later to seal the draw.
The game was far from pretty on the Dynamo side but thanks to the second half rally they finished the game with 16 shots and 54% of the overall possession. They held LAFC to just three shots in the second half.
The Dynamo host Minnesota United on Saturday, July 7 in their next game.
73' SUB: Memo Rodriguez enters in place of Boniek García. #HOUvLAFC— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) July 4, 2018
78' SUB: Luis Gil comes in for Tomás Martínez, final sub of the night. #HOUvLAFC— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) July 4, 2018