Houston Grabs Crucial Point

A crucial point to create confidence going forward
by David Ruiz   |   Monday, September 02, 2013

Orange Republic – column on Houston Dynamo & the Houston area soccer scene.

The Houston Dynamo snatched 2 points from the Toyota Park and sum up 1 point in the last minute in a key Eastern Conference battle with a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.

From the start, the Dynamo jumped to the field looking for the goal until the end and took advantage of an acquiescent Chicago. The Texan team needed some motivation as visitor and kept fighting until the end to spoil Chicago’s apparent victory.

The Chicago Fire controlled the game in the 1st half with great ball possession and produced many goal opportunities, but goalkeper Tally Hall’s performance let the Dynamo to end with the minimum in the score sheet. 

Houston had the 1st chance to score in the opening 5 minutes of the game with Giles Barnes pass to Bruin through where Sean Johnson made a good kick save to keep it level. After that missed opportunity the Fire assumed the control of the ball and Dilly Duka found his goal chances against the oranges goalkeeper Hall, who became fundamental for Houston efforts.

Also, Mike Magee was looking to beat Hall’s goal in order get his 15th goal of the season and tie with Marco Di Vaio as the scorer leader of the season. After resisting Chicago’s attempts, the Fire found the goal from a corner kick that picked out the head of Bobby Boswell and put it in his own net.

In the 2nd half, things changed for the Dynamo with a very defensive strategy by the Fire and Houston showed determination to come back in the game. However, the local team still had several chances to seal the game with Magee’s shot in the post.

Just when the game was about to end, Corey Ashe laid it off for Adam Moffat and the Scotsman blasted it into the far corner to make it 1-1 in stoppage time. Additionally, the Fire didn’t want to finish the game like that and had their last opportunity from a free kick where Hall kept out Jalil Anibaba's header with a diving one-handed save.

POSITIVE: Get one point as visitor and stop direct rival in the Eastern Conference. The Guys never quit.

NEGATIVE: Weak performance as visitor. Tied with New England Revolution for the final playoff spot. Eric Brunner injury.

NEXT UP: September 4 – Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo, Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. 6:30 p.m. EST, MLS Live.

David RUIZ

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