A red card and a rampant Sporting Kansas City have ended Texas’ chances of getting a US Open Cup winner for 2015. A ten man Houston Dynamo could not hold on as they fell to a 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in the US Open Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night.
Houston Dynamo were looking the stronger side throughout the opening stages of the match as they were almost constantly on the attack. Dynamo had four corners in the opening 12 minutes but they could not put any of them away.
In the 30th minute Houston’s chances took a significant hit after they were reduced to ten men. Luis Garrido was the man shown the straight red card as he went in on Amadou Dia with too much force, seeing Ted Unkel hand him a red card.
Despite Houston now being a man down, they were able to hold off the Sporting Kansas City attacks. It did not take long for Houston to readjust well and take back control but the match went to half-time with the match still scoreless.
Sporting Kansas City started the second half well and were looking the most likely to score in the early stages of the half. But despite that Houston Dynamo were looking solid defensively and holding firm.
Despite being under the pump for those early stages, Houston stole the opening goal of the match. Ricardo Clark was able to get a header away but his effort was blocked, only for Will Bruin to respond the fastest and tap home the opening goal.
Just four minutes after going behind Sporting Kansas City should have been on level terms after Brad Davis took down Chance Myers. That allowed Dom Dwyer to step up and take a penalty but his effort was well saved by Joe Willis to keep Houston in front.
In the 69th minute Benny Feilhaber could well have pulled Sporting Kansas City on level terms but was denied by a clearance off the line from Kofi Sarkodie. But in the second minute he was not to be denied as Matt Besler found Feilhaber who buried it to level the scores.
This saw Kansas City keep pushing, as they were inspired by the goal and looked to wrap things up without extra time. The goal finally came in the 86th minute as Krisztian Nemeth found Dom Dwyer who was able to beat Willis at the near post.
Just two minutes later the match was well and truly stitched up as Sporting took a 3-1 lead when Dwyer returned the favour to Nemeth. That allowed Nemeth the chance which he took, thanks to a deflection off of AJ Cochran to seal the final score.