Controversy Sees Kansas City Forced to Settle for Point With Dynamo

Ricardo Clark controls the ball
Ricardo Clark controls the ball
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They needed a late goal but they salvaged a point as Houston Dynamo’s late goal saw them steal a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night at Sporting Park. It was not without controversy, as Kansas City had shouts for a penalty denied but Houston take home a vital point in their playoff hunt.

Sporting Kansas City started the match well and had the opening goal just six minutes in to the match. Benny Feilhaber sent in a free kick which found Dom Dwyer who headed it home, continuing his scoring run against Houston.

Just moments after going behind Houston went on the attack and they thought they had a penalty as Will Bruin and Tim Melia collided. The referee originally awarded the penalty, but after talking to his assistant reversed the call, deeming Bruin to have taken out Melia after he gathered the ball.

Houston were in control after going behind, having the better of the chances but they failed to do much with it. Sporting Kansas City held firm defensively and they went in to the break 1-0 up.

The break helped to calm things down after tensions started to flare towards the end of the half with Tyler Deric and Dwyer getting in to a light scuffle which saw each earn a yellow. Dwyer very nearly let his football do the talking shortly after the half as he hit a diving header that was only denied when DeMarcus Beasley cleared it off the line.

A tight first half seemed to make that missed chance meaningless, but Houston finally broke through in the 78th minute. Brad Davis sent in a typical free-kick which found an advanced Ricardo Clark who headed it home, but injured himself as he landed from the header and had to leave the field.

Just three minutes later Sporting could well have had the lead, if not for intervention from Deric, who denied Krisztian Nemeth. Dynamo’s chances took a hit with four minutes to play, though as Nathan Sturgis took out Roger Espinoza and saw red.

That saw Kansas City then really control the match from that point and in stoppage time Nemeth had the ball in the back of the net, but was denied by the offside flag. There was controversy right at the death as a ball in to the box deflected off of Luis Garrido’s arm but the referee waved play on, saving the Dynamo a point.


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