Houston Dynamo had a mixed start to the 2016 MLS season as they had to settle for a 3-3 draw, after a late goal from New England took the match away from the hosts, denying Dynamo a fourth straight season opening win in the match at Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston started well, taking just 26 seconds to get their first chance of the match after a good run from Will Bruin down the right hand side. That allowed him to cross it in for Andrew Wenger but it was too high, letting New England off.
But New England responded well and they had the opening goal of the match just three minutes in. That goal came from Diego Fagundez who found space 25 yards out and hit a strike that moved too much in the air for Joe Willis to deal with.
Despite going behind, Houston continued to attack and Christian Maidana had the next chance in the seventh minute but could only send his effort wide. In the tenth minute Wenger was at it again as he got on the end of a Jalil Anibaba but his shot was saved.
It was almost constant from Houston Dynamo in the first half, yet their wastefulness was keeping them behind, until stoppage time when they finally broke through. Wenger’s header lead to a 50-50 situation between Bobby Shuttleworth and Maidana who won the ball and easily passed it in to an empty net.
The Dynamo came out from the break determined to get the lead and five minutes after the break they had it. A free-kick from Maidana found Bruin, allowing him to set up Wenger who sent the shot low, past Willis.
Again New England responded perfectly and they had the equalizer just two minutes later after Charlie Davies hard work. Davies was able to fire a low shot, which saw Willis save, only for the ball to fall back to Davies who made no mistake with the second chance.
That goal seemed to spark things for New England Revolution, who had two quick chances in a row. The first was from an impressive Teal Bunbury shot that was well saved by Willis before the Dynamo keeper cut out Chris Tierney’s cross to deny a chance.
In the 77th minute the Dynamo restored their lead as new captain, Giles Barnes, was able to put Houston back up. Will Bruin sent in a low cross, with Oscar Boniek Garcia drawing attention, the ball came through to Barnes to bury the chance.
That seemed to give Houston the win as the clock ran down but three minutes in to stoppage time, New England had their equalizer. It came through Diego Kobayashi who was able to salvage a point for the Revs with a well placed finish.