Houston heat stifles scoreless draw with Vancouver

Photo: Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo have picked up a point as they fought out a scoreless draw, continuing their home clean-sheet run. This draw came against Vancouver Whitecaps as Houston’s improved defensive performances under new coach Wade Barrett continued.

Interestingly in this match, Houston changed their shape, with two strikers starting up front, a change from Barrett’s usual 4-2-3-1 shape. That extra striker proved to be Erick Torres, in just his third start of the season, with Dynamo taking advantage before he heads to Rio for the Olympic Games.

The Dynamo’s best chance of the first half came late in the half as Will Bruin was able to create space and two clear chances. But on both chances Bruin could not beat the keeper as David Ousted saved both opportunities well, keeping the match scoreless at half-time.

The best chance of the match came in the 71st minute when Boniek Garcia was able to find some space just outside the box. That allowed him to hit a curling strike, which beat Ousted, but could only find the post, dribbling across the face, and eventually going wide.

Only Vancouver got the ball in the back of the net, coming six minutes from time when Erik Hurtado put it away. But the goal was disallowed as Hurtado handled the ball in the buildup, and earned a yellow card for his troubles.

At the death Houston Dynamo had two good chances, the first came to David Horst after a cross from Abdoulie Mansally but his header was very well saved by Ousted. That allowed a corner which came in for Torres, who went down under pressure, but the referee waved away Houston’s protests for a penalty, ending the match scoreless.

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