Houston Dynamo’s effort to avoid being the worst team in Major League Soccer (MLS) this season got a slight boost on Wednesday night. The Dynamo managed a scoreless draw against Seattle at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday night.
After losing to Colorado Rapids on the weekend, Dynamo’s interim head coach Wade Barrett changed over half his side. Six changes were come in, the most they had made between two matches in the 2016 season.
It was a battle of two strong goalkeeping performances from both teams, with Joe Willis impressing in the Dynamo goal. Willis made seven saves throughout the match, setting a new career mark in the process, while Stefan Frei impressed in the Seattle goal.
On the half hour mark Houston could well have opened the scoring as Dynamo forward Will Bruin was able to find space after beating Seattle defender Roman Torres. That allowed Bruin to shoot from just outside the box, which was heading for the corner, but Frei made the save at full stretch on to the post to keep it scoreless.
In the 39th minute Houston continued to attack and again could have opened the scoring through midfielder Andrew Wenger. Looking to try and catch Frei out, Wenger sent in a shot from the edge of the box but Frei made the save.
Right before the break Willis was able to make two great saves to keep the scores level at half-time. Both came from Seattle midfielder Erik Friberg, the first coming on an eight yard save before he recovered well and smothered Friberg’s attempted rebound.
Four minutes in to the second half Houston Dynamo could well have opened the scoring thanks to two players on their starting debut. Midfielder Jose Escalante sent in a corner for defender Keyner Brown leaping highest but he could only find the crossbar.
Houston was handed a big advantage in the 64th minute as Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was shown a red card. Alonso tussled with Bruin, and the two shoved each other, with Alonso putting his hands in the face of Bruin, earning him a red as opposed to Bruin’s yellow.
Despite now having a player advantage Houston Dynamo was unable to capitalize against a Seattle side that struggled. That forced Houston to settle for just a point, meaning they are still in contention for last place, but the point could prove to be valuable in condemning Chicago to the wooden spoon.