Houston Dynamo US Open Cup run ends

Players contest for possession (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo’s 2017 US Open Cup campaign has come to an end as they fell to a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City in the Round of 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Kansas City opened the scoring just after the hour through a corner kick that Houston Dynamo failed to deal with adequately. Kevin Ellis headed the corner back across the face for Ike Opara, who was able to send the ball past the keeper for a vital goal.

With the US Open Cup being a knock out tournament Houston Dynamo was forced to push for an equalizer. That allowed a counter attack in stoppage time to give Kansas City the second goal Latif Blessing and Gerso Fernandes were able to break away allowing Blessing to set up Fernandes for a finish.

The first half was a tight 45 minutes as the two sides were cagey, given it was a knock out match that tense play was unsurprising. The best chance came in the 12th minute with a corner kick falling to Jimmy Medranda at the edge of the box but his effort went over the bar.

Just after the quarter hour Houston started to get some good chances and had a string of good opportunities. Alex managed to have two chances in less than a minute, both chances coming from outside the box, left footed strikes whistling over the bar.

Just after the Kansas City opener Houston Dynamo had a penalty shout turned down by the referee. Memo Rodriguez went down in the box after an apparent trip from Saad Abdul-Salaam but the referee disagreed and showed Rodriguez a yellow card for simulation.

 

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