Houston Dynamo Salvage Undefeated Record with Late Equalizer

Wilmer Cabrera and Ricardo Clark celebrate (Photo: MLS)

A late goal has seen Houston Dynamo salvage a 2-2 draw and remain undefeated at home at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening.

A free-kick was swung in to the box by Memo Rodriguez in the 81st minute, finding Juan Cabezas on the run. Cabezas was able to nod his head down, bouncing the ball past the keeper and in to the back of the net to salvage a point.

In the match Dynamo had to twice come from behind as the Timbers took a 13th minute lead. That was scored by Diego Valeri who took a touch before hitting a powerful strike that bounced in off the crossbar.

After a tight first half following the goal Houston equalized in the 37th minute when Portland failed to clear. Andrew Wenger crossed in to the box, only for Jake Gleeson to save but Mauro Manotas was quickest to the ball, allowing him to sweep home Dynamo’s equalizer.

Just when it seemed Houston would go in to the break with the scores level they conceded just two minutes from time. Valeri was given too much space in the box, allowing him to turn and set up Sebastian Blanco who buried the chance making it 2-1 Portland at half-time.

Portland probably should have won the match after they had a goal disallowed in the 55th minute for offside. Replays show Fanedo Adi in an onside position as he received a square ball which he put away, but with no Video Assistant Referee the Assistant flagged and that decision stood, and Houston eventually rode that luck to a win.


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