Houston Dynamo had to play most of the second half with ten men but managed to hold on, getting a scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.
The red card came in the 65th minute after Dynamo midfielder Alex was issued two yellow cards in one minute. The first was a push on Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak, before earning his second yellow for a studs up challenge on Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman.
With just one road win in the season so far, once the red card was issued to Alex that record was almost certainly going to go on. Despite that Houston played well, they fought hard to stay on level terms and pick up a valuable road point, keeping them in second in the west.
The first chance of the match came in the 20th minute after a long cross came in from the left through Peckerman. Real Salt Lake midfielder Joao Plata and forward Luis Silva exchanged passes perfectly, allowing Plata to shoot from just outside the box, a shot which went just wide.
Dynamo had their first chance of the match just after the half-hour mark as Alex was able to gather a cleared ball in the midfield and passed the ball to forward Memo Rodriguez. Rodriguez was able to take a shot at the edge of the area, surprising Real goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who parried it wide for a Houston corner.
Three minutes from the end of the half Real Salt Lake went close yet again after Plata crossed in low for Silva whose shot was deflected by Houston defender Adolfo Machado. That ball fell to Real midfielder Jefferson Savarino but he sent it just wide of goal.
Just three minutes in to the second half Real had their first opportunity of the half to get the opener after a back-heel from Silva set up the chance for Savarino. That allowed Savarino to shoot from a difficult angle, agonizingly wide.
After the red card the match really faded as a contest as Houston looked to sit back and perform well defensively. Houston had one late change in stoppage time as an Oscar Boniek Garcia corner found defender Dylan Remick wide open but he sent it just over the bar, keeping it 0-0.