Put a circle around the three points earned by the Houston Dynamo last night at BBVA Compass Stadium. At the end of the season they just might be vital.
On a night where both teams where missed players due to international call ups the Dynamo in the end earned a full three points over the course of a final few minutes whether either team could have won , lost or drawn.
Dynamo Colin Clark would produce the game winning goal from the penalty spot beating RSL gk Nick Rimando in stoppage time after Rimando had come off his line and clattered into Mac Kandji.
In minutes prior Brad Davis had been denied from the spot by Rimando on an earlier pk call while Tally Hall robbed Nat Borchers on a header and stood up to Ned Grabavoy who had gotten behind the Dynamo defense. Hall’s two saves positioned the Dynamo to win the game as both goalkeepers shined down the stretch.
The final minutes brought more drama than the entire evening which was measured and at times tentative.
Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear had orginally planned to revert back to a 4-4-2 but when arriving to the stadium found both Brian Ching and Nathan Sturgis ill. Sturgis in fact went home and Ching did not play though did suit up.
Kinnear would say with the 4-3-3 which for much of the night was a 4-5-1 with Will Bruin much of the night as a lone striker.
Many will still speak to the fact that MLS should not be playing games when World Cup qualifiers come due to the amount of starting players missing.
The drama at BBVA played out in front of what had to be the smallest crowd of the year.
Next up for the Dynamo is Sporting KC and it sure is nice going to Livestrong Sporting Park with a full three points off RSL who still have not won an MLS game in the state of Texas.