The Dynamo missing a number of starters picked up a road point in a 1-1 draw against Chicago at Toyota Park.
The match was abandoned after 66 minutes and each team will officially earn a point. The game also included an additional stoppage 13 minutes in due to lightning that lasted 70 minutes.
It was a tough night to judge but the Dynamo were agressive and lively on the road and still are seeking out more ways to create chances. Still they scored a great goal during the run of play with two strikers combing.
Only one minute in Dominic Oduro was nearly put in by the Fire near the right side and seconds later Patrick Nyarko found him on the left side of the box but his attempt to chip Tally Hall was easily handled.
In the 22nd minute Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall with a grand save on Sebastian Grazzini who curled a shot towards the upper corner but Hall made the critical road save at full stretch.
So what did this set up? Just the best goal of the game.
Brian Ching came off the Chicago back four in to midfield to turn playmaker and produced a wonderfully weighted pass between the two Chicago centerbacks German signing Arne Friedrich and Janil Annibaba that found a wonderful run from Will Bruin who took his finish expertly. It was the only shot on goal in the first half so lets just call this efficiency at it’s best.
Three minutes later Chicago would even things up as a Pavel Pardo free kick deflected off the back of Logan Pause who was on the end of the Dynamo wall. The ball got over Hall, hit the underside of the crossbar and went in. A strange goal that has to be considered a bit of a fluke.
Play would continue for only twenty minutes in the second half before both teams went to the locker room.
Tally Hall-key save on a night of few plays
Andre Hainault- strong in the tackle
Geoff Cameron-broke numerous plays up and got out of Toyota with out injury.
Bobby Boswell- timely tackles out of the middle
Jermaine Taylor- strong getting the start and pushed as hard as anyone to widen the game out
Nathan Sturgis- played simple and smart in the middle for Adam Moffat
Luiz Camargo- showed the signs of subtle skill on the ball that is needed, still to be fair working back into it.
Cory Ashe-tough making adjustment to midfield and getting forward but work ethic made up for it.
JeVaughan Watson- worked on the right but also had trouble getting into the attack
Will Bruin- one chance, one goal has a nice ring to it. Lots of energy
Brian Ching-change that #25 to #10 on this evening as he hits the telling pass for the Bruin goal. Fouled Nyarko when likely didn’t need to which led to goal.
Calen Carr- only played three minutes but led one potential counter attack against former team.
The Dynamo had the edge in ball possession and seemed to have the edge and sharpness in the tackling department with a strong attitude. Will Bruin led the Dynamo with 3 shots out of total of 5.
This can only be looked upon as a positive result heading to play a Columbus team that without mincing words looked poor at Philadelphia in a 1-0 loss this weekend.
The Dynamo are now 2-1-1 on 7 pts on four games on the road.
SAN ANTONIO SCORPIONS
In other news in Texas, the San Antonio Scorpions opened up their home schedule in front of 13,000 plus fans at Heroes Stadium.
The downside here is that they were beaten 4-0 by the Puerto Rico Islanders.
Former San Jose Earthquake Pablo Campos missed two penalty kicks for the Scorpions.
Former Dynamo players Ryan Cochrane and Kevin Harmse both started for San Antonio.
The San Antonio Thunder once played in the NASL and had one former England captain Bobby Moore on the team.
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