Sporting Kansas City is limping through the later half of the season once again and tonight in Houston, KC hit another low with an extremely uninspiring effort at BBVA Compass Stadium as KC fell 1-0 to the Dynamo. Peter Vermes may have said it best after the game, saying that it was horrific, and that KC didn't deserve anything out of the game, cause they really didn't.
The first half was dull half for both teams that was only highlighted by the fact that both teams combined for a total of 24 fouls. On top of the fouls there were three yellow cards, two to Kansas City, including Matt Besler who picked up his fifth yellow of the season and will have to sit out Sunday's game against the Sounders. The Dynamo controlled the half possession wise and KC really had struggles even stringing passes together as the two played a first half that could have put even the most die hard of soccer fans to sleep.
The second half saw Houston continue to control the game and began to stretch the KC defense. In the 52nd minute after a nice long ball over the KC back line the ball got played back to Ricardo Clark whose shot was blocked out for a corner by Benny Feilhaber was headed towards the lower corner. Ten minutes later the Dynamo had the best chance of the game up to that point. Clark made a good run down the KC right side with the ball. When Kevin Ellis seemed to freeze in place Clark ran by him and laid a ball off the Giles Barnes. Barnes one timed his effort on goal but Melia made a nice reaction save. the rebound fell to Davis who mishit his effort and Melia easily collected the ball. Five minutes later, the Dynamo got the goal that they deserved. And it again came from the Dynamo attacking the KC right side of defense. This time it was DaMarcus Beasley and Brad Davis playing a 1-2 around Jacob Peterson and Chance Myers to allow Beasley space to get to the end line. Beasely crossed the ball across the box. Melia got his hand on the ball but it fell to Will Bruin who calmly placed the ball into the corner to give Houston the 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, in the 70th it looked like KC might just get a life line, because for the fourth time in four meetings this year, the Dynamo picked up a red card against KC. Oscar Boniek Garcia picked up a second yellow card for an elbow to the face of Dom Dwyer. Garcia was given his marching orders and Houston was down to 10 men. Unfortunately all the man advantage did was help KC make the possession and passing accuracy stats look better for KC than they did in the first 70 minutes. KC also finally got a shot on goal after going up a man, but they never really threatened Tyler Deric in the Houston goal. In the 88th minute, KC got another blow for their game on Sunday as Feilhaber picked up his fifth yellow of the season for dissent. His certainly appeared to be a yellow card that he was trying to get, as if he was already planning on missing Sunday's game against Seattle to rest and be ready for Philadelphia and the US Open Cup final.
Wizards Man of the Match - Tim Melia - Cause really there's no one that played in front of him tonight that I can think to give it to. Made three saves tonight and there wasn't much he could have done with the goal that Houston did score.
Player Ratings - Melia 5, Sinovic 4, Besler 4, Ellis 2, Myers 3, Mustivar 4, Nagamura 3, Feilhaber 4, Zusi 3, Dwyer 3, de Jong 2. Subs Peterson 3, Quintilla 4, Anor NR.