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Dynamo tie in home finale, fall out of playoff race

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The Houston Dynamo’s home finale came to a disappointing end against the Seattle Sounders Sunday evening.

In a game where the Dynamo had to win to remain in the playoff race, the final score left a bitter feeling in Dynamo fans as Houston missed multiple scoring opportunities to produce only a 1-1 tie.

At the start of the first half, the Dynamo were able to set the pace of the game. They kept the Sounders on defense as forward Will Bruin missed two chances to put Houston on the board.

Bruin threatened twice in the first 12 minutes after he got free through the left side of Seattle’s defense, but both shots had too much angle, and did not impose any challenge from Sounders keeper Stefan Frei.

However, the Sounders challenged Houston at the 17th minute when Obafemi Martins was assisted to break through three Dynamo defenders to beat Houston’s keeper Tyler Deric. Fortunately for Houston, it was just outside the far post, and the visitors let the Dynamo off the hook.

The game leveled off after that to the end the first half as neither team was able to threaten much.

After a quiet first half, the Seattle Sounders would get in the flow of the game. Clint Dempsey made his presence known after going on-on-one with Houston’s goal keeper.

The second half showcased a defensive exchange between the two teams as both couldn’t muster the ability to capitalize.

It was until the 65-minute mark that Houston would score the first goal of the game.

Dynamo’s captain, Brad Davis, was on the far side and found an unmarked Ricardo Clark standing outside the penalty spot. After a pass from Davis, Clark set the ball with one touch and fired it low, passing a diving Frei.

The momentum favored the Dynamo with a 1-0 lead against the Sounders, but that was soon dashed when Seattle went on the attack.

With Houston on the defensive, it gave Seattle a chance to capitalize at the 82 mark when Seattle’s Martins scored the tying goal.

Houston tried to score the go-ahead goal on two occasions. One attempt came close at the 85th minute when Mauro Manotas was at goal-distance, only to come up short by narrowly missing the goal post.

With the tie, Houston accumulates only 42 points, missing the playoffs. as the team falls to the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

The Dynamo will close the season with a road game as they visit the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.



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