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Dynamo officially eliminated from playoff contention; lose to Rapids

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The Houston Dynamo’s run for a playoff spot ended Saturday night when they fell against the Colorado Rapids in an exciting match held at the BBVA Compass Stadium that ended 2-3.

“I’m disappointed with how the game went- we all are,” Dynamo coach Wade Barrett said. “I’m also pleased that we got the game back, that we were still fighting till the end.”

The first goal of the match was scored in the 12th minute by Dominique Badji. The striker received the ball from Dillon Powers after a poor deflection from Dynamo defender Raul Rodriguez. The Senegal native took a right-footed shot that bounced inside the goal after hitting the left post.

“We gifted an early goal, which you can’t do against a team like this,” Barrett said.

The action of the match settled in the midfield where both teams had a hard time finding space to create a goal-scoring opportunity.

A new chance arrived in the 43rd minute when Rapids midfielder Shkelzen Gashi took a chance with a side-volley attempt that went inches above the crossbar.

The home team revived in the 45th minute when Mauro Manotas scored his fifth goal of the season to tie things up. The play started on the right side when Sheanon Williams sent a low cross. Manotas impacted the ball with a first-time right kick, sending it inside the goal.

Colorado got the last chance seconds before the end of the first half. Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis saved his team. Badji took on three defenders before taking a shot that was going to right corner. Willis managed to extend his foot and send the ball to a corner kick.

Badji scored his second of the night in the 54th minute when he received a perfect ball from Dillon Powers. Badji went on a one-on-one against Willis, who did not save the right-footed shot.

The Rapids did not take the foot off the gas and scored again in the 79th minute thanks to a left-footed shot from Gashi to the right low corner. The Rapids went up, 3-1.

Although down by two goals, Dynamo did not want to give the win so easily. Manotas executed a free kick in the 81st minute. The ball deflected off a pair of Rapids defenders to get inside the goal. The 21-year-old scored his sixth goal of the season to stand as Dynamo’s leading goal-scorer.

“This is the outcome of the work we do, we just have to keep working,” Manotas said. “Thank God, thanks to the hard work and the coach for the confidence.”

In the 85th minute, Jose Escalante would make a cut to take on a defender and take a shot inside the box. Tim Howard stretched as far as he could and managed to get to the ball.

To make the end of the match more exciting, Houston midfielder Alex took a shot in the 93rd minute. The hit was taken from outside the box, but went wide.

The referee blew the final whistle and with the, 2-3, loss, the Dynamo say goodbye to any possibilities of qualifying for the playoffs.

Houston will play its next match on the road when they face Seattle Sounders on Wednesday.

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