Just when it seems like the Houston Dynamo were back on track and had a good thing going, in steps DC United to ruin it all. Before a crowd of 8,224 DCU defeated Houston 2-0 snapping a five game losing streak against the Dynamo.
And not only did the men in orange lose the game but they lost rookie forward Mark Sherrod to a knee injury in the ninth minute of play. Sherrod had been the team's bright spot since stepping in as a starter three games ago recording two goals and an assist before going down Wednesday night at RFK Stadium on a rain soaked field. The first year man's injury adds him to a growing list of walking wounded that includes centerback Eric Brunner and midfielder's Tony Cascio and Ricardo Clark.
Nineteen minutes after Sherrod went down, DCU (5-3-3) struck for the game's first goal. DC's Chris Rolfe received a Fabian Espinola pass and then beat both centerback David Horst and keeper Tally Hall as he slotted a low rifle shot into the lower far corner of the netting.
Houston's Giles Barnes was robbed of the equalizer by a Bill Hamid diving save in the 44th minute.
Espinola and Rolfe turned the tables on the Dynamo in the 64th to make it 2-0. This time it was Rolfe threading a one touch pass to Espinola on the counter and the Argentinain did the rest striking from 15 yards out.
Midfielder Servando Carrasco entered the match in the 69th minute nearly cut the deficit in half as he sent a knuckler twisting in from 30 yards causing amid to make another dazzling save.
Houston's Brian Owenby received a red card in second half stoppage time and marked the second red on the Dynamo in three games and the third this season.
The Dynamo continue their road trip in San Jose on Sunday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in a 9:30p.m. match.