Two first half goals two minutes apart appeared to spell the difference as FC Dallas built what in soccer is a seemingly insurmountable lead at 2-0 yet there was one problem; Dallas was playing the Houston Dynamo.
True to form the Dynamo who scored 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation came through again. The team has netted five goals already in the final 15 minutes for the 2013 campaign. This time it was the captain, Brad Davis, putting it away in the 83' for the equalizer.
More than that tying goal was the flawless timing of head coach Dominic Kinnear to insert the right substitution at the right time. On Sunday off went Adam Moffat on came Andrew Driver who found his way to the Dynamo just days before the season opener on March 2nd. Ten minutes later, Kofi Sarkodie on the endline threaded a pass back to Driver on the far side of the box who drilled it home for the first MLS goal of his career cutting the deficit to 2-1 in the 79'.
Four minutes later, Davis put home the equalizer and the game was tied at 2-2 with seven minutes to play.
The improbable was not to be. Dallas native Kenny Cooper turned what would have been another complete collapse for FC Dallas in its second consecutive outing into a 3-2 win with just seconds remaining in regulation. On a looping pass into the box, Cooper went up the header, missed it with the ball clearly hitting off his bicep and then off his foot into the back off the net. The goal should have been disallowed and the Dynamo should have left Dallas with a thrilling point in the standings but such was not the case.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda are all for naught as the Dynamo return home for a week of practice leading up to the March 23rd game against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Houston. Kick-off is set for 7:30p.m. CDT.
Watch for these stories this week
Monday Mar 18 - Dynamo player highlight - Tally Hall
Wednesday Mar 20 - Dynamo Recovery
Friday Mar 22 - Match Preview Houston v FC Vancouver Whitecaps
Saturday Mar 23 - Game Re-cap