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Dynamo can't beat ten man SKC

Paulo Nagamura of Sporting Kansas City
Paulo Nagamura of Sporting Kansas City
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Dominic Kinnear rung the changes but it still wasn’t enough to change Houston’s woes as the Dynamo fell to a 2-0 loss against Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night.

Sporting were also coming in with a winless streak, missing Graham Zusi to World Cup duty, but they saw their streak come to an end with an impressive victory.

The win is especially impressive considering that Sporting were reduced to ten men just 21 minutes in to the match, making the result incredibly frustrating for Dynamo.

Houston made a significant change, after three straight losses Tally Hall was relegated to the bench, allowing Tyler Deric to make just his second MLS appearance.

The match started up in difficult circumstances with two injuries, one to each side, putting both sides in even more trouble as both already had too many players out injured.

Sporting KC lost Paulo Nagamura in the fifth minute as he came off second best in a challenge with AJ Cochran resulting in a reported concussion for Nagamura.

Houston lost a player of their own within the first ten minutes as David Horst was forced off the field with a leg injury in the eighth minute, which brought on Eric Brunner.

In the 21st minute Sporting KC’s task got harder as Toni Dovale was sent from the field after being shown a straight red card for an elbow on Alex Lopez.

Despite that Sporting KC looked the more dangerous side, with Lawrence Olum proving a dangerous player and constant threat to the Dynamo defense.

Houston’s best chance came around the half hour mark when Lopez was able to hit a shot from distance that dipped on to the goal but was well saved to keep the match scoreless.

In the 41st minute Kansas City very nearly took the lead but were denied as Brunner was able to recover from a Dynamo mistake and hack the ball off the line to keep it scoreless.

But in stoppage time Kansas City broke through as Brunner turned villain, unable to control the ball on the edge of the area, allowing Soony Saad to break through and score the goal that put SKC in front.

Houston tried to hold on in the second half but they never looked like scoring an equalizer as Kansas City remained in control.

In the 70th minute Sporting Kansas City wrapped things up as another Houston mistake gave them a penalty as a Cochran hand ball allowed Dom Dwyer to step up and hit the penalty to seal the win.

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