Second half goals by Thierry Henry and Johnny Steele energized Eastern Conference leader New York Red Bull (13-9-6) past the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston had the best looks in the opening fifteen minutes of play but it was New York’s Eric Alexander that notched the first point of the game. On the counterattack from another Houston opportunity, Alexander on a give and go with midfielder Johnny Steele launched a shot from distance that sailed over the outstretched reach of goalkeeper Tally Hall.
The lead didn’t last long as Jason Johnson tapped in a Dynamo goal in the 18’ following a long pass into the box from Alexander Lopez. Lopez, the 21 year old Honduran signed just four games ago, notched the assist in his first game before the hometown crowd.
Spectacular saves by NYR keeper Luis Robles in the 28th and 43rd minutes of play and Houston’s Tally Hall in 30th minute and again in stoppage time ahead of the halftime whistle kept the game tied at 1-1.
The tie failed to last as NYR struck in the 47th minute on a quick shot by Thierry Henry past a charging Tally Hall.
Twelve minutes later it was 3-1 as Johnny Steele broke free of the Dynamo defense and put it in the back of the net.
After that it was all downhill. Johnson missed from close range, head coach Dominic Kinnear was tossed in the 77th minute of play, then Weaver missed in the 83rd and 86th minute before NYR’s Lloyd Sam iced it with a goal in the 89th minute to finish off the Dynamo 4-1.
The loss was the third in Houston’s last four MLS contests since defeating the Seattle Sounders 3-1 on August 17, 2013. It marks just the second time in club history that the Dynamo have lost ten or more games in a season since arriving in Houston in 2006.
In a somber post game press conference, Kinnear said hard work is the key to turning the tide.
"It's really simple. You show up for work. You work hard," said Kinnear. "You try to improve upon your last performance. It's just a grind. Things aren't going our way right now.so you can't feel sorry for yourself. you just work harder then you did the day before and work harder then that and work harder then that. If something's not working on your game, you work harder at it. That's it."
The Dynamo travel to Philadelphia to face the Union on Saturday September 14, 2013 in a 6:30p.m. CT match.