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Dynamo earn 1-1 draw; remain winless in five straight

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The Houston Dynamo slowed their freefall towards the Eastern Conference basement with a 1-1 tie against the winless Western Conference cellar dwelling Portland Timbers late Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The Dynamo dominated the match and held the lead after a fist pumping Will Bruin header in the 16th minute of play punctuated the end of a 335 minute scoreless streak for the men in orange. Davis’assist on the Bruin goal highlighted the importance of the team captain’s presence on the pitch following a three game injury absence. Davis has now recorded an assist on the Dynamo’s last three tallies.
“It’s always good when you can score, coming off two games where we didn’t score which weren’t about a lack of chances,” said Bruin following the game. “We’re getting our chances. It was good to see it go in this time.”
Houston had more opportunities to slip a shot past Timbers keeper Donovan Ricketts but could not capitalize on the moments before Portland found the equalizer in the 39th minute of action.
““It was a tough afternoon, really hot, really humid but the guys really worked hard by creating some good chances,” said Head Coach Dominic Kinnear. “They were a little lucky on their goal, a little bit of a deflection fell in their favor.”
The deflection came in the 33rd minute as a Kaliff Alhassan’s pass intended for Darlington Nagbe fell at the feet of Portland’s Argentinian forward Gaston Fernandez. Fernandez deposited it in the upper corner away from a diving Tally Hall and the game was level at 1-1.
Playing with a renewed spark, the Dynamo continued to push the pace in the second half but could not convert. In the 67th minute, a Ricketts handball gave Houston an indirect kick just inside the box and in the 70th minute, the Portland keeper stopped Bruin from point blank range.
In stoppage time, Houston rookie forward Mark Sherrod narrowly missed connecting from six yards out leaving the Dynamo without the three points they coveted and settling instead for a point and a draw.
Midfielder Warren Crevalle was pleased with the team’s performance following Wednesday night’s 4-0 loss in New York and the team’s third game in eight days.
“Our overall play was improved,” said Creavalle. “We were more tight knit, it was good see us perform that way as a team.”
Houston (2-4-2) returns to action on Saturday May 3, 2014 traveling to Chivas USA for a 9:30pm CDT match from the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

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