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Houston falls 3-1, misses opportunity to gain ground

Brad Davis and the Houston Dynamo return home for a key August 15, 2014 match with the Philadelphia Union
James Roesch

Te Seattle Sounders' quest for a 2014 Supporters Shield title continued with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo . Last week a fluke goal helped the Houston Dynamo snap an eight game winless streak. This week a fluke goal helped the Seattle Sounders snap their two game winless streak. The momnetun Houston had gained from the win quickly evaporated in the mist of the Pacific Northwest as the Dynamo missed once scoring opportunity after another.

Houston wasted a golden opportunity in the 26th minute when a Oscar Boniek-Garcia rocket caromed off the arm of Seattle defender Djimi Traore handing the Dynamo a shot from the spot Sounders goalie Stefan Frei guessed right on Dynamo captain Brad Davis' stutter step attempt to squelch Houston's bid for the lead.

The game remained deadlocked until Marco Poppa's 69th minute goal. The Guatemalan forward's shot from just inside the box deflected off defender David Horst netting Seattle the first goal of the the night.

Seattle needed just six minutes to double their hard fought lead. Clark whose header off a Dynamo corner in the opening half missed just wide pulled Obfemi Martins down in the box giving the Sounders a 75th minute penalty kick. Despite Dynamo keeper Tally Hall guessing right, Gonzalo Pineda's shot from the mark found the back of the net. It was the seventh time opposition kickers have converted a penalty kick in eight attempts.

“You look at tonight, we have an opportunity with the penalty I missed in the first half, I had the opportunity to put my team up 1-0,” said Davis following the game. “We’re playing well, we’re getting good opportunities on the road and it’s just things like that. It’s not like we were played off the park by any means. It was a wide-open game; we were just unable to take our chances.”

Houston with a second straight solid performance looks to get back on track Friday night August 145, 2014 when they host the Philadelphia Union in an 6:00 p.m. start at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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