As if things couldn’t get any worse, the Houston Dynamo up a man for nearly 75 minutes dropped a 2-0 decision to Sporting KC on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear shook things up starting Tyler Deric in goal, Alex Lopez and Servando Carrasco at midfield with Bruin being flanked by Andrew Driver and Omar Cummings up front yet even those moves could not stop a fourth consecutive loss and a near 400 minute scoreless streak.
After an opening ten minutes that saw each team lose a player (David Horst groin injury Dyanmo and Paulo Nagamura head/neck injury Sporting KC), the Dynamo survived two heart stopping breaks from Kansas City’s Alex Martinez and Dom Dwyer.
Houston (5-9-2) seemed to catch a break in the 21st minute when KC’s Toni Dovale was sent from the game with a red card. Three minutes later, Lopez ripped a curling shot from 30 yards out that KC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg tipped over the crossbar. Another chance in the 32nd minute saw a Will Bruin shot slide across the goal mouth and cleared away by the Kansas City (6-5-4) defense.
Dynamo centerback Eric Brunner who replaced Horst in the ninth minute appeared to give Houston a lift in the 41st minute sliding across the goal line to tip a ball away off the foot of KC’s Dom Dwyer keeping the match tied at 0-0.
KC broke through in the stoppage time when Soony Saad with KC’s only shot on goal in the first half drilling a shot past Deric from twenty yards out following an errant pass by Brunner. Saad’s goal was his first since September 7, 2013 when he scored in the 41st minutes against the Columbus Crew.
Coming out of the halftime locker room, Houston applied the pressure nearly scoring in the 48th minute when Driver fed a ball into the box that just missed the foot of a sliding Will Bruin from six yards out.
The Dynamo’s lack of scoring and miscues on defense led to a penalty kick in the 70th minute of play. Deric, in his fourth career start in five seasons snapping Tally Hall’s consecutive games started streak at 60 games, tipped a shot from Martinez over the net, giving KC a corner kick. The subsequent boot inadvertently bounced off the arm of centerback A.J. Cochran awarding a penalty shot to Kansas City. Dwyer executed from the spot and KC led 2-0. Dwyers 11th goal of the season tied him with New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips in the race for the MLS Golden Boot award. It was the seventh converted PK against Dynamo keepers this season.
“I’m the guy who picks the team. I’m the guy who makes the subs. This game’s completely my fault. I take 100% of the blame”, said a testy Dominic Kinnear following another shutout loss. “I’m disappointed we lost.”
The win vaulted SKC to within a point of Eastern Conference leading New England while Houston remains mired in fourth place six points off the pace.
Houston faces the Laredo Heat on Wednesday June 11, 2014. Kick-off for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match is set for 9:30p.m. CDT.