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Toronto salvages a point in a 2-2 draw with Houston

Houston forward Will Bruin opens the scoring with an 11th minute goal against Toronto FC
Houston forward Will Bruin opens the scoring with an 11th minute goal against Toronto FC
James Roesch

Toronto FC’s Dominic Oduro’s first half stoppage time goal forged a 2-2 tie with the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday. It was the second time in as many games that Oduro had been a Houston heartbreaker scoring in first half stoppage time just a week ago to lead TFC to a 4-2 win over the Dynamo.
Will Bruin got the scoring started in the 11th minute of play as the Houston’s fourth year forward took advantage of a TFC miscommunication between World Cup midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Brad Orr. Bruin pounced the loose ball before goalie Joe Bendik had a chance to cover it and slipped home his team leading seventh goal. It marked the third time in Houston’s last three games that they had taken a first lead and that is where the frustration is beginning to take its toll on the team.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Ashe without making any excuses for the defensive lapses that led to TFC’s two goals. “I think the way I look at it defensively we let the team down. Offensively, we’re creating chances, we’re scoring goals but defensively we aren’t getting the job done.”
Nursing the lead, TFC(7-5-5) found the equalizer seven minutes later as Gilberto found space in the Houston defense and senta low shot past a diving Tally Hall. It was another soft goal given up by a porous Houston defense.
The Dynamo retrieved the lead in the 26th minute as Houston forward Giles Barnes took a free throw, raced past Michael Bradley and ripped a shot from 25 yards out past a stunned Bendik setting Oduro’s magic once more.
Despite Houston pressure, TFC picked its moments to counter and in the final seconds of stoppage time forward Luke Moore raced to the endline with Ashe in tow before threading a perfect pass to Oduro all alone in front of Tally Hall forging the 2-2 draw.
Houston (5-11-4) dominated the second half peppering the TFC with eight shots forcing Bendik into one remarkable save after another but none were bigger then his fingertip save of Barnes right footed blast from just inside the six yard box.
“I thought we played well,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear in the post game press conference. “I think the goalkeeperall the rest of it bailed them out couple of times, made a real good save on Giles (Barnes) and Will (Bruin). I think we had the edge on corner kicks, I thnk we were pressing for that winner. We created some good chances. We just couldn’t get that third goal, that winning goal. We getting close to getting those three points.”
Houston gets to work on fixing their defense next Saturday as they host Aston Villa in the Dynamo Charities Cup before returning to MLS action on Sunday evening August 3, 2014 at BBVA Compass Stadium in a 7:00p.m. match against Eastern Conference. Foe DC United.

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