Shock of all shocks, an MLS team comes up on the wrong end of some questionable officiating and Houston loses 1-0 on a 92nd minute goal. Although 3 full minutes of stoppage time were given out, the final whistle blew on the subsequent kickoff. Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson was strangely sent off for a second bookable offence in the 70th minute, though it’s hard to tell exactly what he had done wrong. Robinson had been on the ground for about a minute after he was punched in the head by Dynamo keeper Zach Wells after a corner kick clearance. After Putarenas played the ball out, Robinson got up and was stunned to see the Mexican referee sprinting over to him and brandishing a second yellow card. Additionally, a Dynamo trainer was sent off as well after reacting to a rough non-foul call on Alejandro Moreno near the Dynamo bench a few minutes later.
It seemed Houston would hold on to the scoreless draw until a Puntarenas forward juked Moreno out of his socks at the top of the box and his shot was redirected past a helpless Wells for the final score.
Houston though remains in decent shape as the return leg comes to College Station, Texas next Thursday night. The Dynamo will be without Eddie Robinson due to his red card and forward Brian Ching, who didn’t play on the admittedly high school quality pitch, is still questionable with an off-season injury. Pat Onstad started in goal but was injured and subbed out early in the first half. Wells came on and was instantly called into action as he saved a Putarenas penalty kick on yet another dubious penalty call.