D.C. United fought hard but two goals in the final ten minutes were the difference in the Houston Dynamo’s 2-0 win tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium. United now is win less in nine matches all-time in Houston and has been shut out in six of those games.
For nearly the entire match, United seemed like they would buck their usual trend of losing in Houston when Bill Hamid had a penalty kick save in the first half and then he and Chris Korb made back-to-back saves on the goal line to keep the match scoreless heading to the break in the 43rd minute. Korb was fortunate to still be on the field as he appeared to take down Clark on a breakaway which usually comes with a complimentary red card. Korb stayed on and Hamid easily saved the weak penalty kick attempt from Brad Davis. Chris Pontius was the only United player to generate any offense in the first forty five minutes as his 30th minute drive just went wide of the post and his 44th minute free kick took a coat of paint off the top of the crossbar.
United conceded much of the field in the first half but came out with a bit more purpose after the intermission and nearly took the lead when a Pontius header sailed over the crossbar in the 60th minute. That essentially was the end of United’s offensive contributions as Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall didn’t even officially register a save on the night.
Just as it looked like United might be able to tough out a hard earned point on the road, Riley inadvertently headed into his own goal while trying to fend off Clark inside the six-yard box in the 80th minute. United gave up the second goal in the 89th minute thanks to a bit of luck as Warren Creavale somehow managed to keep a ball in play along the end line and found Clark at the edge of the six-yard box. The former U.S. international took one touch and rifled a shot past Brandon McDonald and Bill Hamid for the final nail in United’s coffin.
United now was the very small comfort of knowing they don’t have to go back to Houston for the remainder of the season. United now will turn their attention to their home opener next weekend against Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening.
– Riley made his United debut as a halftime substitute for Daniel Woolard. No reason was given for Woolard leaving the match
– Marcos Sanchez and Kyle Porter also made their United debuts as second half subs late in the match