FC Dallas’ next opponent is their in-state rivals, the Houston Dynamo, who played host to Sporting Kansas City Saturday night. The first half was wide open, and the second half was more of the same, but a late red card saw a shift of space that allowed Benny Feilhaber to hit a bomb to scrap out a point for the visitors. Feilhaber grabbed a brace and Giles Barnes got his two goals, and the confused defenses that allowed these would be the unwitting stars of the night.
The first half saw three goals with two in favor of the hometown Dynamo, but Sporting Kansas City got on the board first. In minute number two, Krisztian Nemeth used the space created by Raul Rodriguez tracking back to finesse a shot past Tyler Deric to make it 1-0.
The Dynamo grabbed a goal off a Giles Barnes volley after a defensive mishap in the 11th minute. In minute number one of stoppage time when Brad Davis whipped in a corner that Will Bruin headed in perfectly to the bottom left.
The two assists for Brad Davis moves him third all-time on the MLS assist with 115 career league assists just ahead of Colombian legend, Carlos Valderrama. Davis second assist would come in the 83rd minute on a set-piece that Rodriguez headed home to open his MLS scoring account, and give Houston the momentary winner.
Before that, Giles Barnes got his second of the night just after the halftime break as he gathered at the halfway line and waltzed into the Kansas zone. He ripped a shot which beat Luis Marin on the bounce for 3-1. Just about 30 minutes later, Barnes’ backpass to Deric was intercepted by Dom Dwyer who kept with the play to make it 3-2. Dwyer has now scored in 4 straight matches against the Dynamo.
A big point in this match came in the 73rd minute as Barnes was attacking. It was a great opportunity for Houston to put a nail in the coffin, but Barnes ignored his options out-wide when Houston had numbers on the counter-attack. He skied a chance from a long ways out.
It was all downhill from here for Houston, as a 74th minute red card to Jermaine Taylor on a handball in the box resulted in a penalty that Feilhaber converted. Sporting dominated possession late.
Cautious defense, and being down a man resulted in the space that Feilhaber used to rocket in a shot five minute into stoppage time. It would prove to be the equalizer at full-time.
After that exhausting finish, Houston play hosts to in-state rivals, FC Dallas in the first battle for El Capitan of 2015 next weekend, and Sporting Kansas city host Chicago on Soccer Sunday.