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Played
May 4, 2011 8:30 PM EDT
John O'Quinn Field at Corbin J. Robertson Stadium — Houston, Texas
Referee:‬ T. Vaughn‎
Attendance:‬ 13206‎
 
72′ Colin Clark
Jamie Smith 74′
 

Houston Dynamo 1-2 Colorado Rapids: All goals come late

All the goals came quite late in the game.

By Stephanie Gardner

Houston Dynamo, Brad Davis, Will Bruin, Hunter Freeman, Bobby Boswell
Bob Levey
In an amazing comeback, the Colorado Rapids defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-1, after going a goal down with only 20 minutes to play.

The strength of Houston Dynamo’s defense were almost successful in silencing the Colorado Rapids. However, Colorado’s Jamie Smith and Scott Palguta scored goals that gave the Rapids the win.

First Half


It was a very slow, uneventful first half. Houston’s Lovel Palmer had a missed shot in the 22’.

Cam Weaver and Brad Davis were shown yellow cards. 

The most action on the field was when Rapids’ Omar Cummings was taken down, and left the field with a sprained ankle. 

Second Half


This half was in complete contrast to the first half.  Both teams came out ready to put the ball in the net. 

However, the Dynamo defense silenced the Rapids for the majority of the match, as they were having a difficult time playing as a cohesive unit.

There were more shots on goal, mainly by Will Bruin, but it was finally Colin Clark who scored the first goal of the game at the 71’, making the score 1-0, Houston.

The new score gave the Colorado Rapids a determination to fight back, and they did.



However, they were also aided by Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall being out of position.

"I made a colossal error, and the team paid for it," said Hall after the match. "Unfortunately, it happens. It happened today, and the team was punished for it. I think we played well enough to win. One goal is enough to win the game, and I feel like I let the team down today.”"

Jamie Smith put the ball in the back of the net, tying up the score 1-1.

Within 10 minutes, the newest starter, Scott Palguta connected with a pass from Caleb Folan, making the final score 2-1 Colorado.

Houston Dynamo seemed to control most of the match, yet it was the defending champions who walked away with the win.

Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear bemoaned the result.

"We controlled good periods of the game. They defended very well and took advantages of the mistakes we made. I think to be 1-0 up and two minutes later to give up a goal is a little deflating. We all need to do a better job of attacking the ball in the box. They did a good job off just knocking the ball forward using the big guys to try and disturb us."

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Houston Dynamo

1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
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Hunter Freeman
Defender
85′
 - 
32
Bobby Boswell
Defender
 - 
-
Andre Hainault
Defender
 - 
26
Corey Ashe
Defender
 - 
20
Geoff Cameron
Midfielder
 - 
11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
40′
 - 
27
Jevaughn Watson
Midfielder
 - 
23
Colin Clark
Midfielder
72′
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
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12
Will Bruin
Striker
77′
 - 
23
Cam Weaver
Striker
34′ 62′
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Colorado Rapids

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
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-
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-
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3
Drew Moor
Defender
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27
 - 
25
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W. Thompson
Midfielder
80′
 - 
20
Jamie Smith
Midfielder
74′
 - 
20
 - 
7
 - 
9

Substitutes

24
Tyler Deric
Goalkeeper
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-
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-
 - 
8
 - 
19
Alex Dixon
Midfielder
85′
 - 
10
Koke
Striker
77′
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-
 - 

Substitutes

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Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
-
 - 
11
Sanna Nyassi
Midfielder
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Joseph Nane
Midfielder
 - 
24
 - 
18

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Coach/Manager

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3 2