D.C. United 2-2 Houston Dynamo: Last-gasp Brian Ching strike earns draw
Birthday-boy Charlie Davies scored a goal, but Brian Ching snatched a draw for Houston at the very death against D.C. United.
By Zac Lee Rigg
The Houston Dynamo snuck out of RFK Stadium with a point after Brian Ching headed powerfully in the last minute of regular time to earn a 1-1 draw with D.C. United.
The strike leveled the score after Charlie Davies had put the host ahead. The goal helped Davies put a rough week behind him and celebrate his 25th birthday properly.
Earlier, Chris Pontius opened the scoring in the first half with an absolute thunderous blast from distance, which rocketed into the net from 35 yards.
Houston equalized for the first time when Brian Ching took a tumble in the box. Though there didn't seem to be any contact, the referee awarded a penalty, which Brad Davis managed to stick under Bill Hamid.
D.C. desperately tried to regain the lead before the half, but some breathtaking defensive plays kept things level. First, rookie Kofi Sarkodie cleared off the line when Dax McCarty made good contact on Andy Najar's corner. Then, seconds later, Tally Hall used one palm to push an open Charlie Davies header over the bar.
In first half injury time, Hamid made a similarly impressive point-blank save to maintain parity.
Hamid stayed sharp in the second half, tipping a Danny Cruz blast onto the bar and watching the followup take a deflection and ping off the post yet again.
Finally the go-ahead goal came after the 70th minute. Najar trapped a long ball deftly and wriggled into the box. In the mess left in his wake after losing the ball, birthday-boy Davies poked the ball into the back of the net. He celebrated with a typically iconic dance move.
The celebration didn't last. In the 89th minute Brian Ching rose above his markers to power home a teasing Colin Clark chip and ensure the point were split evenly.
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