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November 11, 2012 4:00 PM EST
BBVA Compass Stadium
Referee:‬ Ricardo Salazar‎
Nick DeLeon 27′
68′ Will Bruin
THAT'S IT! Houston took a huge second half turnaround and now has a big advantage heading into the second leg.
90′ +2
Goal kick given to Houston. This has been another taxing match for DC, but a full week to recover before the second leg should help.
90′ +1
Pajoy hasn't had a great day, but you wouldn't blame his effort. That guy has been all over the pitch causing Houston huge problems.
Late free kick.. and it's sent up and over. Not what D.C. needed.
Substitution Brad Davis Warren Creavalle
Substitution Will Bruin Brian Ching
Not much time here for DC to get back into this particular game. At this point it would probably feel like a win for United to pull one back, and Houston needs to be careful of any kind of let off.
Now there's a big hill to climb, not only in this game but in the second leg of the semifinal as well.
What a turnaround for Houston. From a goal down to 3-1 up, but you almost saw it coming with all the subs and injuries for United.
Goal Kofi Sarkodie
Corners are starting to stack up again for Houston. Davis to send in his second in a row. AND THIS ONE PAYS OFF!!! Goal Dyanmo! Sarkodie with a hit after a poor clearance and a great little slipped pass from Camargo.
Good save from Willis. He's been very good in goal despite the two goals.
Yellow Card Macoumba Kandji
Ashe looks as though he's picked up a knock, and Kandji just picked up a booking for wasting time.
D.C. has been on the attack consistently since the goal. Houston dropped a bit deeper, and finally the Dynamo are trying to work it out of the back.
United comes right back the other way. Kitchen has a nice look and he just missed with a header. Corner now.
Goal Will Bruin
Wow... Goal Houston and it's 2-1. Barnes, who has had a great day, skins a man and forced Willis into a save. The ball is pushed out in front of Bruin and two defenders, and the forward got there first to scramble it home.
Nice play from United. Houston forced to stop one of the most dangerous chances of the night. Russell with a great touch to skin a defender and Boswell gets back on the line to make the save from Pajoy's shot.
We're 1-1 with half and hour to play in this first leg. Plenty of time left to find a winner, and with some of the disjointed play it looks more than likely that more goals are coming.
Houston pressing hard for more goals. Bruin gets a head on a cross, won for a corner. Davis has looked a bit off on these today.
Substitution Brandon McDonald Emiliano Ariel Dudar
Wow. In the 56th minute, United is out of subs. This could be a long run in for this team, already on some tired legs.
End to end game to open this half. Kandji and Barnes has become real problems for United to deal with.
Goal Andre Hainault
Hainault got the goal. Easy enough tap in after Houston broke form the set piece. Boniek-Garcia did the dirty work, sliding in the ball for the defender to tap home.
Barnes earns a foul for Houston. Not a bad spot to send the set piece in.... Houston goes quickly and it's level!!!
Bruin gets a shot away. Simple enough save. D.C. has looked fairly comfortable in dealing with the forward to this point.
Barnes showing some skill again, this time down the right, but again his cross is dealt with.
Back underway in Houston.
Despite all of that, United has the lead, 1-0, thanks to DeLeaon and Pajoy. So things could be worse.
Houston also got away with one at the end of the half. Not sure how it wasn't a foul, a red card and a free kick, but nothing was given. Bad luck for United.
We're at the half. Plenty to talk about. Both teams really limping to the finish line in this game. United has only one sub left to make, Houston has burned one of three. Not exactly the way the coaches would have wanted it to go.
45′ +1
There will be three minutes added on to this very eventful first half.
D.C. with a free kick this time, wasted really, but United will have a throw deep in Houston territory.
Neal just tried a very clever ball in. Just off the mark. Houston survives and brings it back down the other way. Davis earns a free kick and once again Willis claims it very well.
Substitution Raphael Augusto Marcelo Saragosa
With over a half to play in the Conference semifinal.. D.C. United is down to one sub left and now has a guy making his MLS debut on the pitch.
Back down at the other end now. Bruin has his shot blocked away and Kandji picks it up, rushed into the box and forces a save.
Kitchen found Boskovic lingering on the back post and he takes it first time with his left into the side netting. Tough ask there, but he rally took it well. Just missed the target as he tried to go near post.
Bruin caught offside but Houston is showing plenty of life.
Barnes causing problems down the left. Nice moves to find some space and float in a cross, and Houston has claimed for a penalty but it was waved off.
The good news for Houston fans is that the changes have put on a very attack-minded side. The bad news is the team is a goal down.
Goal Nick DeLeon
GOAL!! United has the lead. Pajoy breaks in down the left, great ball to set him free. Houston's new midfield didn't track well and Pajoy curled to the far post... it comes off and DeLeon on the followup puts it home.
Substitution Giles Barnes Adam Moffat
Giles Barnes now on for Houston. So let's recap. Najar, Pontius, Hamid, DeRo all out for DC. Clark and Moffat now off the pitch for Houston for this match.
Foul conceded by Neal on Ash. Houston goes quickly and Hainault gets a good look at a header but he pushed it past the near post.
Russell once again breaks down the right, floats in a cross for Pajoy. Cleared again by the Dynamo defense.
Houston has had more of the ball to this point, but United looks dangerous on the break. Quick down the flanks, but so many key players missing now on both sides, some guys with limited experience will have to step up.
Chance for United, beaten away by Hall.
United tries to sneak a long ball in behind Houston's back line. Nothing there, caught offside.
Substitution Lewis Neal Chris Pontius
Adam Moffat is down on the pitch. And that may be a problem for Houston. The bigger problem is Chris Pontius, who has been subbed out due to an injury. Pontius looks gutted after coming off.
DC with a sustained bit of pressure in Houston's end. Finally ends up in the keeper's hands and the danger is gone.
Houston has piled up the set plays early on here. A corner from Davis this time is cleared out of danger.
First good look for United. DeLeon slips in behind and, from a tight angle, cut it back rather than having a go. Maybe should have tested his luck.
Houston had a free kick and took it short. Second pass hit a hand and no Houston has another free kick from a better angle to serve in a cross.
Houston works a bit of a chance through Camargo who bangs it over the top. Camargo will have a big task in replacing Clark, but he's a player that is generally very active.
We're off and running.
Teams are just walking out onto the pitch. Houston in the home orange kit, United in the the all blacks. D.C. has never won on a road trip to Houston, but this team has done a lot of things that many people didn't think were on the cards. A win here would put D.C. in fantastic shape for a shot at hosting the MLS Cup final.
A lot of story lines here. Ricardo Clark i out for Houston, leaving plenty of questions about how the team will come out. For D.C. a lot has been put on the plate of Joe Willis, the backup goalkeaper who is suddenly the starter for the club's biggest game in a decade. Should be fun to keep an eye on how those two things change the shape of this game.
We're still a good way out from this Eastern Conference semifinal first leg between Houston and D.C. United. Should be an entertaining match between two very competitive teams. Stick around and we'll take you through all the action.
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