Sunday's only MLS match features zero goals and a bizarre red card following the final whistle.A tilt between the Colorado Rapids and the Houston Dynamo, two physical, industrious sides, is one that would rarely interest those who don't support one of the respective franchises. The match lived up to this notion as a goalless draw was the result of a hard-fought 90 minutes.
"I'm disappointed and frustrated that we haven’t been able to win at home again," Colorado head coach Gary Smith said.
The fireworks following the disappointing night will surely overshadow the unsatisfactory action on the pitch. If any player did excite, it was Tally Hall, manning the visitor’ net, who provided some adequate highlights with a few impressive saves. The Houston goalkeeper acrobatically denied the Rapids when they managed to get on the end of crosses and set pieces.
When Hall didn’t manage to parry a Jamie Smith header in the 9th minute, the goal frame came to the rescue as the Scot’s effort caromed off a post. That would be the only time Hall would need help as the 26-year-old dealt handily with any other Dynamo chances.
In the 43rd minute, Hall had to bail out his defenders as Caleb Folan approached a poor Je-Vaughn Watson back pass. Hall instantly recognized the lack of weight behind the Jamaican’s layoff and raced off his goal-line, sliding and tipping away Folan’s centering pass before the ball could reach Omar Cummings relatively unmarked near the penalty area.
There would be no true entertainment in the second half until the arrival of the 80th minute. Wells Thompson swung in a dead ball that found Drew Moor charging on the fringe of the six-yard box. Moor swiveled and directed his header on frame, but Hall pounced and tipped the attempt over the crossbar.
In the 82nd minute, Marvell Wynne found Quincy Amarikwa streaking behind the Dynamo back-line with a lofted pass. The substitute decided to rifle a shot from an acute angle - which Hall easily slapped away - rather than seek out a teammate. The sequence would be the last serious opportunity of the evening.
The Dynamo lacked any attacking thrust, which the zero shots on goal that Matt Pickens dealt with indicate. Houston appeared content with a road point, which the struggling club achieved when Baldomero Toledo blew the final whistle.
There would be a brief climax before the post-match festivities as Amarikwa received a second yellow card for foul language directed toward the center official.
"I think the way results have been going for us lately, we want to take a lot of positives out of this game," Rapids captain Drew Moor said. "We played well, we controlled the tempo. Especially in the latter parts of the first half, and then the second half we created the better chances. Still disappointed that we aren’t more putting goals up. We can’t win games if we don’t score goals."
Stephanie Gardner contributed reporting to this article.
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