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  • September 14, 2011
  • • 7:35 PM
  • • MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: C. Penso
  • • Attendance: 10709

Columbus Crew 2-2 Houston Dynamo: 10-man hosts hold Dynamo

Columbus Crew 2-2 Houston Dynamo: 10-man hosts hold Dynamo

Jamie Sabau

Two penalties, an early ejection and a late equalizer all combined to keep Columbus and Houston level at 2-2 come the end of Wednesday night's MLS matchup.

The Houston Dynamo fluffed a magnificent opportunity to notch a first away win of the season during a midweek 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew.

Within the first dozen minutes the host side was down a man after Emmanuel Ekpo stiff-armed Adam Moffat in the face. Je-Vaughn Watson even gave Houston a half-time lead when his impressive ups allowed him to head home a Jermaine Taylor cross at the far post.

But in the second half Columbus clawed back. Two crosses led to two penalties - the first for a handball by Cam Weaver and the second a high kick by Watson. Andres Mendoza dispatched both.

Five minutes from time, Geoff Cameron cut a low cross sharply into the box and Calen Carr - wearing a protective black helmet ala Cristian Chivu or Petr Cech - one-timed the shot into the roof of the net to equalize.