The game in 100 words (or less): While the rest of Major League Soccer went goal-crazy on Saturday night, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo were busy doing what they do when facing one another: beating the crap out of each other in a game that finished a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park. 32 fouls were committed in the game, while just 13 shots were taken (8 on target). Sporting took a very early lead — a common thing around MLS Saturday night — but made the unforgivable mistake when facing the Dynamo: they gave Brad Davis a set piece. Sporting KC were denied a blatant penalty kick when the ball appeared to hit the hand of Luis Garrido in the 94th minute. Sporting remain fourth in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders, currently two points back in fifth, playing later Saturday night. The Dynamo are four points out of the sixth and final playoff place in the West.
The moments that mattered
6′ — Dwyer heads home Feilbaber’s free kick — The set-piece delivery from Benny Feilhaber was, as is now expected, on point. Dom Dwyer’s job was simple: put your head on the ball and redirect it past Tyler Deric from seven yards out. Mission accomplished, and a 1-0 lead for Sporting.
11′ — Melia out to clean up his defense’s mess — Somehow Will Bruin came to be all by himself behind the Sporting backline. If not for Tim Melia’s quick rushing out and strong hands to push the ball out of Bruin’s path, the score would have been 1-1.
78′ — Clark heads home Davis’ free kick for the equalizer — Don’t give the Dynamo set pieces. Don’t give the Dynamo set pieces. Don’t give the Dynamo set pieces. Opposing teams who give the Dynamo set pieces should be made to write that on a chalkboard 1,000 after every game.
Sporting Kansas City: Melia, Dia, Besler, Ellis, Myers (Abdul-Salaam 79′), Mustivar, Espinoza (Nagamura 90′), Feilhaber, Nemeth, Dwyer, Zusi (Peterson 90+4′)
Goals: Dwyer (6′)
Houston Dynamo: Deric, Beasley, Rodriguez, Horst, Williams, Davis, Alex (Miranda 68′), Sturgis, Barnes, Clark (Garrido 80′), Bruin (Torres 62′)
Goals: Clark (78′)