Crew in first despite draw with Houston

Calen Carr scored in the 86th minute to lift the Houston Dynamo

to a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night.

Je-Vaughn Watson also scored for the Dynamo (8-9-12).

Andres Mendoza scored twice on penalty kicks for the Crew

(11-9-8), getting the tying goal in the 64th minute and the

go-ahead in the 76th.

”I’m very disappointed,” Houston midfielder Brad Davis said.

”We clawed ourselves back in the game but two penalties – that’s

kind of hard to swallow.”

Mendoza’s first goal came after a handball on Cam Weaver and the

second when Watson kicked Dilly Duka in the stomach while the Crew

player was attempting a shot.

Mendoza, who has five penalty kicks among his 11 goals, went

left on his first try and right on the second against goalkeeper

Tally Hall.

”I decided to go a different direction because I knew the

‘keeper would go the same way where I shot it (the first time),”

Mendoza said.

Watson made it 1-0 in the 34th as Columbus was playing

short-handed after Emmanuel Ekpo was given a red card in the 11th

minute for hitting Adam Moffat in the face with his hand.

”Under the circumstances it was a great point at home,” he

said. ”Scoring two goals playing 79 minutes with a man down is

great. The guys left everything on the field, scored two goals and

almost got three points.”