Dynamo rally for 2-2 playoff tie against Red Bulls
Ricardo Clark and Omar Cummings scored in the second half to
lead Houston back from a two-goal halftime deficit, lifting the
Dynamo into a 2-2 tie against the top-seeded New York Red Bulls in
the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday.
The second part is Wednesday at New York.
”Judging by the feel right now, it feels like a loss because we
were winning 2-0,” New York goalkeeper Luis Robles said. ”Now, we
have to go home and we have to win. It’s as simple as that.”
Cummings, a second-half substitute, tied it in the 92nd minute
when he tapped the ball in from just outside the net. Bobby
Boswell’s header was stopped by Robles, but Cummings sent the
rebound inside the near post.
Cummings said the goal was a ”will-goal.”
”You will that one in,” Cummings said. ”You need a push, you
need a point. You need to go to New York at least level if not
better. That’s the kind of goal you just will in.”
Clark scored in the 51st minute when New York was unable to
clear the ball away and he sent it through traffic and inside the
”We didn’t script it this way,” said Houston assistant Wade
Barrett, who helped run the team after Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear
was suspended for running out of his box and onto the field late in
the team’s first-round game against Montreal.
”The first half didn’t go as we had planned,” Barrett said.
”We gave up two goals and dug a hole, but it is 135 minutes from
halftime and the guys came back with a fantastic attitude and got a
goal back right away. . It was a fantastic performance in the
second half. The way everything turned out, you feel real positive
going into Wednesday.”
The Dynamo played the final 25 minutes with a man advantage
after New York’s Jamison Olave was given a straight red card for a
reckless tackle from behind on Cummings in the 65th minute.
Tim Cahill put the Red Bulls in front in the 22nd minute, taking
Thierry Henry’s cross from the left side and heading it inside the
near post from just outside the upper goalkeeper’s box.
Eric Alexander made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute, faking to his
right, turning and hitting a shot from 14 yards out on the right
box inside the near post.
”I thought it was tremendous to go up 2-0 on the road in the
first half,” New York coach Mike Petke said. ”I thought we gave
them confidence with the deflection goal. The red card killed us.
At the end of the day, those goals were our fault. It wasn’t
something created out of spectacular stuff. It was