The Houston Dynamo continue to show its about leadership and execution following the departure of head coach Owen Coyle back to England. On Thursday evening under the most adverse conditions in which a game could be played, the Houston Dynamo forged a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas on the road in Frisco.
The conditions for the game were so extreme due to record rainfall throughout Texas over the last two weeks that not only did the 8:00p.m. CDT start a bit behind at 8:08p.m. but three minutes and 55 seconds into the match referee Kevin Stott stopped the match for puddling.
The sides took to the pitch again at 10:04p.m. CDT on a field that now no longer resembled a game of puddle jumping but was more like the world’s game. FC Dallas (FCD) broke on top first as Fabian Castillo beat Dynamo defender Jalil Anibaba (and who hasn’t done tat this season) to the endline before delivering a service into the box where fellow midfielder Ryan Hollingshead tapped it home for a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
Houston though did not crumble. Much as they did under not yet named interim head coach Wade Barrett in the game against Vancouver, the team kept its focus and its form to battle back for a game tying goal in the 52nd minute.
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Prior to Ricardo Clark’s equalizer, the men in orange (now more the men in black wth their new kit this season) had their moments early. Just nine minutes after Castillo’s go ahead goal Clark nearly put away the equalizer with a low shot towards the near post forcing Dallas keeper Chris Seitz into a diving save.
Coming out of the halftime locker room, Barrett had his side ready to pounce and the 52nd minute they did. Andrew Wenger came down the far side serving a ball just inside the 18 yard box that FCD initially cleared but it fell to Clark and 14 year veteran knew what to do. Sietz had no chance as the Dynamo midfielder’s patented strike from nearly 30 yards out brought Houston from behind for the first time in 2016 when trailing at the half.
No matter how you feel about the Houston Dynamo and former head coach Owen Coyle, there is no discounting the fact that since his departure, the team is more relaxed and ready and more importantly can make the needed halftime adjustments under Wade Barrett,the not yet named interim coach unless you ask the players.
“Wade’s our coach.”