On this date 11 years ago to the day, the Houston Dynamo did what they did best under head coach Dominic Kinnear. They found a way to get a positive result. Here's a look at that game.
The Houston Dynamo were on the road against the New England Revolution and finding a tough go of it. Sound familiar? They went down in the fourth minute of play on a goal by former Dynamo Ryan Cochrane. Sound familiar?
Houston had numerous scoring chances but couldn't find the back of the net. Sound familiar? Cam Weaver had three solid goal attempts all denied by New England keeper Matt Reis. Geoff Cameron (who is still in the league playing for FC Cincinnati) had a couple of nifty tries but he too couldn't get it by Reis.
Meanwhile, the Houston defense clamped down and din't let anything get near goalkeeper Tally Hall. This set the stage for the last minute heroics of Dynamo center back Bobby Boswell and Dynamo legend Brad Davis. With a minute left in regulation, Davis whipped a corner into the box, it caromed off Carlos Costy and landed at the foot of Boswell who tapped it home. The goal by Boswell marked the sixth time Houston had scored in the final seven minutes of a match in 2011 to either win or earn the draw. Boswell had two of the six. Oh for those days to be back again.
“[Bobby] was unlucky in the first half not to get a goal, and his determination was good, and it paid off for us and him at the end,” Kinnear said.
Houston escaped with a 1-1 draw against the Revolution who entered the match with a record of 4-10-10 while the Dynamo were 7-11-6. The draw helped propel the Dynamo to a 5W-3L-2D record over their final ten matches as they climbed to second in the Eastern Conference two points off the pace of conference winner Sporting Kansas City. Houston would eventually play in their third MLS Cup final in six seasons, losing to the L.A. Galaxy 1-0.