The Dynamo Dos fought to a 1-1 draw in regulation before losing the extra point on penalty kicks on Sunday night. It was the first time this season that the Colorado Rapids 2 or any team for that matter had been able to beat Houston at home.
The Houston Dynamo 2 been unbeatable at home this season and technically still are after losing on PK's following a 1-1 draw in regulation. It was an effort that did not please Dynamo Dos head coach Kevin Bundy.
"It wasn't good enough. It just wasn't good enough," said Bundy following the game. "We came into the game really confident in the way that we wanted to play and what we were going to see from them. And everything matched up to what we had prepared for. I think the most important thing for us is that in the first half, we were just a little bit slow."
Seldom this season has the Dynamo 2 side come out flat. At the half, some adjustments were made the play became much sharper. The adjustments didn't make for an immediate improvement as the club conceded the first goal of the match in the 50th minute. It didn't ake long though for Houston to regain its footing. The match was level at 1-1 after Kyle Edwards scored his fourth goal of the season after a perfect chip into the box by midfielder Marcelo Palomino.
"The connection came from practicing the plays almost over the past couple months, it has been a great thing, we finished the day in the office," explained Edwards about his goal. "The midfield has been very, very important to us. They work so hard for the forwards, and I really appreciate that. Each and every game that they're working, they keep growing with confidence. And we love the support and the passes that we get from them, and we just want to do our job and finish."
Houston could not find the game winner in regulation despite some golden opportunities. In the 75th minute, Palomino received a pass from Brooklyn Raines at the top of the box. His shot forced a save from the Rapids keeper to keep the even. Three minutes later, Beto Avila's shot deflected off of Raines and into the back of the net. Raines was ruled offside and the goal disallowed. Houston had one more chance in the closing moments as Palomino directed a free kick just over the top of the frame from 25 yards out.
The game went to kicks and Palomino's was the only stop Colorado made but it was enough as the Rapids 2 converted all five of theirs to win the extra point 5-4.
The Dynamo2 were without one of their best defenders in Michael Dos Santos Silva who had been brought up to the parent club for the Saturday game with Montreal. Fellow defender Talen Maples and the club refused to use that as an excuse.
"We're super pumped for him. And I congratulated him. We all congratulated him," said Maples following the match. "I gave him a big hug. I'm sure next training he will get a tunnel. You know, we love to see it. We love to see our guys succeed. Like there's no animosity, there's no jealousy, everybody wants to be there. Of course, we're all striving. But when one guy makes it, we all make it. And so we're really pumped for him. And hopefully you can get into more games and hopefully you can get more opportunities. And a lot of other people can get more opportunities as well."
Houston has the week off before returning to action on Saturday August 27th against MUNFC 2.