The Houston Dynamo needed a big effort Saturday night in Colorado and Sebas Ferreria delivered. His goal in the closing seconds of the match gave Houston a 1-1 draw and a hard earned point.
Ferreria could not have waited much longer as he found the Dynamo's equalizer in the 90th+5 to deny Colorado a badly needed three points. The Rapids had withstood the Dynamo pressure ever since going down a man in the 80th minute when Brian Acosta was booked with a red card.
Houston and Colorado did not put on the cleanest show but they had the drama when it counted. Both teams took nine shots with four on target for Colorado and three for Houston. Both teams found the back of the net once. Possession, passing accuracy, and fouls conceded were something less then desired but in the end for Houston thing only thing that mattered was the point.
"We really, really limited Colorado's chances, especially with (FW Gyasi) Zardes, (FW Jonathan) Lewis, who is a very dangerous guy on the left, and (FW Michael) Barrios, so I think again it's a game that that you feel is the deserved score with the end the way the game went", said Nagamura after the match. "but I think overall I feel happy with the performance of the team, despite it being an ugly game and a hard fought game with a lot of scrappy plays here and there. So a lot of positives to take from this one.”
Houston dynamo coach Paulo Nagamura had told the media prior to the match that the team had been working hard all week to try and fix its problems and get back to doing some of the things gave them their early season success. It showed as the team tried to keep midfielder Hector Herrera higher up on the pitch to push the run of play.
“Yeah, look, we have to be consistent with things that we do," continued Nagamura. "That's the only way that we're going to see if we're going to have positives or negatives or some of the things that we need to address going forward. That's the only way that I think we can focus on if we're back in a way that we like to play. And I think again, the team was very well organized and very difficult to play against. That was one of the things that I told the players, that we needed to be more difficult to play against."
On Saturday, the team responded. Now comes the next road test against Minnesota United on August 27th. Kick-off is set for 2:30pm CT.