September 9, 2017
It was an ugly game at BBVA Copmass Stadium Saturday night as the Houston Dynamo suffered their first home loss of the season. Making it even worse, the lone goal in the 1-0 loss came in second half stoppage against the last place Colorado Rapids.
Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera summed up the match with three words;
“We weren’t sharp”
The Houston Dynamo fell to 0-5-1 when winning the possession battle against an opponent in 2017. On Saturday, Houston held possession at a 64.5% clip to which Cabrera commented after the game;
“Possession without purpose is pointless.”
The lackluster effort allowed Colorado a team in search of something in which to salvage their season, the opportunity to win. Albeit a far cry from their normal offensive effort, Houston had three solid opportunities to solve Colorado’s ageless keeper Tim Howard. In the 36th minute, Erivk Torres unleashed a left-footed blast as he wheeled away from his defender but the shot was straight at Howard. Romell Quioto tested Howard in the 82nd minute before Juan David Cabeza’a attempt in the first minute of stoppage time led to the Colorado tally.
Howard’s stop set up a subsequent corner leading to the Colorado counter against a Houston defense that had pushed forward. Colorado’s Stefan Aignar raced down the right side drawing the remaining defense and Tyler Deric towards him. Aigner slipped the ball to a streaking Dominique Badji who tapped home the game winner.
Badji’s goal snapped Houston’s 12 game home unbeaten streak , it’s logest since reeling off an MLS record 30 game home unbeaten streak from 2011-2013.
he Dynamo will continue the 2017 season, presented by 76, on Saturday, September 16 at 9:30 p.m. CDT against San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.
Houston Dynamo (10-9-8, 38 pts.) 0-1 Colorado Rapids (7-16-4, 25 pts.)
MLS Week 27
September 9, 2017 – Houston, Texas
COL: Dominique Badji 7 (Stefan Aigner 1) 90+4
Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; A.J. DeLaGarza, Adolfo Machado, Philippe Senderos (Leonardo 72), DaMarcus Beasley; Juan David Cabezas, Ricardo Clark ©, Alex (Tomas Martinez 62); Alberth Elis, Erick Torres, Mauro Manotas (Romell Quioto 46)
Unused Substitutes: Vicente Sanchez, Eric Alexander, Joe Willis, Andrew Wenger
Total shots: 18 (Erick Torres 5); Shots on goal: 3 (Juan David Cabezas, Romell Quioto, Erick Torres 1); Fouls: 13 (Juan David Cabezas 4); Offside: 1 (Alberth Elis 1); Corner kicks: 6 (Alex 4); Saves: 2 (Tyler Deric 2)
Colorado Rapids: Tim Howard ©; Eric Miller, Kortne Ford, Axel Sjoberg, Mekeil Williams; Marlon Hairston, Jared Watts (Bismark Boateng 74), Micheal Azira, Joshua Gatt (Dillon Serna 89); Mohammed Saeid (Stefan Aigner 66), Dominique Badji
Unused Substitutes: Alan Gordon, Zac MacMath, Shkelzen Gashi, Bobby Burling
Total shots: 14 (Dominique Badji 4); Shots on goal: 3 (Dominique Badji 2); Fouls: 15 (Mekeil Williams 4); Offside: 1 (Stefan Aigner 1); Corner kicks: 4 (Mohammed Saeid 3); Saves: 3 (Tim Howard 3)
COL: Kortne Ford (caution; foul) 52
HOU: Ricardo Clark (caution; persistent infringement) 55
HOU: Alex (caution; foul) 57
COL: Dominique Badji (caution; not retreating) 80
COL: Mekeil Williams (caution; unsporting behavior) 82
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
VAR: Baldomero Toledo