Collin’s goal gives Sporting KC 1-1 draw at Dynamo
Saturday, July 16, 2011
HOUSTON (AP) — Aurelien Collin scored late in the second half and Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 1-1 draw against the undermanned Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
Houston (5-6-9) played the final 21 minutes down two men, but stretched its unbeaten streak to four games and kept a one-point lead over Kansas City (5-6-8) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Brad Davis gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute on an unassisted direct kick from about 25 yards out to the right that found the net inside the far post.
Collin tied the score in the 90th minute hitting a low drive from 25 yards out in the middle that deflected off of Houston’s Kofi Sarkodie and into the middle of the net.
Houston thought it had taken a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute off Davis’ corner kick that was headed in by Brian Ching, but Houston’s Colin Clark was called offsides to negate the goal.
Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall finished with eight saves.
In a scary moment, Houston’s Jermaine Taylor and Kansas City’s Chance Myers were down on the field for several minutes after Myers appeared to give Taylor a forearm to the head off a corner kick in the 30th minute. Myers re-entered the game five minutes later, while Taylor re-entered in the 36th minute before being replaced by Bobby Boswell at the half.
Houston played the game a man down for the final 39 minutes after Clark was given a straight red card in the 51st minute for a hard tackle on Collin, and the Dynamo played the final 21 minutes down two men after Ching was given a straight red for kicking Collin from behind after losing the ball in the box.
Hall kept Houston ahead with diving saves of shots by C.J. Sapong in the 56th minute and Graham Zusi in the 60th minute. Hall saved Kei Kamara’s shot in the 75th minute from the middle of the box and Birahim Diop’s shot from 25 yards out on the left in the 84th minute