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31 August 5:38 pm

The Dynamo opened the final stretch of the 2015 season with an important 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Here are milestones and notes from the game:

  • Ricardo Clark scored the opening goal for his 25th career goal in all competitions with the Dynamo. He is sixth on the club’s all-time list.
  • It was Clark's second game-winner of the season after his opening goal in a 2-0 win at San Jose on July 10. It was Clark's seventh career game-winner.
  • It was Clark’s 234th career game in all competitions with Houston to tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list.  
  • Midfielder Boniek Garcia entered as a second-half substitute for his 100th career appearance in all competitions with the Dynamo.
  • Forward Will Bruin started up front for his 127th career regular-season start to tie Brian Mullan for seventh on the club list.
  • Head coach Owen Coyle deployed a 4-4-2 formation with Bruin, Erick "Cubo" Torres and Giles Barnes starting together for the first time.
  • Torres made his first start with the Dynamo and earned his first assist, setting up Clark's winning goal with a deft layoff of Sheanon Williams' cross.
  • Goalkeeper Tyler Deric made two important first half saves and earned his sixth shutout of the season and tenth clean sheet of his career.
  • Williams earned his fourth assist of the season, including his time with Philadelphia. It's the second most assists in one season for Williams, who tallied eight in 2013.

 

29 August 5:45 pm

The Dynamo are finally back at home to host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 8 p.m. CT tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium. TICKETS are still available for tonight’s game. The match will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS Southwest Alternate Channel and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and Sirius XM FC (channel 85) in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• After 10 of 14, and 11 of 16 games away from home the Dynamo enter the home stretch tonight with five of their final eight games at home.
• Vancouver has the best road record in the league by a wide margin, with a 7-5-2 mark away from BC Place
• Including CONCACAF Champions League and the Canadian Championship, the Whitecaps will play their eighth game during the month of August tonight. So far, Vancouver is 4-1-2 during the month, with the lone loss at Sporting KC where it led 3-1 late in the second half before falling 4-3.
• Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle may see the return of several players from injury. Raul Rodriguez (left heel contusion) and DaMarcus Beasley (left calf strain) have missed the last two games and remain questionable, but could return after two weeks of recovery. Ricardo Clark has missed four games with a left hamstring strain but is no longer on the injury report and could feature at some point tonight. Kofi Sarkodie (right knee bone bruise) missed Wednesday’s game at Colorado and remains questionable tonight.
• Vancouver brings a mostly healthy squad to Houston, with Pa-Modou Kah (facial fracture) and Nicolas Mezquida (left hamstring strain) both listed as probable. Fatigue may be an issue, however, with Wednesday’s home game in the Canadian Championship final and a long flight to Houston yesterday. Head coach Carl Robinson indicated to media Thursday that he would make at least one or two changes to the lineup after a busy month of games.
• Vancouver has already set a club MLS record with 14 wins this season and has eight games left to add to the total.
• For the eighth straight game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning: Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Luis Garrido, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams would be suspended for Houston’s next game, Sept. 12 vs. Real Salt Lake, if they receive a caution tonight
• For Vancouver, Matias Laba, Sam Adekugbe and Kah are on yellow-card warning.
• The home team has never lost in the brief series between the Dynamo and Vancouver. Whitecaps FC holds a 3-2-0 edge in five meetings, with both defeats at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo won 2-1 on Vancouver’s last visit to Houston in in March 2013.
• Three milestones that could be reached tonight:
o Ricardo Clark has made 233 career appearances in all competitions with the Dynamo and would tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list with an appearance.
o Tonight would be Boniek Garcia’s 100th career appearance in all competitions with the Dynamo.
o Will Bruin (126 career regular-season starts) can tie Brian Mullan for seventh on the club list.
• The referee is Kevin Stott, one of the most experienced in MLS with 271 previous games in the middle in the league. Over that time, he’s issued 67 red cards and awarded 70 penalty kicks.
• After the game, the Dynamo get their first off week since June due to next weekend’s international games, including Argentina vs. Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium.
• The Dynamo and Whitecaps meet again on the final day of the season, Oct. 25, at BC Place.

Enjoy the game!

 

26 August 6:57 pm

The Dynamo end the three-game road trip at 8 p.m. CT tonight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS Southwest and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• After playing on turf in consecutive road games at New England and Portland, the Dynamo face their third straight road test in difficult conditions with the thin air of playing over 5,000 feet above sea level.
• Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle carries continued injury concerns into tonight’s game. Raul Rodriguez (left heel contusion) and Kofi Sarkodie (right knee bone bruise) picked up injuries in Portland and are questionable tonight. Ricardo Clark, has missed the last three games with a left hamstring strain but is now probable after participating in training this week. DaMarcus Beasley missed the Portland game with a left calf strain and remains questionable while Giles Barnes is also questionable after missing Portland with right Achilles tendonitis.
• In midfield, Rasheed Olabiyi and Nate Sturgis have each started once game in place of Clark over the last two games and both are options for Coyle tonight, along with Luis Garrido, who has started three straight matches. 
• For Colorado, forward Luis Solignac (hamstring) and defender Jared Watts (foot) are both out while midfielder Lucas Pittinari (hamstring) remains an injury doubt. 
• The Rapids have scored the fewest goals in MLS (21) but are tied for the fewest allowed (25) through 24 games.
• Colorado has struggled at home (3-5-4, 13 points) and have actually gained more points (14) away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
• The Dynamo are seeking their first regular-season win against the Rapids since April 19, 2009, a nine-game (0-5-4) winless run against Colorado. Houston’s last win in Colorado was on October 4, 2008. 
• For the seventh straight game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning: Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Luis Garrido, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams would be suspended for Saturday’s home game against Vancouver if they receive a caution tonight
• For Colorado, Bobby Burling, Drew Moor and Axel Sjoberg  are on yellow-card warning.

 

21 August 4:20 pm

The Dynamo meet the Portland Timbers at 10 p.m. CT tonight at Providence Park in a critical game as the Dynamo hope to climb the Western Conference standings. The game will be broadcast live on UniMás and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• Tonight is the third and final meeting between these clubs and Houston’s last chance to directly gain ground on Portland, one of seven teams the Dynamo are currently chasing in the Western Conference playoff race. The Dynamo will have ample opportunities to make up ground, with six of their final 10 remaining games against teams currently higher in the standings. 
• Like seemingly every game over the last few months, Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle enters tonight with some injury concerns within his team. Ricardo Clark, who has missed the last two games, remains doubtful with a left hamstring strain. DaMarcus Beasley exited last weekend’s game at New England at halftime with a left calf strain while Raul Rodriguez missed the match with an adductor strain. Both players are questionable for tonight’s game. Giles Barnes is probable with right Achilles tendonitis and was limited in training early in the week.
• Coyle does have more options in midfield than the last few weeks. Boniek Garcia is continuing to build fitness and has played in two straight games while Alexander Lopez also could feature for the first time since July 18 at Real Salt Lake after missing four games with a groin strain.
• Like New England last week, the Timbers have a mostly healthy squad, with midfielder Ben Zemanski the only Portland player on the injury report. Head coach Caleb Porter guided his team through the absence of Diego Valeri and Will Johnson as they recovered from significant injuries and missed most of the first third of the seasons. The Timbers have four players in their defensive unit – goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey and defenders Liam Ridgewell, Alvas Powell and Jorge Villafaña – all of whom have play at least 2,110 minutes this season. Each one of the four ranks in the top 15 in MLS for minutes played. Entering the week, Portland is the only team in MLS with more than three players with 2,110 minutes or more (Note via Portland Timbers).
• The Timbers enter tonight’s game after posting three consecutive shutouts, but have never recorded four straight clean sheets in their five seasons in MLS.
• The Dynamo will look to conjure some late-season road magic from four years ago, when they visited Portland in October 2011 and captured a 2-0 win to solidify their playoff position, highlighted by a memorable goal from Danny Cruz and a goal from Andre Hainault, who turned down a call up from the Canada national team to play in the important road game.
• For the sixth consecutive game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning and would be suspended for Wednesday’s road game at Colorado if they receive a caution tonight. Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Raul Rodriguez and Sheanon Williams must avoid a yellow card tonight.
• The Timbers have their own yellow card concerns, with defenders Liam Ridgewell and Alvas Powell also on yellow-card warning.
• The West Coast game means a late kickoff – 10 p.m. CT – but the Dynamo and Timbers will cap a big night of soccer in Houston. The Dash host the Seattle Reign in a must-win game at 7 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium and 9,000 tickets are already sold. With an hour in between the end of the Dash and the start of the game, it leaves ample time to get home or settled at a bar to watch the Dynamo try for what would arguably be the biggest win of the season. Enjoy the games!

 

18 August 5:28 pm

Houston Dynamo Academy midfielder Marcelo Palomino was named to the United Stated Under-14 boys national team roster by head coach Brian Johnson for an eight-day training camp, which began on Sunday in Carson, Calif. The U.S. Under-14s will train in Southern California through Aug. 26.   

This is Palomino’s sixth consecutive U-14 national team camp, including camps in January, February and April of this year.

Palomino turned 14 in May and scored six goals in 24 games with the U-14s last season. He also frequently played up with the U-16s and is the younger brother of U-18 midfielder Josue Palomino.

 

15 August 12:58 pm

The Dynamo visit the New England Revolution at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight for their lone meeting this season. The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS SW alternate channel and in Spanish on TeleXitos and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

  • Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle once again has some injury concerns among his team. Ricardo Clark, who snapped a 39-game start streak in MLS play last week against San Jose, remains doubtful with a left hamstring strain. Rob Lovejoy (right hamstring strain) and Alex Lopez (right groin strain) are also doubtful for the game. 
  • Boniek Garcia continues to build fitness after playing 34 minutes in the 2-1 win over San Jose last weekend. The Honduran missed seven games due to the Gold Cup duties and an adductor injury but has been outstanding in his last two appearances for the Dynamo, with one goal and three assists in a total of 79 minutes across two substitute appearances.
  • New England head coach Jay Heaps has a mostly healthy squad, with defender Darrius Barnes the only Revs player on the injury report. Heaps welcomed back U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones after he missed five games recovering from left sports hernia surgery. New England is 3-1-5 this season in games Jones has started.
  • The Dynamo have played well against the Eastern Conference this season, with a 4-1-3 against the East, including a 1-0-2 mark on the road. New England is 3-5-1 against the West this season.
  • The Revolution won two of three games against the Dynamo last season. In both wins, New England scored all of its goals after the 65th minute, including a brace from Lee Nguyen last October at BBVA Compass Stadium. The 2014 MLS MVP finalist scored in the 65th and 87th minutes for a 2-1 win after Giles Barnes scored in the first half.
  • For the fifth consecutive game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning and would be suspended for next week’s trip to Portland if they receive a caution tonight. Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie and Raul Rodriguez must avoid a yellow card tonight. On the other hand, Giles Barnes was awarded the “good behavior bonus” after playing three straight games without a caution and is no longer on warning.
  • The Revolution have their own yellow card worries, with defenders Jose Goncalves and London Woodberry and Nguyen each on yellow-card warning. 
  • Saturday is the start of a three-game road swing for the Dynamo and the club must revere recent history to solidify their playoff position. In their last four three-game road trips, the Dynamo are 0-8-4 (W-L-T). Their last successful lengthy road trip was in 2012, when the club went 2-3-2 over seven road games to start the season as construction of BBVA Compass Stadium was being completed.
  • Milestone Watch: A few milestones could be reached tonight. A few highlights:
  • Brad Davis has 315 career regular-season starts and would tie Pablo Mastroeni and Brian Carrol for sixth on the MLS list with a start tonight.
  • With a start, Will Bruin (139 starts) would pass Wade Barrett for ninth on the club list for all competitions.
  • Bruin has also made 136 career regular-season appearances with Houston and would pass Pat Onstad and Brian Mullan for sixth on the club list with an appearance.
  • Finally, Bruin (123 career regular-season starts) would pass Brian Ching for eighth on the franchise list with a start tonight.
  • Nathan Sturgis is eligible for selection after serving a suspension against San Jose. The veteran can surpass 10,000 career regular-season minutes with 54+ minutes against New England.
  • Ricardo Clark has 233 career appearances in all competitions with the Dynamo and will tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list with his next appearance.
  • Will Bruin has now started the same amount of regular season games as Brian Ching during his Dynamo career and it is interesting to compare the two forwards, who are the top two scorers in Dynamo history.

Bruin and Ching’s career Dynamo stats (regular-season games only):

Player Games Starts Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on goal Fouls committed Fouls suffered Offsides
Brian Ching 169 123 11,341 56 22 293 132 181 265 146
Will Bruin 136 123 10,382 44 14 327 134 93 84 49
  • A few thoughts on the two forwards: In the same amount of starts, and 1,000 less minutes, Bruin has scored only 12 fewer goals. Ching played most of the prime of his career in Houston – he already had four years of MLS experience when the team moved to Houston. Bruin has started all 123 games at the start of his career, beginning with his rookie season in 2011. The strikers clearly had different roles on their teams. Ching drew more fouls – about 3-to-1 compared to Bruin – and Ching was also offside significantly more, as the two players were asked to do different things. Another similarity is both tallied the majority of their goals without benefit of penalties. Bruin has scored all 44 goals without taking a single penalty kick while Ching only scored twice from the spot in the regular season during his career. All things considered, Bruin has a very respectable resume at this point in his career when judged against the Dynamo's all-time scorer.

Enjoy the game!
 

12 August 2:06 pm

Tune in to Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM tonight from 7-9 p.m. for a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. 

Dynamo TV broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak with Dynamo defenders Raul Rodriguez, David Horst and Sheanon Williams about Saturday's 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes as well as the upcoming road game at New England on Saturday. Davis will also speak with head coach Owen Coyle and New England Revolution TV broadcaster Brad Feldman to preview Saturday's game.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

Dynamo All-Access is a weekly show on 1560 AM covering the Dynamo and Houston Dash and usually airs on Wednesday or Thursday from 7-9 p.m. CT.

 

08 August 2:33 pm

The Dynamo host the San Jose Earthquakes tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium for the third and final meeting of the season. Limited tickets remain for the match and are available here and the stadium box office. The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS SW alternate channel and can be heard on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM and 101.7 FM. Here are some notes ahead of the game.

• Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle will have some lineup decision to make. Nathan Sturgis is suspended after his red card last week at Sporting Kansas City, and three players carry injury concerns: Ricardo Clark (doubtful, left hamstring strain), Will Bruin (questionable, left knee effusion) and Tyler Deric (questionable, right foot contusion). 
• With Bruin’s knee swelling, Erick Torres could make his first Dynamo start. Coyle could also elect to start Bruin and Torres together for the first time.
• Boniek Garcia gained another full week of training and could feature for the first time since June 5, when he came on at halftime and scored and provided two assists against the Red Bulls. Garcia has missed the last seven games due to the Gold Cup and an adductor injury. 
• Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear has two injury worries of his own. Veteran center back Clarence Goodson and Argentinian playmaker Matias Perez Garcia are both questionable with left leg injuries. Garcia has drawn 61 fouls this season, the most in MLS, and has six assists in his last 11 MLS games.
• Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa has three goals in four games since he arrived in a trade with the Chicago Fire in early July.
• For the fourth consecutive game, the Dynamo have several available players on yellow-card warning and would be suspended for next weekend’s games if they receive a caution tonight. Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie and Giles Barnes must avoid a yellow card tonight. On the positive side, Raul Rodriguez was awarded the “good behavior bonus” after playing three straight games without a caution and is no longer on warning. The Earthquakes do not have any players on yellow card warning.
• The road team has won each of the first two games between the clubs this season. San Jose won 1-0 in Houston on May 5 and the Dynamo secured a 2-0 triumph at Avaya Stadium on July 10.
• San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski has scored 95 goals since the start of the 2010 season, the most by any player over a six-year span in MLS history (via SJ Earthquakes communications).
• Earthquakes midfielder and U.S. youth international Marc Pelosi could make his first MLS start tonight. The 21-year-old signed with San Jose on July 17 after four years with Liverpool in England. Pelosi never appeared for the Liverpool senior team but was a part of the U-18 and U-21 squads while dealing with various injuries. The California native was a part of the U.S. national team camp in January and also played with the U-23s at the Toulon Tournament in May.
• Will Bruin has 138 career starts in all competitions with the Dynamo and can tie Wade Barrett for ninth on club list with next his next start. Bruin also has 135 career regular season games with Houston and will tie Pat Onstad and Brian Mullan for sixth on the club list with his next appearance. Finally, Bruin has 135 career regular season starts with the Dynamo and will tie Brian Ching for eighth on the franchise list with his next start.
• Ricardo Clark has 233 career appearances in all competitions with the Dynamo and will tie Bobby Boswell for third on the club list with his next appearance.

 

 

 

03 August 2:48 pm

The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Sporting Park. Here are some milestones and notes from the match.

  • Brad Davis, the franchise leader in assists, recorded his 100th career regular-season assist on Ricardo Clark's tying goal. Davis reached 100 assists in his 260th career regular-season appearance with Houston.
  • Clark set a new career-high with his fifth goal of the season. Clark surpassed his previous high of four, set in each of the last two seasons. Clark also scored against the Austin Aztex in the U.S. Open Cup so the central midfielder has six goals in all competitions this season.
  • Clark has 13 goals in his last three seasons (77 games) after he scored 15 goals in his first eight MLS seasons (192 games)
  • Davis also played 90 minutes to reach 25,033 career minutes in all competitions with the Dynamo to become the first player to surpass 25,000 minutes in all competitions with the club.
  • The Dynamo are unbeaten in their last five regular-season visits to Sporting Park, with one win and four ties since they lost in their first visit to the new stadium in 2011.
  • It was also Davis’ 314th career regular-season start to pass Landon Donovan (313) for eighth on the MLS all-time list.
  • Will Bruin played 62 minutes to reach 11,515 career minutes in all competitions with the Dynamo and pass Geoff Cameron (11,471) for 10th on the club list.

 

02 August 4:11 pm

The Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City played to a spirited 1-1 draw Saturday at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Courtesy of Sporting KC communications, here is a transcription of postgame quotes from both teams.

Houston Dynamo manager Owen Coyle

On Houston's 1-1 draw against Sporting KC…
I think we knew coming into Sporting Park it was always going to be a tough game. They have an unbelievable home record and one they should be very proud of. So we knew we were going to have to play very well and we did. Sporting Kansas City had one attack on goal in which they scored from. I think it may have been a soft foul, but having said that, it was a wonderful delivery and Dom Dwyer is an outstanding player one of the top players in MLS. Many teams would have felt sorry for themselves, but we picked ourselves up and, truth be told, we punished Sporting Kansas City off the park in the first half. We should have had two or three goals on the back of that.

We then came out in the second half with the same endeavor except I think it was a bit more even. Sporting had one or two chances of their own. As I said before, you know the quality of us. We scored a very good goal and then found ourselves down to 10 men.

On the rivalry between the two sides and the red cards in the previous three meetings…
I can only judge from my three games and we are the team that’s not finished with 11 in all three games. Tonight, in real time I didn’t think it was [a red card]. Nathan Sturgis, he never led with his studs and the only thing he was guilty of was being a little bit late. He never led with studs and never looked to endanger the opponent. But there is no doubt there is a fierce rivalry between the sides and both clubs have fantastic history and history they should be proud of. They are both very special clubs within MLS. So that’s always going to lead to a good intensity in the game.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis

On Houston’s 1-1 draw against Sporting KC…
It was a good game. I thought our group was really good tonight. We gave Sporting very few chances. We’ve talked about them being one of the better teams in the league at spreading teams out with the ball, and they have some good, creative players. I think we did very well to stay tight to them and disrupt their game. We had a couple chances in the first half to actually go up. Overall I thought our game plan was attacked very well, and I’m extremely happy of this group tonight for the effort that was put in.

On Houston responding to a 1-0 halftime deficit…
At that point we know [we’re in the game]. We know if we’re playing well or we’re not playing well, and we knew we had some chances. We just had to stay with it, not get frustrated and continue to push. Fortunately we were able to get our goal. It’s a difficult place to come and play—we know that—and when we got that goal later in the game, it was very important that we were smart and locked it down and come away with a point at that point. We did a good job.

On assisting Ricardo Clark’s equalizing goal from a set piece…
Tonight we didn’t have many other [set pieces] in a really dangerous spot—maybe one. I know (Ricardo Clark) is going to attack the ball. They actually were putting a couple guys on David Horst, so I actually wanted to miss him. I told the other guys to try to get away and separate themselves because David was a guy we were trying to pick out who they had been marking. I told them, “Try to get yourself free” and luckily it worked out.

Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin

On Houston and Sporting KC playing another hotly contested match…
It’s always a battle every game. Every time we play it’s a clash and both teams’ intensity rises. Both teams scored on a set piece—that’s how tight the margins are. It’s always a fun game and this lived up to it.

On Houston responding to a 1-0 halftime deficit…
I thought we played well in the first half. Obviously they had a restart goal from a header five minutes in—that’s not the ideal start. But instead of putting our heads down, we kept playing and we had chances. I could have scored on a little half-breakaway [in the first half]. We never put our heads down. We kept battling and found a way to score and even it up and leave with a point.

On the Houston-Sporting KC rivalry…
This is my fifth year in the league and we’ve always played them in the postseason. Every game we’ve played against them is a battle. I think we play somewhat similar styles with the mentality and the physicality and the pressing. When you get two teams that high-press and play strong, it’s going to be a battle.

Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes

On Sporting KC's performance...
It wasn’t a good game for either team. It was a very scrappy game, back and forth. We sure did give a lot of chances away. We created some good ones, but not enough. Both teams were just scrappy.

On the status of Roger Espinoza...
He just got whacked pretty good. That’s why he came out; he just couldn’t go. He got jammed right in the shin. Obviously, we’ll have to see over the next few days what it’s like.

On Sporting KC's rivalry with Houston...
The game is with grown men. It’s physical and it’s emotional. I think it’s two teams that have always been in the mix late in the season and two teams that are getting ready to compete for MLS Cup. We wind up in the same conference, so we might wind up seeing each other in some big matches all the time. Both teams are extremely competitive. With that being said, there’s going to be fireworks sometimes. I’m glad to see that our guys kept their composure.

On the possibility of replays in MLS and if he agrees with their implementation within the game...
Absolutely, 100 percent. It was good because also when you look at the Nemeth goal, he was offside. It wasn’t by much but he was off. It’s great to know that he was off and there wasn’t a mistake made. Hopefully sometime it’s going to change, sooner rather than later.

On the field conditions playing a part in the match:
It was choppy, it was. But the great thing is it’s not as bad as our other field was. By the time we get back here for the next game, I assume it’ll be a heck of a lot better because it’ll have a chance to settle and they’ll be able to do a little more work on it. It was the right thing that we did. We needed to get a new field in here ASAP. The other field was really dangerous. For these guys, and honestly I laugh about it, they’re used to playing on a pool table all the time. For me, that was like a Wembley back in my day. So for these guys, it’s hard for them to play on it, but I could’ve played on that thing all day long.

On set pieces given up late in the game...
Is it troubling? It ticks me off. I hate giving up any set pieces in any game. But we scored a great one. I thought we were dangerous in and around the box many times.

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer

On receiving a yellow card in the first half…
I’m pretty sure I kept my hands down by my side the whole time. I knew I had four yellows so I didn’t want to get another. I’m very frustrated that he gave me one for that. I don’t want to say too much more, I don’t want to get myself in trouble, but I think you can see for yourself on that one.

On Dwyer’s first takeaway from the game…
Obviously we are a little bit frustrated. It wasn’t the result we wanted. We wanted to get three points. We’ll take the positives out of it, get the point and move on to the next one.

On the match’s controversial calls…
Everyone is human. The refs make mistakes. It happens. Hopefully they’ll watch it back and learn and it’ll be different next time.

On if it was tough to get into a rhythm with the controversial calls…
Not really. The field was challenging and that slowed the rhythm of the game a little bit. The ref was fairly consistent with certain calls here and there. Some were a bit soft but it was pretty good for both sides. The lineman could’ve helped him out too. Sometimes it doesn’t fall your way.

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler

On what the official told Besler following the no-call inside the box late in the match…
He told me he judged it to have hit his (Luis Garrido) hip.

On the first thing Besler can takeaway from the game…
Sloppy game. It was disappointing not to get a win at home, but we have to get ready for the next game.

On the condition of the new field…
We can’t use the field as an excuse because it’s the same for both teams. We’re hoping and we’re being told that it’s continuing to get better.

Postgame questions and responses from Referee Jorge Gonzalez

Q: Why was a handball not called on Luis Garrido in the 94th minute?
A: It was judged not to be deliberate.

Q: How can a handball be judged not deliberate when the player’s arm is in an extended position?
A:
The arm was judged to be in a natural playing position.

Q: Why were cautions issued to Dom Dwyer and Tyler Deric late in the first half?
A:
They both committed acts, which in the opinion of the referee, showed a lack of respect for the game (e.g. aggressive attitude and inflammatory behavior).

Q: What was the reason for overturning the penalty call against Tim Melia in the first half?
A:
After consultation with the assistant referee, it was judged that Tim Melia fairly challenged for the ball.