MLS Regular Season
For the first time since 2010, and just the second time in club history, there will not be playoff soccer in Houston. Needing a result to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot, the Houston Dynamo fell 3-1 at the hands of D.C. United, ending their chances at another postseason run.
HOUSTON – Thanks to goals from Taylor Kemp, Fabian Espindola and Eddie Johnson, D.C. United are are one step closer to a worst-to-first season in the Eastern Conference after claiming a 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.
The win gives D.C., now 1-9-1 all-time in Houston, 56 points and puts them six points clear of the second-place New England Revolution. The defeat eliminated the Dynamo from playoff contention.
Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United
Sunday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. CT
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
David Horst, Eric Brunner, and Dominic Kinnear look at the keys to the game against D.C. United on Sunday.
The revolving door at center back for the Houston Dynamo will take another spin Sunday as the club heads into their next “biggest game of the year” without recent starter AJ Cochran.
Maybe … just, maybe.
The Dynamo still have a lot of ground to make up in a short space of time, but are entering a two-game homestand with renewed hope after the defiant 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday that kept postseason ambitions alive and raised the stakes for this weekend’s clash.
The Houston Dynamo showed great resiliency after claiming a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC down a man, but the way they were put in that disadvantageous position was brought into question after the game.
Rookie center back AJ Cochran was shown a straight red card when he was whistled for bringing down Toronto FC forward Luke Moore in the box in the 55th minute. Moore broke into the box and past Cochran, who grabbed his jersey.
Tyler Deric has his signature moment.
After a bizarre three minutes ended with an AJ Cochran red card and Houston going down a man, Deric stoned the penalty kick of one of the league’s premier strikers, Jermain Defoe, before going on to make save after unbelievable save to preserve a critical 1-0 win for the 10-man Dynamo at Toronto FC.