Dynamo 1, Seattle 1 -- postgame notes
Houston Dynamo earned their first point of the 2011 season in one of the
toughest venues in Major League Soccer on Friday night, pulling out a 1-1 tie
against the Seattle Sounders in front of 36,204 fans at Qwest Field in Seattle.
Goalkeeper Tally Hall, playing in front of roughly 40 family members from nearby
Gig Harbor, Wash., made six saves as the Dynamo earned the tie despite being
Dynamo are next in action on Saturday, April 2, facing the New York Red Bulls
in Harrison, N.J., at 6:30 p.m. CT.
being outshot 15-5 in the first half, the Dynamo took the lead in the 42nd
minute. From a free kick, Lovel Palmer rifled a 35-yard shot off the crossbar.
The rebound caromed around the penalty area until Geoff Cameron fired a low
shot that got past several Seattle defenders on the goal line. In his career, Cameron
has scored all three times he has started against Seattle in the regular
finally tied the game in the 80th minute after a mis-hit corner kick skidded to
the far post thanks to the wet artificial turf, and Steve Zakuani tapped it
into an empty net.
Houston, goalkeeper Tally Hall made several crucial saves. His biggest stop
came in the 27th minute, when he saved a point-blank header from O’Brian White.
Hall made three saves on Sounders talisman Fredy Montero in the second half
alone and finished with six stops on the night, one short of his career high in MLS
play, set last year against Seattle in a 2-0 loss.
first-round draft picks Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie both in the lineup, the
Dynamo started two rookies in the same MLS regular season game for the first
time in club history. Sarkodie, aged 20 years, 3 days, became the youngest
Houston player to start an MLS match.
midfielder Corey Ashe, currently in his fifth season, played in his 100th
career MLS match Friday night. It was also Ashe’s 135th game for the Dynamo in
all competitions. Teammate Brad Davis played in his 165th career game for Houston
in all competitions, third in club history.
Andre Hainault played in his 50th career MLS game, and goalkeeper Tally Hall
made his 20th career start for the Dynamo in all competitions.
Match: Saturday, April 2, 6:30 p.m., Dynamo at New York Red Bulls, Red Bull
Arena, Harrison NJ
Home Match: Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City, Aggie
Soccer Stadium, College Station TX (Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier)
Match in Houston: Sunday, April 10, 6 p.m., Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps,
Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear
On the game ...
“We were fortunate to be up 1-0 at halftime, but we came and
played better in the second half. With all of their chances, maybe they
were due a goal, but the goal we gave up was very sloppy. This is one
of the harder places to play in the league, so one point isn’t terrible.
We’re happy with that. We’re not thrilled, but we’re happy with that.”
halftime adjustments ...
“We held the ball a lot better in the second
half, especially the forwards. They gave us possession farther up the
field. In the first half we struggled to hold that ball, and that’s why
we were pinned for the period that we were.”
goalkeeper Tally Hall playing well where he grew up ...
“Maybe he saves
it for his family, but if that’s the case, we’ll be traveling with his
family from now on, because he was excellent.”
Goalkeeper Tally Hall
On playing in Seattle ...
“I enjoy coming here. I don’t try any harder than I
do for any other game. It’s always a dogfight between us and Seattle.
This was one of those games that was scrappy. Our goal was kind of a
scrappy goal, and theirs was a bit of a scrappy goal, and that’s what the