Dynamo 0, Kansas City 1 -- postgame notes
Playing a mix of starters and reserves, the Houston
Dynamo fell 1-0 in extra time to a full-strength Sporting Kansas City
squad in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying Wednesday night at the
Aggie Soccer Stadium in College Station, Texas.
The match was Houston’s second ever game at Texas A&M University,
with a crowd of 2,383 on hand for the dramatic event. With the loss, the
Dynamo are eliminated from Open Cup contention, while Kansas City
advances to within one game of qualifying for the tournament.
Kansas City’s game-winning goal came two minutes into extra time, as a
pass from Teal Bunbury on the left wing found rookie forward C.J. Sapong
at the top of the box. Sapong turned and curled a right-footed shot
inside the far post.
With no game scheduled for this weekend, Sporting Kansas City played
nine of its 11 starters on Wednesday, while Houston’s lineup contained
only three starters from its game last Saturday against New York.
Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric, making his first appearance of 2011, had
a strong night in net. Deric finished with four saves, including key
stops on Kei Kamara in the sixth minute and Omar Bravo in the 24th
The Dynamo outshot Kansas City 16-13 for the match and forced six saves
from Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, including a key stop on
Houston rookie Will Bruin in second half stoppage time.
Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson made his first appearance of the season
and the 120th start of his Dynamo career in all competitions, the
seventh Houston player to reach that milestone. Additionally, midfielder
Colin Clark and defender Jordan Graye made their debuts in Houston
The Dynamo played without forwards Calen Carr (concussion) and Brian
Ching (rib separation); midfielder Brad Davis (hamstring); and defender
Jermaine Taylor (foot sprain). Additionally, midfielder Geoff Cameron
and defender Andre Hainault were rested.
Next Match: Sunday, April 10, 6 p.m., Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Robertson Stadium