Dynamo 0, Colorado 0 -- postgame notes

Hall, Dynamo post first shutout since May 14 in second straight road tie

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Jonathan Yardley/HoustonDynamo.com

The
Houston Dynamo earned a second consecutive road tie and posted their first
shutout since May 14 in a 0-0 draw with the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado
Rapids on Sunday night. Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall posted six saves for his
third shutout of the season.

With
the tie, Houston’s lead in the all-time series moved to 8-5-4, including
playoff games. The Dynamo return home for their next three games, league
contests against Toronto FC on July 9 and Sporting Kansas City on July 16 and
the third annual Dynamo Charities Cup against Bolton Wanderers on July 20.

GAME NIGHT:
DYNAMO 0, COLORADO 0

In
Sunday’s match, most of the best offensive opportunities fell to Colorado, with
Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall making several key stops to keep the Rapids off
the scoreboard. Hall’s best stop came in the 80th minute, when he tipped a
close-range Drew Moor header over the crossbar. Hall followed that up with a
dive to his right to save a Quincy Amarikwa shot from a tight angle. Hall also
made a key play in the 44th minute, coming out of goal to deflect a dangerous
cross from Caleb Folan.

For
the Dynamo, the shutout was their third of the season in 18 games and their
first since May 14, breaking a streak of seven consecutive games without a
shutout. Houston is now 0-3-6 in road games this year, earning ties in
two-thirds of the game. The Dynamo have allowed just 10 goals in nine road
games for a 1.11 GA, among the top five in the league.

The
Dynamo used the same lineup as in last week’s tie against D.C. United.
Midfielder Lovel Palmer came on in the 78th minute for his first substitute
appearance of the season. Rookie forward Will Bruin started and played 61
minutes, becoming the only Dynamo player to appear in all 19 games this season
in all competitions.

Midfielder
Brad Davis appeared in his 240th career MLS game. forward Brian Ching made the
145th start of his MLS career, defender Corey Ashe played in his 115th career
MLS game, and midfielder Geoff Cameron played in his 85th career MLS game.

The
Dynamo played without forwards Calen Carr (concussion) and Cam Weaver (hip
strain) and defender Eddie Robinson (MCL sprain).

Next
Match: Saturday, July 9, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. Toronto FC, Robertson Stadium
Reserve
Match (Friendly): Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m., Dynamo vs. Monterrey U-20,
Robertson Stadium