Notebook: Moffat suspended for next match

Midfielder sees red vs. Revolution; Taylor impressive at left back

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MoffatMania will have to take the weekend off. Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat will miss Saturday’s home match against
Real Salt Lake after earning two yellow cards in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with the
New England Revolution. Moffat earned his first yellow card in the 79th minute
for a reckless challenge on Shalrie Joseph, but confusion surrounded his
second.

Moffat fouled Pat Phelan in the waning seconds while chasing a ball out of
bounds. As the final whistle blew, Moffat’s challenge drew the ire of Revs
goalkeeper Matt Reis and a confrontation ensued. While the discipline was not
clear live, after the game it was confirmed that both Moffat and Reis earned an
ejection for their actions.

“No. 16 Adam Moffat of Houston received a second caution for committing an
act which, in the opinion of the referee, shows lack of respect for the game and
was sent off for a second caution offense,” referee Michael Kennedy noted after
the match.

From the referee’s comment, it is not clear if Moffat got the caution for the
foul or the ensuing confrontation with Reis. What is clear is that Houston will
have to replace Moffat — who has not seen defeat in his four starts for Houston
— for a tough match against RSL.

Beating Matt Reis

Breaking through against Reis turned out to be a tall order for the Dynamo.
Reis, who put together a standout six-save performance in a loss to Houston on
April 17, once again brought his “A” game against the Dynamo, seemingly
thwarting the visitor’s at every turn in the 1-1 draw.

Houston dominated possession and created a number of quality chances after
going down a goal four minutes in. But despite nine shots on his goal by the
Dynamo, Reis was equal to the task, making several spectacular saves highlighted
by a point blank stop on a Geoff Cameron rocket.

“We're coming off of four games unbeaten, a couple wins, and tonight we
should have won,” Cameron said. “We dominated the play, had more opportunities,
but Matt [Reis] came up big, had some great saves, and luckily we put the ball
in the back of the net.”

Taylor fits right in

With three games in seven days, Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear dipped into his bench on Wednesday against
the Revs, making three changes to his starting lineup. Among the new faces was
Jermaine Taylor at left back, and the Jamaican international impressed with his
knack for providing service.

“He’s a good player and we’ve said since he got here that one of his best
qualities is passing the ball,” Kinnear said. “His crosses tonight were pretty
dangerous and precise.”

Carr debuts

Forward Calen Carr made his Dynamo debut in the 80th minute, coming on for
Hunter Freeman to add to the attack. Carr has been out due to the lingering
effects of a concussion suffered in the March.

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on
twitter at @Dynamoexaminer.