Reserves shut out KC, close season with win
The Houston Dynamo Reserves completed their season with a 2-0 shutout of Sporting Kansas City Tuesday morning at the Swope Park training complex in Kansas City, Mo. Goalkeeper Tyler Deric earned his Reserve League-leading sixth shutout in 10 games and made at least five saves for Houston, while rookie Alex Dixon and Colin Clark scored Dynamo goals. Houston finished the season with a 6-4 record, second in the Central/Mountain Division of the MLS Reserve League.
Deric made four saves in the first 25 minutes, stopping Milos Stojcev twice (including a great stop from close-range) and Soony Saad on Kansas City chances. The Dynamo then went in front in the 27th minute, as Dixon picked up the ball in the center circle, dribbled past two defenders to reach the penalty area, and tucked a low shot into the left corner of the net from a tight angle.
Kansas City nearly tied the game in the 36th minute when Lawrence Olum struck the post from close range after a cross from Jeferson.
Houston responded by going ahead 2-0 in the 42nd minute, with Danny Cruz starting the attack on the right sideline and feeding Will Bruin outside the penalty area. Bruin dribbled past a defender, then switched the ball to the far side of the penalty area. Clark arrived, took a terrific first touch to get around a defender, and calmly fired a low shot past Kronberg.
Chances continued to come in the second half for Sporting Kansas City, but the Dynamo defense withstood the pressure for the shutout. Deric made saves on Shavar Thomas and a Michael Harrington cross, while Dynamo Academy defender Bradley Bourgeois used his chest to block a shot in six-yard box in the 73rd minute.
Houston Dynamo Reserves (6-4-0) vs. Sporting Kansas City Reserves (3-4-2)
October 18, 2011 -- Swope Park, Kansas City, MO
MLS Reserve League -- Central/Mountain Division
HOU -- Alex Dixon 1 (unassisted) 28
HOU -- Colin Clark 1 (Will Bruin 1) 42
Houston Dynamo -- Tyler Deric, Kofi Sarkodie, Hunter Freeman, Jermaine Taylor, Josue Soto, Danny Cruz (Francisco Navas Cobo 63), Je-Vaughn Watson, Alex Dixon, Colin Clark, Will Bruin (Bradley Bourgeois 46), Jason Garey.
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Newton, Christian Gonzalez.
Sporting Kansas City -- Eric Kronberg, Michael Harrington, Lawrence Olum, Shavar Thomas, Korede Aiyegbusi (Nicholas Gonzalez 77), Craig Rocastle, Birahim Diop, Jeferson, Kevin Ellis, Soony Saad, Milos Stojcev (Scott Lorenz 54).
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Edvin Worley.
KC -- Birahim Diop (caution; Reckless Foul) 55
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial