Kandji opens scoring account as Dynamo draw San Jose in preseason friendly
The Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes drew 2-2 Tuesday morning at Oxnard College in Onxard, Calif. Macoumba Kandji and Will Bruin scored the goals for Houston as the Dynamo wrapped up their west coast training camp.
The Dynamo struck first in the 5th minute off of some great build-up play. To start the attack, Bobby Boswell sent the ball out wide to Kofi Sarkodie. The second-year defender turned and found Adam Moffat in the middle of the field. Moffat looped the ball to Bruin who beat Earthquakes defender Ike Opara to the ball and headed it behind the defense to Kandji. The Dynamo newcomer took one touch and fired the ball into the upper right-hand corner past goalkeeper Jon Busch.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was forced into action in the 11th minute when former Dynamo striker Chris Wondolowski found himself on the end of a Rafael Baca cross. Wondolowski one-timed the cross from the six-yard box but Hall deflected the ball away for a corner kick.
The Earthquakes evened the match in the 30th minute. Wondolowski took advantage of a defensive lapse and dribbled at Hall. The San Jose striker beat Hall off the dribble, but hesitated on the shot, which allowed center back Geoff Cameron to sprint back and block his attampt. The ball caromed out wide, where Ramiro Corrales controlled the ball and sent it back into the box. This time, Wondolowski did not miss and he headed the equalizer past Hall.
Houston re-took the lead in the 51st minute. Rookie midfielder Eder Arreola took a touch around his defender and sprinted toward the San Jose penalty box. The UCLA product played the ball across the box and Bruin one-timed it into the net.
San Jose controlled the run of play in the second half and found their equalizer in the 78th minute. Akron product Anthony Ampaipitakwong snuck behind the Dynamo back line and received a pass from Khari Stephenson. Ampaipitakwong took one touch and poked the ball past second half goalkeeper Tyler Deric.
Houston finished its preseason trip to California with a 2-1-1 record. The Dynamo will return home and train Thursday and Friday before taking on Southern Methodist University in a scrimmage on Saturday. Kick off is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes
February 14, 2012 – Oxnard College
HOU – Macoumba Kandji (Will Bruin) 5
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Ramiro Corrales) 30
HOU – Will Bruin (Eder Arreola) 51
SJ – Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Khari Stephenson) 78
Houston Dynamo – Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46), Kofi Sarkodie (Warren Creavalle 46), Geoff Cameron (Jermaine Taylor 46), Bobby Boswell (Nathan Sturgis 46), Corey Ashe (Oscar Recio 46), Emerson Sato (Brian Ownby 46), Adam Moffat (Josue Soto 46), Je-Vaughn Watson (Philip Aseweh 46, Luiz Camargo 67), Colin Clark (Eder Arreola 46, Dan Roberts 80), Macoumba Kandji (Colin Rolfe 46, Philip Aseweh 86), Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 59).
San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour (Lyle Martin 62), Ike Opara, Jason Hernandez (Victor Bernardez 46), Ramiro Corrales (Justin Morrow 62), Marvin Chavez (Ellis McLoughlin 69), Jean-Marc Alexandre (Brad Ring 62), Rafael Baca (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 69), Tressor Moreno (Khari Stephenson 46), Shea Salinas (Jaime Salas 46), Chris Wondolowski (Sercan Guvenisik 62).