The Houston Dynamo improved to 3-2 in MLS Reserve League play with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids Tuesday morning at Robertson Stadium. Dynamo rookie Kofi Sarkodie scored the game's only goal in the 76th minute to break the deadlock.
The game's best early scoring chance fell to Colorado's Michael Holody in the 14th minute after a Danny Earls corner kick, but Holody's shot was cleared off the goal line by Houston defender Corey Ashe.
Houston's best chance early in the second half came in the 54th minute when Josue Soto slipped a pass into the penalty area for left back Mike Chabala, but his close-range shot was saved by Colorado goalkeeper Ian Joyce, who finished with five saves.
The Dynamo controlled the second half, outshooting Colorado 10-3, and finally took the lead in the 76th minute when Francisco Navas Cobo stole the ball on the right and passed to Sarkodie at the right corner of the penalty area. Sarkodie dribbled past one defender, juked onto his left foot, and rolled a shot inside the far post.
Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric made two saves and dealt with several crosses and long balls, including a late collision at the top of the penalty area, to earn his third shutout and the Dynamo's third 1-0 win of the reserve season. The Dynamo Reserves are not scheduled to play again until August 21, when they will host Real Salt Lake.
Colorado Rapids (0-4-1) vs. Houston Dynamo (3-2-0)
June 07, 2011 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
MLS Reserve League -- Central/Mountain Division
HOU -- Kofi Sarkodie 1 (unassisted) 76
Colorado Rapids -- Ian Joyce, Eddie Ababio (Mike Lind 46), Michael Holody, Scott Palguta (Ricardo Perez 76), Danny Earls, Josh Janniere, Steven Emory (James Rogers 86), Ross LaBauex, Brian Mullan (Kyle Christenson 46), Sterling Copeland, Andre Akpan.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Sharpe.
Houston Dynamo -- Tyler Deric, Kofi Sarkodie, Eddie Robinson, Jordan Graye, Corey Ashe (Mike Chabala 46), Francisco Navas Cobo, Josue Soto, Alex Dixon, Ábe Matamoros, Chance Bergen (Will Bruin 66), Jason Garey.
Substitutes Not Used: Jorge Andrade, Danny Cruz, Tally Hall, Erick Tello.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial