The Houston Dynamo bounced back from a rough midweek loss on Sunday, beating Real Salt Lake 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The game, postponed to Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather on Saturday, was thoroughly controlled by the hosts, but through the first two-thirds of the match, it appeared the day would be marked by a plethora of missed opportunities and near misses by Houston.
But after seeing chance after chance go begging, the Dynamo found the breakthrough in the 65th minute, as Joe Willis' punt downfield bounced through a group of players, with Giles Barnes running onto the ball before taking it down and slotting it past Jeff Attinella.
Houston Dynamo (3-6-2; 11 points) vs. Real Salt Lake (5-3-2; 17 points)
MLS Regular Season
May 15, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Houston Dynamo: Giles Barnes 4 (Joe Willis 1) 65
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; Sheanon Williams, David Horst, Agus, DaMarcus Beasley; Alex, Ricardo Clark; Andrew Wenger (Leonel Miranda 67), Cristián Maidana, Giles Barnes © (Will Bruin 90+3); Erick Torres (Boniek García 77)
Substitutes Not Used: Calle Brown, David Rocha, Collen Warner, Jalil Anibaba
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Giles Barnes, Erick Torres tied with 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Giles Barnes 3); FOULS: 13 (Ricardo Clark 4); OFFSIDES: 5 (Giles Barnes 2); CORNER KICKS: 9 (Cristián Maidana 9); SAVES: 0
Real Salt Lake: Jeff Attinella; Tony Beltran, Jámison Olave, Justen Glad, Chris Wingert (Jordan Allen 75); John Stertzer (Luke Mulholland 74), Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman ©; Juan Manuel Martínez (Olmes García 82), Yura Movsisyan, Joao Plata
Substitutes Not Used: Nick Rimando, Devon Sandoval, Phanuel Kavita, Sunny
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Kyle Beckerman 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; FOULS: 13 (Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Joao Plata 2); SAVES: 2 (Jeff Attinella 2)
HOU: Alex (caution) 31
RSL: Tony Beltran (caution) 81
Referee: Juan Guzman
Assistant Referees: Eric Boria, Adam Garner
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi