DaMarcus Beasley gave the Houston Dynamo a first half lead, but Octavio Rivero equalized for the Vancouver Whitecaps early in the second half as both teams settled for a 1-1 draw Saturday at BC Place.
Houston jumped ahead in the 20th minute on Beasley’s first goal of the season. Alex threaded a perfect ball to Beasley, who cut back on a sliding Tim Parker before lifting the ball into the net from eight yards out.
Both teams were reduced to 10 men when Alex and Pedro Morales were both given straight red cards for an altercation three minutes from halftime.
The Whitecaps leveled in the 52nd minute on Rivero’s second goal of the season. Cristian Techera’s corner was flicked on and Rivero latched onto the ball and sent a half volley inside the near post to tie the match at one.
Things heated up again with a little less than a quarter hour remaining. First Mauro Manotas headed off the crossbar from the edge of the six and then Tyler Deric did well to parry away a Techera opportunity before diving to knock away a Kekuta Manneh cross for a corner.
Not to be outdone by his rival goalkeeper, David Ousted made a stunning save four minutes from full time, tipping a David Horst header off the crossbar.
Houston Dynamo (3-7-3; 12 points) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-6-3; 21 points)
MLS Regular Season
May 28, 2016—BC Place— Vancouver, British Colombia
HOU: DaMarcus Beasley 1 (Lima 2, Boniek García) 20
VAN: Octavio Rivero 2 (unassisted) 52
Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; Sheanon Williams, David Horst, Raul Rodriguez, DaMarcus Beasley; Andrew Wenger, Ricardo Clark, Collen Warner, Boniek Garcia (Leonel Miranda 74), Alex Lima; Will Bruin (Mauro Manotas 61)
Unused substitutes: Joe Willis, Agus Garcia, Jalil Anibaba, David Rocha, Cristian Maidana
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Mauro Manotas 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (DaMarcus Beasley, David Horst tied with 1); FOULS: 14 (Sheanon Williams, Ricardo Clark, Andrew Wenger, Will Bruin, Mauro Manotas tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Leonel Miranda 2); SAVES: 6
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: David Ousted; Jordan Smith, Andrew Jacobson, Tim Parker, Jordan Harvey; Cristian Techera (Erik Hurtado 79), Matias Laba, Russell Teibert (Kianz Froese 90), Pedro Morales; Kekuta Manneh (Nicolas Mezquida 90); Octavio Rivero
Unused substitutes: Paolo Tornaghi, Sam Adekugbe, Cole Seiler, Marco Bustos
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Kekuta Manneh 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Kekuta Manneh, Octavio Rivero tied with 2); FOULS: 18 (Matias Laba 5); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 7 (Cristian Techera 6); SAVES: 1
VAN: Jordan Smith (caution) 22
VAN: Russell Teibert (caution) 40
VAN: Pedro Morales (ejection) 43
HOU: Alex Lima (ejection) 43
HOU: Boniek Garcia (caution) 51
VAN: Matias Laba (caution) 67
HOU: Andrew Wenger (caution) 69
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Jonathan Johnson
Fourth Official: Baboucarr Jallow