The Houston Dynamo had to work hard for that point. Really hard.
Despite playing more than 45 minutes down a man, the Dynamo buckled down on defense after the half and gutted out a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on Sunday night. The match was originally set for Saturday, but had to be postponed because of thunderstorms and the danger of lightning.
Houston were reduced to 10 men in the closing seconds of the first half, when left back Abdoulie Mansally was issued a straight red for hauling down Sebastian Giovinco just outside the penalty area, a denial of goalscoring opportunity foul.
Cristián Maidana gave the hosts a 1-0 led in the 8th minute, but Jozy Altidore hammered home Giovinco's corner kick in the 24th minute -- Altidore's third goal in four matches -- to pull the match level in the 24th.
Toronto FC (10-7-7; 37 points) at Houston Dynamo (4-10-9; 21 points)
MLS Regular Season
Sunday, August 14, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
HOU: Cristián Maidana 3 (Mauro Manotas 1) 8
TOR: Jozy Altidore 3 (Sebastian Giovinco 11) 24
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; Sheanon Williams, Jalil Anibaba, Abdoulie Mansally; Collen Warner; Andrew Wenger (Raúl Rodriguez 45), Alex, Cristián Maidana (Ricardo Clark 64), Boniek Garcia ©; Mauro Manotas (Will Bruin 82)
Unused substitutes: Calle Brown, Jose Escalante, Eric Alexander, Keyner Brown
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Mauro Manotas 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Mauro Manotas, Cristián Maidana tied with 2); FOULS: 5 (Abdoulie Mansally 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Mauro Manotas 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Cristián Maidana 3); SAVES: 3 (Joe Willis 3)
Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Josh Williams, Drew Moor, Nick Hagglund; Mark Bloom (Jay Chapman 16), Marco Delgado, Michael Bradley ©, Jonathan Osorio, Justin Morrow (Ashtone Morgan 41); Jozy Altidore (Tosaint Ricketts 71), Sebastian Giovinco
Unused Substitutes: Will Johnson, Jordan Hamilton, Tsubasa Endoh, Quillan Roberts
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Sebastian Giovinco 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Jozy Altidore 2); FOULS: 9 (Michael Bradley, Jay Chapman tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Sebastian Giovinco 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Sebastian Giovinco 4); SAVES: 4 (Alex Bono 4)
HOU: Abdoulie Mansally (ejection) 45+2
TOR: Michael Bradley (caution) 82
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: James Conlee, Apolinar Mariscal
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo