After an 18th minute red card to Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric, it was Kei Kamara who became the hero of the match, as he slotted home the penalty kick.
Lifting his team on his shoulders, Kamara gave the home team a much needed win, their second win of the season. A well played match between both teams, more so for Crew SC, saw the visitors get handed their fourth loss in five matches.
Deric's debut gets cut short
It was nothing but a dream after Tyler Deric saw his season debut get cut short just after 18 minutes. After battling injury, Deric made his season debut tonight against Columbus Crew SC. Deric saw a red card in the 18th minute after he took down Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuain inside the box.
Many of the Houston Dynamo protested towards referee Kevin Stott, pleading that the challenge was not disallowing a clear goal scoring opportunity. Stott had a word with assistant referee Danny Thornberry, and the call stood. Deric would exit the match, making backup goalkeeper Joe Willis the man to call upon.
Being thrown into a tough situation -- such as your first shot against you is a penalty kick, -- Willis came up huge for the Dynamo the rest of the game, denying multiple goal scoring opportunities from a high attacking Crew SC offense. To keep the score 1-0, Willis came up huge with a save on a Justin Meram free kick, just about 25 yards out.
From a Crew SC perspective, this game is just what you needed. After taking the lead, the team was nonstop on the back heels of the Dynamo back line. “The game plan was to get behind the line” said Crew SC midfielder Justin Meram. Maybe a little too much, as the eager attackers were constantly flagged offside. But that didn’t stop them from constantly making runs and having goal scoring chances throughout the rest of the match.
A very physical first half was quickly dimmed down in the second half, which caused the Dynamo to play more defensively. Houston though had a couple goal scoring opportunities.
In the 68th minute, Agus nailed a header past Steve Clark and defender Tyson Wahl, but unfortunately the ball would be headed just wide of the target. Another great chance came at the end of the match, in the 93rd minute of play, when the Dynamo earned a last gasping corner kick, causing Joe Willis to leave his box and play the field, hoping to have their “fairytale ending.” Andrew Wenger would, however, shoot the well over the net as the ref blew for full time.
“I’m proud of the team because I think it was a very professional performance” said head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter. “You have the tendency to get sloppy and to maybe get discouraged when you don’t get that second goal up a man, but I think it was a very professional performance and we really didn’t give them anything” he went on to say.
Columbus Crew SC travel to the Pacific Northwest again, to face the Seattle Sounders away from home. Houston will play home to Real Salt Lake next Saturday, April 30th.