DYNAMO VS SPORTING KANSAS CITY

Tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium, Dynamo host Sporting Kansas City, in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.  It will be the fourth time both teams meet this year, it marks the fifth time both teams have faced one another in the postseason.  Houston holds a 3-3 record for the previous four series.  The Dynamo have an unbeaten streak at home of six gams, after defeating Chicago Fire on Sunday afternoon.  The Dynamo will have to make changes to lineup since  A.J. Delagarza’s injury on Sunday afternoon against Chicago Fire.  He has a torn ACL in his left knee and will not be able to play.  He was crucial in the lineup for the Dynamo,  30 games and three assists this season.   A win would advance Dynamo to the Western Conference Semifinals.

The start of the first half shows how both teams want the first goal, the aggressiveness on both sides is seen by the first yellow card issued to the Dynamo in the 14th minute.  Sporting KC has come close to scoring the first goal a couple of times, including a foul kick when the yellow card was issued to the Dynamo.  Dynamo was issued another yellow card in the 21st minute to Captain Ricardo Clark.  The crowd does not agree with the referee tonight by the sounds of the boos!   The first half ended with Dynamo 0 and Sporting KC 0.

The crowd did not agree with calls made by the referee in the first half, will there be more calls like the first half, crowds boos tell the story.  Sporting KC received a yellow card on #6 Ilie Sanchez for grabbing Elis from behind.  Sporting KC substituted #30 Daniel Salloi for #7 Gerso Fernandes in the 51st minute.  The Dynamo substituted #12 Romell Quioto for #9 Erick “Cubo” Torres in the 73rd minute.  The game has gotten aggressive, there have been three yellow cards issued in the second half of the game within minutes.  Sporting KC was issued two, #6 Ilie Sanchez and #27 Roger Espinoza.  The Dynamo was issued a yellow card to #3 Adolfo Machado.  The game has gone over the 90 minute mark, and still no score by either team.  The Dynamo scored in OT,  with the assistance from #10 Vicente Sanchez (from corner kick), #17 Alberth Elis got the goal.   The score Dynamo 1 and Sporting KC 0 in OT, final score.  The Man of the Match was Vicente Sanchez.  The Dynamo move on to the next round.  The attendance for the game was 14,126.

Santos Hernandez, Senior Writer

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