Houston, TX (Sports Network) - D.C. United failed to keep pace at the top of
the Eastern Conference on Sunday, suffering a 4-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo
at BBVA Compass Stadium.
But after 17 minutes of play, it was always going to be difficult for United.
The visitors put together a good first 15 minutes of the contest, but
everything unraveled in the 17th when United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was sent
off for bringing down Houston's Macoumba Kandji inside the penalty area.
From there, Brad Davis converted the subsequent penalty kick and Will Bruin
netted his 10th goal of the season before halftime to make it 2-0.
Houston had plenty of chances to stretch its lead after the break and found
the net twice more with Oscar Garcia and Brian Ching providing the goals.
The win keeps a good stretch of results going for the Dynamo, who have earned
eight points from their last four games.
United entered the contest having won five of six matches, but falls three
points back of leaders Sporting Kansas City in the East.
Hamid's red card was surely the biggest talking point of the match, and
substitute goalkeeper Joe Willis was unable to keep out the spot kick from
Davis, who tucked his shot just inside the right post.
Davis nearly beat Willis again a few minutes later but the goalkeeper tipped
the shot off the crossbar.
Luiz Camargo set up the second goal, which arrived in the 37th minute, when he
got to the end line and pulled the ball back for Bruin to finish off from six
Garcia found the net shortly after the hour mark when he headed home a nice
right-wing cross from Andre Hainault, who picked out the forward at the back
Calen Carr struck the post in the 70th minute for the Dynamo, but Ching capped
the scoring in the 89th minute when he converted from the penalty spot after
Carr was brought down inside the area.
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