Sunday, April 10, 2016

Houston and Seattle battle to draw in MLS action at BBVA Compass Stadium

Alex Monteiro De Lima (14) goes up for a header versus Seattle.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 10, 2016) The Houston Dynamo scored with 10 minutes remaining in the first half and held on until added time in the second half when the Seattle Sounders scored the equalizer to tie the score a 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, April 10, 2016. With the draw, the Dynamo moved to 1-2-2 for the season, while Seattle posts a 1-3-1 record. The draw was the second of the season at home for Houston and raised their season point to four.

The Dynamo goal, which came in the 35th minute, was scored by forward Giles Barnes and was the second of the season for the Houston captain. The assist was credited to defender Jaili Anibaba, his first for 2016. The draw was the fourth all-time for the Dynamo against the Sounders, with Houston remaining unbeaten against Seattle in Houston. They have three home wins against Seattle in six meetings, with three games ending in a draw. In their last matchup, they battled to a 1-1 draw on October 18, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The draw was also the second for Houston head coach Owen Coyle against Seattle, who now posts a 0-1-2 record against the Sounders.

In the final seconds of the four-minute added time, Seattle forward Oalex Anderson sent a pass from the far post to defender Chad Marshall, who tapped it past Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis for the draw. The goal was Marshall’s first of the season and Anderson’s assist was his first of 2016.

Next up for the Houston Dynamo will be a rare Friday evening game, on April 15 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT in Houston, The Sounders will host Philadelphia in their next match, on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

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