RECAP: Crew vs. Dynamo

Crew, Dynamo battle to frustrating 2-2 draw

Robbie Rogers

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Two second-half penalty kicks by the short-handed Crew’s Andres
Mendoza put the Crew ahead late, but Houston’s Calen Carr capped a
bizarre game with a goal just minutes from time as the teams played to a
2-2 tie in Crew Stadium on Wednesday.

Carr, who entered in the 68th minute, was at the edge of the goal box
and slotted home a cross from Geoff Cameron in the 86th minute to
prevent either side from breaking their respective winless streaks.

The Crew went down to 10 men in the 11th minute when midfielder
Emmanuel Ekpo was sent off for a high forearm to the face of ex-teammate
Adam Moffat, and trailed by a goal after Je-Vaughn Watson’s marker in
the 34th minute.

It was an athletic finish by a leaping Watson that gave the Dynamo
the lead. He went over Chad Marshall near the left post to snap a header
past goalkeeper William Hesmer after taking a pinpoint cross from the
right flank by Jermaine Taylor.

Watson’s first career goal ended the Dynamo’s 213-minute scoreless
streak and was their first against Columbus in 313 minutes, dating back
to Sept. 13, 2009.

Marshall, who had played every minute this season, left the game at halftime with an undisclosed injury.

The Crew, however, stayed compact and were able to get the equalizer just under 20 minutes into the second half.

It came from the spot when referee Chris Penso called a handball on
Cam Weaver after Eric Gehrig sent a hopeful cross into the middle of the
box. Mendoza made no mistake, sending Tally Hall the wrong way to make
it 1-1 in the 64th minute.

The second PK came 12 minutes later. Off a corner kick, the Crew’s
Dilly Duka had a shot lined up but was kicked in the stomach by Watson
and had to leave the game. Penso again pointed to the spot, and Mendoza
collected his 11th of the season to make it 2-1.

That set up Carr’s late heroics. The forward was on the end of a nice
attacking move that saw Cameron sneak onto a slip-pass from Danny Cruz,
then send a low cross to the corner of the six yard box. Carr was able
to turn onto it and lash it into the roof of the net for what would
prove to be the game’s final goal.

Houston was without forwards Brian Ching (groin) and Carlo Costly
(suspension), but defender Bobby Boswell returned from suspension and
forward Will Bruin started in his first appearance since injuring his
left knee July 30. Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Luiz Carmago made his
first MLS start.

Columbus made three changes as defender Shaun Francis and midfielder
Danny O’Rourke, each limited to just one game this year because of
injuries, started for Josh Gardner and Rich Balchan, respectively. Also,
forward Tommy Heinemann replaced Emilio Renteria (concussion). 

The Crew (11-10-7, 41 points) moved a point atop the Eastern Conference over Sporting Kansas City.

Houston (8-9-12, 36) moved into a third-place tie with Philadelphia although the Union has played two fewer matches.

On Saturday, the Crew plays at Philadelphia while Houston hosts San Jose.

Scoring Summary:
HOU -- Je-Vaughn Watson 1 (Jermaine Taylor 1, Adam Moffat 1) 34
CLB -- Andres Mendoza 10 (penalty kick) 64
CLB -- Andres Mendoza 11 (penalty kick) 76
HOU -- Calen Carr 1 (Geoff Cameron 5, Danny Cruz 2) 86

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Jermaine Taylor,
Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe, Je-Vaughn Watson (Danny Cruz
77), Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo (Colin Clark 68), Brad Davis, Cam Weaver,
Will Bruin (Calen Carr 68).

Substitutes Not Used: Hunter Freeman, Jason Garey, Andre Hainault, Tyler Deric.

Columbus Crew -- William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda,
Chad Marshall (Eric Gehrig 46), Julius James, Shaun Francis, Dilly Duka
(Justin Meram 76), Emmanuel Ekpo, Danny O'Rourke, Robbie Rogers, Andres
Mendoza (Dejan Rusmir 89), Tommy Heinemann.

Substitutes Not Used: Rich Balchan, Jeff Cunningham, Josh Gardner, Chris Konopka.

Misconduct Summary:
CLB -- Emmanuel Ekpo (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 11
HOU -- Jermaine Taylor (caution; Reckless Foul) 55
CLB -- Robbie Rogers (caution; Reckless Foul) 67

Referee: Chris Penso
Referee's Assistants: -Steven Taylor; Mike Rottersman
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 10,709
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Cloudy-and-67-degrees