Houston Dynamo satisfied with a draw at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, thanks to Tally Hall’s saves
Although Houston Dynamo came out of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with just one point, the score line did boost their hopes for the next three home games. The Orange managed to end the away game against Colorado Rapids in a scoreless draw on Sunday, July 3.
As both teams shared the richly spoils of the stalemate, Houston’s goalkeeper Tally Hall showed the Man of the Match performance in front of the manager Dominic Kinnear.
“He commanded the box well and caught some good crosses,” said Kinnear. “He commanded the back four well and he had some really good saves.”
The custodian kept the Rapids at bay with seven shots saved in the game. The player made a good comeback against the reigning MLS Cup champions in the away game. He had conceded four goals in the home fixture against the Rapids exactly a month ago.
The early goal leaked and a mistake made in the second half had made him media’s target in the open. However, the player redeemed himself and got his team out of the toughest ground for Houston.
The Orange had never notched a win at Commerce City before nor had they managed a deadlock but Hall’s splendid performance turned the table around the champions.
However, the offensive duo comprised of Brian Ching and Will Bruin was still struggling in the final third. The players lacked in communication and were unable to test Matt Pickens in the whole 90-minute stint.
The fact that Pickens was not bothered with any shots at goal was another reason why Hall was prominent in the field.
Where the hosts managed 14 shots including seven on target, the visitors could not attempt a single time in both halves.
“I think we missed our final touch tonight and that hurt us in the final third, but defensively we were OK and that really helped,” Kinnear said. “Any time you have a shutout you have the goalkeeper and defence playing well and that’s a good thing.”
In addition, the midfield was bossed by the Rapids accumulating to a 60 percent ball possession with 75 percent coming in the first half.
Die Oranje’s manager was content with the feat of his player. Given the tough ground and away crowd while playing against one of top flights of the league, the tactician was pleased with the away point.
However, the coach stressed on winning the upcoming home games against Toronto FC, Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC. Currently tied at 4th position with DC United, the pressure is off the Orange that ended in the bottom half last season
but with playoffs on their minds, wins have to keep coming.