Houston (CBS Houston) – Chris Wondolowski and Alex’s goals lead to a 1-1 draw between the Dynamo and San Jose.
In a much anticipated first meeting between Wade Barrett, and his former head coach Dominic Kinnear, the tie was fitting. The match was perhaps the first of many meetings between two men that have great respect for one another.
With the Giles Barnes trade Saturday night and injuries to several Dynamo regulars, Barrett went back to a 4-1-4-1 formation instead of the 4-4-2 formation he deployed last week.
Ricardo Clark reached a milestone in the sixth minute as he surpassed the 25 thousand minute mark in his MLS career.
In the 40th minute Alex picked up a yellow card, which will force him to be suspended one game by the MLS for yellow card accumulation.
Alex made up for it in additional time as he fired a shot past David Bingham to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead just before halftime. The goal was the second this season for Alex.
The Dynamo dominated the first half leading the possession battle 60 percent to 40 percent and scoring the only goal in the first 45 minutes.
With the Dynamo not allowing a goal into the 55th minute the club set a new record for the longest span of time without allowing an MLS goal at home. The streak dates back to April 15 when the club lost to the LA Galaxy.
San Jose came out in the second half as aggressors creating opportunities early, and finally got a breakthrough in the 59th minute when Chris Wondolowski scored the equalizing goal.
With the goal Wondolowski became just the second player in MLS history to score against every team in the MLS. Kei Kamara is the only other player to have achieved the feat.
For about 10 minutes after the goal, San Jose continued to attack and came close on multiple chances to score the go ahead goal.
With the help from the substitutes the Dynamo would eventually calm the storm, and then had a flurry of chances themselves, but would fall short of scoring the winning goal.
The Dynamo now are 4-9-8 (20 points) with the draw and San Jose moved to 6-6-9 (26 points).
A third and final meeting between the clubs comes in just weeks, as they will meet in San Jose August 19.