Houston (CBS Houston) – The Dynamo play to a 1-1 draw against Colorado to finish the season with five straight games on the road without a defeat.
Colorado began MLS Decision Day two points behind FC Dallas in the race for the Supporters’ Shield and with a win, and an FC Dallas loss, could have claimed the coveted crown.
All the MLS matches started at the same time, and despite FC Dallas gaining one point in a 0-0 draw against the LA Galaxy to clinch the Supporter’s Shield, the Dynamo spoiled any hopes Colorado had.
With interim head coach Wade Barrett’s future up in the air, he rolled out a traditional lineup with the intent to win.
Andrew Wenger helped those intentions in the 20th minute when he scored his sixth goal of the season, off a rebound of a Tim Howard save.
Mauro Manotas sent a short cross into the box that was deflected by a defender and towards Howard. Howard got a hand on it, but led to the Wenger goal. Wenger and Manotas both finished with six goals on the season to lead the club.
Shkelzen Gashi would level the match, and produce the game’s last goal, in the 67th minute. Shortly after an outstanding chance by the Dynamo to take a two goal lead, Colorado was able to get an advantage on a counter attack.
Marlon Hairston’s pass got by Jalil Anibaba and Keyner Brown, and Gashi was able to finish off the goal. Sheanon Williams’ was marking Gashi and had good position, but slipped on the pitch just as the pass was approaching.
With the draw, Colorado (15-6-13, 58 points) finishes in second place in the Western Conference, and will get an opening round bye in the MLS Playoffs. More impressively the Rapids became just the fifth team in MLS history to finish a season without a home loss.
The 2016 season will be one to forget for the Dynamo (7-13-13, 34 points) as they finish in last place in the Western Conference.
With the offseason starting now for the club, it’ll be interesting to say the least. A decision is needed on Wade Barrett, will the club lift the interim label, or move forward in their coaching search? How will the Dynamo spend the cap money that they cleared up with roster moves in the summer transfer window, notably the Giles Barnes trade? And will they hit on their early first round draft pick?
Everyone in the organization will be the first to tell you that missing the postseason isn’t excusable, and with the questions looming over the club heading into the offseason, it promises to be one of the most important few months in Dynamo history.