D.C. United v Houston Dynamo, April 2015

On Saturday D.C. United faced the Houston Dynamo for their only regular season meeting in 2015. Fresh off the disappointment of losing a 2 goal lead to the New York Red Bulls last weekend, United were out for a win to move them ahead of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings, and tie their best ever points total after six games since the MLS started.

D.C. United fans began by taunting the away support with a banner indicating how difficult it was going to be for the Houston Dynamo to score past United's keeper - Bill HamidBill Hamid Poster

...who wasn't playing thanks to a thigh contusion suffered in the game the week before. The keeper for the game was therefore Andrew Dykstra, which rendered the message on the banner mootAndrew Dykstra

The game began as a fairly scrappy midfield affairDC United Houston Dynamo

With neither side being able to move too far from the otherBobby Boswell

or able to find a way to break throughPerry Kitchen dribbling

Houston did manage a few shots on goal, but they were either handled by the defenseTaylor Kemp header

or by the stand in keeper, Andrew Dykstragoalmouth scramble

leading to a certain level of frustration for the Dynamo forwardsBrad Davis Houston

On D.C. United's first shot on goal, from a Chris Rolfe free kick in the 36th minute, they opened the scoring, and pressed forward in an effort to double their advantageChris Pontius

As the 2nd half began, D.C, continued to press forward into the Houston halfHouston penalty area

with players like Davy Arnaud pointing the way to goalDavy Arnaud

Once again, no quarter was given, as players clashed in the middle of the fieldSoccer player head injury

But eventually the pendulum began to swing Houston's wayRicardo Clark

which meant that D.C. United had to play more defensively than beforeSean Franklin shirt tugging

as Houston pushed further forward attempting to score the equalizerHouston Dynamo attack

which eventually arrived in the 65th minute when Houston #13 Ricardo Clark took advantage of a rebound from a Dykstra save from a Will Bruin shotRicardo Clark

D.C. United coach, Ben Olsen was understandably not thrilled by his team throwing a lead away for the 2nd game in successionBen Olsen

As the game moved towards full time, United pressed forward attempting to restore their advantageChris Pontius shoots

But were unable to find a way past Houston Dynamo keeper Tyler DericTyler Deric Nick DeLeon

So as the final whistle blew, the score was 1-1, which certainly put a smile on the face of the Houston Dynamo head coach, Owen CoyleOwen Coyle