Dynamo dispose of Wizards
The Kansas City Wizards endured a frustrating outing in a 3-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo Saturday night at Robertson Stadium in Houston.
Luis Angel Landin, Brian Mullan and rookie Samuel Appiah scored for the Dynamo, while Wizards captain Davy Arnaud was sent off midway through the first half.
Things started quite well for Kansas City, as Kei Kamara nearly put the Wizards on top in the opening stages of the game. He latched on to a through ball on a breakaway, but his shot at the Dynamo goal went just wide of the near post.
The Dynamo had their first good chance of the game 17 minutes in when Matt Besler brought down midfielder Brian Mullan just outside of the Wizards’ penalty area. Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis took the ensuing freekick, with his swerving effort skipping narrowly wide of the goalmouth, bouncing off the near post and out of play.
Houston would get on the board midway through the first half. With the defensive line pushed high, Dominic Oduro fed a pass to Luis Angel Landin with open space between him and the Kansas City goal. Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen came out to cut down the angle, but Landin chipped a shot over Nielsen and into the back of the net.
Kansas City was dealt another blow in the first half with the sending off of midfielder and captain Davy Arnaud in the 34th minute. The incident occurred when Onstad came out early to gather a loose ball in the center of the penalty area while Arnaud gave chase. Terry Vaughn elected to eject Arnaud for what transpired during the 50/50 ball with Onstad.
The Wizards managed to create chances despite being a man down, with Kamara testing Onstad on a snap header from a Michael Harrington cross in the 35th minute.
Houston nearly doubled their advantage at the start of the second half, as Oduro and Landin worked a nice one-two before cutting the ball across the box for Corey Ashe. Ashe’s shot was on target, but Nielsen punched the ball away.
The Dynamo scored their second goalin the 52nd minute, as Landin fed Brian Mullan on a breakaway. Mullan took a touch and rifled a shot that found its way between the legs of Besler, ricocheting past the outstretched arms of Nielsen into the back of the net.
Oduro had a golden opportunity to increase Houston’s lead in the 59th minute as he found himself one on one with Nielsen with nobody within 20 yards of either player. Oduro juked past Nielsen in the box and attempted a low rolling finish from a tight angle that bounced off the post. Oduro then took control of the rebound and lofted a cross in the box for the onrushing Landin. Landin’s first header was blocked by Besler, and his second attempt at a finish was denied by a diving point-blank reaction save from Nielsen.
The Dynamo had another breakaway opportunity in the 66th minute as Oduro fed Brian Mullan on a counterattack from a Kansas City corner kick. Fortunately for the Wizards, Mullan’s effort went wide of Nielsen’s far post.
Rookie midfielder Samuel Appiah gave Houston the icing on the cake in the 87th minute, finishing a good cross from Dominic Oduro after he slid behind the Wizards defense.
The Wizards will look to bounce back from the defeat at 6 p.m. Wednesday when they travel to RFK Stadium in Washington to take on D.C. United.