MLS Game Summary - Houston at Kansas City|
(Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Houston 3
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Wizards battled back from
two separate two-goal deficits to top the Houston Dynamo, 4-3, in Major League
Soccer action at CommunityAmerica BallPark on Wednesday night.
Josh Wolff scored the game winner 10 seconds before the final whistle to
propel the Wizards (9-9-6) within three points of the last playoff spot.
The Dynamo (6-14-5), who are uncharacteristically last in the Western table,
jumped out to a 2-0 lead within 35 minutes after goals from Cam Weaver and
Weaver's goal in the 13th minute opened the scoring when he slid to finish a
Mike Chabala cross from the left wing for his second goal of the season.
Oduro put the visitors up 2-0 in the 34th when he ran onto a skip header from
the midfield that sprung him through the defense. He beat goalkeeper Jimmy
Nielsen easily to the right side for his third goal of the season.
But the Wizards pulled a goal back less than a minute later when Craig
Rocastle controlled the ball in the offensive third and played a ball to Kei
Kamara after three defenders converged on him at the top of the box. Kamara
then sliced into the area and beat goalkeeper Pat Onstad with a laser inside
the near post for his 10th goal of the season, a new career high.
But Houston went back up 3-1 on a defensive miscue by Kansas City's Shavar
Thomas in the 37th minute. After a free kick from distance was played to the
right post, Thomas cleared the ball across the Wizards' goalmouth for an easy
tap-in for Adrian Serioux.
The home team pulled itself back within a goal at the hour mark when Onstad
mis-hit a goal-kick right to Wizards rookie Teal Bunbury. Bunbury made him pay
by driving into the area and firing home for his fourth goal of the season.
The Wizards equalized when Serioux gave back the goal he scored earlier with
an own goal in the 72nd minute. The chance was started with a Michael
Harrington cross from the right side to Ryan Smith. Smith's awkward shot on
goal was deflected by Serioux right past his own goalkeeper to tie the game at
That is how it looked like it would end until Wolff scored the winner seven
minutes into stoppage time.
The winner was also set up by a Harrington cross from the right side. Wolff
got his head on the cross and powered it past Onstad for his second goal of
The Wizards, who have a game in hand on the Seattle team they are chasing for
the last playoff spot, host FC Dallas on Saturday. The Hoops are currently on
a 16-game unbeaten run thanks to their own stoppage-time goal to earn a 2-2
draw vs. the visiting New England Revolution on Wednesday.
The Dynamo travel to take on D.C. United on Saturday in its next MLS fixture.
09/22 23:48:28 ET