MLS Cup Playoffs: Did You Ever Really Doubt The Dynamo? 2-1 Winners in NYC
The Houston Dynamo were heavy underdogs going into their second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals match against the New York Red Bulls. To make matters worse, Red Bull Arena, is a place where the Dynamo have yet to win -- their last goal was during a 1-1 tie back on April 2, 2011.
Photo courtesy of Houston Dynamo In a true Dynamo-type performance, the Orange pulled off the 2-1 win over the Red Bulls in NYC.
Yet anyone that has followed this club knows all to well to not bet against the Dynamo when it's "Noodle Time." And has been the custom here in the Bayou City, the Dynamo prevailed in 2-1 over the Red Bulls in extra time.
Here's five things we learned from another come-from-behind victory for the Dynamo.
5. Hall the Wall
He was nearly the scapegoat for the Dynamo's first semi-final round ouster since 2008 -- also against the Red Bulls. Dynamo GK Tally Hall had a huge mental blunder when he punched a loose ball in the box out -- straight to Bradley Wright-Phillips. From six yards out, the NYRB striker easily punched the ball in to give the home side a 3-2 aggregate lead.
Then the center-back pairing of Bobby Boswell and Eric Brunner came to Hall, and told him, "hey, this team has your back; we're gonna get one back for you."
From then on, Hall was a wall behind the net. He finished the game with 8 saves and 2 blocked shots. Even though his early gift to the Red Bulls was costly, he bounced back to be the man of the match.
Sometimes goalkeepers look stupid- but this team has each other's backs and am so proud to be apart of this team, that was fun!— Tally Hall (@tallyhallGK) November 7, 2013
4.The Comeback Kid
It's never too late to save a season, as is being witnessed by Dynamo F Omar Cummings. Relegated to a bench role because of multiple, nagging injuries, Cummings has bounced back to make a name for himself in this post-season.
After a stellar, equalizing goal Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium, Cummings once again came through with the game-winning goal just minutes before the end of the first extra time period.
If you don't believe in karma, try this out for size. In 2008, the Houston Dynamo were the top seed in the Western Conference, and headed into their first round matchup as heavy favorites against the New York Red Bulls. After a 1-1 tie at Giants Stadium, the Dynamo were trounced 3-0 at Robertson Stadium -- thanks in large part to Jamaican international Dane Richards who killed the Dynamo on the flanks.
Forward to 2013, the roles were reversed as the Red Bulls were the heavy favorites after drawing the Dynamo on the road in the first leg. And just like in 2008, it was a Jamaican international who was the difference-maker in this particular match-up.