By IVES GALARCEP
When it became clear a week ago that the Houston Dynamo would be without starting centerbacks Bobby Boswell (suspension) and Jermaine Taylor (injured), their looming trip to Sporting Park to take on Sporting KC suddenly looked like too tall a task.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall had other ideas, turning in the kind of effort that reminded us why he has been called in as part of the U.S. Men’s National Team upcoming World Cup qualifying set-up.
Hall made four important saves to keep Sporting KC from taking all three points on Sunday, but he couldn’t keep out Kei Kamara’s second-half equalizer as the Dynamo and Sporting played to a 1-1 draw in the latest installment of one of the league’s budding rivalries.
The Dynamo looked primed for an upset win when they took a 1-0 lead just before halftime courtesy of a Brad Davis finish off a quality pass from Will Bruin. That game came soon after the match official waived off an initial penalty call against Sporting KC for what replays showed was a clean tackle from Uri Rosell.
Peter Vermes brought on Kamara in the second half and he paid dividends soon after, heading home a Claudio Bieler pass to tie the match.
Sporting pressed for a winner, but Hall kept the match tied and left the Eastern Conference foes with a point each.
Here are the match highlights: