By LEOPOLDO PONCE
HOUSTON — A week after being the hero who led the Houston Dynamo to a season-opening victory, Tyler Deric transformed roles on Friday night, playing the goat after a costly blunder.
A long back-pass from David Horst reached Deric with Pedro Ribeiro running at him. Deric took a bad touch, allowing Ribeiro to pounce and get in behind him with a chance at a goal. Deric attempted to punch the ball away before Ribeiro could head it, but punched the ball into his own net for the only goal in a 1-0 loss at BBVA Compass Stadium.
A 55th-minute substitute, Ribeiro helped create the own goal by pressuring Horst into laying it back to Deric, then hustling to chase Deric down and force the turnover.
“People give up chasing the keeper because nine times out of 10 nothing comes of it, so the fact that put he put the work in was his reward for it,” Orlando City coach Adrian Heath said of Ribeiro, who earned 34 minutes after failing to make the team’s bench for its season opener.
“He has forced himself into the 18 this week. He’s worked really hard in training and he reaped the rewards”
On a night when Orlando City created more chances and had more of the ball, the Dynamo had to rely on Deric to keep them in the match for a second straight week, and Deric looked up to the task early on. A pair of saves on Kaka helped keep Houston in the battle on a night when the Dynamo attack managed zero shots on goal.
Houston’s closest chances at equalizing came at the 86th minute off of a Brad Davis corner that Giles Barnes ended up sending over the crossbar, and again during stoppage time when Will Bruin ended up shooting a ball wide.
Houston controlled possession during the first few minutes of the half as the game turned into a battle in the midfield. Luis Garrido and Jermaine Taylor did a good job of limiting Kaka.
The Brazilian star still managed to make his mark, nearly scoring a free kick goal for the second straight week, only to have Deric deny his goal-bound shot with a diving save in the 39th minute.
The Dynamo’s best scoring opportunity came after Seb Hines tried to play a pass through his own penalty area. Brad Davis pounced on the bad pass, but sent his shot well over the bar.
Deric’s own goal spoiled what had been another strong showing in goal. Along with denying a Kaka free kick, Deric also stopped another Kaka chance in the second half by using his knee to block an attempted shout through the legs.
Houston was close to equalizing the game in the 86th minute off of Brad Davis corner that Giles Barnes ends up heading over the crossbar.
Next week, the Dynamo travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy, while Orlando City plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps at the Citrus Bowl on Saturday.