The Houston Dynamo had a lot to smile about following the team’s 1-1 tie against the Chicago Fire at Houston Baptist University on Thursday night.
Luis Angel Landin made a positive contribution, Cam Weaver found the back of the net and Pat Onstad saved a penalty kick in the game. Not to mention Richard Mulrooney made his first preseason appearance.
Weaver’s goal gave the Dynamo a 1-0 second half lead. It came on a 63rd minute header off Landin’s cross from the left side. The Mexican has overcome some nagging injuries during the preseason and looked good on Thursday night according to reports.
"He came on and he gave us a lift," coach head coach Dominic Kinnear to the Houston Chronicle. "A great ball for the goal and a great header by Cam. I thought it was a good 30 minute for him. I thought when (Landin) got the ball he was very positive in what he was doing. It gave us some good energy."
There were three ejections in the match with Fire defender Deris Umzanzor and midfielder Marco Pappa seeing red for Chicago. Houston’s Eddie Robinson was sent off in the 74th minute.
"You can tell we're getting close to the season now," Weaver said to the Houston Chronicle. "Both teams are fighting for the game with the intensity you'll see for the season."
It was Pappa who equalized in the 71st minute for Chicago on a right-footed blast. But he could not put away the penalty kick that could have won the match for Chicago.