It was a dream start for RSL with Baird picking off the ball at midfield, sprinting alone to the edge edge of the box, and firing one in only 34 seconds into the contest.
Tomas Martinez found the equalizer in the 32nd minute, pouncing on a rebound that Rimando gave up before slotting a tough-angle shot past the veteran goalkeeper.
Thomas McNamara, meanwhile, was unlucky not to score in the first half for the Dynamo, who were already eliminated from playoff contention. The Houston midfielder had one goal disallowed for offside after Video Review and another that bounced off the post before being saved off the line by RSL defender Aaron Herrera in dramatic fashion.
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- 1' — RSL — Corey Baird | WATCH
- 32' — HOU — Tomas Martinez | WATCH
- 75' — RSL — Jefferson Savarino | WATCH
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
: The Dynamo might not have thought they were in danger of giving up a goal when
played a ball to
, who passed it over to Savarino. But with sublime skill, the Venezuelan striker turned a seemingly benign buildup into the game’s decisive moment.