Houston Dynamo rally for playoff tie against Red Bulls
HOUSTON -- Ricardo Clark and Omar Cummings scored in the second half to lead Houston back from a two-goal halftime deficit, lifting the Dynamo into a 2-2 tie against the top-seeded Red Bulls in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday.
The second part is Wednesday at New York.
Cummings, a second-half substitute, tied it in the 92nd minute when he tapped the ball in from just outside the net. Bobby Boswell's header was stopped by New York goalkeeper Luis Robles, but Cummings sent the rebound inside the near post.
Clark scored in the 51st minute when the Red Bulls were unable to clear the ball away and he sent it through traffic and inside the near post.
The Dynamo played the final 25 minutes with a man advantage after the Red Bulls' Jamison Olave was given a straight red card for a reckless tackle from behind on Cummings in the 65th minute.
Tim Cahill put the Red Bulls in front in the 22nd minute, taking Thierry Henry's cross from the left side and heading it inside the near post from just outside the upper goalkeeper's box.
Eric Alexander made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute, faking to his right, turning and hitting a shot from 14 yards out on the right box inside the near post.