The Houston Dynamo continued the “Dynamo way” on Wednesday night with a 2-1 over the New York Red Bulls. It took them over 120 minutes to finish the match but a goal in extra time gave the Dynamo the win and a 4-3 aggregate score over the Red Bulls to advance to the Eastern Conference championship. This is now the sixth time the Dynamo have reached the Conference Championship in their eight seasons.
It was the Red Bulls that struck first in the 23rd minute. Tally Hall went out of the goal to stop a cross into the box. Hall would make contact with the ball but couldn’t keep control and Bradley Wright-Phillips would knock in the rebound to give the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead.
In the 36th minute the Dynamo would strike back after a nicked-up Ibrahim Sekagya would make a weak pass at the 18-yard box which Brad Davis would pick off and promptly put the ball in the back of the Red Bulls goal.
The action wasn’t quite over with just under 10 minutes left in the first half. The Red Bulls had an opportunity on a Thierry Henry shot which deflected off Tim Cahill but Tally Hall made an incredible save to conserve a 1-1 tie.
In the second half the Red Bulls outplayed the Dynamo but were not able to capitalize on any of their chances. A Henry header would go just off the crossbar and other Red Bulls attempts went just wide. The Red Bulls had plenty of shots on goal as well but Tally Hall was there for several outstanding saves.
For the second straight game it was Omar Cummings off the bench to give the Dynamo the lead and ultimately the win. In the 104th minute it was Cummings who got just enough on his shot that went about one foot in the goal as Robles tried to make the save. The Dynamo were able to hold off the Red Bulls for the next 15 minutes to take the win and the series.
The Dynamo now head back home for a series against Sporting Kansas City. The first match will be in November 9th at 1:30 PM. You can catch the action on NBC.