In the seventh minute, Diego Rubio controlled a header that fell nicely to his feet and put it away to give the Rapids an early 1-0 lead. Great start!
In the 21st minute, Rapids keeper Clint Irwin handled a Dynamo threat well.
Thanks to Houston’s Maynor Figueroa and a lazy pass that fell to Rubio in the 39th minute, the Rapids went up 2-0 and Rubio earned a brace.
In the 56th minute, the Dynamo made their first substitution, bringing on forward Christian Ramirez for midfielder Memo Rodriguez.
Oh, Sam Nicholson. For the second time, Nicholson had a chance at point blank range only to (1) step on the ball and (2) barely get a toe on it in traffic—but it produced a corner, so... .
Nicholson subbed off in the 66th for Jonathan Lewis.
Tommy McNamara, who has always been a dangerous player, came on for the Dynamo in the 67th in place of Tomas Martinez.
In the 70th, Mauro Manotas (HOU) took a free kick, but it goes wide, squandering another opportunity.
Uh-oh! In the 74th minute, Manotas was on the receiving end of a beautiful ball to beat Irwin and brought the score to 2-1. Now the crowd got into it and even more so when Rapids defender Tommy Smith earned a yellow card.
Equalized? That’s right. Manotas struck again for his 11th goal of the season in the 79th minute as the Jack Price lost his mark.
Nicholas Mezquida came on for Diego Rubio in the 79th minute. He had a nice chance in the 86th, but it saved by Houston keeper Joe Willis.
And after 4+ minutes of stoppage time, the Rapids will leave Texas with a single point.