NEW YORK - The Houston Dynamo fell to the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena. Kenny Cooper scored the only goal in the seventh minute when he blocked an attempted clearance from Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall into an empty net. The goal was setup when Corey Ashe played a soft back pass to Hall, who could not attempt a clean clearance.
After Houston fell behind, it dictated the run of play for many stretches, and finishes with more shots than New York (14-12), more corners (5-1), more possession (53%-47%) and more open play crosses (30-10).
The loss ends a franchise-record seven-game road trip for the Dynamo, who will open up their new downtown home, BBVA Compass Stadium, on Saturday.
The Dynamo created several late chances, beginning with Brad Davis’ chance in the 82nd minute. Davis received a nice pass from Corey Ashe at the top of the box and ripped a first-time shot just over the left corner of the goal.
Five minutes later, Will Bruin found space on the right side of the penalty area and played a pinpoint cross to Davis, who struck a well-hit header from six yards that missed wide of the near post.
In stoppage time, Davis delivered a nice service to Calen Carr, who nailed a header from six yards that required a point-blank save from Red Bull goalkeeper Ryan Meara to preserve the win for New York.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall kept the game in reach for the Dynamo in the second half with two strong saves against Juan Agudelo. In the 65th minute Agudelo cracked a shot from the top of the box and Hall made the save. In the 84th minute, Agudelo ripped a volley from ten yards and Hall was well positioned for the save.
Defender Bobby Boswell made his 150th start for the Dynamo in all competitions. He is the fifth Houston player to reach the 150 mark.
Cam Weaver, Macoumba Kandji and Calen Carr each made their first start of the season and Alex Dixon made his season debut as a second-half substitute for the Dynamo.
Geoff Cameron has played full time in 37 consecutive MLS matches (playoffs included) since he last missed a game on May 4, 2011. The defender has played 3,306 consecutive MLS minutes.