They were playing Toronto FC, a team that with one measly win on the season.
But as the cliché goes, "this is why we play the game."
Instead of dispatching the hapless Reds, the Orange had to fight back from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a home draw against Toronto FC.
The first half was one this team would do well to soon forget. They allowed three goals, and by the time the half was over, the 21,423 made sure to boo their players off the field. Instead of breaking off his team a new one, Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear preached to his players and keeping their composure,
"The thing we have is 45 minutes to turn it around," Kinnear said. "Walking off the field, sure we were disappointed. The one thing we said was we can do one of two things: we can go out there and continue to accept this result or go out and do something about it. I think the players, to a man, stepped out onto the field in the second half and wanted to do something about it."
His team chose the ladder; and the second half was the team's best performance in 2012. The Dynamo got one goal back in the 74th minute. Brad Davis was able to cut inside the top right corner of the penalty box, when he sent to through ball to a wide-open Will Bruin. Bruin took his shot and hit the top right corner of the net to bring the Dynamo within one.
The game got a bit testy in the 86th minute. After a series of unfortunate events, several players went down for both teams.
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"We talked about the balls that were loose in the box at the end of the game; guys were just throwing their bodies in the way," Kinnear said. "The amount of aggression that they showed and the determination to get on the end of something was very impressive. "
The equalizer came in the 90th minute, when Cameron was able to find Bruin making a late run. Cameron's pass was money, and Bruin's finish in front of goal was world class.
It had been a while since the Dynamo came back from a 3-1 deficit to pull of the tie. Kinnear attributes it to both determination and resolve. "Well you have to [play with determination] when you losing; you really have to try and push through."